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Arthur Curie never expected to wind up in Hell. At least, not because he found an ancient sword in a pawnshop. To make matters worse, Hell isn't as he thought. It's a desolate wasteland under siege by an all-consuming void known as the Darkness.

Now, he's trapped with no way home, a ragtag army of women, and a sword whose only power is to modify the abilities of those around him. Not exactly winning odds.

Worse, if the Darkness isn't stopped, not only will it devour Hell, but Earth will be next on the menu.

©2017 Jason Cipriano (P)2017 Jason Cipriano

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Worth listening, entertaining Things to know tho

The book is worth listening to and I am def. buying the next one. The plot is original enough and if you're super into audible and the sifi/adventure/litrpg genres it's entertaining. However I would like to make 3 pointers.

1. The main character is kinda stupid. If he had as many brain cells as the times he forgot people dint know his abilities he probably wouldn't be having as many problems. The one saving grace of this is that everyone including himself denotes that he is kinda dumb. So whatever I guess.

2. With 95% of the characters in this book being female you may have wanted to pick a female narrator... that would just make sense. Not that the narrator is bad but you can tell its hard for him to do a lot of female voices and well ...everyone is a girl...moving on

3. The situation does kind of devolve into a harem situation that it appears some books of this genre keep doing. The cheesy excuse is that it was said that the builder would be male so the darkness unleashed a plague killing all the males...right. Well I guess its acceptable because there all demons. lol At least it's classy enough not to go into detail.

Dont get me wrong. I don't want to just complain and it really was entertaining, but you should at least know these things before diving in.

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

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A Good Yarn and Nothing More

I'll be blunt, this is not Shakespeare. Hand this book to a feminist to read and you'll likely have her head explode. However, if you're tired of books with a message, books with politics and meta conversations about reality then, hey, this might just be the book for you.

I repeat this book is not a literary classic and, refreshingly, it doesn't try to be. Yes, it is a bit of an attempt to cash into the growing genre of litrpgs, though its more of a high fantasy. Yes, it is a bit of a male power fantasy. Mean come on the book is about the average hard working Jo dropped into the role of leader in a world with nothing but beautiful women as he tries to do his best to save said world and women. And to that ends it's nothing new, special or different in most respects; so you have been warned.

If you can get past all that and enjoy the aforementioned story type with tropes, you'll find a nice, fun, enjoyable book. Want a book that's fun to read that's definitely geared towards men under the age of 40? Want a book that doesn't take itself too seriously but is still well written? That's what this book is. A fun book for guys, it's that simple.

So if you're a guy, want something fun to listen to on a commute that will make you laugh, grin and shake your head and even make you sympathize a little then here's your book. If you want something trying to be the next entry into every college's reading list, then move along, this ain't it. And I sincerely hope book 2 comes out soon.

Also the narrators does a great job, no complaints hence the five stars.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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good production of a badly written book

interesting idea, good performance. terrible writing, the relationships develop way to fast and the main character seems to be extremely clingy to girls he just met, and oddly acts like he owns them. the women basically act like dogs that get attached from being fed once. not worth listening to let alone paying for.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Same Concept, less enjoyable delivery

While listening to this I couldn't help but think it's a less developed version of Super Sales on Super Heroes. I won't go as far as to say it was copied from that particular book as the publish dates are far too close together. However I couldn't help but feel that they're basically the same book. There's even a reference to Pancakes (which could just be coincidental).

The flow of the dialog seemed overly simple. So much so that I couldn't help but feel that things actually started to feel constructed instead of a living breathing thing that helps immersion and sympathetic outlooks for the characters to develop.

The narrator did a decent job and could be better suited to a different cast in my opinion, but it seemed like most of the characters had a more masculine voice than the only male character in the entire book.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Lot of Promise, just not a lot there.

I think that this series has a lot of potential. That said there are so many gaps in the book where things just happen. By the time the book ended I can honestly say that I am not sure I would buy the next book in the series unless someone I trusted told me it was amazing.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • 10-09-17

Don't expect this to be something it's not!

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

So, I will start this review by saying you should not expect this book to be what is was not intended to be. Literary writing this is not. It is simply a fantasy tale of a regular guy, thrust into a fantasy world where he has to learn to be a leader. Yes, it is a bit misogynistic, but come on, read the synopsis, look at the cover art... how could you expect something else? The book doesn't seem to take itself too seriously, and that's not always a bad thing. Some books are intended to be just fun. They play loose with the plot and timeline and that's OK. It's like going to The Expendables 27 and expecting an Oscar worthy film. If you're turned off by all of the explosions and lack of a real plot in a film like that, you should probably avoid this one. If you like a 90's action film style fantasy novel, go for it, just don't expect it to be something it's not. For the record, I enjoyed the hell out of this book!

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Protag Fell Out Of Sky, Hit 711 On The Way Down...

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

Long story short. this book was a lot of fun. It reminded me ALOT of Super Sale on Super Heroes, so much so I thought it was the same author. But I liked that book too. Anyway, this story was fun, there was a major plot hole that popped up about half way though the book that kept nagging at me. But was a fun book to consume, I didn't really feel emotionally invested in the character. I guess, on the off chance the author reads this... give us a good back story on a character, make us emotionally invested in them, I want to laugh and cry. But all I felt I got here was a few random emotional factoids. "Just like I lost my parents"; is the only time in this story you seem to mention ANYTHING about this characters life before the first sentence in the book (that and that he used to work at 711). Why does he like swords so much? Tell me more about his 7-11 existence, was his manager a hard nosed ex-military drill Sergent, did he have an ex-girl friend, did he once smuggle some coke into the US in a balloon in his butt. I need an emotional bridge if you want me to be invested in your series.
Anyways, good job, thanks for the book.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Middle school fantasy writing project.

If you are reading this book, then you probably have an idea of what you are getting into. The entire story is a high schooler's fantasy written at middle school writing level. A lack of vocabulary or general awareness to prior sentences led to horrendous reppitition of adjectives and phrases while dialogue was so full of forced overexplaination that giggled on several occasions. Here is an example from late in the book to give an example, "I don't have to worry about how much I spend, because I'm rich." Unless demons are complete imbiciles, there is no way a tens-of-thousands-of-years-old creature is going to say this. And while it's stated early on that none of the females of this realm are going to really care about the protagonist being the only male in the realm because most of them can hop over to the normal realm whenever they want, obviously they all end up trying to go for him (because he is "someone's" self-insert fantasy). On that topic, all of the males of the entire underworld were killed off to prevent the underworld denizens from winning against the darkness, but apparently this super powerful being just isn't powerful enough to finish off the job with all the females and so has been fighting them for 10,000 years or something. The main character is an idiot who every millenia old female listens to and acts like is inteligent all the while winning against super beings--that have killed hundreds of his kind before him--just because he is the protagonist. Honestly his plot armor is so thick I'm surprised that his legs don't buckle in fear more often than every time a dragon is mentioned in the whole book. But just throw in a few token side girls that express their undying love to Mr. Plot Armor before being literally molecularized by the antagonist and I'm sure no one will notice the flaws.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Fun, pure and simple.

The Builder's Sword is the first book in yet another series by the prolific J.A. Cipriano. Seriously, I'm in awe of how many books he puts out. The man is a writing machine. Not only how many books, but how many series he manages to juggle.

I'm not even sure what genre to put this book in. It's kind of LitRPG, but unlike any LitRPG I've read to date. It's definitely a 'gaming' book, but it also has a kind of RTS (real time strategy) vibe as well. The story is a bit over the top and is loaded with humor. The story revolves around Arthur Currie (no, not that Arthur Currie!), who through a series of events finds himself recruited to save Hell from the encroaching darkness. Why would anyone want to save hell? Well, it's full of nothing bit hot women, of course, lol. The book is packed with action and quirky characters that will make you laugh out loud.

Part LitRPG, part RST, part teenage boy's wild fantasy this book is just pure and simple over the top fun.

This is the first time I've heard Gary Furlong and I must say I quite enjoyed his work. Good clean delivery, great use of inflection to bring the characters to life. Definitely hope he narrates the next book in the series.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Good Concept...But.

A good listen. However, the character development felt way to rushed. Narratoration was also... lifeless.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 01-03-18

Poor characters and story

I really struggled to finish this. in the end I upped the speed level just so it could end quicker. The narrator wasn't bad but the story line was not for me. I couldn't get behind the maim characters. At points the story just felt so mechanical

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  • Mohi
  • 09-10-17

OK book

i expected more but i learned my lesson. good concept but lacks substance. poor story and poor characters.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Dean
  • 10-09-17

About what you would expect

Pretty average story and bland characters. It amazes me that there are so many good books out there that haven’t been made into audio books and stuff like this is all over the site atm.