• Chrysalis: The Antventure Begins

  • A LitRPG Adventure
  • By: RinoZ
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,426 ratings)

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Chrysalis: The Antventure Begins

By: RinoZ
Narrated by: Jeff Hays,Annie Ellicott
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Publisher's Summary

Anthony has been reborn! 

Placed into the remarkable game-like world of Pangera.

But something seems a little off... What's with these skills? Bite? Dig?

Wait....

He's been reborn as a what?

Follow Anthony as he attempts to adjust to his new life as an ant in his new Dungeon home. He'll have to learn how to survive, level-up, and grow both himself and his bite-sized colony into a force to be reckoned with.

Don't miss the start of a hit LitRPG monster-evolution series with nearly 30 Million views on Royal Road. For the first time, this completed revised, new-and-improved version of Chrysalis is now available on Audible, narrated by Jeff Hays (Dungeon Crawler Carl, New Era Online).

Grab your copy today!

About this Series: Jump into a rebirth story that mixes LitRPG and GameLit Elements with Monster Evolution. Levels, Stats, Skills, Magic, Power Progression, Kingdom Building, Party Building, Army Building, evolution, a monster MC, gigantic enemies (compared to Ant at least), and plenty of humor fitting for such a ludicrous premise.  

©2022 Aethon Books (P)2022 Aethon Audio

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Soo awesome

FOR THE COLONY!!!, THE ITCHHH!!, THE ITCCHH!!,
CRUNCHING BITE.

This book was so awesome, I loved listening to this book and rinoz is truly talented. rino deserves an award or something. chrysalis is truly a masterpiece.

Jeff hays and Annie Ellicott do so good!!!, Jeff does this Australian accent that just brings out the Mc and really fits the book, I loved the voice. it was so happy and it was making me feel happy, Jeff did really good, the voices were all different and you could tell them apart. He also has a really good Australian accent, this book just shows the variety of voices Jeff and Annie have.
it's also really humorous, it's as funny as dungeon crawler carl, and this is also the only other book that's really made me laugh besides dcc.
it's so awesome listening to him dance after a victory or hearing him scream " THE ITCHH"

the Mc isn't annoying at all, he's a cool little human ant that's funny and has the weirdest personality.
there's not much side characters but they aren't bad either.
the fighting, it's so good. if you just started listening and you think there's not enough action just keep on listening, this book is like 80% fighting and action and I loved it, he dominates foes using his human intelligence and ant abilities. listening to a ant give beatdowns to people is just so cool, he also doesn't make alot of dumb decisions. maybe the dumbest one he made is telling a random person he's from another world, why would he do that? it's just common sense not to do that. so like I said he doesn't make alot of dumb decisions, meaning he makes smart decisions. he makes calculated calls and that's how he beats monsters, I also like the evolutions. listening to the evolutions and having him grow and change is just so cool.
i can also confidently say the power progression and skill progression is top tier, just listening to him get stronger and level up his body is a that in itself.

When it comes too plot it could be better, you could see that the goal of book 1 was too find his colony, he did that and after that there's nothing he's striving for. the plot isn't bad but it could be better.
the tone of the book was just downright fabulous, I was so happy listening to this book and I felt like that's what the author wanted when writing this.
the world building is also really good, I can't believe hie good it is. the dungeon world is explained well and the way the world is built is just so awesome. I didn't know what to expect when listening to this book but it certainly wasn't this.
there's also some good foreshadowing, I would say it's so good because of the narration but I like it. it's a perfect suspense giving the book something I didn't know it needed.
I also love how long this book is, 20 hours or pure awesomeness. anyone who doesn't like this book is lying or doesn't have taste, it does have its downsides but I love it.

the information about some of the ants and some other things is also true and I learned something new listening to this, when the author was writing this I felt like he was trying to make a funny book that everyone would like and love, he accomplished that task and I think that's what makes this book so good. and tiny, I really liked the dumb gorilla and if he died I'd be really mad, I care for that gorilla and he's a key part in the story. now If you're on your last credit and you don't know if you wanna get this, you should get it. the art cover can be misleading but thats it. this books funny, no he's not a dungeon core he's an ant, yes there's a lot of fighting and action and yes there are a lot of chapters. I was confused at the start of this book but after a while I got on board, so yes you're going to know what's going on in the book.

Ending conclusion is.

This book's a 5 all the way around, it's worth the credit. Jeff hays gives this book life, and it's one of the reasons I like this book, it's similar to dcc in the fact that it's funny. You're gonna want book 2 as soon as you get it because I know I will, I already know there's going to be an influx in royal road readers just because of this book.
So yea this book is awesome, and lastly.

FOR THE COLONY!!!!

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Bloody antastic!!

the new monster evolution litrpg by RinoZ. I bought this because that cover demands to tell the story of its creation. Ant evolution litrpg? Yes please.

TLDR: The narration is outstanding, even more than expected, and the story has all kinds of fun elements that entertained me silly all the way to the end.

Fresh off listening to Jeff Hays crush Dungeon Crawler Carl, I was very curious to see how he handled this. The MC is an English/Australian reincarnated into a typical hive worker ant. Jeff is nailing the accent, and has really given the character a voice. The pesky, but lovable and loyal new hive ant comes across as a fun guy to have around. When he gets excited, I’m excited.

Jeff and Soundbooth Theater do an incredible job. This is already launching them to a new level of skill. It starts out with a Primus style baseline and keeps going from there, adding in a twist with the ending. My version does not have full sound effects, but that intro really set the tone. The fact that I can barely recognize Jeff's voice from his Carl persona is very impressive. The system AI is well done as well, and the personality is flowing with the mc to make me sympathetic for his adventure. I'm not sure if I've heard Annie's part yet, but regardless, it's great audio.

The story comes in with 30 million eye balls on it, so unsurprisingly, the first ten chapters are well sorted with action and how this guy is going to be a bada\*\* acid slinging, mandible chomping ant. It feels very realistic for what becoming an ant must be like, and the potential for commanding a massive ant army is going to be fun to discover. I like the foraging element and cost for leveling up his skills and gaining new ones. You really feel it. Kind of reminds me of Jez Caijio's Underverse in its vivid descriptions.

“I’d like to introduce you to what I like to call the Business District. Pow!”

🤣🤣Every time Jeff Hays says “Pow!” I wanted to high kick and laugh maniacally. I can’t get enough of this ant evolution awesomeness.

“I began to think, isn’t this going rather well?”

This line at the end of ch 71 epitomizes the feel of a good part of this book. The sarcastic, yet still sympathetic voice for our hero will carry us through many ups and downs. The low of finding out he’s evolved into a regular ol hive ant has its highs when he accesses awesome mutated abilities. “Aura mandibles, chomp!”

It sucks that he’s been resurrected into an ant body, but the journey is incredible. Perfect for fans of OP MC’s with style and a likeable demeanor.

“Hope you’re ready for this bear! Crushing bite!”
Thunk.
“Holy bristling eyebrows of the White Wizard. That is tough.”

I knew when I saw the cover that an ant evolution LitRPG would be a romp, but I didn’t expect RinoZ’s execution. It’s bloody antastic!

Feel the wrath of Anthony!

May your robes be ever gray!

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Am I missing something?

I really like Jeff Hays, but what the heck is this story? After 40 chapters it’s still an ant eating caterpillars and increasing his stats. I’m bored to tears, sorry.

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Interesting story, wrong narration style

A lot of shouting in the narration and some of the classic pitfalls of litRPG with MC supposedly being smart but also acting like a 10yr old on a sugar rush. Having a character with a high INT means you have to make an effort to write him acting accordingly, it is very common in litRPG and probably hard to handle when you give hard numbers for your main characters abilities, so it becomes more obvious when your MC deviates from the established norm. Suspension of disbelief is easier when you don't get a stat sheet recited at you every few hours. IMO great universe building but still some pieces missing in the story.

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Yay! for Ant-thony

I wasn't expecting much out of this audiobook but I was pleasantly surprised. I saw it several times on facebook ads and im a sucker for something different. Im leaving my comments free of spoilers so something might be vague

Pro:
The cast of this book was fantastic both Jeff and Annie did a great job at really bringing the characters to life. I don't think this book would have been near as good without Jeff's ability to channel the main characters cheeky personality

While the story somewhat involves progression their is for sure personal character goals that give purpose to progression

Speaking of progression, the progression system is unique... like if this was a game I would want to play it for the mechanics alone

The story does a lot of foreshadowing of things to come. Im looking forward to seeing how the story progresses with some of the groups in the story that are only touched on.

Cons/Additional Thoughts:
I'm going to have to wait soooo... long for the second book

I'm hoping that we see more interaction between the various groups in the next book




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Sooo mind numbing, rage inducing, horrible

The story would be great if it was more funny and a lot less annoying. This book could be reduced to 8 hrs
If the MC just went with the flow of things it would be soooo much better but instead he has to always be whining and bitching about something.
Total waste of a credit

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Repetitive, one gimmick, and weak story

I've listened to mant hours, but enough is enough. the book is very repetitive with 'being insect' and 'fighting insects' as the main theme. While this is fun for an hour, it doesn't hold up as a long story. The lack of communication, and the fighting makes it very very repetitive and more of a one-gimmick story.

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Slice of Dungeon Life

Jeff Hays does an amazing job bringing the book to life. I do wish the book wasn't 97% monologue.

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Wish there was more Story and less Grinding

It's rare that we get LitRPG with a non-humanoid protagonist! And being an ant monster among men is certainly an interesting premise, unfortunately the execution of this intriguing idea falls a little flat on its face in Chrysalis. Especially towards the ending of the story when the involvement of the humans is completely dropped entirely.

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But one severe plot hole that I felt should have been addressed was: why didn't Anthony tell the Queen about the presence of humans so close to the colony? In previous chapters the humans moving further and further into the dungeon seemed like a significant problem that Anthony was worried about, yet for whatever reason he seems to completely forget about it as soon as he gains the ability to actually communicate with his fellow ants. In fact, the last half of the book there is no mention of the humans, nor does the POV switch at all during the final chapters.

I'm hoping that in the next book we'll have a chance to see Anthony actually attempt to make some kind of contact with the humans of this world on behalf of his growing colony, for better or for worse.

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Fun

Anthony is a 15 year old neglected boy who once had an ant farm, died mysteriously (my guess is starvation), and is reborn as a monstrous ant in a dungeon on another world. He is always just so gung-ho, embracing his new ant life and working so hard. It’s freaking adorable. And gross, because he’s got to fight and eat the most disgusting/disturbing things to survive and evolve.
He doesn’t angst over his lot in life, he just keeps going, trying to get to his ant colony. He’s so sweet. And very much a teenager. BUT, he makes really sound decisions on his body modifications and evolutions. He got a lucky break a couple times, but he’s been smart with his strategies and future planning.
I don’t know if this new world is prepared for an ant with human levels of cunning and a teenagers will to get XP. For the Colony!!
Can’t wait to listen to the next book, though I’ll start reading it on Kindle. Jeff Hayes and Soundbooth Theater are excellent as always. Having heard Jeff’s vocal range in Dungeon Crawler Carl, I was surprised to see Annie Ellicott voicing all the female characters. She did a good job, but Jeff holds a special place in my heart from DCC.
Tl;dr: Tons of action, very little drama, lots of fun. Definitely recommend. Just keep the volume down because there’s much screaming about THE IIIITCH!!! Every time Anthony gets more bad ass.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-17-22

A very nice start to an interesting adventure

This was something completely new for me and even though there were some moments the humour was a bit too childlish, I found myself unable to stop listening, wondering what happens next to the brave ant Anthony. I recommend it to anyone who likes a less dramatic but still action-packed fantasy story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-27-22

Fun idea but a bit childish

I really like the concept of the book, but find the way is is narrated a bit to childish for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-15-22

wonderfully whimsical!

Absolutely superb narration of a wonderful story.
will definitely keep an eye out for the rest of these books!

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  • Paul
  • 07-15-22

Smashed it out of the park

that was an amazing book cannot wait for the next one perfect narration as well

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  • Norma Miles
  • 07-05-22

"Everything feels weird."

Anthony, dead, but born again as a giant ant.
Lots of fighting, upgrades and levelling up but with the option to skip the periodic stats readings after the initial ones, thank goodness. The story, told from Anthony's perspective, is funny and rather charming as he tries to encompass his new situation. It would be a great story to share with a child but there is just too much fighting for my personal enjoyment.
What makes this book really work, however, is the excellent performance by Jeff Hays, who adopts an Estuary English accent and throws his voice into the action for almost the entire near monologue of this book, his only relief a very few minutes when Annie Elliott voices the brief appearances of the Queens.
Jeff Hayes is the star of this book, his narration excellent, funny, and totally absorbing. Over seventeen hours of total mayhem. Outstanding.

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  • Wolf
  • 07-01-22

Dull

I knew I liked the narrator so I tried this. Unique character of an ant sounded interesting but plot wise it really dragged. Even at the end I felt like nothing had really happened and it didn’t ‘grip’ me. It’s very light on the number crunching and min max speculation so that’s a plus but otherwise it was background noise. I found myself zoning out rather than actually listening. Narration was good.

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  • Nathan
  • 06-30-22

Superb

Excellent adventure, wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it, but it's so good and so entertaining. Both the writing and the narrator are excellent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-27-22

A bit repetitive for my liking

I wanted to like this a lot more but couldn't get over some of the issues. The story mainly focuses on the MC's internal dialogue and thus rarely shifts in tone, or pace, and the characters he does interact with are very shallow up till very close to the end.
Alo, unfortunately, while I do generally like Jeff Hayes' narration he does a very off putting cockney (or Australian?) accent throughout which grates very quickly.
It's quite irreverent and has a lot of self aware quips - of that's your thing you may get more out of this than I did.

The core concept is very cool as well - so it gets bonus points for a novel spin on the isekai type story.

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  • viktor
  • 06-19-22

An interesting isekai

The story resembles to the “So I'm a Spider, So What?” (Kumo Desu ga, Nanika?) with its own take, ant and colony.

Performance is okay. The acting out of the transformations at first are interesting but later become annoying!
I like the reminders of skipping and how much at the beginning of the stats!

Overall it worth listening.

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  • Sigurður S.
  • 06-17-22

Very addictive, can't wait for the next one

If you likelitrpg you will like this one. Can't wait to follow the series, hope the author can write fast.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-22

long time fan of this series

I was introduced to this story by the reading by aggro squirrel on YouTube. I've been looking forward to seeing it on this platform. book one down and onto book two.💪

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-22

A solid start to hopefully something more

I enjoyed this quite a bit as the MC seems down to earth. They are not megamind always thinking 20 steps ahead nor could they confidently lose to a brick in a IQ test, they are average and i love that. They make choices that most people would probably make and it makes it easy to immerse yourself in the story. On top of that, the system in the universe and the motivations for the MC are strong and enjoyable. I hope to hear more of this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-27-22

RinoZ is a Genius

Having been a long time fan of the series I was thrilled when I found it here on Audible.
The Voice work for Anthony and other characters was amazingly done, and the pacing of the story for audiobook form was done incredibly well.
RinoZ has done an amazing job going from Royal Road to Audible and the results are well deserved.

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  • Tom S
  • 09-26-22

Best one all year

This voice and this story are perfect for each other. It’s just so engaging I’m already half way through reading book 2 even though there isn’t a audiobook for it.

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  • jenny strasiotto
  • 09-09-22

wow what a Awesome ant Anthony truly is

when you get a story that you fully engage in.. when you listen to it every moment you can get away with. you know your onto a great read

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  • West
  • 07-16-22

LOVED IT

Was so good
listened to it whenever I could amazing and exciting story loved the narration
Can’t wait for more to come out

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-09-22

An exciting ant-venture

Super fun lighthearted story with excitement and adventure for our ant buddy in his new life. Fantastically voiced with gusto and humor. All the stars.

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  • MR ALEXANDER WISHART
  • 07-09-22

a great time

this book is a good read if you want to hear a book with leveling and very funny voice

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  • Danny Noonan
  • 06-22-22

Seriously stupid and glorious!

This is the book I never knew I needed. The premise is crazy but works. The narration is inspired. The book is just stupid fun all the way through but as the book comes to its conclusion you can tell that there is a lot more depth than you expected. Looking forward to the sequel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-22

this book is great

loved it Jeff Hays sounded like he had fun with this one and the antventure was so good