• Through the Belly of the Beast

  • Underworld, Book 2
  • By: Apollos Thorne
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,942 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Surviving Lord Darius' attack has put Elorion's level over the top. He must soon leave the Mistress' Labyrinth for the unknown dangers of the Underworld.

There are three paths that stand before him. Should he absorb all the Blue Magic he can find, power level his fellow captives, or take on the bone palace alone?

The Underworld is waiting....

©2018 Apollos Thorne (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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fun light LitRPG

doesn't redefine the genre or make great strides in literature, but it's a lot of fun and pretty interesting. the story goes out of its way to present the MC with means of getting more OP and he takes advantage of them shamelessly. I don't quite understand the draw of an undefeatable MC, but I guess some people like them that way. someone must because it seems like a pillar of the LitRPG subgenre. nevertheless, this book has an interesting magic system and a fun metamagic system. this book is probably better than the first one, as the pacing and setting are way more interesting. if you read the first one, you should read this one, it's just as good if not better. if you are starting the series with this one, I'd reconsider and read the first one first, but that's just my advice, YMMV. I'm binging this series and need to stop writing this so I can listen to the next one. stop bothering me and listen!

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Great book not the foul language garbage books.

great book without all the filth and garbage language to try to make there books better.
thanks to a talented writer.

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Fun Overpowered LitRPG

This is a fun litRPG and when I say Overpowered I mean there is no level limit and thus everything's power is supersized. In this book the author takes a huge step forward in his writing and with the increased length I'll give other books from this author a try.

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Worth the wait.

After binging the first book from start to finish I was heartbroken to find the second book unreleased. Finally it came, and it reaches the same level of awesome. Now I have to wait even longer for the third installment.

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good fun

Graham Halstead has done great job with this series. It's good clean fun. NEED MORE.

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Do not bother

This is the most OP character ever. It ruins the story. believe me. I tried. its terrible. either you are a mage or a melee character. This guy has thousands upon thousands of spells and yet has cheats to learn more fire than a fire mage. has more strength and dexterity than any melee which is completely insulting to their characters. he can buff every stat for the equivalent of thousands of levels. the writer just does whatever he wants. its ridiculous. "oh my goodness I can't beat this thing 100 or 10000 levels above me. oh wait I guess I can." the hell?

don't bother trust me. also the author is very immature. the mc is at lvl 330. think of it as level 33. he uses 1000 mana its really 100. he just put zeroes on everything so it seems like more. its childish. leveling is pointless. the main character can heal anything, is invisible, can learn any magic, can literally do everything.

the narrator is terrible. doesn't mess up any lines but the main character is so "wise he never struggles. never grows. never has any inflection. its terrible.

don't bother. I'm so bored. hope I get a refund.

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Simp MC

This author seems to have a problem with simpy mc’s every book he writes they become pathetic after the love interest is introduced also for some reason he really likes the name Olivia. The mc on this book started ok slowly building himself up then some chick came unto the story and she just started using him to level up and he loves it, thats pretty much the story so far good luck on the next book.

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No stakes, not a lot of ranch dressing either.

Spoilers warning.

Honestly none of the protagonist characters will ever die or witness any setback whatsoever. The stakes are thus non-existent. They "lost" (but still won) 1 fight and the love interest gets killed and suddenly the MC can cast ressurrection. Surprise, as if everyone, their entire family and even the dead pigs in their fridge (bacon) hadn't seen that one coming. Honestly instant resurrection is the best way to hammer your point through that there will be no stakes if anyone had any doubts by that point in the book.

At least once in this book I noticed the MC contradicted one of the things he tested already or he tested in book one but here they did. Sigh so there will not even be consistency in the magic system from now on. Well maybe it is my fault I didn't recognize the magic system can do everything and is there only to provide plot armor and free xp for the MC without any limitation whatsoever.

The narration is enjoyable though.

Conclusion: the interesting premise and magic system of book 1 has dissolved into plot armor and power fantasy wishfulfilment. If you like that kind of stuff this is a fantastic book. If you expect at least some stakes or consequences to the actions of the protagonist this book is not worth you time. A dissapointing sequel.

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Gamer book

I like how its a book about gaming and the characters are not too overpowered.

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Dynamic LitRPG story

interesting, dynamic story. The main character levels up too fast/too easily though. Nice cliffhanger at the very end, makes you want to start the book ASAP

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  • Toomas Vananurm
  • 08-12-21

Have to return it

Very little story. Most of it is battle and ability descriptions. Found myself constantly wandering off with my thoughts. 1. Books was bit better.

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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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  • Frogmort
  • 06-24-22

a continuation of the book 1 style

if you liked book 1 then this is the same style . it is what it is if you listen to book 2 you will likely enjoy book 3 also. cheap and cheerful pulp fiction for gaming nerds who enjoy stats / levelling up .

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  • D. B. Hubert
  • 04-24-22

A whole lot of stats...

... without much happening in between.

Seriously, after listening through this second book the overarching plot has continued only so much that it could be summed up on two pages without any relevant development missing.

It also felt that instead of gaining depth, support characters became even more shallow.

Not sure I'll be continuing this series.

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  • Mark G.
  • 04-04-22

swing and a miss

enjoyed the first instalment. but this was padded out with so much stat talk . it definitely deflated the experience.
only my opinion but it's put me off going any further

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-06-22

Mah-na! Not dark enough for the story laid out.

Most of it is battle and ability descriptions. Found myself constantly wandering off with my thoughts.

As others pointed out the narrator's odd pronunciation of certain words is driving me crazy. Mah-na instead of man-a.

The mana and health stats are stupid (*very big number* mana out of *even bigger number* with no meaning) and you have to listen to it all the time. It is a bit ridiculous when the MC is in combat and you have to hear, how mutch mana regeneration his fart gives him.

No reason for having 20 teenagers in the story. Absolutely no reason at all. The MC doesn't even bond with anyone except a few fist bumps (super cringe), and Aeris which is on a whole other level of cringe. She asks him to do or don't do things just because of her view of the world. And the MC is simping so hard for no reason. Why should he listen to some nobody that he met last week and who did nothing for him?

The interaction between the humans is as fantasy like as the book. In what world would they all get along? In what world would not some of them bond more that they did? The MC is neither on this own nor with them. Nothing makes sense. Nobody even has a problem with them being kidnapped and brought in a whole different world.

This book is not as dark as it should have been. It shows no psychological description of the characters and how everything impacts them, nor psychological progress for that matter. Every interaction is blank and without real purpose. *big bad strong monster* - "some oh no, what will we do" ? One second later, like they forgot the danger they are facing - "we fight" ! Fistbump! Power of friendship! Even thought we are slaves in another world and we might be eaten at any second on the whims of powerful beings. Utter bullshit.

Also, is it actually possible for any teenager to not say/think "f*ck"? Especially when carve their own flesh.

This would have been a much much better book if it was just the MC without the other humans since they bring nothing to the table for the MC, and for the story. Just wasting time on meaningless descriptions. Like anyone cares about the other characters that don't even do anything except being described from time to time.

It feels like lazy writing. The characters ar kept around just so its convenient for the writer to solve a problem and that's it. No progression except stat progression.

I will not be buying anymore books from this author where the other humans are anything more than a 5 min sidenote in the last chapter. They are simply a waste of space that are actively detrimental to the MC growth and he should be killing them not helping them weaken him.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-21

Bit short

Good but short (like the rest of the series) Good enough to keep me listening

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-21

Not my bag of tea

Too repetitive and the MC is too OP. Too many STATs is read to me which is completely meaningless. All together; after two books I am finished with this book serie.

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  • Brightstar_uk
  • 10-04-21

GREAT STOREY

Get into this and you won't stop listening, I have done them all and wow