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War Aeternus: The Beginning

Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
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Lee is a quiet and unassuming office worker who leads a life of solitude, comfort, and routine. Day in and day out, he shuts off his brain, keeps his head down, and goes about doing his job and minding his own business. That is, he does until a drunken god shows up randomly one day and whisks him off into another world, demanding that Lee serve as his pawn in a game between the gods. Now, trapped in a completely different world full of danger, magic, and creatures he's never imagined outside of fairy tales and video games, Lee has to figure out how to stay alive long enough to make it back home.

Soundbooth Theater dives into another instant RPG Gamelit classic in War Aeturnus. With this piece of reverent comedy and philosophy about the role of belief in our modern times, Charles Dean has filled a void in the world of Gamelit by creating a Candide for the genre. Not only will Lee's exploits with his psychotic sidekick, Miller, make listeners laugh and spit out their Mountain Dew, it may even convince them to get off the couch for a little while and explore the world outside of video games and fantasy.

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:

  • Jeff Hays - Narration, Characters, Production Supervision
  • Dalton Lynne - Proofing
  • Alex Tate - Production, Editing, Mastering
©2017 Charles Aylett Ashby Dean (P)2018 Charles Aylett Ashby Dean

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For Beginners.

TL;DR It is a decent LitRPG. Chapter 8 and 9 are likely the highlights in my opinion.
Edit : Second book is much better and is full of interesting character development and an unraveling plot. If you like series, then this wouldn't be bad if you can get through the first book.

Problem 1: The Main Character - The first hour or so is indeed hard to get through. Lee, the main character, knows nothing. I suppose it is appropriate that someone would be disoriented after being plucked from their life, but it is exaggerated a bit too much for my taste. If you consider that he is an avid gamer, every gamers dream is to be in an actual game at least once, they should at least be able to cope or recognize the signs quicker.

I suppose the intro is the way it is for the purpose of explaining things to readers who have never touched a game before, but then why would they get this book?

Problem 2 : Narrator - Jeff Hays is a mastermind in voice acting. I love his voice range and control. My problem lies more with the fact that he mixes up the voices. He has a voice for narrating surroundings and actions and one for the main character. The issue is that when the character thinks or has an inner monologue, Jeff Hays swaps between the narrator voice and the MC voice. This presents the problem of not knowing the context of the information provided; If the character is talking out loud or just thinking.

It is more difficult to put these words on paper than to actually experience it. If the narration isnt something that you are avid about or are not a nitpicker, this will likely not bother you.

It is very generic in the sense of being whisked away to a different world, being trapped there, and having to survive or die for real. Nevertheless, after having completed ongoing series like "The Land", "Dungeon Lord", "Life Reset", "Unbound Deathlord", my standards are extremely high and this book is a place holder while I wait for the next book in one of said series. If you like this, check the others, I guarantee you will enjoy them.

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Don't recommend this one

Really struggled to get into the story. The story really never seems to get anywhere fast. It dragged too much and i got quite bored with the story.

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The Best performed audio book I've heard.

I have over 300 audible titles and I have to say that the narration and performance of this book is one of the best I've heard. It's a compelling universe with a great story and awesome characters. I can't wait for a sequel.

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Opinion

Its got decent lore, and an engaging protagonist, but I personally feel the magic feels flat.

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  • Sean
  • Colorado springs
  • 02-07-18

a very interesting story

a well written take on the reluctant protagonist, good game design and a nice premise on the world itself

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fast forward to an amazing story

the author does something rather amazing he allows people to make a choice do you want to listen to the character sheet if no fast forward and in doing this he gives the people choice of listening to his amazing story in two ways if you're the hardcore gamer who likes to listen to the character sheets go ahead do so otherwise skip the next chapter something else is by doing this we get to really get into what's like for mpc's show me how some people treat them as second-class Citizens While others treat them as equals and the effect that has on gameplay

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amazing imagination and theological insight

War Aeternus takes on the everyman imagination when it comes to how gods work. From the mind of Charles Dean comes a hilarious account of a god looking out for its offspring by taking him from his dull world into a game like world to break his mind free from living like a drone. depending on how religious you are, you may take offence but I spoke with Charles before reading this and I knew that his intent was not to offend. when someone thinks their thoughts are crazy and another friend tells them it's normal.... this is that friend in the form of a book. hilarious. entertaining. and down to earth. very much worth your time. recommended snacks while reading. bacon and blueberry waffles. and beer. lots of beer.

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  • TU
  • 03-14-18

Another FANTASTIC book narrated by Jeff Hays

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

With Jeff Hays narrating, it is no wonder this was a highly entertaining listen. Like Delvers, LLC, this is a nice take the LitRPG genre. If you like Jeff Hays' other work, you'll love this one. Do yourself a favor and go ahead and pick this one up.

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Pretty good

Well the story, writingg, pretty much everything was good. Character likability is the big weakness, especially early on. But likability didnt quite reach critically low levels but it was close.

But yeah it was good, I disagreed with quite a bit of its religious and philosophical interpretations but that just means it succeeded in being thought provoking. So I will get the next book. I cannot think of anything else to complain about, except maybe I get the feeling the author equates Young Adult and Eastern Stories to define stories in general.

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Makes war fun again!

Let me start off by saying that Jeff Hays ought ot be listed as one of the gods in this book. Maybe the god of storytelling, or the god of the ten-thousand voices. He always does an amazing job, but here he really brings his divinity, when telling Dean's tale about a regular guy pulled into an RPG type world to fight for a god of alcohol. His vocal stylings make him the Frank Sinatra of narrators.

Dean, a favorite of my family, has penned the Bathrobe Knight. That was humorous, but this baby is packed full of funny. He also givesnods to several of his writing pals, or at least I gleaned that from some of the characters, and has little bits of fun hidden throughout for the attentive reader/listener. The story is well paced, fun, and you care about the characters. As much as I loved the bathrobe knight, I think this will shape up to better it in the long run. There is a lot of potential here, and the story is not yet close to being over.

Get it, read it, love it. Thank me later.

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  • Dingo 883
  • 11-16-18

Maybe my least liked LitRPG

Where to begin? The main and secondary characters are the worst ever. The MC is supposed to be a lifelong gamer but he goes through the world as if he's never even heard of MMOs before much less played one. The average NPC/player has an intelligence of 1 or 2. By level 10 the MC's is over 60. He's 60 times more intelligent that an average person, yet instead of having a god-like, precog-level brain he runs around acting kind of stupid. He's a wussy little wiener who gives off some serious rapey, future serial killer vibes (we're talking full on Buffalo Bill) whose only skill is making animated clay mice.

The secondary character is even worse. He's voiced as Arnold Schwarzenegger made extra stupid. He starts off as a wannabe knight whose all about fair play and chivalry. Within 2 chapters he gloms into this religion and becomes a zealot so twisted and bloodthirsty Torquemada would lose his lunch. I'm talking about ripping out people's collar bones and jamming them into their eyes.

I never thought I would give Sound Booth Theater anything short of 4 stars and even that would be weird for me. I've come to think of them as the best in the business. Not this time. Don't get me wrong, from a technical standpoint they were as awesome as ever, but the voices... I already talked about Arnie's retarded, inbred little brother. This is about the narration. For the first half of the book I couldn't keep track of the MC's inner monologue and the narrator's voice because I don't think the narrator could either. That aside, they (I'm assuming at the behest of the author) went with a narrator voice that made me yearn for Dukes of Hazzard and Grizzly Adams. It would have been a great voice for a western, but having a Sam Elliott impersonator doing fantasy just didn't sound right.

Now let's trash the story. Meh. Kid gets taken by a demented pseudo god and tossed into a game-like world where he has to spread his religion. The constant religious references made me feel like I was in a debate hall between the mormons and the Scientologists. It grew boring real fast.

So, yeah, I won't be listening to the rest.

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  • Teitur Ásgeirsson
  • 01-26-19

GOOD BOOK

I have over 300 audible titles and I have to say that the narration and performance of this book is one of the best I've heard. It's a compelling universe with a great story and awesome characters

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  • John
  • 02-10-19

War Aeternus the Beginning

Joshua Swayne and Charles Dean a talented authors and this show of there talent . Our hero is living his boring life . All of the sudden he gets a visitor at work by a talking mouse and the roller coaster ride starts there . And with the voice acting talent of Jeff Hays who skills makes this characters and world come alive 12/10 stars ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆.....

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  • David
  • 10-18-18

Heavy Narration Accent

The chosen accent for the narration is incredibly jarring. It's a shame, because the story is otherwise perfectly serviceable.

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  • Sean
  • 02-22-18

Great story and narration

The story and characters are great. The narration is excellent. Combining the two led to many laughs and a really enjoyable listen. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-18

Awesome

This book makes u think has an awesome plot and was narrated with perfection (thank you Jeff hays) all that and wrapped up in litrpg couldn’t ask for a better book pls I need book 2 lol read and enjoy