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The Greystone Chronicles, Book Two: The Dire Lands

The Greystone Chronicles Series, Book 2
Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
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Summary

Jupter Tech's headquarters, Olympus, has been attacked. Lives have been lost in the real world. Alexander and friends must now thwart the servants of the Dark One both in and out of the game. With a few new allies, the Greystone Guild moves out of the noob zones to take on the challenges presented by the ruins of Dire Keep and its inhabitants. They must conquer, rebuild, and defend the Dire Lands against attacking forces.  

The players (and Fibble) must now overcome tougher dungeons, and more dangerous foes. Even betrayal by one of their own! Soundbooth Theater presents the long anticipated sequel to one of the most beloved LitRPG titles of the year! Jeff Hays has stepped up to take on the narration, and although Laurie Catherine Winkel has taken a back seat for this installment, she still reprises her roles of all the ladies of the Greystone Guild, and of course, Fibble! 

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production: 

  • Jeff Hays - Narration, sound design 
  • Laurie Catherine Winkel - Sasha, Fibble, and the rest of the female cast 
  • Dalton Lynne - Proofing and editing 
  • Griffin Malnar - Editing and mastering
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Good fun story

The narration is excellent, which makes it an enjoyable experience.

Certainly recommend this to all.

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A Great 2nd Chapter

This was a great 2nd Chapter in the series and as expected Alexander and the Greystone Guild use their Midas Touch against high level mobs, PK players and Terrorists all while using a wry sense of humour and some ingenious uses of Magic and invention.
Narration is a change from the 1st audio as the Male and female roles are taken up by SBT narrators Jeff Hays and Laurie Winkel both well known in the LitRPG field and excellent at their jobs.
A great team up of writing and narration makes this an easy 5 stars all round with the only minus being that with the help of 2 top tier level friends and amazing loot it is hard to believe that there is any real danger as everything is easily dealt with.
If you can suspend your belief then this is an amazing audio and a great add to your collection.

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I really enjoyed the audio book.

I really enjoyed the audio book. A new spin on magic and the way the system works.. I highly recommended the book. I hope the author is a fast writer...

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It's getting worse.

I wasn't thrilled with the first one, and this one is even worse. Everything I disliked about book 1 was compounded in book 2. My issues with this book: 1. The players are richer than God and toss gold to the peasants like candy from a firetruck in a parade. They literally find piles of gold and gems in a mine just lying on the ground. 2. MC has godlike mastery over earth magic and can destroy any enemy and other players twice his level without breaking a sweat. 3. I have no idea what the character stats are and don't care. They aren't really part of the story and wouldn't matter if they were. 4. The tedium. Dear God, the tedium. MC spends hours just wandering around planning parties, engaging in random conversations that drag on and do nothing to advance the story. At least half the book is just filler. If the main story is a mile long, this book advanced it about 3 inches.

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  • ben
  • 08-10-19

uh.. ok..

rich and powerful bully bullies other bullys.. traipsing through the vr world destroying the lives of most of the other people he encounters without a care or really a reason.. read like the author got spawn camped once when he was ten on a pvp server and never let go. now writing the self dialogue of what he wanted to do to them..

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  • Mr O
  • 29-09-19

outstanding book and author

keep them coming. I have only one more to listen too and I will be finished with all of Dave Willmarth's audio books. they rock, good natured litrpg. they have good action, the right amount of game mechanics without repeating stats to death. they have a story and plot that keeps your interest andparys that may choke you up and parts that make you laugh. Thanks Dave, after the next book I will be waiting for new releases. I highly recommend this author

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  • BeauFLA
  • 10-12-18

Nice Followup to the first book.

Nice Followup to the first book. The change in primary narrator does not diminish the story.

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  • Munte
  • 06-02-19

Just NO!!

I forced myself to buy and listen to this book even though reviews of it and already having read the first one did not leave me with much hope that it would be any kind of an improvement. A large reason for why I finally buckled under and got it was that the Soundbooth Theater team are the narrators for this story. They usually do a great jobb.. This one not so much.. tbh I was rather shocked at the poor quality of work they did. I found more then a few sentences being narrated in the wrong characters voice. On the whole it was not at all up to snuff. So I was even more disappointed then I thought possible. I will not be giving this so called author a third chance. For anyone reading this review I suggest that you browse the so called critical reviews on amazon for more in-depth information on the faults and inadequacies that this book and the series as a whole suffer from. My recommendation is: Do not get this one!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-11-19

cliff hanger!!!!!

oh this was the next one book I can't wait for the 3rd darn darn hanger

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  • RJ
  • 18-10-19

Wonderful litRPG fantasy!

Such a wonderful story! The writing is truly exquisite. I can picture the surroundings and the characters as they wander to and fro. At times the dialogue seems slightly adolescent; I don’t know how else to explain my impression. It in no way detracts from the tale, and the feeling is gone as quickly as it appeared. The main character, Alexander is a prince among men; his humanity and compassion are beyond reproach. He’s also one heck of a wheeler-dealer with the Dwarves. The rest of the Greystone Clan are honorable and steadfast as well. Kai the dragon, Fibble the goblin, and later the Gryphon are wonderful additions. The storyline follows Alexander and the crew through an exciting world-building experience. The dungeon explorations are well-crafted also. The game mechanics are well-done, unobtrusive, and accurately portrayed. The narration provided by Jeff Hays and Laurie Winkel is excellent; I can immediately tell which character is talking without prodding. I love that Irish brogue of the Dwarves, especially Lola’s. The war with PWP both in-game and IRL is an interesting twist and adds to the plotline and scope of the tale. All-in-all a great piece of litRPG fantasy. I look forward to the next volume. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Steven Don Porto Carero
  • 13-10-19

Looking forward to the next one

The story keeps going strong. Lots of action, mystery, struggles, humor, you name it. The narration is as always great quality.

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  • Ian Schrott
  • 21-09-19

good book

Jupiter Tech's headquarters, Olympus, has been attacked. Lives have been lost in the real world. Alexander and friends must now thwart the servants of the Dark One both in and out of the game.

With a few new allies, the Greystone Guild moves out of the noob zones to take on the challenges presented by the ruins of Dire Keep and its inhabitants. They must conquer, rebuild, and defend the Dire Lands against attacking forces.

The players (and Fibble) must now overcome tougher dungeons, and more dangerous foes. Even betrayal by one of their own!

This is the second book in the Greystone Chronicles series. I recommend reading the first book before this one.

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  • David R
  • 15-05-19

Pity Party and then nothing happens...

One: So, Pity party.... not interested in it. I don't care that a child died because an evil person killed them. Two: Unlimited money solves the worlds problems?! No it doesn't commie bullshit 101. " Hi guys I have trillions of dollars and in fake world I have unlimted gold so I just throw it around and watch how those poor peasants are now happily ever after because I gave them a bunch of money/gold I am so benevolent!!!! Money solves all problems because I can pay for technology that solves everything!!!!!" Yeah no your not, you can't, and everything in this book is unrealistic and that is saying something because this book has magic and I still just have to shake my head NO. Three: Nothing happens story wise. 10 chapters in and they clear out a single dungeon. That's it. No real "game play" just bs pity party, throw my money around to support poor people, and fake diplomacy because every king, dragon, and god will just go along with you because???? no... they shouldn't. No they wouldn't and no just no. But they do!!!!! because there is no reason. So fake horrible story telling. I liked the first book. I am all for breaking the rules gaining power and destroying the bad guy. But This book, book two. Is so fake wrapped up in "justice! for the children and poor and less fortunate and crippled!!!" Barf. The DARK ONE IS COMMING yeah I don't care. Just bad bro. Cool story Bro. I won't be reading anything else from this author.

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  • Anthony
  • 09-12-18

come on you already know you're going get it

well can't wait for the next one damn that ending now I want more if you haven't decided to get this book after listening to the first one and I can't tell you anything else you're either a fan or not if you enjoy the series as much as I do make you want to go to the next book damn you cliffhangers

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