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The Greystone Chronicles, Book Two: The Dire Lands

The Greystone Chronicles Series, Book 2
Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (333 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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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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The Greystone chronicles

Ok not as good as it could have been but better than a reviews said it would be . On the next one just cut down on the whiney shot and it will be Gold !!!

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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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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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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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The dire lands is a good read

The stroy continue and the read is as good as the first book. I but 1 problem and that is there is no Audible book for book 3 of the Greystone Chronicles I keep looking for it but it does not come I know that The Greystone Chronicles have more books in the Chronicles but thay are not Audible books yet

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Such potential...*sigh*

Great story concept, neat world (if very very hand-waveish on the crunch/mechanics side if things), but ALL the bad guys are terminally stupid. All the bad guys act like 5th grade bully children, and it is made clear that nothing they do could ever even give the MC a challenge. Game/rpg side of things is laughable, without consistent or sensible rules or limits - it is all hand-waveish so the MC can do anything convenient that the "plot" requires for him to overcome the current obstacle.

Someone twice his level callenges the MC to a fight - MC defeats him two second in with a spell he learned at level 1. A spell with no defined or even implied limit. Everyone agrees with an loves MC, no matter what. Literally - everyone loves him but the 5th grade bullies who are literally too stupid to live.

It's worth listening to, especially with this voice cast, but don't expect any real conflict, game crunch, or character growth. It's just a "the hero is too awesome to be beaten" power fantasy type story to be consumed to be amused for the moment, and quickly forgotten.

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a good tale

This second volume is an excellent follow up. It continues to build the story line and the characters. My only worry is that audible has not committed to the last two books. come on guys don't leave me hanging.

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Fun romp

Like the chapter names. Even the one he ran out of. No harem stuff. But not sexless

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  • Erik
  • Champaign, IL
  • 01-09-19

Pew pew pew!

I really enjoyed listening to this followup to the first book. Fibble is adorable and it's cathartic listening to PWP get their comeuppance. Soundbooth Theatre does a great job as always with multiple voice actors and nice sound effects where appropriate.

The only thing I don't like about this story is that there is no real antagonist or challenge. PWP keeps sending easily defeated morons after the heroes and I never had any uncertainty about whether the protagonists would come out on top.

That minor complaint is more than mitigated by the interesting and well-written characters. It's certainly a well-written novel and I strongly recommend it.

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  • Scott R
  • 05-06-19

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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  • Teitur Ásgeirsson
  • 01-26-19

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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  • Dingo 883
  • 01-10-19

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.