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In the latter half of the 21st century, Alexander and his guild mates play Io Online for fun and to earn a living. It's the largest VRMMORPG on the planet, and the source of income that supports families around the globe. While completing a rare First Kill dungeon in hopes of epic loot, they discover that demons have once again invaded Io.

Given the chance to test a new experimental immersion system, the veteran players must give up their high-level characters and begin again at level one. As they work through the noob zone quests, they discover that the new immersion system allows them to play in ways that hadn't been possible before. Casting is faster. Movement more fluid. Even magic itself behaves differently. They quickly run afoul of a party of player killers and become the targets of an entire PK guild bent on spawn-camping them until they leave the game. War has been declared.

The fight expands into populated areas, where innocent citizens are murdered, and player accounts are terminated. The guild works to help citizens rebuild what has been destroyed, but are repeatedly forced to stop and defend against enemy attacks. After the gods of Io and a powerful being of darkness get involved, Alexander and his friends learn the hard way that their in-game actions have consequences, both in the game and in the real world.

Soundbooth Theater has had the honor of working with Laurie Catherine Winkel once more, in the first installment of the epic Greystone Chronicles. Her bright and light performance matches the tone of this Gamelit romp about friendship and community, while perfectly framing Jeff Hays' performance as the male cast.

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:

  • Laurie Catherine Winkel - narration, female characters, and Fibble!
  • Jeff Hays - male characters
  • Dalton Lynne - proofing, editing
  • Justin Thomas James - production, editing, mastering
©2017 Dave Willmarth (P)2018 Dave Willmarth, Soundbooth Theater

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Very good production

What made the experience of listening to The Greystone Chronicles: Book One: Io Online the most enjoyable?

The entire book is first rate from the quality of the sound the talent of the narrators the interesting story.This book can be listened to by anyone at any age.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No favorite character because the narrators are so good you enjoy the totality of the book which contains many interesting characters that the narrators bring into focus.

Have you listened to any of Laurie Catherine Winkel and Jeff Hays ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

They are very good narrators their work is all among the best in the business.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This work is 14 hours and 43 minutes...... what do you think?

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

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another masterpiece by soundbooth theater

An amazing story written by Dave and brought to life by the greatly talented Laurie Catherine winkel and Jeff hays. This is one of those audio books you can't pass on its that good. Dave did such an amazing job writing the story and creating loveable characters that want to help as much as they can and the talent at soundbooth theater made them come alive in ways unexpected.

I can't recommend this enough. I love the plot and advancement of the MC and his guild and the mysterious fibble.

If your looking for an adventure that will suck you in and make you want to go haring off on your own, then this is the book for you.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Love this series

Glad this book got a audio version it's a great story an hoping the put the next 2 out soon .

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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It got better the farther I went!

I am very interested in the LitRPG genre a lot of the books seem to be very formulaic. That was what I feared initially in this book, rich sick kid fighting in the game world! Which is part of the story but the plot has become much deeper the farther I’ve listened and become much more interesting! So now I have another series I must follow and an old question to ask ....When is the next book out on Audible?

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superb story even better performance

one of the best books in this is genre that I have ever read. The performance was over the top and was a complete Joy. The character interplay brought back memories of fun times both doing tabletop role-playing games with friends and also the new and current multiplayer online games with friends I can't wait to enjoy the next

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Io, Io, it's off to the VRMMORPG I go!

Shew! This was a fun book. It has a lot going for it, so let me get the easy stuff out of the way first. I am a huge fan of Soundbooth Theater. Jeff Hays is my favorite narrator. Those tow facts mean that I was going to get this book no mater what. Seriously, Hays is a Master of the Vocal Arts, and if anyone can make a good book amazing it is him, BUT lo and behold he didn't do all the heavy lifting. Nope, Laurie Catherine Winkel takes the lead narration slot, and is kind enough to let Hays do the voices for the male characters. I have to say that I am being continually blown away by the talant that SBT has under their banner. So, be aware that the sound quality and narration just blows your expectations into orbit.

Next, the writing! Well Doggies this too is top notch, grade A stuff. The characters are all fun, and I would have a hard time narrowing out a favorite. Alexander has a cool side story about his being healed via his immersion in the game, but that plot line isn't resolved by the end of the book; so I guess that will be looked at in another book! Yeah!! Another one!!!! The action is really great and the book speeds along. You know it is good when it is three AM and you don't want to stop listening even though you have to get up a six. Yeah, it pulls you in deep.

I can see some people complaining that the characters are too overpowered, and while that might actually be the case I have found it to be the norm for a book in this genre. Just look at the uberleveling in Awaken Online and you will see my point. So, I do not hold that against the storyline at all. In fact, I've pretty much come to expect it. Willmarth knows how to hold your attention and make things exciting. I'll certainly be anticipating book 2!!! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


If this review helped, please press the YES below. Thank you immensely!!!

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Promising

Simple and a bit slow at times, this still made for an interesting read. The two narrarators took we're excellent and definitely grew on me. Hopefully further books build upon this one well.

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Standard start, not standard fare

so much fun while keeping to so many of the tropes in the genre, just giving them a slight twist.
All I regret is that I I can only recommend it once

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  • Chaz
  • Streetsboro, OH, United States
  • 08-17-18

A good book

This book was well written and narrated. The characters really grow on you, especially the little goblin.

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next book

this is a highly enjoyable book would love to get the next one but you are taking forever to get it out hurry up please

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  • Scott R
  • 10-09-18

Brilliant New Series

Hat's off this is world building at its best and is up there with the best.
The characters are very well thought out and are very compelling and interactive as are the secondary and tertiary characters.
The mix of humour and the intriguing, innovative solutions to the problems used in the real world and in game show great foresight and I was drawn in by every word due in part to the great skills of Jeff Hays and LCW. the editing and these two working together are a great match and well picked by Dave Wilmarth. I will be eagerly awaiting the 2nd audio and shall also follow along by the written word as well.
I got this audio at no charge by competition and have left my thoughts on this for you to peruse.

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  • Dingo 883
  • 07-29-18

Disappointing

Let me start by saying that Jeff, as always, did a masterful job with the voices, as did Laurie. But I did find Laurie's narrative to be a bit flat but still very good. Here comes the painful part:
It's billed as a LitRPG but there's very little in the way of character and skill progression. I don't think a character sheet came up more than two or three cursory times. The characters start off with new toons at level 1 but keep their legendary artifact demigod gear from the beginning. Coupled with substantial wealth, this leaves them with absolutely no character growth whatsoever, which for me is the most enjoyable part of RPG's and LitRPG books. No one learns skills through actual training or leveling up. They just kind of have all these abilities that are OP as all hell. They can waltz through dungeons filled with demons and destroy player characters 50 levels higher than them without hardly taking a scratch.

The combat is largely glossed over. You get to a few descriptive opening shots on the first encounter then a, "They continued to battle their way through the dungeon until meeting the boss." They shoot a couple of arrows and launch a couple spells and the boss is dead and they add thousands of gold (seemingly the default amount for nearly every battle) to their already endless coffers as well as some awesome loot that is perfectly suited for each character, even the goblin the recruited just a few minutes prior.

The character themselves are fairly bland and ultra-goodie goodie, going through the game world like benevolent gods tossing handfuls of gold at the peasants and magically erecting entire buildings and towns and paving miles of roadways in minutes or hours. The main premise of the book revolves around a PK guild being dicks by playing in a way that the game allows but they don't like. This main plot encompasses maybe 30 minutes with 4 brief encounters where the PKers act like morons and get wiped out every time by people a fraction of their numbers and level with the heros once again not even getting scratched. Their encounters are boring and over in seconds. The other 95% of the book is mostly detailed corporate accounting reports and describing their numerous ingame meals.

Had the narrators not done such a good job, I doubt I would have finished it. As it was, I skipped through probably three hours of tedious, pointless conversations and dinner descriptions and made it to the end. It was a decent premise that was poorly executed.

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  • Mr. Ir Pinch
  • 03-16-18

two voices

both narrators were great and I really enjoyed this litrpg looking forward to more in this series

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  • Xravia
  • 03-30-18

Privileged and Honestly Unfair VR

Every aspect of this game has a hightened sense of privilege. From the vip accounts to the beta pods, loots, relationships with high level npcs and even the games AI , custom skills, rich in real life, Mary sue level education, great parent, supportive friends, so called disease ( which you know he will get cured from) gives in game pain resistance?, mothers death gives in game motive to kill and imprison normal people and then gives them 1 year jail terms while they accept it, tearfully saying thank you?

The author tries to cover all these up and many more things by being self aware and trying to do good things but I simply found myself zoning out for a couple of minutes and not feeling the slightest bit regretful as most of what happens in the novel could be easily summerized into bullet points.

It also tries to make some allusions to lotr but fails in my eyes, lotr is about a journey while this is about getting stronger and winning and reacting to winning. mixed motivations and the fact there is literally no drawbacks in the entire novel with nothing new or interesting that I haven't seen before is the reason for the score.
also they talked a lot about roman gods yet they didn't put any of it in The game?!?! The narrators did a great job, but that's the only saving grace for me.

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  • Captain Skurvy
  • 05-29-18

I like to think that online games are played like this but

The narration is excellent the story like is an enjoyable if unrealistic version of online gaming which nowadays is overrun by people who sit on quest spawn points and camp
On respawn points or your body or both have been that way for years But if you can disconnect from that reality then you can enjoy a good story worth of telling round some campfire 🔥 or ales or both. Enjoy

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  • Taniko w
  • 03-09-18

Amazing

I’ve read the book and it was great, got the audio book purely because of Jeff hays input and he didn’t let down. Laurie winkel is also a great narrator and will be joining my list of favorites. A fabulous and fun listen that brought a great book to even greater heights! I look forward to listening to the next books.

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