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  • A LitRPG/Gamelit Adventure
  • By: Matt Dinniman
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (812 ratings)

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Dungeon Crawler Carl

By: Matt Dinniman
Narrated by: Jeff Hays
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The apocalypse will be televised!

A man. His ex-girlfriend's cat. A sadistic game show unlike anything in the universe: a dungeon crawl where survival depends on killing your prey in the most entertaining way possible.

In a flash, every human-erected construction on Earth - from Buckingham Palace to the tiniest of sheds - collapses in a heap, sinking into the ground.

The buildings and all the people inside have all been atomized and transformed into the dungeon: an 18-level labyrinth filled with traps, monsters, and loot. A dungeon so enormous, it circles the entire globe.

Only a few dare venture inside. But once you're in, you can't get out. And what's worse, each level has a time limit. You have but days to find a staircase to the next level down, or it's game over. In this game, it's not about your strength or your dexterity. It's about your followers, your views. Your clout. It's about building an audience and killing those goblins with style.

You can't just survive here. You gotta survive big.

You gotta fight with vigor, with excitement. You gotta make them stand up and cheer. And if you do have that "it" factor, you may just find yourself with a following. That's the only way to truly survive in this game - with the help of the loot boxes dropped upon you by the generous benefactors watching from across the galaxy.

They call it Dungeon Crawler World. But for Carl, it's anything but a game.

©2020 Matt Dinniman (P)2021 Matt Dinniman

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Perfect.

A surprisingly heartwarming story hides within this action adventure litRPG. Voice acting is varied and top-notch. There are some genuinely funny moments. Writing is excellent.

In terms of LitRPG specifics:
- stat progression is intelligent
- statistics are kept light (perfect for audiobooks)
- monsters are a mix of original and typical fantasy
- no infodumping or OP MC

Though I was initially hesitant to pick this up because of the slapstick-looking cover, this has now become an easy pick for my favourite book of the year.

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Awesome

ACHIEVEMENT! You have read this review.
REWAAARD! Reward yourself by buying this book.

Don’t worry, you’ll get the reference when you read it. If you’ve ever played and enjoyed an RPG, video game or tabletop, then you are gonna love this one.

Even has a Steve Irwin reference!!

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Fun dungeon dive

What a Great book!
Humour, action and pace is on point.
Looking forward to book 2

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a nice twist to the standard litrpg story.

it has a mix between the good guys and boxy morningwood series vibe. i cant wait for the next book. loved it.

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One of the best audiobooks ever

Jeff Hays is incredible as he brings the story to life, this is best experienced in audiobook format. At first I was sceptical, but this series is definitely one of the best I've ever listen to. I'm totally hooked on the story and the humour from Matt. If you have ever been interested in RPG at all, do yourself a favour and listen to this!

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5 stars all the way

Dungeon Crawler Carl is written by Matt Dinniman. The book was something of a hit with audiences, and it isn’t had to see why. It’s a fantastic book and the squeals only add to the lore and the main characters.
Since I don’t have much time to read, I picked this book up on audio first using a credit and have to say, if this ever gets turned into an animated Netflix series, I want Jeff Hays to play the main character and the dungeon’s AI. The narrator does a fantastic job and he’s got a lot of range.

Plot:
The book sets itself on Earth during a extra cold winter. Most everyone with a brain is inside and is trying to stay warm. The book’s main character is, as you have guessed from the main title, is called Carl.
During one of the coldest nights, Carl’s ex-girlfriend’s cat, Princess Donut jumps out of a window. This, causes Carl, to step outside and attempt to fetch her. The dumbass did this while forgetting to put on pants.
Already I could imagine doing this myself. Going out in the freezing cold, hoping the police don’t pick me up for being underdressed, all to save a crying cat that won’t shut up.
It turns out that this was perfect timing, because a galactic mining and entertainment organisation decided at this very moment to conquer the planet.
Within the blink of an eye, nearly every living being on Earth is killed in an instant. Those who were outside at the time, then have to rush towards the entrances of the alien’s game show.
Cold, having no pants, and holding his pet cat, Carl finds himself inside the dungeon and is forced to play the alien’s sick game.

Characters:
Throughout most of the book the perspective is 1st person. We see through the eyes of Carl as he tries everything he can to survive the dungeon’s first floor.
Carl reminds me as your everyday kind of person. The first book does touch on his past, and you get glimpses of the toxic relationship he had with his ex-girlfriend. Overall, Carl has a problem with authority, is physically fit, but isn’t afraid to throw a punch when the situation calls for it.
He is the kind of person who doesn’t have many friends, but he is loyal to the ones he does have.

The character who really steals the show, however, is the MC’s cat, Princess Donut.
A show cat, Princess Donut, is something of a wild card. It’s hard to go into the character as I don’t want to spoil the book for any potential readers or listeners. She is one of the fan favourites.

The next character is an unknown variable. Mordecai is the dungeon guide. Every team who goes into the dungeon has one, and it is their job to provide just enough information to the dungeon crawlers to make sure they are entertaining to their alien masters. Once a dungeon crawler himself in a previous game, Mordecai has a solid century of experience on how the game and the organisations running the place works.
All Mordecai wants to do, is finish his indentured service to the dungeon and leave to forge his own destiny among the stars.

What I like:
The moment I finished this book I bought the entire series. That should tell you something. This book has a good balance of fighting, game mechanics, and story building. Most authors who write LitRPGs have this notion that character levels equals character development, or they want to fill in the book with stupid grinding. But everything in this book, including the enemies have a purpose.

Criticism:
This is the author’s first book so I’m sure that some people will find a few beginner mistakes, but it was enjoyable.
The real issue might be the whole alien thing and them using dungeons to wipe out alien species just to steal their resources and make entertainment, but you can imagine humans doing it in the future.

Overall:
A fantastic book. I want Netflix to pick this up. Not a live action. You need an animation series Netflix. With entire season based around a single book. You’d make bank.

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a wild ride from start to finish

honestly I picked this up as it kept coming up in my recommendations I was hesitant as it seemed quite strange but once I started I couldn't stop listening to it at every opportunity it's one of the best novels I have listened too and I found myself laughing more than once

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Goddamnit Donut!

Hilarious from beginning to end. Perfect Narration. The nature of cats perfectly captured. Everything about this is great.

Hurry up and get this litrpg right now

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Most enjoyable LitRPG

I have just recently listen/read book in the LitRPG style and this one is the best so far. Great Performance by J. Hayes. With in a few chapters I went ahead and got the next book in the series.
Absolutely recommend.

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amazing story

I was unsure what to use my Monthly credit on, but I am glad that I chose this one, definitely one of the best AB's I have listened to

the story is great, the voices are varied and fit the characters perfectly, and the game system is a smarmy asshole and I love him, it also isn't to intrusive and they really cut down on bloat if they have already gone over it before summrizing important stuff

if you love comedy or RPG's or both you will definitely Wana pick this one up (and it's current 3 sequel books) you will not regret it

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