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"The training levels have concluded. Now the games may truly begin."

The ratings and views are off the chart. The fans just can't get enough. The dungeon gets more dangerous each day. But in a grinder designed to chew up and spit out crawlers by the millions, Carl and Princess Donut need to work harder than ever just to survive. 

They call it the Over City. A sprawling, once-thriving metropolis devastated by a mysterious calamity. But these streets are far from abandoned. An undead circus trawls the ruins. Murdered prostitutes rain from the sky. An ancient spell is finally ready to reveal its dark purpose. 

Carl still has no pants.  

They call it Dungeon Crawler World. For Carl and Donut, it's anything but a game. 

©2021 Matt Dinniman (P)2021 Soundbooth Theater

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Utterly wonderful

In my ignorance, I was initially disappointed at the shorter volume. However, this has proved yet again to be one of my favourite books in this genre. With colourful characters and a plot that won't quit, Matt has absolutely knocked it out of the park with this entry. Now if you'll excuse me, I am going to go and purchase book 3. If you are hesitant about picking up the series, what are you doing with your lives? Get this book!

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Goddammit Audible! Now I have to wait for number 3

Such a good series. This book is different to number 1, both books and performances are brilliant though. The character interplay is excellent, hints at a universe wide story line but more depth in the character plots for Carl and Doughnut. I listened to this over two days, it kept me entertained for 11.5 hours and was well worth it.

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Love it

One of the best books out there. Great performances and well written. When is the next one out?

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  • Butter Butt Butt
  • 05-05-2021

Let's face it... Most reviews are trash

I can't tell you how many idiotic reviewers have tricked me into listening to terrible books here. Now I'm NOT saying that most reviewers on audible are half-baked idiots who would be fascinated with a bug zapper. I'm NOT saying that if you've written a review on this site, there's a 90% chance you have brain damage. And I'm definitely NOT saying that most reviewers of sci-fi or fantasy never mentally progressed from their teen years. Oh and finally I'm 100% NOT saying that most reviewers are, in their personal lives, trash people with less potential than a microwaved hamster. My point: take this with a grain of salt, peasant.

Ok. Deep breath... DUNGEON CRAWLER CARL IS THE BEST AUDIO BOOK I'VE LISTENED TO IN YEARS!!!!

DCC is an incredible mix of humor, action, sci-fi, and fantasy that absolutely overflows with personality, thanks in no small part to the talented Jeff Hays. How tf does he do all those voices? I was certain there were at least 3 voice actors. Bra-freakin-vo, my man.

It was an outright pleasure to follow Carl and her royal majesty, Princess Donut, on their crawl (again). Their relationship development is believable and engaging. Never thought I'd say that about a man and his ex girlfriend's cat, but here we are. The magic system ai is fun as hell, enemies are generally described with stomach churning (and hilarious) detail, and MOST fights are seat-of-your-boxers-can't-go-to-sleep-until-I-know-what-happens crazy, excluding grind sessions. But those are fun too.

Not going to get into details because YOU should download and start listening right now with a fresh head and no expectations other than a great time. Don't read any other reviews. This is it. God is speaking to you through my fingers. That's right, this is God. I know about the weird sh*t you've been watching on p*rnhub and we'll talk about it when you get up here. Ok, gotta run. I'm meeting Satan for brunch and she is suuuuch a drama queen when I'm late.

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  • Kate Juden
  • 03-05-2021

Fun read

I enjoyed this second season of the Carl and Donut show. Looking forward to the next installment.

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  • David Culpepper
  • 23-04-2021

first review woohoo!!

amazing as always Jeff!! my wife and I have been patiently awaiting this release and caught it last night. Great job on the narration, and great creation Matt D! we look forward to more!

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  • Thomas Family
  • 04-05-2021

Great Book

Jeff Hays does great. The jokes are funny. The main characters are unique and have personality. The author does a good job of making the power up feel earned from work rather than given.

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  • Customer
  • 24-04-2021

Acheivement: Audio Excellence Audience

Reward? Nothing! Getting to enjoy another excellent novel in the Dungeon Crawler Carl series is its own reward! Now listen to Matt's other novels to tide yourself over while Jeff lazily finishes the third novel at his artist's pace (when he's out of whiskey and needs to make rent).

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  • Colby C
  • 05-05-2021

This series was a great find

Normally this genre wouldn't be something I'd dive into, but I decided to say the hell with it and give it a shot. And I'm glad I did, because now I'm addicted to this series. Dammit Donut, I need more!

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  • Joseph
  • 03-05-2021

Found this unbearable

I won't be continuing this series.

I just can't cheer for this protagonist anymore for a number of reasons.

The humour overstayed its welcome by the end of the first book, by this end of this one, it decided to move in and take over the living room. It's really hard to vibe with a book when you're spending most of your time shaking your head in dismay at the constant barrage of 'lolsorandom' humour that you hate.

Then it's the sheer next level self-deprication on display. Carl not only has no ego - like at all - but the butt of every joke seems to be him. Am i supposed to enjoy this? Do people find this admirable?

I'd probably find the former two more tolerable if Carl wasn't such a passenger in this story. Shit just keeps happening and he just reacts, never proactively. It's a deeply unsatisfying experience, I dunno how you expect me to believe x quadrillion people are loving it. Oh, it's because he's in boxers and a toe ring! HOW FUNNY, RIGHT?

Donut is still as annoying as ever too. When the book isn't trying to be funny, it's hitting you over the head with crappy melodrama that just doesn't land because of the aforementioned 'humour' clashing with the tone, and because I just don't care about the annoying cat.

Ugh. I should stop writing reviews the second I finish reading. I apparently get ranty.

I'll not be continuing this series.

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  • anthony westenberg
  • 02-05-2021

great addition

GDit Donut....🤣🤣🤣.... love this series. im just really glad that the next book is almost out. holding a credit for it!

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  • Sailfish
  • 01-05-2021

If you liked book 1, this continues to deliver

From the start, this was a odd and unique dungeon crawler litRPG, what with a spurned jock and a prima donna cat as his partner. However, for all the hilarity that ensues as they delve from one floor to the next, facing unimaginable difficulties, they deftly overcome them with creative and oddball strategic maneuvers. The story elements are more than jocular exchanges, Matt Dinniman also manages to include many poignant situations and encounters as well. Even the few instances of low-brow jock humor comes off so unexpectedly that one cannot help breaking out with some loud chuckles so, fair warning, make sure you're not listening in church during your pastors sermon.

Jeff Hays' performance is fantastic throughout.

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  • Mr.Strange
  • 29-04-2021

niiiice

yeah. a good solid sequel book. can't wait for the third. honestly nothing i could say wouldn't be a spoiler. glurp glurp!

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  • n j plumridge
  • 18-05-2021

Goddamnit, Donut!

Loved every minute of this audiobook, from the story to the Sound-booth theatre narrators. Thank you and well done.

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  • Konstantin
  • 15-05-2021

So much fun! Great action great narration!

Excellent narration by Jeff Hays! The entire book is so much fun!
Keeps you on the edge! Action is top notch!

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  • Sigurður S.
  • 12-05-2021

It surprises you

Loved this one. Often these litrpgs try to be funny but seldom succeed. This series does.

One of my favourites.

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  • m ward
  • 04-05-2021

Too short

Great book and engaging story - well read. but it’s too short for full value/5 star in my opinion

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  • AudiobookDevotee
  • 04-06-2021

If you liked the first you'll like this!

I think I honestly preferred this to the first book. It is less depressing than that one was however the pace slowed down a little and less happened in terms of plot development. It is a refreshing take on the genre that the protagonist isn't somewhat OP and that their quests don't shape the world.

The humour was consistently good and the narration was excellent. Definitely an enjoyable read.

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  • Adam Smith
  • 01-06-2021

sad that it ended

I could listen to Jeff Hays narrate the ingredients in cleaning products and still be totally immersed.

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  • Dol
  • 09-05-2021

God Dammit Donut!!!

This series keeps delivering, if your not into normal gameLit this may be for you. It manages to give you everything you want in a good book of this genre but blends it into sick and funny thrillride any would love.

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  • Johannes Skorpen Dahl
  • 30-04-2021

Great book as always

These books are just fantastic, i cannot recommend them enough. just buy it, don't worry about it. Third installment is even better.

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  • SystemState
  • 24-04-2021

Definitely recommend. Do I need to explain?

If you are reading this review, there is a high chance you have listened to book 1 already. If you have read book 1, why are you reading this review, you should already have bought this book.

The quality of writing is once again amazing, the voice acting is superb. That the narrator is doing a Patrick Warburton impression for the voice of Carl, makes it all the sweeter. I finished the book two days after purchasing because I didn't want to stop listening. The world is well designed and imaginative, and the narrative really draws you in. I eagerly await book 3. Honestly, there is very little else to say.

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