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Rogue Dungeon: A litRPG Adventure

The Rogue Dungeon, Book 1
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)
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Roark von Graf - hedge mage and lesser noble of Traisbin - is one of only a handful of Freedom fighters left, and he knows the Resistance’s days are numbered. Unless they do something drastic...

But when a daring plan to unseat the Tyrant King goes awry, Roark finds himself on the run through an interdimensional portal, which strands him in a very unexpected location: an ultra-immersive fantasy video game called Hearthworld. He can’t log out, his magic is on the fritz, and, worst of all, he’s not even human. He’s a low-class, run-of-the-mill Dungeon monster. Some disgusting, blue-skinned creature called a Troll. At least there’s one small silver lining - Roark managed to grab a powerful magic artifact on his way through the portal, and with it he might just be able to save his world after all.

Unless, of course, the Tyrant King gets to him first...

From James A. Hunter, author of the litRPG epic Viridian Gate Online, and eden Hudson, author of Legend of the Treesinger and the Jubal Van Zandt Series, comes an exciting new litRPG, dungeon-core adventure you won’t want to put down!

“An excellent start to a series, this book has everything I look for in a fantasy novel: action, intrigue, and evolution!” (Dakota Krout, author of the Divine Dungeon and the Completionist Chronicles)

©2018 James Hunter, eden Hudson (P)2018 James Hunter, eden Hudson

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  • Zach
  • 13-02-2019

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any book this man can make into a masterpiece I swear it. the book itself is moderately good, it's a little different and I think I love it! but nick podehl is truly a masterful reader. he puts emotion into every word that many other audio readers fail to even come close to. listen to all of Nick's books, and you'll know exactly what I mean.

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  • Tyler
  • 22-09-2018

Solid start to a unique series.

There are a few things that make this series stand out. I like the guy from a pure fantasy world tossed into a video game world concept, I like that respawning is a dangerous prospect. Especially for the monsters. Characters are pretty decent. I like the diversity of troll types and evolutions.

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  • Riley Hayes
  • 25-09-2018

It was ok

The story was ok, both the author and reader put too much emphasis on sword techniques and their pronunciation, and the differences in characters levels made no difference. All in all, it was Ok at best.

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  • Yair Mayer
  • 21-09-2018

Rushed and short

I Pre-ordered due to recommendations. Unfortunately it is not up to snuff. Feels like there's a good story to tell but instead it was rushed.
The character seems to rush into challenges under prepared with no actual reason to rush. More to lose then to gain.

Only good part was the narrator - and Kaz.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 01-10-2018

A fantasy realm collides with Virtual Reality

OK, I am going to come clean here. I am unquestioningly a huge fan of James Hunter. I enjoy everything he’s written from this Urban Fantasy Yancy Lazarus, his Litrpg Series Viridian Gate Online, to that grocery list he dropped while shopping the other day. I must also say, that you might further consider me to be biased because I do have a story in his upcoming Viridian Gate Anthology novel Side Quests, but that does not make anything I am about to say untrue or inaccurate.

This is a genuinely brilliant book, that much like the Land of the Undying by Dave Willmarth is just as interesting in the real world as it is in the game world. The “real world” is actually a fantasy realm in which the hero, Roark is a rebel. He fights against an evil Usurper who has used his ability to control magics unlike every mage before him to steal an empire. The setting seems to be slightly German in tone, with an interesting magic system in which written words convey power. When his attack on the Tyrant fails he tries to escape through a portal, which is a dicey proposition at best, and he finds himself not where he wanted to be, but in a strange world with new magics and an unlimited lifespan that allows him to respawn. What he doesn’t realize is that he has entered Hearthworld, which is actually an MMORPG. Obviously, he has no clue that he is in a video game, and simply treats it like he has entered another world which is a logical conclusion for him to reach.

That, my friends is the brilliance of this story. Roark is an interesting protagonist, and oddly the real antagonist is a player named Pwner Boner 007, that is a game name that will stand beside the most legendary Leroy Jenkins. That isn’t to say that the Tyrant lord doesn’t loom and play in the back of Roark’s mind, but honestly, he really goes at Pwner Boner 007 enough that he qualifies as the bad guy. That is another strength of this book, it goes some serious to silly and no matter the tone Roark plays it straight.

Truly, this book was far too short. I loved every second of it, and really think that this is quite possibly one of the best series he’s done to date. It stands right beside VGO. Don’t think that I am discounting eden Hudson, either. She is an incredible writer, and her novel, Two Faced, is about as top notch as they come. She has some serious chops. I mean like Mr. Miyagi chops. I know I said that I respected how well James was able to co-write with Aaron Crash because it seemed like it was a single voice, and the same is true here. Only thing is the voice is very different in tone from War God. This is a masterful piece of combining writing styles, vision, and attitudes. This book blew me away at every turn. The only drawback was that it was too short.

Now you might be calling me out on how this fits into the dungeon category for this special, and I’m going to tell you it is because Roark becomes a part of the dungeon. He grows in power and manages to lead a section of it all by himself. I can see him eventually taking the entire dungeon over at some point in the future.

The narration by Nick Pohdel is outstanding. He transitions Roark’s voice slowly as he gains levels, and it is subtle, but so realistic that you have to pay attention. He plays monsters so well, and embodies the snark of Pwner Boner 007. There simply is no touching the man here. He is amazing to listen to, every characte has their own voice, which are utterly distinctive and outstanding. His villains are just as great as his heroes, and he absolutely steals the show with his portrayal of Roark. I loved listening to him, and if you want to hear more get the Gam3 or Super Sales on Superheroes 2. Good stuff there.

Hunter and Hudson (they sound like colonial marines from Aliens don't they?) really are an amazing team. I really expect a lot from them in the future with this series. It is scary just how good it is, and it really makes me happy to see thme get recognized for the incredible work they are doing. I don't recommend you get this book. I demand it. You deserve this incredibly conceived and executed story more than you know. Get it, grab it, go for it but don't let it get passed you.

Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Tabitha Stone
  • 13-03-2019

loved it

great take. haven't seen a story like this one in the litrpg. great fantasy story!

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  • Trevor MacFall
  • 10-03-2019

I really liked it!

In the LitRPG genre it is really hit or miss. For every 5 bad books you get one good one. This was a good one. Not great but pretty darn good. It never hurts to have the best narrator around narrate your book either. I will definitely get the next one and follow the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-03-2019

Cheesey fun

cheesey fun, I really enjoyed this book. Like watching old 80s action movies. They aren't entertainment that will win awards, or been seen as life changing. But they are a ton of fun and a great ride.

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  • T. F. Coleman
  • 06-03-2019

Top Tier LitRPG

Great from start to finish. Some of the best action. Excellent performance. On to book 2.

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  • Knifehandunsheathed
  • 26-02-2019

Entertaining

Nick Podehl's effortless story telling ability shines brightly in this entertaining, and interesting take on a LitRPG. James Hunter and Eden Hudson have managed to scribe something enjoyable and entertaining without the slighted need of a harem. I highly recommend this purchase, and I am looking forward to more.

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  • scobie
  • 06-03-2019

the rogue dungeon

this book was a little slow to start but I shouldn't got into it looking forward to the next

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  • Toren
  • 25-02-2019

Amazing despite being shorter then others.

I usually spend my credits in long books, but this one was much better then most of the longer LitRPGs. The story telling was interesting and the protagonist acted like his background of nobility unlike some books where the protagonist acts like a teenager from earth despite not being one.

I really enjoyed listening to this book, give it a try is my recommendation.

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  • Scott R
  • 17-02-2019

A different but enjoyable new adventure

This is a different adventure as our MC is part of a resistance but when he attempts to escape from a vile deapot he finds himself trapped in an RPG game.
Everything changes as he leads a new resistance against the Heroes who slaughter those he had come to care for.
A Common theme but from such an unexpected viewpoint i wasn't too sure if i would like it.
Such is the writing and skill used to ensnare the listener that we are soon supporting the Trolls and Dubgeon creatures against all manner of heroes, Internal politics and The ever present first threat from our MCs world.
Narration is flawless as you would expect from Podehl and helps the story along easily.
5 stars all round and a new fan who will have this in their TBH list.

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  • Player1
  • 13-02-2019

great listen.

very much enjoyed this audio book. well paced and thoughtful. nice character progression. At first thought it wasn't a litrpg then it was. I won't spoil it.

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  • michael
  • 10-02-2019

Interesting take on a LitRPG

An enjoyable take on the LitRPG genre. The main character is from a fantasy world and has no idea what a video game until he is thrust into one. Combined with the fact that he takes the place of a monster allows this book to avoid many of the issues that other LitRPG books can have.

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  • Edward
  • 30-12-2018

Well worth listening to

I really enjoyed the first chapter or so, then struggled with the world development part and was, honestly, a little bored. But the book couldn’t work without it and, once you step back and realise that “that” level of knowledge and confusion is what would happen it passes quickly.

You’ll quickly come to be enamoured with the characters and humour of the book.

I was put off buying this for some reason but now I can’t wait for book two.

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  • Ashley H.
  • 11-12-2018

Slow Start but stick with it - amazing performance

Narrator is the best I've listened to on audible and played the characters perfectly, the book starts a bit hectic and is a bit hard to follow at the beginning but stick with it and your wont be disappointed.

The author has a very unique take on the game world and the magic system is fantastic.

Characters are engaging and you care about them quickly. Defiantly worth the read.

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  • Dingo 883
  • 29-11-2018

Took me a bit to get into, but it hooked me.

For whatever reason, I couldn't pay much attention to the first little bit, but as soon as he got into the game world I was hooked. It has a few unique elements to it, like the magic system. I found it interesting. I also enjoy the creature evolutions. I'm looking forward to the next one. Nick of course does a great job narrating.

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  • Miss
  • 12-10-2018

Excellent

Highly recommend, really enjoyed this and the narrator is excellent - looking fwd to book 2

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  • Ian
  • 08-10-2018

a great 1st book if the series.

I totally enjoyed this, captivating, great story line and I'm looking forward to the next instalment.