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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 (40 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

Let's start with the positive:
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Josh Noneya
  • 08-07-2019

Great dungeon core book!!!

Great story with spot on narration!

This book focuses on the adventures of a young man/dungeon core as he strives to fit into human society and find those who have wronged him and his family.

Engaging story that keeps you on the edge of your seat well-rounded and thought out - has stats but not too crunchy.

The narration was believable and smooth and brought the characters to life.

Overall great book well worth a credit.

I'm looking forward to the sequel

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  • Mack
  • 08-04-2019

great dungeon core book

I love dungeon core books but most dont get put on audio I look forward to the next book hope the next one is coming soon

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  • Cory
  • 07-04-2019

a world of dungeons await you

this is a great start to a new series that is fascinating and amazing showing the potential to be as great as some of the other dungeon theme books that come to be favorites in the genre hopefully it won't take too long for the next book to come out have you put on Audible

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  • P. C. Gardner
  • 07-04-2019

pretty good dungeon core/litrpg

worth a listen. main character seems like he has potential to become totally OP, which I think is boring, but he's not there yet. the magic is interesting and the story is well written.

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  • Chris Buzon
  • 07-04-2019

delightful dungeon book!

this is a very approachable start to the dungeon core subgenre. The author makes it age appropriate and the characters are interesting.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 24-10-2019

Interesting premise for a new series

With this new series, the author adds an interesting spin on the dungeon core style of litrpg, usually the dungeon has a fixed location and some sort of companion to give a wider view of that book's world, but in this one the dungeon is a person and so you get an interesting blend of an adventurer who is innocent in a lot of the way's of the world, but who also has a unique set of powers due to his dungeon core nature too.

The narration style had a somewhat subdued feel to it, which worked well for the nature of the main character, but some of the supporting cast might have benefited from a little more life in their tones.

Overall this was a strong opener to this series that didn't suffer from being the first book in a series.

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  • L.
  • 27-09-2019

Interesting concept that I love!

Only thing I dislike, is the narrators feminine voice, but I might have been spoiled by female narrators.

Other than that, I love the spin the author took on a dungeon core story!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-09-2019

dungeon to be continued

I finished this book in 3 days.. I had to go to work.. aargh..

It includes a scenario I wouldn't have thought about giving the author a whole range of plots to devellop.

There is a really nice build up in the story. you van choose to stop reading after book 1 even with the suggestieve ending... but who are we kidding.. I already got book 2.

Jonathan Brooks jas a clear love of stats but they don't overpower the story.

The narator has a very smooth voice and keeps up with all the different caracters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-2019

Not just a dungeon builder

Giving that I'm quite new to genre, I think it 's quite different than the other dungeon creating literature I've listened to so far. It's not just one dungeon but a world full of them with their own struggles combined with the struggles players have trying to clear them. Time just flew by while enjoying this lovely narrated audiobook. It's not heavy on stats like some others of the genre which keeps it nice and light.

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  • Phoenix Dark
  • 23-08-2019

Enjoyable but not deep

As a piece of lit RPG I generally enjoyed this book, it has some interesting set up but I didn't feel it fully realised the potential, leaving far too many hooks for the sequel to completely recommend on its own.

I also felt the main characters to be a little too shallow, even for the genre. Not dislikable, but without any real nuance in motivation.