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It was just supposed to be a quick trip to the pet store for some cat food, but the universe had other plans for Florence Valentine.

Good for nothing kids and some annoying store employees were giving her a hard time, and then things got worse when she was killed by a delivery truck. Instead of angels, pearly gates, and eternal rewards, a voice in her head keeps telling her that she’s become a dungeon core, whatever that is.

Now people keep coming into her new home, wrecking stuff, and stealing from her. But not everything about this whole ordeal is bad. Not only can Florence decorate her home with a thought, but she can also create the best things in the entire universe — she can create kitty cats.

Should these hooligans keep insisting on coming into her home, well, Florence and her kitties are going to have something to say about that.

©2021 Dean Henegar (P)2021 Podium Audio

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A fun take on a Dungeon Core! Plus Andrea Parsneau

This was an absolutely hysterical Dungeon Core story!!! 🤣
Here's what happens when a grumpy, irascible old cat lady, finds herself magically transported into another world. A world where she finds herself trapped as a dungeon-core! After the initial shock and confusion, she sets about building her Dungeon, though as far as Florence Valentine is concerned, it's not a Dungeon... it's her new home!!! Partnered with an AI assistant named Doug, whose every recommendation she steadfastly ignores, the Fun begins! Florence, makes every beginner-mistake imaginable, starting with not listening to any of the  rules for dungeons, nor listening to Doug!
And to add the AwesomeSauce, to an already great book, the audio version is narrated by the always wonderful, Andrea Parsneau!!! YAY! 👏😊👍

And I've collected a few quotes!

Let’s just settle in and wait for more victims—I mean adventurers

So the dungeon is just a grumpy old lady cat?

Never thought I’d see a goblin riding a cat, but we surely just did...

Her precious Zeus gave a smile, which of course was possible for a cat if you looked hard enough.

Uh, Florence, I think he’s a bit more than a simple skeleton. You are in the presence of a lich, and if I’m not mistaken, this is a very old and powerful one,”...  ...“What? He’s going to lick? How does he even do that without a tongue?

War Cat Mech, Level 5: Gnomish inventors combine technology and magic to create various incredible automatons to defend their home

You have learned the ability Deadly Doug.

...the cat mouth doorknocker spitting out flames directly into his face. The man crashed through the door but didn’t get up afterward. He was one crispy critter.
 

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Interesting

It took me a couple chapters to get it when I first started reading it I wasn’t entirely sold but after a little bit I started to get the humor and really enjoyed the story

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Good narration, bad protagonist

The protagonist is both insufferable and entitled throughout this book, feeling she deserves stuff because of she lived a while, despite the fact she both failed to live longer and ignoring other peoples age. The only reason she is alive is because of plot armor, since she shows unwillingness to learn or think quite often, and clearly tends toward ignorance with her inability to recognize historical and myth names. Her vocabulary also is plot influenced as well, not knowing mana but understand and using crit as a word. The world also might as well be game lit rather than litrpg with how forced into plot the world is, even as it follows the formula of the Divine Dungeon series (follow a core and a favored party) that did cores so much better. Only gets a extra star from Andrea being a wonderful narrator as always.

tldr, Good narration, avoid if you prefer your story to not be 100% bull.

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The spice, the fun, and the cats

They nail it hard with the characters they place, and sprinkle plenty of points to grow for the characters. It's a strong story with a personality that pops and makes it outstanding to listen to. I loved it, and how the characters grow and its pace.

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Love the idea....but.

As much as I love dungeon core series....even the main character not being familiar with gaming and mmo's isn't that bad. But...why an 80+ year old Karen?
I may not even finish the book because of how exhausting it is to listen to Florance Valentines narcissistic droning and complaining.

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I don't write reviews often but

I feel the need to give this one 5 stars. The last several books I have tried in this genre were not that interesting but I feel this one kind of hit it out of the park. It's a unique take on the genre and the MC though a little annoying at the beginning of the book grows over the course of it. The narration is good and the story was interesting and unique enough that I binged the whole book in about a day. I already have book two preordered. Highly recommend this one A+!

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fun twist on the dungeon core genre.

really fun book with some great characters. I love Florence as a character she's so ornery and fun but boy am I glad I don't have to deal with her in real life. I'm looking forward to getting the second one in a few weeks.

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Way to bridge generational divide

This is one of those books that can help to bridge the generational divide and help over people to understand what people are talking about I'm talking about it especially the grandchildren And it's a way to Get them interested in something that will help keep their minds act off It's sneaky but effective as for the book itself it's funny irrelevant Yet as all the signatures of this author's books where sometimes you just want to throb all the characters other times you just want to laugh I can't wait for the next one to come out I just hope it comes out within the next 3 or 4 months

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love it!!!

this is quite the book. andrea does mean cat lady really well. story is great. worth your time and credit. buy it

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A pension and A dungeon

A unique take on a dungeon core story. It was both good and, well, not bad, but different. A well-done story from a unique character viewpoint.

For me, I had trouble getting into it at first. But once I got over my…Super powerful average Joe hero saves the world endless bad guys fight all the monsters… And just sat back and enjoyed the story for what it was, I greatly enjoyed it. Taking a character that has no foundation for the world she finds herself in and watching her grow was great.

Definitely worth getting, and I look forward to Mrs. Valintine’s next book.

Mind your P’s and Q’s, wipe your feet, and knock before you enter the dungeon.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 11-29-21

Slightly odd premise works really well

As far as setups to a story, a non-gaming pensioner becoming the personification of a dungeon filled with house cats is such an unusual one that it almost seems like the author has challenged himself to deliver a cohesive and entertaining story from such a starting point. However, this author has shown in the past with previous series that he is more than capable of delivering compelling books with a less conventional MC and this one is no exception as it results in an entertaining listen and a great setup for subsequent books too.

The narration certainly helps make the author's job easier too, with the narrator delivering a strong performance that helps bring the characters to life.

Overall, an odd premise results in a great listen.

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  • jason
  • 12-15-21

Fun

Excellent narration , with fun characters . Well worth a listen for those that love dungeon core books . Or just like a good story

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  • Miss Ruth
  • 11-05-21

Thoroughly enjoyable

I bought this purely because it was narrated by Andrea Parsneau, she is the best narrator, makes it seem like there’s a whole cast reading.
The story though was excellent, really enjoyed it, quite an unusual set up.
I will definitely get book two.
This really helped with filling the long wait until Wandering Inn book 5 is released.

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  • MrPersonMan
  • 01-17-22

Karen core

The good: The narration is excellent.
The bad: Florence Valentine is a thoroughly hateful old woman. It's probably intentional for her to be the worst Karen on earth, so much so that you wouldn't hesitate to kick her out of a moving bus into traffic.
She ignores all of Dougs advice, treats him like crap and is only saved due to copious amounts of plot armor.

I spent a good portion of the book hoping for the core to just die so Doug could finally be free.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-21

litty dugeon

loved listening to the book extremely well done i have already bought the next book

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  • Frans
  • 10-11-21

nice twist

Well writen, particularly the voices. Also the performance did justice to the writing. As for the story, "Florence" existed 50 years ago when I was behind the counter and still exists today, terrorizing the young of all ages.