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Publisher's Summary

The apocalypse will be televised!

A man. His ex-girlfriend's cat. A sadistic game show unlike anything in the universe: a dungeon crawl where survival depends on killing your prey in the most entertaining way possible. 

In a flash, every human-erected construction on Earth - from Buckingham Palace to the tiniest of sheds - collapses in a heap, sinking into the ground.

The buildings and all the people inside have all been atomized and transformed into the dungeon: an 18-level labyrinth filled with traps, monsters, and loot. A dungeon so enormous, it circles the entire globe.

Only a few dare venture inside. But once you're in, you can't get out. And what's worse, each level has a time limit. You have but days to find a staircase to the next level down, or it's game over. In this game, it's not about your strength or your dexterity. It's about your followers, your views. Your clout. It's about building an audience and killing those goblins with style. 

You can't just survive here. You gotta survive big.

You gotta fight with vigor, with excitement. You gotta make them stand up and cheer. And if you do have that "it" factor, you may just find yourself with a following. That's the only way to truly survive in this game - with the help of the loot boxes dropped upon you by the generous benefactors watching from across the galaxy.

They call it Dungeon Crawler World. But for Carl, it's anything but a game.

©2020 Matt Dinniman (P)2021 Matt Dinniman

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absolutely wonderful

this was an "I'm out of shit to listen to but I'm desperate" credit buy

fuck was I lucky. best goddamn series I've found in ages. amazing all over

like litrpg stuff? this is for you.
don't like how in depth series like the land and such get with the minutia? this is for you.

personally I fucking love the minutia but still

god damnit this was good

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WOW. The new measuring stick for LitRPGs

This was the perfect LitRPG for my liking, the humor, the characters, THE PERFORMANCE (So Good!) the absence of a harrem and cringy porn scenes. As well as not throwing number stats at you every 30 mins (although that bothers me less than cringy harrems)

Soundbooth theatre and Jeff Hays killed it with production. It's like listening to a cast made up of Patrick Warburton, Judy Dench, and Claptrap from borderlands. I will be looking for more of thier work from listening to this book alone.

Audible, please release book 2!!

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Awesome fun!!

The story is a lot of fun. The narrator really brought the story to life. Entertaining characters that have brought a promise of more to come.

GOD DAMMIT DOUGHNUT!!!

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Great MC

I love the book so if you're reading the reviews to get an idea on if you should buy it then let me explain the Mc, Carl

He's a nobody. Completely ordinary guy like someone you'd walk by on the street and not think twice about. But he's also a Hero.

In this universe, life is cheap(literally) and death is so abundant that genocide of entire planets isn't a warcrime but entertainment in the form of dungeon crawls. It's in this dungeon that the crawlers, the few million that survived the initial culling, are forced to kill or be killed, eventually numbing them to life just like everyone else.

In this universe that utterly breaks a person's morals and empathy, that shatters any sense of compassion, Carl is just a normal guy. But it's this world that molds him into a Hero for the simple fact that he chooses to care.

They took everything from him but one thing they'll never do to him is break him. Instead, he'll break them.

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Best Lit Rpg I have ever heard

Might be the best Lit Rpg available, definitely worth a credit. Just finishing the third book now and I can’t wait for the rest to come out.

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Fun

Have not had this much fun listening to a book in a while. Great story

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As entertaining as it is funny..

the story and formats is much better than the cover. while the cover makes more sense after reading the story, the cover to tracks from what was surprisingly fresh and entertaining. I look forward to the next chapter in The adventures of Carl and princess donut.

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perfect narrator+story

such a great combo. LOVE jeff hays. cant wait to listen to the next. pretty much purchase any of his work these days.

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Narrator and Story knocked it out the park

The narrator from Sounbooth Theater combined with a fun and crazy story absolutely knocked this one out the park. If I could give the narration team more than 5 stars I would.

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Funny stuff!

Love the humorous takes. Hopefully they can maintain a good story with additional books in the future.

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  • Jason Baisden
  • 2021-03-01

A refreshing take on apocalyptical LITRPG

So...this book. Man, I just love it. Somehow, the author managed to avoid almost every LITRPG hero trope that exists and made that a good thing. Except the snarky system messages, but, let's be real, that's one of the genre's more fun tropes.

* SOUND BOOTH THEATER KNOCKS THIS OUT OF THE PARK! JEFF HAYES IS THE MAN! No distracting music or sound affects that aren't pertinent to the story. Proper voices for the system notifications and other messages. Just...nailed this 100%
* MC is not dumb
* MC is not a womanizer
* MC is not gifted with some super, ultra rare ability that breaks the game or makes him a snowflake
* MC does solve everything (or anything) with magic (...I love magic...I'm keeping my fingers crossed this might change)
* MC is practically McGyver (like the real McGyver not the Dr. Who sonic screw driver McGyver)
* MC has good dialogue with other characters and his companion whom happens to be a talking cat (happens in first 35 minutes...not really a spoiler)
* MC (and all of humanity) is definitely the underdog

Now, the LITRPG aspects.

* A$$hole corporate, inter-galactic politics and greed cause the apocalyptic event
* While the story progresses well with Carl's progress in levels and skills, there are bigger, deeper story arcs being threaded so this isn't just an apocalypse for no reason.
* The system seems to be absolutely massive as far as ability & class options go.

Definitely 5 stars all the way.

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  • Seth Dorrity
  • 2021-02-05

Wow. That was just great.

Okay, so this doesn't normally happen... I completely lost track of where I was in the book. It felt like I was only a few hours in and before I knew it the book was over. The pacing was just so great that I managed to listen to the whole book in a single day! One trillion likes.

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  • kyle wray
  • 2021-01-29

Yes Yes Yes!

Been looking forward to a new audio book from Matt Dinniman and low and behold not only do we get Dungeon Crawler Carl, but we get Jeff Hays as narrator!!!
Seriously if you're a fan of either Jeff or Matt .. GET. THIS. BOOK!
Shoot, even if you haven't had the pleasure of knowing about either of these guys before.. GET. THIS. BOOK!
Equal parts hilarity/bonkers characters/epic fight scenes/loveable characters (yes, even you Donut). I am absolutely looking forward to book 2. Bring it on! (seriously, don't stop, we want moar!)
Awesome book Matt! Fan since grinder, keep up the great work!
Epic narration as always Jeff! (Seriously, watch him narrate sometime, his seamless transition between voices is unbelievable)

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  • D. Neill
  • 2021-03-14

No crappy sound effects or music!

After one to many decent stories ruined by Soundbooth Studios I decided not to purchase any audio books from them unless the book was highly rated. This book met that requirement and I was pleasantly surprised that it was a clean performance by Mr. Hays!

Boy was I excited! I really enjoy Mr. Hays performances and the idea that there would be an entire series of just him without accompanying sound effects and crappy music... the the end of the book came and they threatened us with their shīt noise pollution.

If they follow through with the shift in production and the next book has all the garbage extras, I will not buy it.

Please don’t ruin this series as well. Or if you can’t help yourself, at least have the decency to release a clean version with just the voice acting.

Soundbooth Studios is the worst thing to happen to audiobooks.

As to the book. It’s pretty good. Won’t age well, but Mr. Dinniman is up to date on his memes.

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  • Elliot Chandler
  • 2021-02-02

The funniest performance and writing ever

This is easily one of the FUNNIEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ. The formula of relatable MC and halarious animal sidekick once again proves to be a winning one, and despite what could be an incredibly bleak story of the end of life as we know it, we get a wonderful performance that had me laughing from the first chapter to the end.

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  • Geoff
  • 2021-02-10

One of the best!

Dinniman is probably the best gamelit guy out there. This book was a ton of fun. I eagerly await the next in the series!

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  • Legend117
  • 2021-02-09

This book is awesome!

I highly recommend this if you want a funny litrpg style book. It has been a blast and I for one can’t wait for the next one. Jeff Hays knocked it out of the park on the voice.

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  • That guy
  • 2021-03-17

Great book, but Jeff's worst narration performance

I like this book, and I am usually a fan of Jeff hays.
Unfortunately, It sounds like he is doing a really bad immitation of Patrick Warburton. It's very off putting, a real disappointment.... I don't understand why no one told them how bad it is.

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  • Josephine
  • 2021-01-31

cant wait for next book

this a great first book. it was funny well preformed and well written. because of this book i am going to look for his other works!!!

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  • TLHamel
  • 2021-03-31

Ridiculously good

One of the best. Enjoyable and humerous. Aparently I need more words to be able to post this.

Donut: CARL I DO NOT LIKE A MINIMUM WORD COUNT

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