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Contains the first three books in the Dungeon Crafting series! 

  1. The Crafter’s Dungeon
  2. The Crafter’s Defense
  3. The Crafter’s Dilemma  

What happens when a knowledgeable crafter becomes a Dungeon Core? 

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. Sadly, she was born with a deformity in her hands which hindered her ability to produce crafts, though that didn’t affect her enthusiasm; she sought out the masters of a myriad of different crafts so that she could learn as much about crafting as she could. It was that pursuit of knowledge that ultimately led to her untimely death. 

Reborn as a tiny Dungeon Core, Sandra had to learn about the purpose behind dungeons and Cores from an assigned dungeon helper. Through some unique circumstances based on her previous life, she also discovered that she had much more freedom than most other Dungeon Cores throughout the world. Unfortunately, the repercussions of her mere existence would end up being extensive, as she would find, though at first she doesn’t quite realize how much. In fact, the only thing she was concerned about had nothing to do with other Cores, the presence of the different mortal races nearby her location, or even the real purpose behind her being brought back to life as a strange glowing gem.

No, Sandra didn’t care about any of that; all she cared about was that she could finally do some crafting. 

These Dungeon Core stories contain LitRPG/GameLit elements such as statistics, leveling, and a heavy crafting emphasis. No profanity and no harems.

©2020 Jonathan Brooks (P)2021 Jonathan Brooks

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A different take on a dungeon story!

Really enjoyed this set - a unique (in my experience so far) take on dungeon novels that really separates it from others. Highly recommend giving it a try !

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different take on dungeon novels

I enjoyed all 33 hours of this book although it felt like I went through soooooooo many stat pages that I often had to open the kindle book to figure out what was going on. It was an exciting story all the same and ends in a place that makes me wonder what everyone is going to do next. The fate of the world as we know it depends on this motley bunch of characters

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Can't wait to get the remaining books

I love this series, It is a great take on the dungeon core stories with a likable MC.

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really enjoyable listen

i have really enjoyed this book, would be handy to have a stat PDF or relevant chunks of stats as stand alone chapter / intro to chapter as some of the stat sections become a blur in the middle of a chapter.

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  • A Murphy
  • 22-02-21

Three times the Dungeon Crafting goodness

Sandra is a merchant who desperately wants to be a crafter. However, she was born with malformed hands. Seeking out the knowledge to a dangerous enchantment caused her to become a Dungeon Core. Here she will be able to craft to her heart’s content. Right? Not so much.

This huge audible book contains the first three books of Crafter’s Dungeon. All three are wonderfully done and excellent stories. The only minor complaint that I have at all is the narrator has a difficult time with the deep, gravely voices of the dwarves and orcs.

I did just buy book 4!

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  • Dwight A.
  • 18-02-21

great story.

tough through first few hours if book one. it us worth the crunchiness of it. the rest of the book and series flows much smoother once the world building is done in the beginning of book 1.

4 stars for performance due to background sound that is MINOR and does not interfere with the story being told, but is noticable. issues happen much less often in book three. I have also listened to the 4th book in this series and the narrator did a great job and there was no background sounds. I highly recommend this series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-06-21

Too many menus

Overall a good book but I think it's a better read since you can skim/skip repetitive parts rather than listen to the same thing repeated over and over throughout the book.

This book is better off read instead of listened to. If you've read a litRPG before then this is a warning that there are a LOT of repeated menus in this story with very little new information introduced. If you've never read one then I'll just say that there will be a lot of repeated information with little changes between each time it was mentioned. There's a menu for her overall stats, monster creation, item creation, achievement system, and some others that are never shortened. Whenever the main character unlocks something new in one or more of the menus, the full menu is listed out (I'm assuming in a table) in the book and the narrator dutifully reads everything despite there probably only being 1 or 2 changes. In the beginning this isn't too bad because there's not a lot yet but even by the end of book 1 the list becomes quite lengthy. The narrator is pretty good although I find that she doesn't have a large range of voices she can do for male characters. In the first 3 books I think there's only around 5 or 6 male characters that speak and I think a few of the voices were similar enough to each other that If I didn't know certain characters weren't there then I probably would've confused voices. The story itself is pretty interesting, I just wish there was more crafting involved. The main character doesn't need sleep and can create materials pretty much infinitely, yet even by the end of the 3rd book she's always hitting walls where she is in need of materials or she doesn't have anything already prepared to arm herself with. As a dungeon core the MC is very inefficient and I can understand that since she was a pretty sheltered young woman before turning into a core. It just annoys me and I feel like if you have all the time in the day you shouldn't be wasting it as much as she does. The author tends to make time pass faster by saying she does so and so repeatedly for a week until she reaches a certain production goal of hers. But during that time it's like that is ALL she is capable of doing and can't split off some of her attention for other things. Sometimes she will be in the middle of figuring out how to solve a problem and then she'll go into one of these production trances and when she comes out of it no further progress has been made to solving the problem. I think that's a problem with the authors way of showing time progression and not being able to show the fact that the character literally doesn't need sleep and is capable of doing things during idle times. And the last thing I'll say about the book is that the dungeon fairy is the most useless side character in the story. She was good as morale support in the beginning but since the first half of the first book I think the only things I've ever heard her say is "I don't know what that is, I've never seen anything like that before, this is all new to me". This is made even worse because she's hardly ever part of any conversations after the MC gets set up and when she is it's mostly a repeat or variation of what I mentioned.

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  • Ninja carpenter
  • 08-06-21

A building focused series

This book was a refreshingly new style with more focus on building and crafting then straight battles although it does keep enough of that to keep things interesting.

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  • Chris Vernon
  • 14-05-21

Had promise but fell short... Mostly boring

I fell asleep often for an hour or so while listening... But realized I missed nothing worth relistening after replaying the first 3 times.
Who focuses their first book on making a dungeon, who's monsters start 3 inches tall and 16 levels later your strongest monster being 5ft tall and weaker than a single Orc.

The plot that has Dungeons being the ultimate challenge to the different races. But the first 10 levels of development of a dungeons growth, it's monsters created are a foot or smaller and normal wild animals have a fair chance of destroying everything.

The author played too heavy on the plot device of a dungeon core not wanting to fight, but create crafts... The reader suffers this concept repeated every chapter and forced to listen about a whiny dungeon core design rooms and jerry rig traps into a kitchen or other crafting tool.

Other all aspects of the concept and world building make this seem like a refreshing Dungeon Core book. But the author took the crafting aspect too far. But trying to make a fangless dungeon core obsessed with only crafting any thing. Then starting the power of a dungeon at the level of fighting off insect intruders... Then having the newer creatures created from core evolvution to be inches bigger and still weaker than a house cat for more than half the book... What was the author trying to do? Have the dungeon core creatures list start at single cell monsters and work up to a reptile after months of growth?

This is a perfect example of an author they started chasing the story down a world building concept too far and no one stopping the author before an entire book and 10 hours of our lives are wasted...

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  • Daniel
  • 12-05-21

Worth the credit

I love these bundle packs and this was definitely worth the single credit for 33+ hrs of listening time. The story premise is somewhat unique and the execution adequate to hold my attention. Definitely could’ve used a better narrator, but she did a decent enough job. Not the best book I’ve listened to here, but I did enjoy it and will get the rest of the series when I run out of other titles again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-21

good listen slow but calming and interesting

loved the detail to crafting and building charts get repetitive and book3 characters little passive

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-21

loved it. especially as a boundle

couldnt stop listening finisged ir in 3 days! the only downside i c is that now i have to listen to the last 2 books seperately

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-05-21

Disappointing execution of an interesting idea.

This has a feeling of a first or draft and a half book. the inclusion of the entire list of monster seeds in the audio version is both unnecessary and distracting, and I skipped more than 30 minutes just to get past them.

The narrator tries, but her voice is inconsistent and struggles with inflection and has frequent confusing narration direction, such as question tones right in the middle of sentences, and generally having the tone of someone reading a book to a child, not giving a performance.

I wouldn't have continued if it wasn't an interesting premise, or a teaching lesson for what not to do when writing a story or crafting a narrative for audiobook. I hope the narrator improves, because this was a poor showing.

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  • JoEllen
  • 09-04-21

Good but not great

Over all the story was not bad. The pacessing was good. there are just too many times where things just so happen to be perfectly timed. also wasn't too happy with how the author implanted dungeon fairies.