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"The training levels have concluded. Now the games may truly begin."

The ratings and views are off the chart. The fans just can't get enough. The dungeon gets more dangerous each day. But in a grinder designed to chew up and spit out crawlers by the millions, Carl and Princess Donut need to work harder than ever just to survive. 

They call it the Over City. A sprawling, once-thriving metropolis devastated by a mysterious calamity. But these streets are far from abandoned. An undead circus trawls the ruins. Murdered prostitutes rain from the sky. An ancient spell is finally ready to reveal its dark purpose. 

Carl still has no pants.  

They call it Dungeon Crawler World. For Carl and Donut, it's anything but a game. 

©2021 Matt Dinniman (P)2021 Soundbooth Theater

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Let's face it... Most reviews are trash

I can't tell you how many idiotic reviewers have tricked me into listening to terrible books here. Now I'm NOT saying that most reviewers on audible are half-baked idiots who would be fascinated with a bug zapper. I'm NOT saying that if you've written a review on this site, there's a 90% chance you have brain damage. And I'm definitely NOT saying that most reviewers of sci-fi or fantasy never mentally progressed from their teen years. Oh and finally I'm 100% NOT saying that most reviewers are, in their personal lives, trash people with less potential than a microwaved hamster. My point: take this with a grain of salt, peasant.

Ok. Deep breath... DUNGEON CRAWLER CARL IS THE BEST AUDIO BOOK I'VE LISTENED TO IN YEARS!!!!

DCC is an incredible mix of humor, action, sci-fi, and fantasy that absolutely overflows with personality, thanks in no small part to the talented Jeff Hays. How tf does he do all those voices? I was certain there were at least 3 voice actors. Bra-freakin-vo, my man.

It was an outright pleasure to follow Carl and her royal majesty, Princess Donut, on their crawl (again). Their relationship development is believable and engaging. Never thought I'd say that about a man and his ex girlfriend's cat, but here we are. The magic system ai is fun as hell, enemies are generally described with stomach churning (and hilarious) detail, and MOST fights are seat-of-your-boxers-can't-go-to-sleep-until-I-know-what-happens crazy, excluding grind sessions. But those are fun too.

Not going to get into details because YOU should download and start listening right now with a fresh head and no expectations other than a great time. Don't read any other reviews. This is it. God is speaking to you through my fingers. That's right, this is God. I know about the weird sh*t you've been watching on p*rnhub and we'll talk about it when you get up here. Ok, gotta run. I'm meeting Satan for brunch and she is suuuuch a drama queen when I'm late.

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Found this unbearable

I won't be continuing this series.

I just can't cheer for this protagonist anymore for a number of reasons.

The humour overstayed its welcome by the end of the first book, by this end of this one, it decided to move in and take over the living room. It's really hard to vibe with a book when you're spending most of your time shaking your head in dismay at the constant barrage of 'lolsorandom' humour that you hate.

Then it's the sheer next level self-deprication on display. Carl not only has no ego - like at all - but the butt of every joke seems to be him. Am i supposed to enjoy this? Do people find this admirable?

I'd probably find the former two more tolerable if Carl wasn't such a passenger in this story. Shit just keeps happening and he just reacts, never proactively. It's a deeply unsatisfying experience, I dunno how you expect me to believe x quadrillion people are loving it. Oh, it's because he's in boxers and a toe ring! HOW FUNNY, RIGHT?

Donut is still as annoying as ever too. When the book isn't trying to be funny, it's hitting you over the head with crappy melodrama that just doesn't land because of the aforementioned 'humour' clashing with the tone, and because I just don't care about the annoying cat.

Ugh. I should stop writing reviews the second I finish reading. I apparently get ranty.

I'll not be continuing this series.

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Fun read

I enjoyed this second season of the Carl and Donut show. Looking forward to the next installment.

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first review woohoo!!

amazing as always Jeff!! my wife and I have been patiently awaiting this release and caught it last night. Great job on the narration, and great creation Matt D! we look forward to more!

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If you liked book 1, this continues to deliver

From the start, this was a odd and unique dungeon crawler litRPG, what with a spurned jock and a prima donna cat as his partner. However, for all the hilarity that ensues as they delve from one floor to the next, facing unimaginable difficulties, they deftly overcome them with creative and oddball strategic maneuvers. The story elements are more than jocular exchanges, Matt Dinniman also manages to include many poignant situations and encounters as well. Even the few instances of low-brow jock humor comes off so unexpectedly that one cannot help breaking out with some loud chuckles so, fair warning, make sure you're not listening in church during your pastors sermon.

Jeff Hays' performance is fantastic throughout.

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niiiice

yeah. a good solid sequel book. can't wait for the third. honestly nothing i could say wouldn't be a spoiler. glurp glurp!

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Acheivement: Audio Excellence Audience

Reward? Nothing! Getting to enjoy another excellent novel in the Dungeon Crawler Carl series is its own reward! Now listen to Matt's other novels to tide yourself over while Jeff lazily finishes the third novel at his artist's pace (when he's out of whiskey and needs to make rent).

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This series was a great find

Normally this genre wouldn't be something I'd dive into, but I decided to say the hell with it and give it a shot. And I'm glad I did, because now I'm addicted to this series. Dammit Donut, I need more!

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Great Book

Jeff Hays does great. The jokes are funny. The main characters are unique and have personality. The author does a good job of making the power up feel earned from work rather than given.

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HOLY COW THIS IS AMAZING

I LOVED IT. Start and you can't stop! Carl & Donut have me heart!

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  • n j plumridge
  • 05-18-21

Goddamnit, Donut!

Loved every minute of this audiobook, from the story to the Sound-booth theatre narrators. Thank you and well done.

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  • Konstantin
  • 05-15-21

So much fun! Great action great narration!

Excellent narration by Jeff Hays! The entire book is so much fun!
Keeps you on the edge! Action is top notch!

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  • Sigurður S.
  • 05-12-21

It surprises you

Loved this one. Often these litrpgs try to be funny but seldom succeed. This series does.

One of my favourites.

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  • m ward
  • 05-04-21

Too short

Great book and engaging story - well read. but it’s too short for full value/5 star in my opinion

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  • M R Thrall
  • 04-16-22

continuous excellence

more of the same great story even greater audio.

please keep up the amazing work.

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  • Ben Marks
  • 04-10-22

Still loved it

just as good as the first book. Utterly hilarious and I'm straight onto book 3!

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  • Shirley Mcleod
  • 03-18-22

Loved the 2nd as much as the 1st book.

Really enjoying this series. Narrator is excellent. The story is well written and flows nicely.

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  • Richard Usher
  • 02-26-22

Fantastic

keeps up the pace from the first book and really kicks up the jokes and adventure, can't wait for the 3rd

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  • Colin Parke
  • 02-11-22

Still loving this series

If you’re reading this wondering if the series is going to be worth listening too, then fear not! It’s still brilliant and very funny!!

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  • neil rackstraw
  • 01-06-22

more... more! MORE!!

loved it! on to the next one! just bought the next one... keep them coming :)

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  • eden searl
  • 05-04-22

entertaining

I actually enjoyed the first 2 books much more than I thought. Has some good character development to offset some of the cheese comedy I normally avoid.
Jeff Hays does a fantastic job as usual. would love to hearAnnie in future books.

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  • Marty
  • 04-30-22

Funny and addictive

Love the plans that come together and loot. Excellent litrpg and the series that made me look for others. Narration and acting are on point. Can easily listen for hours on end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-14-22

Keep it coming Mat

All I can say is brilliant. I would spend two credits on each book of the series.

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  • Torben V.
  • 03-26-22

Fantastic - smart, sensible, exciting, funny

Smart, sensible characters in exciting, well written, inventive situations, with enough references to a deeper situation and a much bigger world to keep it from being “I hit this; then I hit that.”

And the audio recording is of superb quality - one of the best I’ve listened to - and only adds to the experience. I’d miss it if I tried actually reading a paper copy.

I don’t read this genre, but picked this up as I wanted something popcorny. This delivered so well, I’m buying every book in the series.

One of the best parts is the characters. They don’t do dumb things just to service a plot. And, better, they occasionally do things they don’t want because it is the SENSIBLE THING TO DO! Huzzah! They take advice! So good.

I also rarely laugh out loud from books. This series is generally amusing, and I get a number of real laughs from it.

Does all the humour work? No. But most does.
There’s also probably a bit too much “and then I got these 15 items - number 1 was …” and “Now when you add this this this and this, plus this, my stay was now 87!” But it’s not so excessive that it detracts from the plot, and for the most part is necessary.

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Reward?
That depends. Did it make you want to go buy the book? If so, you’ve got a great read/listen ahead of you. That’s enough reward!


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  • Jack Bean
  • 02-17-22

Couldn't stop listening.

I normally don't like this particular genre but this is such a fun read and great performance. Plus I love Princess Donut.

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  • T.N
  • 01-11-22

Another fantastic job

Recap time.
Written by Matt Dinniman, Dungeon Crawler Carl tells the tale of the end of the world. Earth has missed out on a payment on a deal that happened 2,000 years ago, and the people who made the deal decided that it wouldn’t be a good thing to tell us about it.
Earth’s resources are therefore forfeit as are the lives of every organism on the planet. But there is a slim impossible hope.
You see, Earth doesn’t have anything worth anything. The aliens make their money through a dangerous reality TV show, where the dangers are real. And this time we are the participants.

Plot:
In Carl’s Doomsday Scenario, Carl has survived the first and second floor, but the third floor is a different kind of animal all together. We start the story with Carl and Princess Donut choosing their classes and race.
Unlike the 1st and 2nd floor, the third is a massive open world, which players from around the world can interact with one another. It also means that there are quests involved.
Now Carl and Donut are not only fighting against mobs and player killers, but the game show writers who are willing to sacrifice the players in order to get better ratings.
Quests may offer better loot and experience, but it might not be worth the hassle. It’s too bad that Carl and Donut don’t have a choice in the matter.
But it isn’t the psychotic zombie clowns, the zealot city elves, or sky fowls that Carl has to worry about. His real enemies are the ones hovering above the Earth.

Characters:
Carl is once again the main character of the book. This time he is stronger faster and outfitted with enough bombs to make everyone around him very nervous. He hasn’t changed much since the first book, which isn’t surprising because it has only been a few weeks since he first entered the dungeon,
His confidence has grown but not enough to tempt fate. Not taking chances, Carl prefers to obliterate his enemies at a distance. Too bad he rarely so lucky to do so.
He has made it a goal to cause as much suffering as he can to people who destroyed Earth, and their stupid game.

Supporting Carl, in the dungeon and the interview room, Princess Donut has somewhat grown since the first book. She isn’t as naive as people think she is, however, she still focuses more on her views than she really should. She hates it when people think bad of her. During the book the talking Persian cat gets more empathetic to the NPCs and other players.

Mordecai has become a fixture within the team. Still morning the loss of his dead family, the shapeshifter’s main goal remains the same. Get out of the show, and if he has to keep the two bumbling Earthlings alive to do it, then so be it.
In the second book, Mordecai is no longer restrained to the system AI and is able to help both Carl and Donut by providing them with the most valuable thing in the dungeon. Information.

What I like:
Another fantastic story to the Dungeon Crawler Carl series. In interviews Dinniman explained that his first book was an experiment. Something on his bucket list that he wanted to get out there. And in his second book he has decided to get a bit deeper into the lore and the game system.
The narrator does another fantastic job. Again, if this ever does turn into a serious, I would like Jeff Hays to Carl.

Criticism:
I get the feeling that some of the quests in the book were shortened for a reason. Most likely, the author didn’t want to spend the entire book loitering around a single quest. So, he broke it up into two main quests.

Overall:
If you liked the first book, the second one is going to hit all the right buttons.

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  • jenny strasiotto
  • 12-07-21

good fun you should listen to it just a few minut

good fun . try it for totally you self and you will see cheers. good luck to human. for

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  • J COBURN
  • 10-31-21

Sublime entertainment!

What's better than listening to a Dungeon Crawler Carl audiobook for the first time?

Listening to it a SECOND TIME!

Rewaaaaard..?

You get to pick up on all the nuanced humour you missed the first time round.

(now read that review again in the Dungeon AI's voice if you didn't already)

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  • The Keyboard
  • 07-26-21

Great Second Book

If you're reading this review, you've most likely already read book one (if you haven't, go out and get it - just look at the average review rating! DCC is one of the best books in the litrpg genre) and are wondering if book two is going to live up to the hype.

I'm pleased to say it does. There are some differences... book 2 feels a little slower, like the author has realised he's onto a good thing and now needs to flesh out the world. There's a lot of setup early on for events that will pan out in future books, but it's good setup, and the book does get rolling into that fantastic 'action / something goes wrong / god-dammit-doughnut' that was so wonderful about book 1.

I won't say any more, except that all the main characters are back, and it's great to see the relationship between Carl and Doughnut grow. If you enjoyed book 1, you'll enjoy book 2. There are still laugh out loud moments, and lots of juicy action scenes. This is fast turning into a stellar gamelit series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-21

Utterly wonderful

In my ignorance, I was initially disappointed at the shorter volume. However, this has proved yet again to be one of my favourite books in this genre. With colourful characters and a plot that won't quit, Matt has absolutely knocked it out of the park with this entry. Now if you'll excuse me, I am going to go and purchase book 3. If you are hesitant about picking up the series, what are you doing with your lives? Get this book!