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Rogue Dungeon: A litRPG Adventure

The Rogue Dungeon, Book 1
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Series: The Rogue Dungeon, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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Summary

Roark von Graf - hedge mage and lesser noble of Traisbin - is one of only a handful of Freedom fighters left, and he knows the Resistance’s days are numbered. Unless they do something drastic...

But when a daring plan to unseat the Tyrant King goes awry, Roark finds himself on the run through an interdimensional portal, which strands him in a very unexpected location: an ultra-immersive fantasy video game called Hearthworld. He can’t log out, his magic is on the fritz, and, worst of all, he’s not even human. He’s a low-class, run-of-the-mill Dungeon monster. Some disgusting, blue-skinned creature called a Troll. At least there’s one small silver lining - Roark managed to grab a powerful magic artifact on his way through the portal, and with it he might just be able to save his world after all.

Unless, of course, the Tyrant King gets to him first...

From James A. Hunter, author of the litRPG epic Viridian Gate Online, and eden Hudson, author of Legend of the Treesinger and the Jubal Van Zandt Series, comes an exciting new litRPG, dungeon-core adventure you won’t want to put down!

“An excellent start to a series, this book has everything I look for in a fantasy novel: action, intrigue, and evolution!” (Dakota Krout, author of the Divine Dungeon and the Completionist Chronicles)

©2018 James Hunter, eden Hudson (P)2018 James Hunter, eden Hudson

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Excellent idea, well executed and great narration

LitRPG can get same old same old. But this is a slightly new take on the entry to a RPG game.

I love Nick Podehl, when I'm not sure what to listen to next he is one of my first searches to look for something new. Nick, is in my opinion the best I have heard on Audible.

This one is short however. 7 hours, is a number that has kept me away from this one for a while. The main draw being; it's Nick Podehl narrating. 7 hours is almost a pamphlet, let alone a paper back that fits in your back pocket and the next being the 7th book of "The Land" which if you hit someone with, at 36 hours, you'd do serious damage to them. Value for money wise I would have jumped on this if it was 10-15 hours+, but it is what it is.

I really like the story here... Although you do have to get past the first hour before the LitRPG actually starts. It might seem harsh to knock the beginning of any LitRPG, but essentially they're all about explaining how and why we're here in this game and can't get out. Get past it and the actual story begins.

Playing as an NPC is a nice novelty and I really enjoyed the characters that we learn to love as our heroes friends, each beautifully brought to life by Nick Podehl, increase in strength and power together. It's shown early on what the goal of the main character is and how he's going to get there. The level ups are well written, especially as our MC, even though he punches above his weight in several places are well received. The increasing items and crafting abilities and power add to the feeling of a real RPG.

Finally, the writer seems to understand how to write a good book as well, having those human moments throughout which we can all relate to. Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, sometimes cringey. But all on purpose.

It's good, well played.

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Adventurous!

Review From Boyfriend And Myself: We both really enjoyed this story. I held the book off so that he and I could listen to it together. We have listened to it together from beginning to end and we both loved it. We can't wait to listen to the second one. This is an excellent way to spend time together as well. The narrator did a great job. I have no complaints about him or the book itself. I wound up picking up a ebook so I could read along now and then. It's available on Kindle Unlimited for those who would rather read instead of listen. Or read and listen. Fully enjoyed this.

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Fabulous performance by Nick Podehl.

Distinctly brings out the individuality of the characters in the story. Tone use of voice matches perfectly with the situation, keeps listener engaged.

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the rogue dungeon

this book was a little slow to start but I shouldn't got into it looking forward to the next

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Amazing despite being shorter then others.

I usually spend my credits in long books, but this one was much better then most of the longer LitRPGs. The story telling was interesting and the protagonist acted like his background of nobility unlike some books where the protagonist acts like a teenager from earth despite not being one.

I really enjoyed listening to this book, give it a try is my recommendation.

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A different but enjoyable new adventure

This is a different adventure as our MC is part of a resistance but when he attempts to escape from a vile deapot he finds himself trapped in an RPG game.
Everything changes as he leads a new resistance against the Heroes who slaughter those he had come to care for.
A Common theme but from such an unexpected viewpoint i wasn't too sure if i would like it.
Such is the writing and skill used to ensnare the listener that we are soon supporting the Trolls and Dubgeon creatures against all manner of heroes, Internal politics and The ever present first threat from our MCs world.
Narration is flawless as you would expect from Podehl and helps the story along easily.
5 stars all round and a new fan who will have this in their TBH list.

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  • Burnley, lancashire
  • 13-02-19

great listen.

very much enjoyed this audio book. well paced and thoughtful. nice character progression. At first thought it wasn't a litrpg then it was. I won't spoil it.

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Interesting take on a LitRPG

An enjoyable take on the LitRPG genre. The main character is from a fantasy world and has no idea what a video game until he is thrust into one. Combined with the fact that he takes the place of a monster allows this book to avoid many of the issues that other LitRPG books can have.

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Well worth listening to

I really enjoyed the first chapter or so, then struggled with the world development part and was, honestly, a little bored. But the book couldn’t work without it and, once you step back and realise that “that” level of knowledge and confusion is what would happen it passes quickly.

You’ll quickly come to be enamoured with the characters and humour of the book.

I was put off buying this for some reason but now I can’t wait for book two.

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Slow Start but stick with it - amazing performance

Narrator is the best I've listened to on audible and played the characters perfectly, the book starts a bit hectic and is a bit hard to follow at the beginning but stick with it and your wont be disappointed.

The author has a very unique take on the game world and the magic system is fantastic.

Characters are engaging and you care about them quickly. Defiantly worth the read.

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  • Brandon M. Salazar
  • 11-06-19

Not A Dungeon Born Clone

If that’s what you were worried about...because I was

It’s actually a very unique premise: guy in a fantasy world screws up a teleportation spell and finds himself as an enemy NPC in a video game. Not that he even knows what a video game is. And then he proceeds to farm the players for THEIR loot. It helps that the players are a pretty realistic representation of real gamers. Self-important, entitled assholes in other words

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  • Zach
  • 13-02-19

nick

podehl.
any book this man can make into a masterpiece I swear it. the book itself is moderately good, it's a little different and I think I love it! but nick podehl is truly a masterful reader. he puts emotion into every word that many other audio readers fail to even come close to. listen to all of Nick's books, and you'll know exactly what I mean.

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  • Tyler
  • 22-09-18

Solid start to a unique series.

There are a few things that make this series stand out. I like the guy from a pure fantasy world tossed into a video game world concept, I like that respawning is a dangerous prospect. Especially for the monsters. Characters are pretty decent. I like the diversity of troll types and evolutions.

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  • Michael P.
  • 18-05-19

Fun take on the genre

This is a fun book, with a good mix of world building and adventure. Though I will say it will not answer many of the questions you will have. Instead, it will leave you with more questions right up until the end. It is well paced and enjoyable to get through, yet it will leave you unsatisfied until you continue with the series.

Solid performance by narrator Nick Podehl, who brings a well polished feel.

Overall, I recommend Rogue Dungeon, as long as you plan to continue with the remaining books.

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  • P. C. Gardner
  • 22-11-18

it was okay

didn't love it. perhaps when it was new it was a breakthrough, but honestly it seems a little over marketed. I've been getting this as a suggestion to read for months and now that I did, I'm underwhelmed. it was a solid enough story, but another OP MC is surplus to requirements. how is a level 4 anything going to take on a level 11 boss and win? how is a level 7 anything going to take on a level 20 player? that's not how games work. sorry. the level system doesn't allow for that and if it does, it's badly designed.

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  • Apjansing
  • 14-02-19

I wanted to give it a shot

I wanted to get this book of shots, after reading some of the other reviews. I tend to agree that this sounds a bit rushed. Nick Podehl does a great job, as ever. but the story leaves a lot to be desired. I can handle some leaps of Faith, but this one has a few too many. the biggest of which is someone from an entirely magical fantasy world being able to understand menus and stat points and all these other things that we take for granted in RPGs... and then knowing them better than most players do.

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  • John Milligan
  • 29-07-19

Found a new series to put on my short list.

This is an amazing series, Nick always does amazingly well, and this is no exception. I throughly recommend this to any fans of Nick, Fantasy, or LitRPG. This is also a very interesting take on LitRPG, it's not the standard, person either gets stuck in, or just regularly plays VR. I highly suggest it. This is definitely a book that is on my top 5 as far as favorite series goes.

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  • Lori
  • 26-07-19

good story...detracting writing

i hate when I'm in a riveting battle scene and 30 words are thrown out that make no sense to me. then i have to pause and good watch tutorials on fencing and then return less interested than before. i get that the author likes fencing, but only a small percentage really do...and if the only audience who knows fencing terminology can understand the battle scenes...the audience gets smaller and smaller.

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  • J. T. Burman
  • 04-06-19

Terrible character names

PwnerBoner007? Seriously? That's super annoying. Don't do this if you're an author. And be warned if you're a listener: certain aspects of this book are gonna annoy you. But it gets great around five hours in. Book 2 will be better.

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  • Troy
  • 26-10-18

Meh

The villains are caricatures, and pretty boring as a result.

I have no interest in VRMMO Litrpgs, because I can't really manage to care about a world that's acknowledged as fake in story, and that has no real consequences of note. The "real person sucked into a game" nature of this book appealed to me, but I feel like it kind of squandered it's potential.

Threat of death poses no real tension, because people respawn within a few hours. The main characters are at risk of losing levels if they die before "evolving", and players lose their items, but just kind of feels like a slap on the wrist, especially for the players, who never seem to really lack items.

The actual combat could have made up for that, but while the spell crafting system had a spark of something interesting, I found myself bored throughout fights.

If you're interested in the the Genre, I'd recommend Threadbare, Worth the Candle, or Sufficiently Advanced magic instead. If you're really into the VRMMO aspect, you might like this, in a guilty pleasure sort of way, but there are probably better examples.

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