• Dungeon Crafting Series Books 1 Through 3

  • A Dungeon Core Novel
  • By: Jonathan Brooks
  • Narrated by: Louise Cooksey
  • Length: 33 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (495 ratings)

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Dungeon Crafting Series Books 1 Through 3

By: Jonathan Brooks
Narrated by: Louise Cooksey
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Narrator was very bland and mono tone.

I struggled a lot with the Narration. Honestly it was an interesting story but I gave up after a while

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Narrator has 2 voices

The story is entertaining enough. A little too much on the info sheets. Really just seems like the Devine Dungeon series but with less interesting characters. I would have rated four stars overall if it hadn’t been for the narrator. She only has two voices, One is nasally and whiny, the other one sounds like a big dumb oaf. It makes it hard to tell the difference between characters. Especially when her natural voice is already slightly nasally.

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More boring than fun

There is a lot to like about this series but there is also a lot to dislike. The premise is an interesting one but the thing that comes most readily to mind is ‘too much of a good thing’. Crafting in fantasy games can be a lot of fun and characters crafting in games can be interesting. But the author goes too far with the level of detail. I commend him on his attention to detail but it is a slog to read through. There are long stretches where almost nothing of interest happens besides crafting, researching craftable items, talking about the items needed to craft more, bemoaning lack of said items, and hearing lists repeatedly of all the crafting items, crafting unlocks, and crafting options. It is very boring to sit through.

My other gripe is the narrator. She does fine with the female voices but absolutely awful with the male voices. Five different races on display, all with different and there is no attempt to distinguish them by accents or pronunciation. Every male character sounds almost exactly the same, no matter their race. Female voices seem to only come in three flavors: high pitched/squeaky, neutral, and kinda husky. A couple of old characters get one of those but with a little throat scratching because old, I guess. So on top of all the boredom of the extremely detailed crafting, we get a narrator without any real range.

Another problem is that every race, when told flat out, “hey, you’re about to all die!” ignores the warnings until it’s too late. After the third time this happens it feels like the author is using this to artificially create some drama. This trick is repeated when the dungeon bonds someone that just happens to be unconscious. We finally have a way to overcome a language barrier but, surprise! You’re in a mysterious coma for weeks because we need the plot to happen. It started to feel very contrived and by the end I was more frustrated than entertained.

I won’t be reading the next books in the series.

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Story is.. familiar - and narrator is awkward

Don't know if there's a policy about mentioning other titles in these but the core story of "Person dies in weird way and is reborn as a dungeon with powers to control creatures, build traps, and fight heroes" is not original.

I'm not the type of person to care about a bit of plagiarism but its certainly worth a mention.

I enjoyed the book overall but agree with most other reviews, the narrator is awkward bordering on cringe. Most of the time its OKAY - its kind of like listening to a teenage girl talking with her friends the way she emphasizes words randomly like its meant to be cute or unique but ends up being annoying.
Then when shes tries to do a voice, especially a male voice, she simply drops a couple octaves and pretends shes chewing on rocks to sound more manly.

Again - story overall pretty good but is a total rip off of another series. Won't be buying anymore of the series just because of the narrator.

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Decent Story, But could use some alterations.

Need a secondary Male narrator for male characters. The current narrator couldnt separate her voice enough for too many characters. A secondary narrator would do wonders for the male characters.

Reviewing the "Menu" options after upgrading is a full 3 minutes of wasted audio. It happens every hour or two. It got annoying really quickly.

The story was decent, but the character was too sheltered. I've noticed it in a few books simular to this. They live in a world where death by dungeons or monsters is absolutely normal, yet she freezes up or freaks out when people are trying to invade her dungeon. Living in that kind of environment should harden her up really quickly. There's no way she spent 18 years as a traveling merchant and never had her caravan attacked by monsters.

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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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You get what you pay for

If these books were any good they wouldn't be selling in a bundle. A lot of exposition, questionable motivations, weak characters and subpar narration.

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Fun, but read Dungeonborn instead

Fun book. It's not as captivating as the DungeonBorn Series (similar themes), but still enjoyable. What brings this down a bit is the narration, makes this a difficult listen overall as she does not have much range in her characters.

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Fall asleep by the narrator and the story.

Honest struggle to listen to this. The narrators voice is bland and so boring that it's hard to not get distracted and keep listening.

It doesn't help that the story doesn't know what it wants to do. It eant the main character to be crafter, but as soon as we get second character, all focus is on him and so is crafting.

It's mediocre at best.

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  • 08-21-22

Narrator doesn't understand how intonation works.

This review is only based on the narration - I simply couldn't suffer long enough to hear the whole story. It seems like the narrator doesn't understand how intonation works. She often splits sentences using intonation and makes the halves sound like questions. I strongly recommend avoiding this narrator. If you ate interested in the story I would suggest getting the regular book.

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  • blink
  • 08-07-22

Good book just really annoying

I enjoyed the story quite a bit. The thing the really bothered me was when she kept going through her seeds, before I started skipping that bit there was 32 options and it gave you the full cost whitch was how much mass, how little mana needed and how much maximum mana needed for the whole thing. my other problem was that it needed a male performance as well, while she did a good job with all the female characters (and the majority of them was female) it just sounded terrible when doing the male ones especially when you think how an ork would sound or even a gnome. If you can get over them then it is a good book and I will definitely be getting the next one to see how it ends.

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  • Donna B
  • 02-15-21

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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  • Carl
  • 04-22-22

really good book

really good book in made a change from the other Dungeon ones I've heard thoroughly enjoyed and looking forward to the next ones

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  • Mixiell@ttv
  • 02-16-22

Good book

The book in itself is great, just that 5-7minutes of stats being read in the middle of a chapter is way to much!!

The narrator had an annoying way to end every sentence with it sounding like a question.. However after 50% of book one she got good at it and stopped with that, and making the rest enjoyable :)

Now on to book 3-6!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-17-21

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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  • Taylor
  • 03-16-21

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[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Azure Teal
  • 03-05-21

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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  • CkVega
  • 02-19-21

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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  • Tom S
  • 09-25-22

Enjoyable

Only downside is the long ass item lists that come up every so often, can go for minutes at times

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  • Butterflydances
  • 06-24-22

Enjoying the tale

I'm captured by the story! Can't wait to read the next instalment. definitely worth the money.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-26-22

good plot shame about the cat and stats

the series has a good plot. i had to skip ahead a lot because every hour or so there is about 7-10 minutes of the narrator talking about stats.

and the cat purring was also a bit distracting.

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  • Daniel Aquino
  • 08-12-21

Good Story

Good Story but the performance felt a bit lacking and at times could hear a cat in the background