Narrator: Jeff Hays
Series: Morningwood #1
Published by Spoken Realms on 30 October 2017
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
Genres: Humor, LitRPG
Source: Narrator, Submitted
Large chests are said to encompass all manner of hopes and dreams. Men covet them. Women envy them. But one fact holds true - everyone wants to get their hands on some big ones.
The same holds true for one intrepid adventurer - a strapping young lad by the name of Himmel. Armed with his grandfather's trusty longsword and the dream of being the strongest, he sets out on the journey of a lifetime! It is sure to be a long and dangerous road, fraught with danger! And it all starts with a simple test - reach Level Five in the dungeon called the "newbie zone" and earn the right to become a full-fledged adventurer!
However, such things get hopelessly derailed when his adolescent mind beholds an exposed chest for the first time - a fateful meeting that would inevitably lead his life in a direction he never even dreamed of!
Content warning: Gore, violence, explicit sexual scenes
Everybody Loves Large Chests was first brought to Jeff Hays on Soundbooth Theater Live, his live streaming narration show. Since then, it has been the most consistently requested and enjoyed title by fans. So much so, that Neven Iliev finally decided to approach us to put out a full audio version of the first arc in Boxxy's adventures!
The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:
Jeff Hays - Narration, Characters, Production Supervision
Dalton Lynne - Proofing
Alex Tate - Production, Editing, Mastering
©2017 Neven Iliev (P)2017 Jeff Hays
ABR received this audiobook for free from the Narrator, Submitted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the audiobook or the content of our review.Buy from Audible Buy from Amazon.comAdd to Goodreads
The title and summary description are somewhat misleading. Yes, there are some big ‘ol boobs in this one, but you learn right off (no spoiler here) that the main character is not Himmel, but actually, a shape-shifter disguised as a treasure chest. Through sheer dumb luck and many, many accidental successes he begins to go from a low-level demon character designed to challenge newbies, to a full-fledged magic wielding menace.
This R.P.G. (role-playing game) book uses a lot of health points, level up and the usual list of player skills and abilities. What is unique, is that the main character is a challenge object that works his way out of the background and his dungeon prison into the main world. It is a great premise and innovative idea, the trouble is, it takes most of the book to get him to a level that makes him even vaguely interesting to the listener. There is a not-so-subtle erotic element to the book that is more juvenile than truly erotic. Perhaps geared to a young adult R.P.G. audience, it just didn’t resonate with me that well.
It is a satirical book that doesn’t take itself all that seriously, definitely saving the story. A treasure chest that kills skilled warriors is pretty funny. It would have been more fun if the listener could find some reason to care more about the characters. I just didn’t get that, maybe it took too long to get there. There are plenty of magical battles, potions, spells, and some really big boobs to keep the puerile male listening though.
Jeff Hays performs the story well. He gets out of the way, letting the story lead the listener. His character voices are generally good, and easily discernible, though all the females sound like California valley girls. Still, a good job that is easy to listen to and enjoy.
If you like the R.P.G. genre and would like a twist on a pretty crowded field, you might give this a listen. Highly geared to the young adult male audience, if the title and description don’t make that readily clear. It is clearly book one, and now that the stage is set, book two promises to be better. Perhaps it is best to think of book one as a long introduction. The murderous chest finally gets interesting when the book ends. I haven’t listened to book two, so will have to reserve judgment in that respect. Probably best to get both volumes and listen continuously, and then decide how you like them as one.
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