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Dungeon Bringer 1: A litRPG Adventure

Written by: Nick Harrow
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
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Construct your dungeon. Summon your monster girls. Slaughter your foes.
 

When the Inkolana Cartel's experimental computer network comes under attack, they give white-hat hacker Clay Knight two hours to fix the problem.
 

If he succeeds, he'll be rich beyond his wildest dreams.
 

If he fails, he's a dead man.
 

But when Clay hacks the hackers, he stumbles into an ancient ritual that summons him to the dusty, forgotten world of Soketra. In this strange new land, Clay finds dungeons, monsters, and a fierce pride of beautiful cat women who believe he is the reincarnation of the ancient Dungeon Lord Rathokhetra. With a band of bloodthirsty dungeon raiders on his doorstep, Clay must master his new abilities and gather guardians for his territory to save himself and his army of warrior women from a fate darker than death.

©2019 Shadow Alley Press (P)2019 Shadow Alley Press

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  • pldittrich
  • 2019-05-29

another great gamelit harem.

This was an excellent title of its type. Now, it didnt blow my socks off with its creativity and unique genius, which is the only reason the story didnt get a 5. You wont see a whole hell of a lot that truly surprises you, if u r into the harem gamelit genre. It hits everything you would expect. but that isnt necessarily a bad thing. This genre is fairly niche. But this book hits all the right buttons for people who are into this sort of thing. Including hot catgirls, with a neat egyptian theme that is just waaayyyyy underappreciated in its hotness. so glad somebody finally recognized that.
Now, if you are looking for graphic sex scenes, then you may need to go elsewhere. fade to black is device used here for MOST of the actual sex scenes (there is some, just not a lot). Frankly, i prefer it this way. These types of stories are way better when the author takes the time to descriptively help u appreciate the scenery as you go, and build the tension. the little, constant things, that all add up to a great experience. Thats so much better than just one flimsy excuse after the next for people to start humping. Frankly, it kinda kills a book like this if i have to keep hearing certain 4 letter words for male genitalia ALL THE TIME. id much rather enjoy subtle and detailed descriptions of his female companions in their various states, because women can just be sexy in a lot of different ways doing a lot of different things (that's just how most of us with Y chromosomes see it).
So, while this mostly wont blow u away with originality, its an excellent book of the genre and well worth the listen. And the author seems to have been like "i dont care how cliche it seems, catgirls are awesome, and so i see no reason there shouldnt be plenty in my story". And i applaud him for this. There is nothing wrong with finding an excuse to use what people LIKE.
The author also made the very wise choice to enlist James Patrick Cronin. Not only does this show he did his homework and found a good narrator, it also shows he was willing to invest in the best for his book. I'm not knocking authors who go for more bargain deals when looking for their narrator. Tough world. i get it.
However, when an author cares enough to invest in someone well known in harem gamelit circles, and favored by those listeners, it makes all the difference. Hell, i often look for new audio books based solely on what certain narrators have been doing, and james patrick Cronin is one of those narrators.
On the narrator, i saw some reviews above complained about Cronin's use of a "french" accent for the sort of egyptian cat ladies. Initially, i would have said that he needed a foreign accent to help distinguish characters, and i would have been fine with that argument alone. However, look up arabic and egyptian accents. if u start googling it, you will find many links talking about how similar they are to the french accent. Like, native speakers will sometimes mistake it.
What does this mean? it isnt just a french accent, its the accent most appropriate for the setting. Cronin did his research. those people who complained about the "French accent killing it for them", had no idea what the appropriate accent for the setting would have actually sounded like. Because it would have sounded very much like a french accent. so, if you go into the book and are like "why does this egyptian catgirl sound french?", just ask urself if u know what an EGYPTIAN accent would actually sound like. Because u probably dont. Cronin nailed it. look it up if u dont believe me.
So, fans of gamelit, monster girls, and dungeon core novels, go for it. This book hits all the right buttons. well worth a listen. im looking forward to book 2.

- note: i did receive a free credit for this book as part of a random giveaway. just want to b upfront. but it isnt like they were paying me to leave a review, or made me legally obligated. Its just the decent thing to do, if they are kind enough to give u a free listen. Ive tried to be fair and honest with my review though, and hope thats adequately reflected here.

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  • Brett Siegel
  • 2019-05-22

Decent read

Definitely a decent 1st by a new author. Not too much harem. Good tactical content. Will definitely give the next book in the series a read.

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  • William
  • COLUMBIA, MD
  • 2019-06-22

Great potential, Poor execution

The story has a cool concept behind it. The issue is the annoying MC. He does things that are...stupid. Stupid to the point that it defies reality and breaks the reader out of the story. For example (no spoilers) he can modify his dungeon, and he does - a lot. At the same time, he talks about how he's able to perform certain feats. But despite talking about said feats, he never uses them to his advantage or does things in a way that makes sense.

At first it seems okay, he's learning his powers and all that. But when he keeps explaining that he has certain capabilities over and over but then does something completely off the wall when a simpler solution would have sufficed. A simpler solution that he even talks about being able to do. Over the course of the story, it just turned into a hard listen.

That said, if you can get passed the terrible MC and average side characters, the story in itself isn't bad.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-05

Not the greatest of all time, but certainly good

Really enjoyed this book. A hacker to a dungeon keeper/godling. The main character was smart and some things he does near the beginning of the book once he first takes over I found really clever and a nice change from the normal. It's harem but not an obnoxious one. The female characters stay within the realms of 'ok it's a book I'll give it leeway'.(Most harems, in my opinion, cross that line and go to the 'so every female character is an idiot hu?' line.) I do wish that the female characters still had a bit more fleshing out but not to the point where i'd take anything off the book's review score.

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  • Steven
  • 2019-06-06

Loved it!

Dungeon building and an army of cat girls, what more do you need to know? I loved listening to this book. It is one of the best dungeon building books I've read so far. I was a little worried about the harem aspect but Nick did an outstanding job of showing how to properly incorporate that aspect into a book. At no point did I feel like that aspect was taking over the story or drawing away from it at all. James Patrick Cronin does an amazing job at bringing this story and its characters to life. The different ranges of voices he uses really helps draw you in to the story. I'm looking forward to the release of the second and third books in this series. I definitely recommend that everyone give this book a try.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-06-05

Wow

Im gonna be upfront here, I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

With that out of the way, I LOVED this audiobook. I usually try to stay away from harem (sex scenes usually kind of skeeve me out) but I figured I would take a chance on it when I saw a code giveaway. Boy am I glad I did!

From the very beginning, I was pulled right into the role of Clay, thanks to James' fantastic narrative skills. The action started strong and fast, and never slowed down from there.

I loved Clay's bold "Get it done" attitude, and the snark was STRONG. I adore strong snark.

The named females were great, and built up the MC just like a good harem should.

My only problem, if it could be called a problem, is that I need more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-15

Had High Hopes

I had high hopes that this would be a good book. I was disappointed by the strange gamelike rules that make no real sense. Originality in creating the dungeon was squashed by these arbitrary RULES.

Also the main character supposed to be an extreamly talented Hacker. Yet he has no backup strategies. His intelligence does not show through as much as it should. The simple fact that he actually believes that his kidnappers would pay him 1 billion dollars marks his intellect as less than stated by his backstory.

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  • Fractured Golem
  • Nova Scotia
  • 2019-10-15

Non Professional Narrator

There is one thing that for me ruins a book, and that's when someone uses a non-professional setup to read it. It doesn't matter how good a person is at reading or creating voices, if you can ever hear the sound of them breathing it means they're not using a professional setup.

A professional setup means that a narrator not only uses the proper equipment, but editing as well. In many instances, a professional will record all the character's lines separately and edit them into each other so they're not attempting to switch voices all the time while reading linearly as it can make the voices similar.

About half the time it's not the narrator's fault either... it's the publisher not willing to pay them to do the work, and the publisher unwilling to do the work themselves while trying to cut costs to the minimum.

Given that this is a pet peeve of mine, I stopped listening to this really early, so I can't really comment on the story. It's why I gave it 3 stars as it's a middle grade.

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  • Biggz
  • 2019-08-24

What if?

2 ideas.

1. Story starts around the point of hearing the gunshot.

2. Instead of nonsense magic have the females use claws to dig tunnels.

Wish this heartland Author luck! Will be buying book 2.

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  • joshua abutin
  • 2019-08-23

bring on the next book baby!

dungeon bringer was such a fun read with an MC that I enjoyed. I especially enjoyed the bits of D&D elements and never have pet scorpions sounded so cute. Also scorpion girl is a new interest that has been added XD