• The Houndsman

  • A Base-Building LitRPG Adventure (The Houndsman, Book 1)
  • By: J Pal
  • Narrated by: Jack Voraces
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (212 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Build his fortress. Grow the pack. Save the realm.

After serving two terms in the Iron Army's Building Division, Flint Woodson is done with it all. With his four-legged friend at his side, he wants nothing more than to find a remote settlement, work as a guard or a builder, and find a wife.

He doesn't care about filling his remaining nodes with Skill Stones or wasting his life looking for a Class. Wyldbloods like him aren't destined for greatness.

But the realm is at war. The Fae are sick of humankind violating their treaties, their Wyld armies taking to the fields.

And Flint's plans go out the window when the Diskverse sends him a Life Quest.

Reawaken the Sleeping Fort.

Protect the village of Lea's Slumber.

Give the Champion of Equilibrium time to grow.

Saying "no" isn't an option when the quest involves the word Champion. Not if Flint wants to save the realm and have somewhere left to one day to live out his dream.

Have you been dreaming of a LitRPG with kingdom-building, flashy skills, and evolving dogs? Well, you just found it. The next series from the hit author of They Called Me Mad is here! Grab your copy today. 

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I like it.

I recognize that this book may be too mich of a book 1 slow burn and may burn the pants off of some people. If you can deal with that and i terested in somwthing that clearly has a long way to go, buy it. Its also a good...I got stuff to do book... noise in the background book.... that, I'm looking for a wow book... but I can listen to this right now type of book lol.

It has potential but it has that... slow Bobs Universe thing going on and for those looking for stats, crunchy stuff, dungeons and spell books... this is not it. This is wayyy ligther on that stand point. But there is some violence, some magic, some world building and drama.

Hooe I was helpful. 😊

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Decent

I really liked the premise of this one, not a huge fan of the execution. Flint sounds too young and naive for a 13 year veteran, I'm unsure if this is an issue of writing or performance. My intuition is both. I think a story like this needs an experienced and canny protagonist to be truly believable.

Finally, I'm not a fan of the narrator. In general, but the way he voices the Pucks is truly an assault on my ears. Instead of throwing in the occasional Ram-like 'baas,' he decided to make their entire speech sound like that. It comes off almost like someone speaking through an electrocution.

I might give the next one a go, but it depends atm.

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pretty decent book. hate the goat voice

this was a pretty solid book, I liked the base building and could see some fun with that. and definitely the class where canines can be modified is pretty cool. but every single time that dang puck started talking. I just wanted to whip my phone across the room cuz it was so annoying. otherwise the narrator did a good job and he did fine with the voice for the puck. It was just annoying hearing the goat

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Couldn't keep my attention. Has potential.

The story has the main character Flint and his loyal dog companion Mia going off into the woods to rebuild some large historically significant Fort. The location has special properties and features. All while he has to deal with troublesome locals and enemies knocking at his door.

The beginning of the book is super confusing for the first hour or so. You're thrown directly into the story with unexplained game-like mechanics being used, but no context of how this world works. Here's the rundown. Fantasy-ish world where people have a few stats. People can obtain skill stones in several ways, but the main ones are from being dropped when people die (enemies and inheritance), from quests, and from trading. Many people in Flints nation sign up for Military naervice for a number of years in exchange for a skill stone. Plot hole here. They use a special Heart Stone to distribute stats, skill stones, and obtain quests. When they slot a stone it disappears.... and when they die the stones drop.... So where do the stone go when they are slotted? Anyways. People can also get a class, but they're very rare, most people just get a skill stone or two their entire life.

Our boy Flint here has 2 stones from 16 years (I think. May have been 12) in the Military. He receives a special Life Quest from the Heart Stone to go rebuild a special Fort and do a Thing in exchange for another Skill stone and a Class. If you read the title and the summary, you may have a clue what Flint's class is about. The base building/rebuilding isn't minimal, but neither is it extensive. It's just kind of there. It's ok, nothing exciting.

In full honesty, I didn't finish the book. I had about 6 hours left, but I've spent a week trying to get through the book and it just doesn't hold my interest. I made it to a spot in the story where Flint finds a Thing and why the Fort is so special, but eh, my attention for this book wanes. It's not a bad story, and it does have potential, it just wasn't for me.

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Unique take on LitRPG

Love this combination of base builder and animal trainer. A truly fun book start to end. Looking forward to book 2!

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good story and good narration

I liked how the narrator actually tried with the voices; and it helps that they were actually good with them on top of it.
The story was good but I can see how someone might think it lacks direction. I liked it as it expanded the world a bit.
I appreciate how the author tried to avoid super long exposition.

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It is okay

The goat voice is very grating and unnecessary, I am not sure if I missed a disclaimer.

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Inept and lack luster

I read it for the dogs. The main character is sort of stupid. Example: sees his enemy writhing on the ground and decides to ignore him but then is shocked when said enemy gets up and almost kills him… doesn’t like getting better at fighting and wonders why he is too weak to get things done…
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Mostly set up

This story starts like its a spin off of another series and spends most of its time building up the conflict to come, kinda feel like I need book two for a real rating XD though I love the doggie pov parts

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great listen

this audio book is very enjoyable and worth the listen. the reader also dis a fantastic job with the voices.

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  • Jim Brodie
  • 11-17-21

Pretty good Start, Unique System, Believable MC

The Houndman is not your standard litrpg it's a pretty unique magical system

the main character has a tough exterior and bucks Authority

Very believable world also called the disc

Looking forward to more books

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  • jordan
  • 01-06-22

Great book

Just my type of book with rpg style progression
Makes you want to live in the world that's been created

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  • kharnynb
  • 12-24-21

nice litrpg book, hope book 2 comes soon

Great fantasy book with a litrpg basis, alternate world style, no earth references or "gaming" slang.
Well narrated by jack Voraces and easy to listen to.

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  • Greg Sinnott
  • 11-22-21

Mostly good with one very irritating voice.

Generally a decent story with an original character and progression system. Characters are well voiced except for probably the most irritating and annoying voice ever on audible. No reason why they used such an irritating voice and unable to skip through as it was a character that provided vital information to the plot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-19-21

Good book

This a good book with good characters and a unique leveling system. The voices were great and I couldn’t ask for more overall 15/15 try the book