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Dungeon Born Audiobook

Dungeon Born: Divine Dungeon Series, Book 1

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For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems. Several questions have always plagued the minds of those who enter these mythical places of power: why are there so many monsters? Where do the amazing weaponry and heavy gold coins come from? Why does the very air fill with life-giving energies?

Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions, for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Heart, a soul forced against his will into a magical stone. After several lonely years, Cal was able to regain sentience, allowing him to form new memories while slowly growing a dungeon around himself. With help from a friend, Cal learned how to create monsters and traps, increasing his power and size quickly.

When a threat to his existence rears its head, Cal decides that he will do anything to stay alive and become stronger. Unfortunately for treasure-seekers, the fastest way for Cal to achieve his goal...is to eat anyone that enters his depths.

©2016 Dakota Krout (P)2017 Tantor

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    Ben 31/03/2017
    Ben 31/03/2017
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    "Fantastic Book"
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    Whilst, for my personal taste some of the voices felt off, I loved every moment of this book, and am eagerly awaiting book 2. Throughout the experience of listening to the novel, not once did I feel bored or had to force myself to continue; each and every chapter added to the book in an interesting way.I really did love listening to this. (Apart from some minor voice issues)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Wright Shirebrook 05/05/2017
    Dan Wright Shirebrook 05/05/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "loved it"

    great book. alittle daft but lots of fun. well worth a read. give it a go.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Piotr 29/07/2017
    Piotr 29/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Cant wait for 2nd book!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters and the D&D feel.


    Which character – as performed by Vikas Adam – was your favourite?

    Cal


    Any additional comments?

    As much as i loved the book as a whole i had a feeling that too many events were resolved by pure "luck" of the character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lewis 03/12/2017
    lewis 03/12/2017
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    "amazing "

    best book iv listen to ever i think i loved it, i read it all the way through with out sleeping aha.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stu 29/09/2017
    Stu 29/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Lovely story"

    Great book and great narration.

    Book 2 out on October 17th apparently!

    Recommended good read.

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    Vanessa 21/07/2017
    Vanessa 21/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "What a book - totally new and fresh to me with"

    A smooth flowing narrative with a rich unpredictable and fascinating story. Dale and Cal rock! 😁

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 29/06/2017
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    "Brilliant"

    Well read and a great concept. Listened to the whole thing in two days. Loved it.

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    Mr. L. HALL 16/06/2017
    Mr. L. HALL 16/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth a listen "

    I have to give points for the narrator trying to give character and different voices to all the characters. Some of the voices however are very painful to listen to. The narrator changes the volume of his voice with each character so you are constantly increasing and decreasing the volume. The narrator also makes many mistakes in the context in which the text is read, as if this is the first time he has read the book. The story is ok and would appeal to rpg fans.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 31/08/2017
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    "alright "

    it was alright. That's all that can really be said. the story was alright the voice acting was poor and the characters were alright at best.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • SirMehr
    01/04/17
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    "A Gem in the RPG/Fantasy Genre"

    I stumbled upon this book while sifting through the Audible store. It sounded like a fun twist on the RPG World style fiction that I have recently been drawn to. What I did not expect is how quickly I would get drawn into the world that Dakota was spinning. This story takes you through the nostalgia filled settings of many a great RPG/Fantasy World from a perspective that I never even thought to envision; through the eyes of a young and only recently sentient Dungeon Core. You the dungeon through discovery after discovery as it comes into it's own developing itself into a great dungeon worthy of the best adventurers. Dakota weaves the mechanics of the symbiotic relationship between Dungeon, Adventurer, and Society as all grow and evolve around each other.

    With the Audiobook, Vikas Adam excellently portrays the childish wonder behind the young and growing sentience that is the Dungeon Core. I feel Vikas portrayed the personalities of Dakota's characters so well that, even though I am dying to move on to book two, I feel I must wait for the next Audiobook to be released so that I can experience the book in all the excellence that is created via the pairing of Dakota and Vika's work.

    I highly recommend checking this book out and I will be sharing it with all my friends.

    78 of 84 people found this review helpful
  • Lore
    SAN JOSE, CA, United States
    01/11/17
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    "A fun concept poorly executed"

    To anyone who enjoys fantasy RPG games, including old school paper Dungeons & Dragons, the premise of this book is an interesting one. Why are there so many dungeons around just sitting there waiting for a party of adventures to come and plunder them? How did they get there and where did the monsters come from? What do those monsters in each room do all day long when the dungeon is not being raided? How can a rat drop a helmet twice its size as loot after it is killed? Well this book attempts to explain all of that and while a tongue in cheek book about the illogic of fantasy RPG video games may sound like fun, let me tell you why you might want to avoid this one.

    This review serves as a word of warning to anyone interested in this book that you should put some extra effort into your screening process before deciding to pick it up. The book itself is fun at times but the majority is mediocre at best and sometimes it is just downright poorly written. This makes me question the many 5 stars ratings of this book on Amazon and Audible. Even very popular, best selling works by talented authors don't garner such ratings. My advice to you is that you should go out of your way to look at some of the lower rated comments on Amazon as well as the good ones to allow yourself to form a balanced opinion. Don't forget that people who return the book on Audible don't get to post a review.

    The over-emoted narration of the audiobook is often beyond annoying with the first few hours of dialogue between the dungeon and the wisp being quite painful. I certainly encourage you to listen to the sample here on Audible to decide for yourself if the narration is ok for you or not. Note that they carefully avoided the really bad over-emoting in the audio sample but you can still experience a few hints of it. Vikas Adam clearly has talent but any time there is dialogue between the dungeon and the wisp his reading makes me cringe.

    I quickly decided during the very annoying first few hours of the book to return it to Audible to get my money back, which made me wonder why the other reviews did not warn me off. So I decided to finish listening, just in case there was indeed a 5 star listen hiding behind a slow start, but sadly, there is not. At least by not returning it I can post this review to offer a different opinion, but I suspect it will get buried by unhelpful votes from those behind the skewed ratings.

    27 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Seattle
    23/04/17
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    "Campy fun"

    As someone who's played many RPG games for the past 30 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. i can tell the author has enjoyed the same. The real magic for me was the Fantastic narration which brought the characters to life in a way I don't think I would have imagined had I read the text version. I look forward to the second book and to more narration by Vikas Adam.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem
    USA
    23/09/17
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    "Dungeon crawling from the dungeon's point of view."

    The simple concept for this audiobook is strange but attention grabbing; "Dungeon Born" is the tale about a magic gem that turns itself into a giant roch motel for greedy adventures so that it could murder them and absorb their essence. Yes, you read correctly, this book's main character is a sentient magical building. It is not certain how many books can claim that, but it's just one of the outlandish yet creative sparks that just might keep a listener listening.

    While not written in a way that feels very professional at all and displaying a very amateur use of the English language, this audiobook is entertaining in it's own right if one enjoys that whole imaginative wild shot in the dark feel. It's also geared for the same audience that obsess over videogames, their many, MANY rules, and creative but odd environments. For those listeners, important questions will be answered, such as; In a role playing game why do slain rats drop gold coins when they die? Why do dungeons always have poisonous spikes under the welcome mat? Why do monsters hang out in there? Who would bother to build these insane structures? For everyone else who never wondered about any of these things, this audiobook's existence would probably seem like mind melting madness.

    There are two characters the story jumps between; Cal, a dungeon heart whose goal is to lure beings into itself in order to devour their life essences and expand and, Dale, an adventurer trying to discover Cal's hidden wealth and power.

    Vikas Adam is the narrator for this book and he does a decent enough job with only a few quarks in his performance. Odd edits, over annunciations, and character voices that can a bit hit and miss are there, but not exactly that distracting. In fact, as long as Vikas Adam isn't portraying a giggling will-o'-wisp at the moment, this audiobook's narration is okay.

    This audiobook is recommended for a possibly narrow audience of listeners who enjoy displays of unrefined creativity about unrefined creativity. This is a book about building within a fantasy world full of rigid rules that are explained in detail, then used for the story. The result is the impression of brainstorming with no real direction. For example, if you are a videogame player who spends WAY too much time playing Minecraft or a D&D dungeon master who spends hours dreaming up death traps for buddies during the next gaming session, then you might actually interested in this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    14/10/17
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    "ESSENCE"

    DARK ELVES, YES.
    I want to start with the best part of this audio book and that is the narrator. If he does not win an AUDIE for this performance, than there is no justice in the world. Even when I started to lose interest in the story, his great performance kept me listening. Let me preface this, with the fact that I tend to like narrators who act more than narrate. Some people don't like that type of narration. Vikas Adams is the heir apparent to Dick Hill or Will Wheaton.

    BLOOD MOSS
    This was a unique book and starts out way different than most. It pretty much starts out with a gem that falls in a puddle. We are witness to the coming of age of a dungeon. A dungeon in a RPG game. We are also witness to the coming of age of a soon to be hero. To those in the story, this is their reality.

    MY NAME IS TOM
    My head was really in this and I was really enjoying this for the first seven hours. I listen to the rest of the book, but it was getting too repetitive and too Game-ish for this 59 year old man. It started off as a sort of Asimov Fantasy (if he had ever wrote fantasy), but ended more about the game. The whole purpose of the players and the dungeon are to gain ESSENCE and I felt if I heard the word ESSENCE one more time, I might shoot myself. For them ESSENCE is life and without it they die, as this is their reality and there are some times in the second half of the book where you wonder if the dungeon or the main character might die.

    YEA, YOU!!
    This was not a five star listen for the whole 12 and a half hours, but I might go ahead and continue the series. Hopefully, some of the reviews will shed light on the sequels.

    44 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • Squeak
    Alaska
    20/05/17
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    "The Dungeon is Alive!!"

    I had heard this story compared to Ready Player One, but where that was a futurist game going back to earlier well known games, this one was more like going back to beginning game programming. Back when you programmed in DOS. I remember writing little programs where first you learned to put a pixel character on screen, then learned how to move the character around, then learned to make the character interact with other things you programmed. This book reminded me of that. First Cal learned to create things, then learned to move them around, then each time he would see how his little monsters interacted, he would go back and re-do them to make them better.

    I think this would be teen - young adult range, but as a (sometimes) adult I still enjoyed the story and would go onto the second in this series, just to find out all the changes the dungeon would come up.

    Since I listened to this as an audiobook, the narrator, Vikas Adam, did a good job on all the characters. The Dungeon Heart (Cal) and his little willow-o-wisp (Danny) were portrayed in young pre-teen voices and like most pre-teens they seemed to get into little arguments over nothings. Vikas did a good job portraying their teen angst.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bryce Bilbo
    18/04/17
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    "I dont think Ive finished an audiobook faster."
    What did you love best about Dungeon Born?

    The nature of Cal and the dungeon. It was endearing and to be honest reminded me of myself when I was a child. The insatiable pursuit for knowledge and understanding. It helped that Cal was generally hilarious. He wanted to learn, to grow, but help while he did it. It was heart-warming in an odd way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Two things: The unique point of view from Cal and his story -It wasn't as cut and dry as I expected. It was unique and I genuinely was surprised by some of the directions the book took. Plus I've always really wanted to know what a dungeon core was thinking. Pretty great insight on one, if you ask meCharacters felt real. They melded well and all had a really believable feeling to them. Their speech was something I could hear being a real interaction. For the most part, it wasn't stunted or robotic, it sounded organic. There were some cheesy characters, but they never took away from the story. They didn't take away from the other characters conversing.


    Which character – as performed by Vikas Adam – was your favorite?

    That's a hard choice. If I HAD to pick I dont think I could between three of them. Hanz, Dani, and Cal were all very solid. Cal was realistic in an odd way, even though it was hard to put myself in his place, it was explained and performed well enough that there were times I would lose myself to what I was seeing and hearing. And it felt nice! And the earlier days reminded me of myself as a child. Always wanting to learn and help. Then later reward those that able to think things out and act accordingly. Dani was probably the best in terms of dialogue to me. Her shifts in mood and bossy nature are familiar and made me grin. I know someone a lot like her, so she was instantly a character that I felt I knew and liked a lot. Her quips almost always were able to illicit a reaction, be it a grin or an eyeroll. Plus her voice was spot on. The second I heard it, there was no doubt that there could be another voice for her. Vikas nailed it. Hanz was just.. Hanz! A somewhat highbrow trickster, funny and deadly! Wasnt afraid to get his hands dirty though. He's hard to explain and complex - though I feel that is through lack of information at the moment. The guy is a good guy and always good for a smile or laugh.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I cant say without spoiling. There a part near the end though, I was almost in tears and cheering for a group. I really wanted to see them succeed.


    Any additional comments?

    Its not a terribly long book. Which is the biggest down side! I wanted to hear more and I am so tempted to buy the next one rather than wait for the audio. Vikas's performance really takes it to the next level and I cant ruin that. Overall, this is probably one of my favorite books and listens of the past 2 or so years. I cant wait for the next one to come out.

    TL;DR - The book is great. Story is exciting, Vikas has hiccups in the beginning it feels, but quickly smoothes out to being the perfect fit, characters all feel like real people. If you love fantasy. Buy it. If you ever were a game nerd and always wondered what a dungeon core was like, how things happened in the dungeon when you weren't there, buy it. Its not too long and well worth the listen.

    24 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • craig
    31/03/17
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    "amazing read."

    at first i didn't think i would like this book. i was quickly into it and relized far too soon it was over....book 2 please and soon. it is out on ebook if u have to read..but i thought the audio telling was top notch. still waiting on release date and more info on book 2.....come on...dont make us wait......book 2.....soon.......really.......2nd book.....

    28 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Tory K. Niemann
    19/10/17
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    "Don’t waste your time with this plotless, poorly written bore"

    While a clever concept lurks at its core (what if fantasy dungeons were living, purposeful things?), the book created from this concept is bland, dumb, and plotless.

    No direction or stakes are present until literally the epilogue, the “story” here is about as interesting as watching someone else play dull video game. What are the characters moving toward or struggling with? Becoming stronger. That’s it. Not a joke, there really is nothing more to it.

    The writing on display is fan-fiction level: cringeworthy dialogue, mountains of exposition, cliches aplenty, and tone that constantly clashes with itself. The entirety is in dire need of a good editor, with several instances of words used incorrectly.

    The narration is some of the most grating I’ve found on Audible. There is definitely skill here, but in this book, particularly in the female wisp character, the end result is almost unlistenable.

    Pro tip: your fantasy world should NOT be populated with guys named Steve, Craig, and Frank! And you can’t hang a lantern on it by making fun of a guy named Tom at the end for having a dull name.

    Ultimately a waste of time and an interesting idea. I’m just angry that I listened to all of it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Barge
    16/09/17
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    "For people who need a why to enjoy a world"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I don't know anyone who would be interested in the details of why any RPG world worked the way they did


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Dale and how his character evolved


    Which character – as performed by Vikas Adam – was your favorite?

    Hanz was done perfectly.


    Do you think Dungeon Born needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, the story was just getting going when it ended.


    Any additional comments?

    You need to really really really want to know how the made up believe physics behind the standard dungeon/boss/RPG type game would work. The first half of the book was dominated by this theme. It was very clever and well done but I had a hard time sticking with it waiting for the story to happen. The second half of the book did a lot more with the characters and plot which I did enjoy.

    If the audio samples doesn't grab you and you don't think you'll really care a lot about why a dungeon has a boss monster considering finding a more plot focused book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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