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World of Chains Compendium: Books 1-3

By: Lars Machmüller
Narrated by: Justin Thomas James,Jeff Hays,Laurie Catherine Winkel
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Publisher's Summary

Run. Hide. Live the good life online.

Early retirement looked so easy on paper. Steal eight million euros from a gangster. Hide inside an online game and enjoy the finer things in life as a bard until the danger had passed. Except Daniel messed up.

Now, the gangsters are in the game looking for him and he's stuck with an imbalanced character build in a dead-end starter village.

Can Daniel find his own place and a life worth living inside the World of Chains?

Pick up books one to three in this fantasy LitRPG series with a focus on mystery, social mechanics, and music.

©2022 Lars Machmuller (P)2022 Soundbooth Theater (Production) and Lars Machmuller (Audio)

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A mix of Cozy Mystery and LitRPG

The publisher's summary offers this for book 1:
1. Intercept illegal money transfer from mafia boss.
2. Hide out in super-exclusive Full Immersion Virtual Reality game until the heat is off.
3. Roll a bard. Max out charisma. Live it up.

The novel starts off with 1, with a great scene in a banker's office in Copenhagen. Eventually, we get to 2 and 3. A fairly standard "Welcome to the game world" story ensues. Eventually, the main character fights a rat.
A few chapters later, I start thinking "This is really slow."
However, this is Soundbooth Theater, and they make even slow material entertaining, and I'm enjoying it all.
About halfway through, I *finally* realize that this is a mystery. An actual good mystery, and the roguish bard has to connive his way to a solution. The fascinating speech Jeff Hays gave earlier about the usefulness of blackmail, that now starts fitting into the plot. Now I have to give the book another listen.

The goodness continues through books 2 and 3. Fairly decent music in the background on occasion -- he's a violin bard. Highly recommended.

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Great story and performance!

Loving the story of the bard Arcangelo and his fellow adventurers. Great character development as well! The compendium was a tremendous value and well worth the listen. Looking forward to the 4th book now!

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One of the best productions, if not the best, I’ve listened in litrpg

There is casual litrpg, an intriguing non-op mc, classy story telling, just a solid good story

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Excellent Series!

I immensely enjoyed listening to this compendium. I was so entertained throughout. The story is well-written, very detailed, funny, very witty, and exciting. The world-building was cleverly crafted. Also, the pacing of the story was steady and just right. Lars Machmüller has created this cast of characters that's totally interesting and charming. You can't help but adore and cheer for them.

The narration and production of this series were simply excellent! Well done!

I highly recommend it!

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please stop adding music and sounds effects

I really wish they would add music and so many songs effects. very distracting from the story. the audio balance favors whatever garbage they add in editing over the narrator's voice

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really enjoyable

i actually really liked this series, I thought it was really enjoyable. I certainly recommend this book. I'm satisfied with the pace of this story. each ending had me wanting more.



the Narration is really good, Jeff hays does such a good job with all the voices. Annie Ellicott also does an amazing job with her voices. the narration for this book was top tier.



overall I liked this series, each book got better and better. the plot followed a nice pace. I like the characters and how there written. Lars Machmuller really did good with this series.


I really enjoyed this book, I have minor complaints, but overall this series was really good. like I said before, I recommend.

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MC kinda sucks

Pretty mild overall, MC kinda flounders alot and just act like a under leveled punching bag for any foe that he comes across. I guess you can remark that he's being very "Human" but it's kinda pathetic that I'm half way through this 40 hour series and he just now left the village to another location.

Performances were amazing though.

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wow just bad

finishing this book felt like a chore, not only was I bored it felt like the author went out of their way to suck every bit of excitement out of this social journey. why didn't you just say that the main character wanted to be a reporter, why not just take away the level system if it takes 2 book to hit lvl 4. the point of levels is to give a sense of tangible growth you could have done cultivation system instead. the game wasn't hard it was poorly designed. why did this book have to get a full cast with great narration why.

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So awesome to get all three of these books in one.

Fantastic storyline. Awesome the way it stays true to the bard class. Incredible theatrical performance by the audio crew. A definite recommendation to all who like let RPG. Can’t wait for the next tale in the series.

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I used to be able to say I hated bards!

I found the MC flawed but likeable. The world building is Awesome and the cast makes the whole thing a pleasure. The music blends in to the story without jarringly taking me out of immersion. Lars has made it into my must have list with his delicious brain candy.

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  • Nikolaj
  • 11-24-22

Great slow burner LRPG!

I got this book because it was a soundbooth production, but the story really took me in. I love the take with a "weak" character class protagonist, and a buildup that takes its time to get him anywhere close to fighting shape.

Every skill level and character progression feels like an earned victory, instead of a rush to OP status. It's like playing many long nights of classic RPG with your favorite character and party again. There is plenty of time to get really invested in the world and the characters, and a minimum of character sheet recital keeps you more engrossed in the story.

I have already continued to book 4 and I hope book 5 will be ready soon!



Excellent narration. Engaging story and character development. I like the more moderate tempo.

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  • michael j ferrick
  • 11-11-22

It’s a bard life!!

Take it easy and start kicking back in a relaxed life as a bard. We’ll all good intentions anyway. Soon our faithful bard needs help and a dusty little village is where he starts and falls in love with its history, setting and all the villagers. Soon they will need his help so he has to level up to make it happen. Great story rich characters, and a fantastic production by Soundbooth Theatre…
Well done all involved.

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  • Silje
  • 08-02-22

Spoony bard

Fun story, interesting world build, excellent performance by the narrators (as usual). Would definitely recommend if you like this genre.

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  • Nathan
  • 07-27-22

great litrpg bokk

Great litrpg, enough crunch to make it fun, but not so much it got annoying. Definitely a must listen, planning on getting the next three in the series.

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  • All the books
  • 07-18-22

Absolutely Fantastic Series

It's always refreshing to have an intelligent MC but what I like most about Daniel is that he's a balanced in realistic way. Capable of acts of selfishness and caring. all in all an excellently told beautifully crafted story of which I hunger for more!