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Obligations Incurred

Delvers LLC, Book 2
Narrated by: Jeff Hays
Series: Delvers LLC, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,803 ratings)

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Henry and Jason somehow survived being kidnapped to Ludus, a monster-filled, sword and sorcery world. They managed to make friends, pay their rent, and they even founded their own adventuring business, Delvers LLC.

Unfortunately, by overcoming the odds and creating a reputation for themselves in such short time, monarchs and nobles have taken notice of the two men from Earth. Foreign, deadly struggles may be unavoidable for Delvers LLC.

Henry and Jason are about to discover something even more dangerous than murderous monsters on Ludus: politics.

©2017 Blaise Corvin (P)2017 Blaise Corvin

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Not as good as book one, jarring but still interesting enough to get book 3 and see if the author made the same mistakes again

This book was not as good as book one. Far too little progression in the story compared to characters internal monologue. I appreciate the character building to an extent but a good amount of it is monologues that build traits that have already been established. I think this book could be a good bridge into a better 3rd book but overall was not impressed. The character called thirsty completely broke my “trance” of being in ludus and made the whole story feel completely ridiculous. I understand how it would theoretically make sense in the context of the universe given the characteristics of the great god dolos but I have to say that I feel like the whole character was an excuse for the author to spit his two cents about current political and social issues on earth regarding sexuality and gay people and while I have no issue with this on principle I think that having too many personal feelings from the author and long sections about something unrelated to this world on top of the character them-self being ridiculous and OP completely detracts from the gravity and seriousness of the events that transpire. It’s not that the author didn’t make these things happen in a way that could all be theoretically justified and make sense in the context of Dolos personality considering this is his world but I think they were unnecessary and heavily detracted from this story. It was a short one as is and didn’t need any extra crap. It feels like a book that was put out to placate and entertain until the release of book three which I understand but am not necessarily happy about. I would still recommend the series, and the performance is great (because he can do fairly convincing girl voices), but this book was much weaker than book one.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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This series just keeps getting better and better

All right, admission time. This book combines two awesomely talanted individuals, whom I deeply respect. Corvin has anability to write a battle scene that will simultaneously make you sweat from fear and laugh uproariously at the same time. His characters are real live people, and you feel every emotion they display. His dialogue is sharp and witty, and his plots are skillfully interwoven.

Jeff Hays, is without a doubt, the best narrator I have ever heard. He is the Andy Serkis of narration, stepping into a role and making it his own while staying true to the character and not disrespecting the writer. Seriously, this guy is the Lon Chaney (Sr.) of voice actors. He can play male and female, human, dwarf, alien, god, etc. You name it and he will have a voice for it.

The Delvers books only getter better and better as they move on, with the stakes continuously raising, danger mounting, and the team having a hard time staying together.

If you aren't reading this series then you are only hurting yourself. It is packed full of great fight scenes, hot chicks, magic, powerleveling, jokes, and a jerkface god named Dolos. You have to realize that by not reading this series that you are causing irreperable psychic harm to your brain. Don't fry your brain, get this whole series and see what you have been missing.

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Too Short, Excellent narrator

What was most disappointing about Blaise Corvin’s story?

The book felt like the first act of a complete book. Corvin sets out 2 major plots at the start of the book, neither of which is anywhere close to being sorted out by the end of the book. Basically, they only get to the city where the real story is going to take place. This book is all set up for future books.

And the over the top SJW lecturing. My god, he goes on and on in such a ham-handed way, it's just eye-rollingly bad. And just when you think it is over, Corvin comes back to it to hit you over the head with it some more. Enough already! In a book at least you can skip a few pages, but with an audiobook, you are just forced to sit there and listen to it.

Was Obligations Incurred worth the listening time?

I'd wait until the 3rd and 4th books are out to pick this one up. It really is incomplete.

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Not complete

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book and liked the characters a lot more in this one (the first book had too much self deprecation and loathing). The story was interesting and makes you want to continue.

But, it does not feel like a complete book and more like a small stepping stone.

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Decent battle, lots of emo, not much else

Would you try another book from Blaise Corvin and/or Jeff Hays?

Narrator is fine. Author needs to reign in the emo. Not much happens in this book except one pretty bad ass battle. And lots and lots of emotional anguish/introspection from the characters... Get over it already.

Would you ever listen to anything by Blaise Corvin again?

ehhh.... might give the next one a try. The world and overall premise is super creative. Cut/edit out the emotional introspection that made up about a third of this book and it would have been a great short story. Seriously a huge part of the book is the characters struggling with their feelings. Weak.

What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?

Solid. Rock on dude.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not sure how so much emotion and self introspection would be captured in a film. Close up of a tear rolling down a cheek? Then a close up of the next character with a tear rolling down their cheek? And so on... Needs way more world building and plot development. Way, way more.

Any additional comments?

Nope.

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A Little Too Preachy

Obligations Incurred is the second entry in Blaise Colvin’s Delver’s LLC series and I probably would have benefited from listening to or reading the first.

After a brief catch up I was thrown into a world with RPG-esque rules and characteristics. The magic system was interesting and the book seemed promising.

However, about a quarter of the way into the book it becomes REALLY preachy and SJW-y. I felt like I was being lectured at. From there on it was just OK. I completed the book mostly out of a sense of (wait for it) Obligation Incurred.

Narrator, Jeff Hays, does a fine job. He deftly handles the various accents of different human nationalities and non-humans alike. I would listen to another book he narrates.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Good but not as good as number one

listen I liked the first book a lot but the author spends an extremely long time talking about homosexuality and religion. I don't mind listening to this stuff but it took way to long to get through that and it made me almost return the book. If I wanted to hear liberal or conservatives argue about political issues I would turn on the news for a while not spend 13$ on a fantasy book. The only other problem I had was how much of a stereotype the only homosexual person is portrayed.

Yet it was still a pretty good book. The narrator never disappoints and most of the story is interesting.

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Enough with the angst

I am really enjoying the story line and your characters. I have zipped through the first two books and will start the next directly after finishing this review. I came close to switching to another story at one point and I'm glad I hung on. there have been a couple of times where you have spent a lot of time dealing with our protagonists internal angst. I hope you've gotten past that. Yes I get it but don't feel the need to have it covered in so much depth. Example I know the female characters in movies have to pee but I don't need to watch them do it to further or enrich the story line.

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Short and heavy handed at times

Hays' performance still remained good with this book so nothing to complain there, 5/5. This book was however quite short and felt like some weird side-story that wasn't a side story because of the length. In addition, I'm not sure what to think about Thirsty, the new side character that was added to the story. I wouldn't call the whole thing contrived, but it bugged me that it felt like this character was tossed in just so Corvin could go on some rant about religion and make some statement about homosexuality. This all considering the fact that at the end of this book Thirsty just up and leaves. Completely unrelated, but this mystery and intrigue about what Dolos is doing and the severity of what's to come had best be impressive, otherwise the hype that Corvin is building behind it is going to look stupid. I mean come on, whatever that is happening is so bad a demigod nearly pees her self? 4/5 on story due to shortness and the Thirsty thing. Overall still 5/5 and I'll read the next book.

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  • EAU CLAIRE, WI, United States
  • 11-23-17

It seemed to end abruptly

This is a great book same as the first full of memes, action, adventure, and D&D references. The world building and sense of mystery was still there but a little less than the first book. My only qualm with the book was that is was just too short, it didn't seem like that much happened. Maybe it was the authors intention to keep me wanting more, but the length just didn't seem to live up to my expectation. Great book overall though, keep them coming!

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  • kanundra
  • 08-07-17

not too bad at all :)

I have to admit this one took me a little longer to pick back up than some other second books have. And I really wasn't sure why. I think the characters in the beginning of this and the situation they find themselves in just didn't grab me as much as the MC's being stranded on Ludus in the first book.

However it did pick up, and I was glad that I stuck around.

The POV switches were handled a lot better in this book, considering there were only a couple of changes in the first, this had a lot more balance in it, and because I'd gotten to know the others, it was good to get inside their heads a little more.

I've seen some of the other reviews and comments about Thirsty as a character, and I have to admit, I loved him/her. I think this is exactly the kind of situation and personal event that would happen. It wasn't his fault he ended up on Ludus anymore than it was for Henry and Jason, and Jeff's characterisation of him/her both were fab. I really enjoyed the performance and the person underneath it. Thirsty plays a great and integral part in this book and I hope that we do see more of her :)

Overall, this book did seem to take on a life of it's own, there was the onset of their journey and then it was taken over by having to defend against a horrific attack. I thought it all came together really well. And Jason, was just fab. No spoilers, but the ending, brilliant.

It may have seemed a little on the short side, but only because we know that although this was a novel and story on it's own that there's a lot of set up and more adventures to have.

I kinda think this would be the series for me that I'd binge listen to, one after the other because that would make this much more fun. Waiting on the next one is hard...

Come on Blaise and Jeff. More!!!

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  • Aslanenlisted
  • 12-14-17

Cracking story.

An absolute cracker, Jason and Henry have found themselves embroiled in a wide reaching international conflict. Brilliant pacing, further develop characters and the introduction of one Fiercely Fabulous addition.

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  • Sam
  • 09-02-17

Great listen, well paced and satisfying

Fun book, entertaining throughout. Great performance, the extra work done by the narrator really pays off. Can't wait for the next one

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  • MB
  • 06-18-18

Loved it

Pretty cool series. Can’t wait to read the next book. Well written and funny too

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  • scott
  • 12-16-17

excellent story

it was very well done book, good audio and story line, but it just was not long enough

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-17

Book 3 we're are you my love

Great book and series so far love it .. recommend this book if you love a good story