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The Crafter's Dungeon: A Dungeon Core Novel

Dungeon Crafting, Book 1
Auteur(s): Jonathan Brooks
Narrateur(s): Louise Cooksey
Durée: 9 h et 59 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 évaluations)

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Sandra had been a merchant traveling through the human lands of Muriel, though that wouldn’t have been her chosen profession. 

What she would’ve loved to become was a crafter, producing wondrous creations with her own two hands; however, she didn’t want to become a master in just one craft - she was interested in them all. 

Unfortunately, Sandra was born with a deformity in her hands that made them appear frozen in a claw-like pose; as a result, she couldn’t grip anything with any sort of strength or dexterity, meaning that she wasn’t able craft anything but the most simple of things that required very little in the way of hand-based manipulation. To top it off, while most people could access and manipulate at least one or two of the basic elemental energies, she could see them all - but was unable to manipulate a single one. 

Despite these setbacks, Sandra spent the majority of her 26 years of life visually learning the processes, techniques, and secret formulas for every aspect of crafting she could discover. And it was that pursuit of knowledge that ultimately led to her untimely death. 

Reborn in the shape of a tiny Dungeon Core, Sandra learned about the purpose behind dungeons and Cores from an assigned dungeon helper; at the same time, she also discovered that she had much more freedom than most other Dungeon Cores. 

The repercussions of her mere existence could end up being far-reaching, but the most important thing she learned had nothing to do with the other Cores, the different races, or even the real purpose behind her being brought back to life as a strange glowing gem. Sandra didn’t care about any of that, though - all she cared about was that she could finally do some crafting.

This Dungeon Core story contains LitRPG/GameLit elements such as statistics and leveling and a heavy crafting emphasis. No profanity and no harems.

©2019 Jonathan Brooks (P)2019 Jonathan Brooks

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  • Au global
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original take on my favorite genre (SPOILERS)

story setting was Good. loved the unique dungeon system and how it was progressing. would love if you went into more detail about the crafting process itself.

the main character seems a little too calm in my opinion from having just spent 250 or so years in complete isolation, although her being a special case with this Creator is a totally plausible answer to this.


lastly the voice actor lacked emotion for me and cant realy do a male voice.

This series has great potential and I will be buying the next release

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Hunter
  • 2019-10-23

Completely excellent top notch Dungeon Core/ 1flaw

So I have listened to maybe a dozen of Jonathan Brooks books and they are all great, he tells a fun fast paced story and there is usually a few moral questions and a bunch of creative problem solving, it's always engrossing. Almost everything about book was fantastic. The reason he gets a 4star in story for this book is because of the material lists,

The crafting system at it's simplest form is a variety of material types ranging in sizes with a minimum and maximum mana capacity and a material cost combined with a creature type or item type to make a thing, and whenever the dungeon learn some new materials we get a list the reads something like this

"tiny copper orb minimum mana 10 maximum mana 25 material cost 50, small copper orb minimum mana 25 maximum mana 50 material cost 100, medium copper orb minimum mana 100 maximum mana 200 material cost large copper orb minimum mana xxx maximum mana xxx material cost xxx,

tiny Silver orb minimum mana xxx maximum mana xxx material cost xxx, small Silver orb minimum mana xxx maximum mana xxx material cost xxx, medium Silver orb minimum mana xxx maximum mana xxx material cost large Silver orb minimum mana xxx maximum mana xxx material cost xxx,

tiny gold orb minimum mana xxx maximum mana xxx material cost xxx, small gold orb minimum mana xxx maximum mana xxx material cost xxx, medium gold orb minimum mana xxx maximum mana xxx material cost large gold orb minimum mana xxx maximum mana xxx material cost xxx,"

etc ... for however many material have been accumulated,

This is the only real flaw with this book as an audio format, I am certain that in paper format this is a well organized chart that you can skim and if you want to can use as a reference chart and study in detail or skip over easily, but in audio it is a monotonous slog that you will find yourself trying to skip through until they get to the new pieces of information.

Like I said earlier everything else about this book is completely great, the narrator has pleasant voice, and good characterization, the characters themselves are interesting, and pretty likable, The story so far is winding up to be an involved political trade association through intermediary allies of the dungeon. It's going to be a blast,

Hopefully in the second book he'll abridge the entries or place them conveniently to be skipped

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  • Caleb Johnson
  • 2019-09-30

Not Bad. Not Great.

As the headline implies. This wasn’t a bad book. The story was slow to build up and to build a solid foundation, which in my belief was never quite accomplished. I love crafting, dungeon building, core building, etc. so this book’s genre isn’t outside of the realm of what I enjoy.
This book though. Repeats and repeats and repeats stats that are cumbersome, long and completely unnecessary for the crafting aspect. Mostly this wouldn’t be an issue if it wasn’t the repetition of the same basic building blocks to crafting that literally read out like a DND stat page that you don’t need to know for the end result. I’d prefer for a one time explanation of the material, then explain the crafting process more. It just felt like padding for the books time/pages.
The overall character development, though slow, was enjoyable, just not nearly in-depth enough.
Months go by and it feels like a grind without much detail. This author is so much better than this book. I look forward to book 2, in hopes that the foundation and errors are fixed. But book 1, was a struggle to complete and to keep interested in.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • LitRPG Re-Roll
  • 2019-09-20

Excellent Story with a fresh approach to the genre

Mr. Brooks is King of the Dungeoncore right now as far as I am concerned. He spits out these dungeon books left and right, up down. This time he brings you the Crafter’s Dungeon. Low and behold, He brings a fresh approach to the genre that a lot of folks are going to like a lot. Coming into the book, I was wondering how he would pull off a crafting and dungeon core story. He certainly does and he does it very well. It makes a lot of sense too. It doesn’t feel like it is something forced in so he can get readers who like crafting books. It is a rather brilliant approach.

One thing I really liked about this book, is that the dungeon building and crafting are the main focus. I have read dungeon cores before that spend too much time outside of a dungeon doing things that don’t interest me. Some folks enjoy that but I don’t. 90% of this story is in the dungeon. That may bore some readers because there is a lot of the book where Sandra just talks to herself (or in her head). She does have the usual assistant that pops up in every dungeon core that gives her direction but she leaves off and on during the story. I like this intense dungeon focus…some may not. There is a lot of litrpg elements here. A lot of stats, a lot of crafting recipes and ingredient gathering, trap designs, enemy designs etc…

Now on to the problem that I had with the audiobook – the narration leaves much to be desired. I am not familiar with Ms Cooksey, but looking at her previous projects this is her first litrpg. She did a serviceable job. She was not bad…she was not great…she was ok. She seemed to improve as the audiobook went on or maybe I just got used to her. She can be very monotone at times. There are orcs in the book and she didn’t quite hit the mark with their voices. I understand that it can’t be easy with a female narrator, but I felt she could have done a bit better with some research. She doesn’t ruin the book by any means. She just holds it back a bit.

I give Crafter’s Dungeon an 8.25. I really enjoyed the story. If the narration had been a bit better that score would have gone up to an 8.75 potentially. This is a story that shouldn’t be missed whether you do the audio or e-book. I really look forward to the 2nd one.

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  • D. Neill
  • 2019-10-17

Narration is inconsistent.

I like Mr. Brooks' stories. This one is average for him, that is to say, it is good. I imagine this series will mature well, as long as Mr. Brooks doesn't divide his attention too thin.

The narration for this book was marred by two things: first is inconsistency. This is probably due more to direction and production than the narrators skill (she has a very pleasant voice). The second is this metallic/tinny quality to the speech that sounds like a specific effect added to the narration. It sounds too much like MP3 compression artifact to add to the story. I hope they drop it for future books.

I recommend this book, in anticipation of what this series will become.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Carey
  • 2019-10-12

Great story with a few audio adaptation issues

I loved this book. I enjoyed the narration. I thought the development of the main character was fun and I had a great time listening to a LitRPG where the focus was on crafting and dungeon development.

The only issue I had was in listening to the dungeon development stat sheets. Normally, I like listening to stat sheets because it gives men an overall picture of the growth of an individual character.

The development of a dungeon, in this case, is different and poses a unique challenge for audio since so much of the information is additions to lists instead of changing numbers. This creates a problem where the lists get longer throughout the book, but each recitation only adds a limited amount of new information. It feels as though I'm listening to the same grocery list at different points through the novel with three or four items added at the end each time.

In a visual format, it would be relatively easy to skim over the old information and find the new information that's been added. The only solution I can think of for an audio format is to make the stat sheets their own chapters so that they're easy to skip or listen to, whichever the listener prefers.

I still very much enjoyed the book and I'm really looking forward to the next in the series.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Cory
  • 2019-09-16

all hail our new dungeon master

this is a great start to a new series a very strong feminine voice with great foreshadowing of the great potential of this book instead of just concentrating on kill kill kill we get a book that shows I create a potential for crafting and world-building

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  • Josh Noneya
  • 2019-09-05

Crafting and dungeons!

Great story and narration!

A crafting obsessed young woman meets a horrific fate, and is reborn as a dungeon core. Can her know how save four sentient races on the brink off extinction?

This is a fun and well developed adventure. If you like crafting or base building stories you will definitely enjoy this book. This story is engaging and has great characters, a well developed world and an interesting magic system.

I loved this book and am eagerly waiting the next book in the series!

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Taylor
  • 2019-10-10

Show Don't Tell?

This book starts with the main character getting a small scratch just so it can spend the next few paragraphs expositing about how her mother died, and at that point, first page, we know more about her mother's death than our main character's life.

Oh, but don't worry. that'll quickly change with the help of MORE EXPOSITION. I haven't even listened for ten minutes before I can tell that Show Don't Tell isn't a concept the author has quite grasped.

It's a lot of small things, telling us, the reader, how the main character's hands have been deformed since birth instead of just describing the hands and letting us realize there's something wrong, perhaps briefly wonder why, then get the answer! A little wonder about even the small things goes a long way. is it important that we know whh her hands are like this, or can it wait until later, once we have a grip on things?

Also, the main character is a bit of an enigma. she collects crafting techniques despite not being able to use them. She does it as a hobby, so she doesn't sell techniques, yet she is more than willing to risk her life for them for... no real reason?

The narrator is also pretty bad, though it's not really a forte of mine, so forgive me if the criticism isn't clear. While she has an attractive voice, the narrator's delivery can be terrible. Any time she voices character dialogue, she tries to put some emotion into it, but it's so wooden that it ruins the narration. I suspect she thinks placing pauses in dialogue between words makes it more human. instead, it's annoying.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • B Lewis
  • 2019-10-03

first try?

Why did i have to read so many list? was it for word count? then you ask for 4 and 5 star reviews now that's a stretch.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Michelle
  • 2019-11-12

A fun story that gives us what we want

Crafter's Dungeon is exactly as advertised. It is a really well written story full of crafting and dungeons, but what puts it over the top into a great book is the great world that is hinted at in this book and I hope to see get more time in the next book.