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  • Artorian's Archives Omnibus: Books 1-3 in a Divine Dungeon Series

  • Artorian's Archives Boxset, Book 1
  • By: Dennis Vanderkerken, Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 36 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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Artorian's Archives Omnibus: Books 1-3 in a Divine Dungeon Series

By: Dennis Vanderkerken,Dakota Krout
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
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Summary

A town put to the sword. The young forcibly recruited. An old man out for revenge.

The first three books in the Artorian's Archives series, over 36 hours of cultivation adventure!

After his town is put to the sword and the children are taken to replace the fallen, an old man is out for revenge. He’s ready to fail at the most difficult challenge in the world: cultivation.

Too corrupted to even take the first steps, the sly old elder simply agreed with those who told him that it was impossible. Then he quietly ignored them, rubbed his hands together, and started anyway. He had always failed in what he did: He lost his way from the academy, his command was devastated by a Mage, he lost his town, and now his last hopes for the future had been stolen by a group of raiders. The only thing that had never failed him was his sharp mind and philosophy. He would cultivate...no matter what it cost him.

A lifetime of failure can dull and dampen a soul. A reason to live, a goal, can change that in an instant. It is always darkest just before the dawn.

Buy the three-audiobook boxed set today to listen to Dennis Vanderkerken and Dakota Krout’s Axiom, Alumni, and Annex!

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The fantastically dull ramblings of an old man

"My god make something happen!" was all I had to say at about 6 hours into the book, Travis Baldree as always is fantastic but good grief this book is dull.

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A fantastic series of books.

an excellent series of books and a fantastic clogging with all three in one. I would definitely recommend these to my friends the main character of Arthurian was just lovable and clever you could not do anything but love the way he was written.

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somewhat underwhelming

Not terrible. narration is decent and story is ok, but nothing special. as a 3 book pack for 1 credit, it it somewhat worth, but it isn't anything particularly special.

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Cultivate your way out of this if you dare

Artorian's Archives: Axiom, Alumni, & Annex by Dennis Vanderkerken & @DakotaKrout. The protagonist is a foolish old man... if you believe what others say. However, even an old man can be a hero capable of great feats of cultivation. Touching yet rewarding. 📚4/5🌟 #BookReview

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well made book with good actors bla.bla.bla ha. 😁

well made book with good actors bla.bla.bla ha. 😁
well made book with good actors bla.bla.bla ha. 😁

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amazing

very much enjoyed this book I thought the world building was amazing and well done you get pulled in and want to know more about the world also the characters are very interesting and well thought out there story’s are great and they get more and more interesting as u progress through the books you see them grow and start to really like them and there storys I thought the writing and narration was very well done i really can’t wait to start the next one

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Fighting, fantasy and fun. Awesome!

I loved the performance as well as the story.
I recommend to fantasy fans generally.

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I'm on the fence.

I was given a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review.

So it's a little slow in places, but it definitely has a vast amount of detail. it's different from what I'm used to. but it was overall enjoyable. plus it's a trilogy for the price of 1.
It's very well written and thought out well, good story, good characters mostly. and great world building.
The narration is spot on, giving a nice ambiance to the story.

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  • Arthur Bradley
  • 15-12-21

The Problem with Artorian Stories

This set gives you an excellent value with more than 36 hours of reading for one credit. Bravo. Also, the writing is intelligent and while sappy at times, a credit to both authors. Unfortunately, the authors seem to believe that their magic system is in fact real. They go into painstaking detail on every facet of cultivation, cores, etc. For hours on end, it reads more like a text book than it does a story. Both Books 1 and 2 start very slowly. I almost quit each of them, but kept telling myself to just plod along. Speeding up the reading to 1.4 helped, but even then my mind wandered for minutes at a time because there was just nothing interesting happening. I am not going to become a cultivator (safe to say none of us are), so I found very little enjoyment in hearing every arduous detail of this magic system. The actual adventuring aspect of the books are quite brief. In summary, well written but boring. I can only hope Book 3 is more interesting. As for the narrator, Baldree is excellent.

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  • Karen
  • 04-01-22

Way Overrated.

This book is boring.
This book is a painfully deep dive into the magic system and Horribly placed history tangents during boss fights.
There are huge plot holes and the MC makes massive leaps in reasoning that come from nowhere.
It utterly unbelievable and I only got through book 2. I own the file with all three and I am putting this one down.

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  • henry
  • 01-01-22

very very disappointing

one book one weakling bad guy die, three books three weakling bad guy die. the MC seems very smart but has no fighting abilities, very disappointing.extremely overwhelming rated. i bet all of these testimonials are fake. this book deserves one star. so much talk but no fighting and no ploting and bad story lines.

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  • S.Window
  • 29-12-21

Talk about Cultivation Nerdville!

If your not into a thorough dive from beginning to end in cultivation, this is not for you. Two days ago, no one would be able to tell me, I'd have listened to 3 books about Cultivation. And beleieve me, the first 6-7 chapters is about the MC being his academic brain to the test, while testing on his body to get strong as old in body man.

There is no dugeon diving. There is no crunchy stat sheets. This is straight up about an old in body man whom decides he'll learn how to use the one thing that will help him save his family, while dishing out some justice and helping other people along the way.

The beginning of the book sets up things so sweet and nice and family/village oriented, that you wonder when and where, will the cultivation begin. But mannnnn.... the author hits us with a whopper. And the really journey begins.

This book has life lessons, value of oneself And family talk, terrible enemies, bad memories, lots pf laughs and you just cheer the old bugger on. He has so many set backs. And so many times you just want him to keep going and handle business, but later on you see, that not only dis he do the right thing, had he not done certain things, other life changing things may have never happened.

This is a set of long winded beautiful books. Its literally the only book(s), Iv ever ready that stayed on topic, and wanted you to undertsand this topic to thoroughly, that you had no choice but to learn it, grasp it and connect some dots later.

Its totally worth it.

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  • hunter singleton
  • 27-04-22

Mediocre

I've made it to the end of the 2nd book, and I think I'm tapping out there. The story has some interesting ideas and good moments, but everything surrounding them only barely makes it worth it.

For the good parts: the magic system is very detailed, some of the solutions to problems are clever, and it uses some archetypes not typical to the genre. The magic system was the biggest highlight for me, as you can tell the author spent a lot of time thinking about it. characters discuss it in specific detail, and there are even references to in-universe methods and theories. If a detailed magic system is very important to you over other details, you may enjoy this series more than I.

Unfortunately the narrative framework around these stories is not very compelling. Great lengths of time are spent on small details that hardly come up later, and exciting moments tend to almost be skirted over. The author will occasionally go long stretches writing in a traditional fantasy style only to suddenly bring in anachronistic terms (at one point during a fight scene a "Falcon Kick" is used) and/or random bouts of onomatopoeia This can be very jarring, especially as these fluffier writing elements tend to crop up during serious fight scenes.

My biggest issue is what could have been the story's greatest strength: the protagonist. He is an old man, and we are frequently told he is a grandfatherly, kind, loving philospher. Some of this is true sometimes, but the philosopher bit is greatly overplayed. This is mainly because his chief philosophy is "good people should live and bad people should die, I personally am the only one capable of making the distinction." This isn't an abnormal personal morality for MCs in progression fantasies, but it makes more sense in a generic isekai story and a lot less sense when you're told this person has spent decades researching at an academy. In this story philosophy mostly translates to talking a lot about how you're right because you're right. I'm certain that's a branch of philosophy, but it's not one that's particularly compelling to read in this instance.

I love the idea of an elderly person progressing and the lessons everyone could take from that, but while the author does a good job touching these elements occasionally they're not what they could be.

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  • Steven
  • 18-01-22

Three in one

If you love the Divine Dungeon series this is a must have. three books all in one. It also goes into more depth about the details of cultivation which is excellent.

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  • Neil V.
  • 14-10-22

It gets complicated

it gets a little complicated especially explaining some of the intricate details. the protagonists reasons for killing our simplistic. He kills too easily and sometimes, for no real reason.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-12-21

Grandfather eternal Art

Cultivation growth explanations, variables articulated thoroughly.
a grandfather hugs his grandchildren grown up and powerful in their our right! With tears and a smile this man brought several great beings to tears helpless in deep heartfelt hope. Not fear!! will re-read/listen again after finishing the series!

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  • Ozgur Dedeoglu
  • 01-12-22

Great and captivating story

The story was well written and quite captivating, I kept wanting to listen more and more!

The narration was done beautifully, too, overall, very well done!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-11-22

Shockingly good

The characters, and depth of story, was far better in these books than in others by Dakota Krout. The sensitivity and philosophy displayed were a breath of fresh air. I know some disparage the granular progression, but it's not done boringly, and the elucidation of his magic systems and world building concepts are fascinating glimpses into the imagination and internal logic being applied.

Travis Baldree is shaving as always.