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Publisher's Summary

Life is cruel. Arbor learns this lesson the hard way, when everything he loves is taken from him in a single night. Left alive by the men who butchered his family, Arbor has two options: give up and perish, or rise up and fight to take back the life he's lost. To do that though, he'll have to leave behind the only home he's ever known and venture out into the world beyond.

What he doesn't yet realize, is that the world is a much more dangerous place than he could ever have imagined. A world filled with magic, monsters and mythic beasts powerful enough to destroy entire nations!

Warning: Contains mild profanity and content that may not be suitable for children.

©2019 Aaron Oster (P)2020 Soundbooth Theater

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A lot of walking around for a book called rampage.

I'm going to start with the good. the performance was great as it always is with soundbooth studios, and if you liked the supermage series you'll probably enjoy this one.

However, the character are kind of bland and a lot of things just dont add up, and cant be explained away even with magic. It's more like in some situations the characters straight up know things they shouldn't. Also theres a lot of, "behold this thing or person has a dark and mysterious secret but I'm not going to tell you want it is only that it's dark and mysterious." which honestly just get annoying. Finally I'd like to point out that there is surprisingly little murder for a book called rampage, just saying.

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A compelling story marred by lazy writing and inconsistent editing.

I did really enjoy this story. So it’s unfortunate that it is so consistently inconsistent. I was regularly pulled from the storyline by lazy writing cliche’s and editing fails.

The author repeatedly uses clunky, one-sentence, backstory justifications for why a character says or does something that seems stupid or incongruous. Which just feels like he couldn’t be bothered to set up the characters and the world properly.

He also seemed to be compulsively directed to use the same bad-horror-movie trope of having the characters be distracted by something in the middle of a life or death fight, which inevitably adds fake drama to the situation by giving the bad guy the upper hand. He did this in literally every single fight... often more than once in the same scene. It was so bad I felt like I was watching fight scenes from the original, live-action Batman TV show.

Finally, this book was just poorly edited, both for word choice, content, and factual consistency.

The Soundbooth Theater narration was about what I have come to expect when Jeff Hayes is not the lead performer... which is to say it was pretty good, but nowhere near as well done as when Jeff Hayes is at the helm, i.e., bad/unnecessary sound effects, editing issues, and over-dramatized exclamations and performances.

All in all, I would still recommend this book to Oster fans, but if you’re the kind of person who has a hard time staying engaged through clunky writing and editing this may not be worth your time. For me this is an extremely rare example of a poorly executed story that still has an interesting enough plot and characters to keep me listening till the end.

I’ll probably check out the next book, though if the prose and story editing aren’t improved it’s unlikely I’ll make it to the third book.

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excellent story, poor editing

loved the story but the performance was messed up quite a bit from bad editing. or maybe someone just thought it was a good idea... anytime there was a deep voice talking it would be interrupted halfway through the dialogue by the narrator. that is one of the dumbest things I've listened to and it's a shame this happened in one of Aaron's books. the voice actor's themselves however were fantastic.

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ok

narration was great 5 stars.
Story was OK but very blank.
Story needed more polishing.

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Fantastic production

This book is what I would imagine would happen if Braveheart had a baby with Harry Potter. There are strong motives of revenge mixed with a cool, original magic system. The world creation is really well down and I am excited to see what happens in subsequent book. The characters are really well written and the narration really brings them to life. It never ceases to amaze me the quality of Soundbooth Theater’s productions. Everything from full cast to sound effects takes the books that they work on to another level.

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This was really good!

This book is both very fun and at the same time a tear-jerker it's very good very well written and very unique in its story as a whole. I enjoy the sister side of the story a lot more while I like the brother's side as well it just as the kind of typical trope that he gets magic and then is super powerful right away without any real practice though to be fair he does a bit its just nothing like the sisters. The one thing that throws me off is the size of the gremlins one minute they seem to be short the next they're tall like humans and besides that, I find the interplay and just the overall character of the female gremlin that is with the brother, in general, annoying especially towards the end. however minus that little part the book is really good and definitely worth picking up. I will be looking forward to checking out book two once it comes out

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Another Solid Start To A Great Series

I seem to really enjoy Aaron Oster Books. This is an author who in each series develops a solid wide plot to keep delivering amazing books to the series. The character development is vast and informative that allows you to root for a multiple character by the end of the book. This book may have started slow but leaves a unique world open and coming in the next books. A species that just has you dying to find out more about and their god like power to extinction. The magic system going on with the main characters again has you wanting to understand more of by the end of the 16 hours. For me, it was another hit series that after I made it past the slaughter the whole expansive world opened. The twist at the end was great for book 2, Now I just want that budding relationship to grow for book 2.

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good

good story. editing needs a little work. some of the voices were difficult to understand and they edited the narrator speaking over the tail end of these ones.

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slow burn!

Interesting story and narration!

After seeing his family get murdered on his wedding day, the MC goes on a quest to save his sister and get revenge for his family and fiance. Finding out that he has access to mysterious magic he joins a resistance fighting against the tyranny that hired the bandit gang that killed the ones he loves.

Soundbooth does a great job with a narration of this story!

I can't wait to find out what happens next!

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The overlay of the narrators

When the narrators talk over each other it’s sometimes nice but sometimes very annoying when it occurs multiple times in a row but overall it was a great book!!!

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  • Matthew Bauer
  • 04-02-21

Great book

This is a great book, I can’t wait for the next book in the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-21

It’s ok

It a good book with great narration
The Two MC are great with their own floors and strength and a great cliff hanger at the end
15/15