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  • A LitRPG/Gamelit Adventure
  • Written by: Matt Dinniman
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (792 ratings)

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Dungeon Crawler Carl

Written by: Matt Dinniman
Narrated by: Jeff Hays
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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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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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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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book covers a bit goofy but the book is amazing!

Was looking for some more Lit RPG; Amazon suggested this series many times to me but thought the premise was a bit Goofy. I saw on Goodreads that someone had rated this as their favorite and decided to give it a chance. I am so glad I did. The book is full of Adventure and laughs. This book is so funny that I'm walking the dog and laughing out loud people must think I'm crazy.

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I Was Unsure at First

Looking at the cover and reading the description, I was really hesitant at first. I had heard it was good but it just wasn't appealing to me. But then I was between books and figured I'd give it a try. I remained hesitant when I heard Carl's voice at first but the Donut dynamic was interesting and amusing enough to keep me listening. I got used to the Carl voice and Jeff Hays really does a fantastic job with the series overall. I'm six books in now and waiting for the next one.

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Top tier story telling, voice acting and comedy.

I usually don't give 5 stars on performance, but this v.a. is exceptional. each of his voices are incredibly distinct and perfect for each role. the story mixed with comedy is enticing from the very beginning. highly recommended!

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Awesome book made better by narration

The book was awesome and I really enjoyed it! Having a team of narrators working on this made a huge improvement to this book. I have heard a few performances from soundbooth and this is a huge boost in quality.

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A "Regular Guy" gets caught up in the Apocalypse

First thing's first. Jeff Hayes is one of the best narrators out there. He perfectly captures characters just by his tone alone. He has an amazing ability to adapt his tone/depth/pace/pronunciation to every unique character. If I'm being honest, this audiobook wouldn't have done well without him. Don't take the aforementioned point as a dig against the author, but rather, that this narrator brings so much life to the writing that this audiobook can be considered a creative art piece brought together by two artists (the author and the narrator). Quite simply, the writer pitches him good material and then Hayes knocks it out of the park.

The author is good. He creates characters that are very unique. Even in his follow-on books, he does a (really) good job creating unique and interesting characters even if they are only around for a small period of time in the narrative. He doesn't spend a long time on descriptive writing for his combat scenes which is something that I'm fine with (happy about, even) so keep that in mind when listening to the audiobook; You'll be quickly imagining the combat scenes with not much descriptive material to go with. On the other hand, he has very good descriptive writing for the parts that matter more in context of the storyline. Most importantly, there were several times where I "Laughed Out Loud" in the literal sense. I'm generally not an excitable person, so if it got me, than I'm sure that it'll get you. The humor here was fantastic.

I listened to the series back-to-back and am eager to listen see where the series goes.

The only drawback about this whole series is that it isn't as well advertised as it should be. Audible.com should be pushing this in it's advertising. I only heard about it by word-of-mouth on another platform. I don't care about LitRPG books, so I assume that's one of the reasons this book wasn't pushed to my "recommended" feed. That said, this book is so good that it would actually get people into the audiobook genre of media.

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Running Man/Hunger Games but with dungeons, magic, and talking cats. Great story/narrator combo.

Definitely worth a read/listen for the genre. I like the narrators take on the character. Have a listen to the preview and decide from there.

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Soooo fun

This was one of the funnest most entertaining books I’ve ever read. I highly recommend it!

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awesome!

This is amazing story with a great narrator. So funny. definitely a favorite book and series now

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