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Dungeon World

A Dungeon Core Experience
Narrated by: Miles Meili
Series: Dungeon World, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In a distant world five times the size of planet Earth, dungeons and their dungeon cores have become the top of the food chain.  

Millions of dungeons inhabit the planet, utilizing the various human kingdoms as a source of much-needed mana to facilitate their own growth; in turn, the humans delve into the dungeons and acquire their own power in the form of essence, which allows them to develop and enhance themselves in a multitude of different ways.  

It is a symbiotic relationship that has lasted centuries and has brought about a measure of peace.  

Far in the Northern wilds where no humans (and therefore - no dungeons) regularly frequent, a young man is left alone when his parents are murdered suddenly and unexpectedly.  

Now, without friends, family, or even supplies, he embarks on a journey to find out who targeted his parents - and upon whom he needs to enact his revenge.  

Along the way, he discovers something about himself that his parents said was impossible from the moment he was born.  

Will he learn to control the new powers he has gained, or will his newly awakened dungeon core abilities consume him?  

Contains LitRPG elements such as statistics and leveling. No harems and no profanity.

©2019 Jonathan Brooks (P)2019 Jonathan Brooks

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Wouldn't recommend

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The narrator is excellent
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The Mc powers in the *end* of the book are kinda fine.
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The two side characters are cool
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It's nice not reading about a broke Mc for once


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The Mc is stupid and unlikeable, it feels like reading about a 5 years old.
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For the first third of the book I was so bored I would ignore what's happening in the book.
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The book feels like it was cut in half or even into a third of what it was supposed to be.
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The worst in my opinion: there is at least 30 minutes in the book dedicated only to reading the Stat page! Considering the book is less then 10 hours this is unreasonable. I'm talking about 2 straight minutes of reading the page, AND NOTHING CHANGED. You can clearly hear where the narrator copy pasted pieces of the Stat page because even he couldn't be botherd to remake it every time.
If you make the book into an audio book at least put the minimal effort into putting the page at the end of the chapter and give me the option to skip without blindly moving between points or to have to listen to that boring torture.
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Very little world building in a world with the potential for it. The world itself sounds interesting, too bad that I know nothing about it.


Overall: I'll return the book as Im angry enough to write a rant about it.

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  • steven
  • 11-04-2019

twist on a core

First like everyone has stated it is a twist to dungeon core books.. A fantastic twist in my books. Very unique in its "stats" and skills. Reading this had me asking at the end of every chapter what could happen next.

The characters in this book felt real like they had purpose even the bard maid or a street runner not random nameless npcs.

Unfortunately the only problems I had were some time skips I wish didnt happen just for my own greed of knowledge and wanting a 20 hr+ fantastic read... The 1st book is definitely a sey up to the series i will be waiting for anxiously daily.

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  • James G.
  • 26-04-2019

Too short

A fair addition to litrpg libraries and an interesting take on dungeon core stories. My only real complaint is that it feels like the end of the book should be more of a middle. Too often it seems that authors are now splitting what would be a decent length book into several installments... it's too bad.

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  • Brian
  • 21-05-2019

Disappointing

The premise is interesting, and the author has done some interesting world building to expand on the dungeon core premise. Unfortunately, that seems to be where the work stopped. Everything else RPG-related seems just crufted on. There's very little depth to anything that isn't dungeon core related, and that includes the characters. I kept wondering if this was meant to be teen-lit litrpg, but then the story ends before it really even starts. As for dialog, it is really stilted. I can't believe this was the author's twelvth book; it feels like a first book in strong need of a good editor.

Then there's the gaps in time. There's a three month fast-forward towards the end which really feels like "insert book two here". That's after there's already been a gap halfway through the book which is variously described as 12, 15, 18, or 24 months long, followed soon after by another 1 month gap. Basically, any time the character might do anything solo, it just gets skipped.

The stats also get quite annoying. They should come when actually needed, not as often as they do here. As example, on the single dungeon dive that occurs, stats are given beforehand, after each and every *room* of the dungeon, then again afterwards. Take the nine hours runtime and figure this in; I'd guess that at least an hour is simply the stats being read over and over again.

This *could* turn into a good book, but it's all premise, no story. It sets up a quest for the main character, but never advances along that quest. He is given so many unbalancing skills that he's the ultimate cheat character right from his first day dungeoneering. The world could be interesting, but the story set in that world is so barebones, I have no investment in it.

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  • Michelle
  • 30-10-2019

Excellent idea with lots of potential

Dungeon world combines the world of adventurers and dungeons in a way that I didn't think would work until I listened to it. I really enjoyed the how innocent the main character seemed while getting up all sorts of shenanigans. This book was more of a set up book than I usually like, but having read further into the series, it is worth it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-2019

Worst narrator I've heard in a while.

The narrator ends nearly every sentence with an upward intonation. I can't even hear what he's saying over that pattern, and it drives me insane.
Can't really rate the story accurately, since I couldn't pay attention.

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  • Kim
  • 11-04-2019

The fantasy genre I didn't know I needed!

I love all manner of fantasy novels and rpg/mmo games but I didn't know about the Dungeon Core genre. Little did I know how perfect this genre is for me.

This was a fun listen and great intro in the genre. I impatiently await the next book in this series!

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  • Anthony
  • 11-04-2019

summary sucks

the summary really does not explain this book is or what it's supposed to be when I read the summary I was not going to get this book but I said screw it I need a new book and I can always return it if it's not good but this book is actually really good surprisingly I wish she explained a little more and how he was made and more about his parents but maybe in the second book will find out more

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  • Sailfish
  • 13-07-2019

Fred's Recombinant Core is Funner Than Common Core

First, props to Jonathan Brooks for creating an ingenious take on dungeon delving along with writing a captivating story to go along with it. Also, Miles Meili narrating performance is very enthusiastic and lively.

The only downside is the stats sections that all litRPG novels include which tend to interrupt the flow of the story telling. Actually, in the written form, the stats sections wouldn't be too bad since a reader has the ability to either spend the time to delve into them to gain a deeper understanding of the various attributes or quickly skip over them. With audiobooks, this is much more frustrating since the narrator simply spews them out in a fluid manner that makes it difficult for a listener to gain much understanding of them all and skipping forward is a tedious series of fast-forwards/fast-reverses until they eventually reach the end without missing the story continuation. It is for this reason that, while I enjoy the newer genre, I'm often hesitant in choosing it as an audio format. Note: Jonathan Brooks is the first author I'm aware of who understood this problem and found a great way to solve the problem in book 2. More on that in Book 2's review.

The character development for the Fred is understandably fairly extensive considering that he's the MC and Eisa's, while not as extensive a backstory, is sufficient to make her an interesting tier 2 character. The rest of the characters are adequately defined to provide a clear understanding of their roles. World building is not overly done and the many dungeons and their cores are well described.

I enjoyed the story and it was a pleasurable listening experience.

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  • Michelle Hart
  • 21-02-2020

Great!!!

loving this series. just started it and am looking forward to the next. keep writing!!!

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  • reader
  • 17-02-2020

overall a gteat book

i really enjoyed the book as a whole. it had a number of little plot things that could have been better but i will certainly listen to this story many times in the future.

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  • luke
  • 20-05-2019

dungeon core

A dungeon core fan dream!

a book written by a dungeon core fan for dungeon core fans.

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  • Tristan
  • 08-05-2019

A very easy and enjoyable listen.

Thankfully this book does NOT contain the erotica that other LitRPG authors are fond of.

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  • jonathan
  • 05-02-2020

Disappointed

The concept and the general layout of the book had so much potential. I think this is why I am so disappointed with how boring and unengaging the MC is.
Hopefully someone can use the concept and portray the MC better. I found Eisa far more engaging and yet she was a footnote.

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  • Neon
  • 12-12-2019

Good litrpg, bad delivery

If all you want is a romp over tropes then you’ll enjoy this book, but even among litrpg on the Audible c-lists the writing comes over as amateur.

I wish the author the best, and maybe in a couple of years he'll be ready. However if you're after anything other than tropes then even compared to the other things at the bottom of the barrel on Audible I can't recommend spending money here.

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  • Danielle Allan
  • 07-06-2019

poor choice in narrator

The stilted reading makes it hard to listen and the character voices are monotone, not a good listen even if the plot seems okay

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  • Damien
  • 30-04-2019

A gamers book, brilliant!

New to LitRPG and dungeon-core hooked in a single listen, left wanting more. Awesome book.

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  • Wayne Knighton
  • 22-02-2020

Core blimey

Steered clear of Dungeon Core books previously as the samles bored me, but gave this one a go as it sounded a little different. Glad I did, was a decent audiobook. Enjoyable plot with a good pace. Not too stat heavy and a twist on the normal Lit genre. Will be listening to the rest of the series.

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  • kharnynb
  • 18-02-2020

great concept with decent execution.

An interesting idea behind how a world and character can be done in litrpg with a decent twist.

This series focus is on the main character that is a "dungeon core(think dungeon keeper)"/adventurer mix in a quest for retribution.

Interesting concept and I quite like the narration, if quite basic, it does what it needs to do.

My only minor problem is that they "stat sheets" are overdone, there's no real point in listing every 0/x skill if the characters never seem to put any less than full amounts to next level into them anyway.

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  • Morris
  • 14-02-2020

Great start to a series

This book is very well written. I love the fact that it follows an unusual (non typical) dungeon core. I like the fact that the mc is different to the other cores in the world and how the cores view humans... I cant wait to listen to more of this series because I really want to know what will happen next.

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  • Nighteyes
  • 01-11-2019

a different kind of dungeon core

this book has a very different twist to dungeon core which I found highly entertaining...
and don't worry, you learn what it is in the first hour...

the story is very entertaining from start to stop with a vibrant world filled with enough lore to be believable as having existed for millennia.
The story has a predictable yet exiting direction from the start that keeps the MC relatable and I can't help but root for him throughout this book

Miles Meili does a adequate job narrating with his female voices needing a little work.
he never gets in the way of the story and I was never confused about who was talking, so it is mostly nit-picking