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The Slime Dungeon

The Slime Dungeon Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: Ryan Turner
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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Death came on swift wings. A soul, blessed by a goddess, falls to the land and enters his new life. He clings to a single memory, the defining moment of his previous life. Now he learns how to succeed in his new life as a new dungeon heart. To become the best dungeon he can be, he partners with the one existence all dungeons need: his bonded dungeon pixie.

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  • Nathanael
  • 22-08-2017

Short, expensive, vague, and cringworthy.

after reading dungeon born book 1 I was hungry for some more litrpg novels of the sentient dungeon variety. In looking around for similar novels I found the slime dungeon, which was being heavily used as a comparison online. The slime dungeon, as I understand had begun it's writing process before dungeon born and is widely considered to be the more original story. I was excited to see what a book that took this long to release would bring. (especially since the second dungeon born book is already available on kindle) I decided to check it out and was quite dissapointed.

First, even as a new release, a 25 dollar price tag for a book this short is already a mark against it. as an audiobook I'd hope for it to at least make it through a work day.

Second, I find the actual story severely lacking in details and can't seem to decide whether to be satirical litrpg comedy or gritty fantasy epic. The relationship between the dungeon and his sprite feels so hamfisted and awkward. The few jokes in there dialogue are weird and oddly oversexualized for a magical being speaking to a sentient gemstone. The whole mommy/daddy thing is super cringy.

Third. The villain never seems to be a sincere threat. His convoluted plan makes no sense when he could have easily just waltzed to the boss room and accomplished his goals within the first 5 chapters. it's sheer dumb luck (i.e. deus ex machina) that the one person who could stop him was included the day he decided to enact his "master plan".

There are good parts. The slime evolutions are interesting. but not a lot of jokes. not a lot of action. not much detail in general about the world and how magic works there.

In all I enjoyed it, but I know theirs a book out there that goes into much better detail about pretty much everything and has a much better natural evolution of the characters and the story arc. guess I'll just have to wait for dungeon born book 2.

35 of 38 people found this review helpful

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 27-12-2018

Who doesn't love a slime?

This book came out shortly after Dungeon Born, by about five months, and actually bears a lot of similarities to the novel by Dakota Krout. For example, the companion is a Dungeon Pixie, and the dungeon is unique in its own way too. Doc, the dungeon, has no recall of who he was only that he must save “her”.

That is where the similarities end. Doc is not interested in how things are normally done, he likes to follow the unbeaten path, and really goes in for using slimes as his vessels of destruction. Now, I am very much a fan a short story called Slime by Joseph Payne Brennan, which appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Anthology called Monster Museum and predated one of my favorite movies, the Blob, by five or so years. There is also the movie Creepshow 2, with the piece titled the Raft, and the movie Phantoms, as well. There were also movies like Caltiki, the Immortal Monster, and the H-man that made me love gelatinous monsters. Heck, my favorite monsters were Cubes, green slime, and the various puddings. So, I think you can see my attraction to a dungeon filled with voracious slimes.

Doc, however, is a fair lair of death, and does his best only to kill when absolutely necessary. He feeds himself in other ways. And while the dungeon is the Main character, there is a story in which a royal person is plotted against, and targeted for murder. The dungeon intervenes, as he recalls that he must save “her” and goofs up the plot. This leads to a mess of events happening, which slowly reveals the big bad of the book.

The writing is pretty good, but it does almost feel episodic, like each chapter was written in and of itself, it isn’t bad, but it doesn’t seem to flow as well as it could have. Also, while Doc and Claire have a nice relationship it feels a little weird, almost like two kids wanting to play doctor but never getting there. Part of the episodic feel stems from the way the characters are introduced, it’s sort of like Bob the paladin came in, he was from the bo-shan province, and he was so good looking people called him the face of bo. He worshipped the sun god, Dial, and had six brothers and sisters. It really isn’t that bad, but it gives you an idea of how they are not given a chance to develop some depth, and allow us to find out about them naturally. It isn’t bad, but it does detract from the fun of discovering a character on our own. That is about it for flaws. It isn’t perfect, but there are a lot of good things. The relationship between Claire and Doc, Doc’s desire to be a “good Dungeon” and not kill people. The way he takes in the wolf cubs, and grows his slimes. Even the villain is cool, and properly evil. The book is fun, and sets up a good bit to make the next book flow a little easier now that the world building is out of the way.
In the spirit of honesty, I have only recently listened to this book. I got it just so that I could review it for this special. The reason I held off for so long is that I had listened to the audio snippet that Audible provides, and I was leery about the narration provided by Ryan Turner. It didn’t grab me, but I said, hey here is an author that I am not giving a chance because of my impression from a 5 minute clip. That’s not exactly fair, so I gave this a try. Turner is a fair narrator. He does quite well on most voices, but he does stumble on the female ones a bit. It was hard to discern which lady he was speaking for sometimes, and none of them stood out to me like Vikas Adam’s Dani, or Jeff Hay’s doing Jade for example. I would say he did a more than competent job, I just wasn’t overwhelmed with the ladies in the book. When he just does the straight reading he’s fine.

I did enjoy this book, and have subsequently gotten the other books in the series, so I know that I liked it. I don’t know what happens later on, but book one provides a lot of set up for what looks to be a fun lighthearted series. I would almost say that this had the potential to be a great family book or Young Adult series, but there is a potential rape scene, and that puts it right out of those categories for me. I can let my kids listen to a man get dissolved by a hostile slime, but yes, I do balk at them hearing someone talk about rape. My priorities may be a little skewed. Either way, just a few minor issues, so I have to give this an 8.1 stars. My biggest problem was with the narration, more than the story. The dungeon building and slime evolution was some of the best bits.


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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  • Jared
  • 21-08-2017

A different spin on what is becomming a trope.

At the start of this book I was somewhat disappointed. Having read "Dungeon Born" recently I found so many of the same points hit that I started to think it was just copying the story from that. Doing a bit of research I found out this actually preceded that book by a handful of months and my anger reversed. Upon further research I found a smattering of other books that also followed a sentient dungeon and I am now left scratching my head trying to figure out when exactly this became a trope and where it came from. With all of that confusion aside the book is a solid fun read. Some parts seem a bit forced like the mommy daddy thing(it'll make sense when you get there) coming out of nowhere and just getting steamrolled into sticking. Also I cant really think of anything that stuck out as memorably hilarious. All the same I cant say I didn't enjoy the book.

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  • daniel
  • 23-09-2017

Simple but good.

A generally good book. Not a lot of depth going on here though.

It's what you would expect from an authors very first book. No side plots, no real character development and no twists or turns. Just "here are the good guys. Here is generally how the world works. Here's a damsel in destress. Here's a bad guy. Yaaaay they stopped the bad guy!. The end".

It's not a bad book, I liked it. I just wish it was fuller, if that makes sense.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-2017

First audible wasn't disappointed

Ran into the author at dragoncon2017 he gave me a basic rundown of the basis of the story sounded good and I had a good 6 hour drive back from the con made itty quite enjoyable

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  • Humility
  • 02-01-2018

Amatuer Writing, Amateur Voice Actor.

So despite the negative reviews, I love pixies so I thought I would give this a try on the off chance the pixie was done right. It wasnt.

For the most part the pixie's writing was like a poor attempt at being cute, by someone with only a passing knowledge of the concept. Instead of a consistent 'cuteness' of the pixie type that walks the edge of innocent childlike and mischievious adult. The pixie would instead be straight and dull then just randomly try and do something cute. Which combined with the poor voice acting quality (really should have had a female narrator I think), resulted in stilted scenes with a cringeworthy sound. Like a bad roleplayer suddenly remembering his character is supposed to be cute so badly and over compensating.

It took me a while but I realized the dungeon was supposed to be cute as well. I think the goal was to look like two children playing house. Its a goal that was failed badly. I think the problem is best exemplified by the shelf scene. It wasnt a funny gag to begin with but the writer royally screwed it up by the fact the words to the joke, could not be applied to setting up a shelf.

That would have dropped it to 4 stars alone. Since it doesnt happen too often. The books shortness takes it down another star. What dropped it the final star to 2 stars was when it decided to arbitarily skip some levels of progression, just to shove some animesque wolf girls into the dungeon. Until that point there was still the enjoyment of watching the dungeon progress.

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  • Dakota Murphy George
  • 08-02-2019

A Unique Dungeon building story

Loved the flow and characters. I also loved the mysteries that had been so seamlessly sewn in.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-01-2019

Perservere, past the prologue.

Once you pass the 4 minute prologue the narrator stops sounding like Shatner's spoken word version of Rocketman. Then the story picks up.

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  • FlameHaze
  • 18-09-2018

Absolutely breathtaking of story!

I absolutely recommend this it was a delicious to listen to and very interesting! I’m currently going to buy the next book it’s just to good making me want more!

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  • Nevrynal
  • 15-08-2017

Fantastic

Slime Dungeon is innovative, entertaining, and an absolute pleasure to experience. Anyone with a gaming background will enjoy this intriguing glimpse from the dungeon's point of view. And you may end up cheering for a dungeon the next time an Adventurer causes a party wipe.
Excellent book, good narration.
Eagerly anticipating the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-03-2018

Just poorly written

First I thought this was spoor copy of Dakota Krout's Dungeon Born, but this came out first. So I guess Dungeon Born is am actually *good* copy of this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful