• The Butcher's Masquerade

  • Dungeon Crawler Carl, Book 5
  • By: Matt Dinniman
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 23 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (6,912 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Attention. Attention. The gates are down. The hunters are loose.

Run, run, run.

A lush jungle teeming with danger. Savage dinosaurs seeking blood. A fallen princess intent on vengeance. A mysterious, end-of-floor celebration for the top crawlers, dubbed “The Butcher’s Masquerade”. 

The sixth floor. The Hunting Grounds.

As the remaining crawlers battle for their lives, a new, terrible threat looms. Outside, tourists are finally allowed to enter the game, and they are here and ready to hunt. Among them is Vrah, a famed and veteran hunter, intent on collecting the biggest trophy of her career.

But their prey is far from harmless, and this season they are fighting back.

Dungeon Crawler Carl and Princess Donut return in book five of the acclaimed LitRPG series.

©2022 Dandy House (P)2022 Soundbooth Theater

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Perhaps the best plotted SF series ever written

As a long-time fantasy and science fiction reader, I try to read everything good. Most good series have a good core but various poor parts that get glossed over. For example, LotR -- great movie trilogy. The stuff not in the movie, not quite as good.

Dungeon Crawler Carl is the highest quality SF&F series I've read. Other genres have better books, such as North by Shackleton or Memoirs by Grant, these have real life insanity that's hard to compete with. Even Carl hasn't matched Shackleton's level of insane plans yet. But the series isn't done yet. Every chapter, every arc, often every sentence has a later payoff. I've gone back and forth through the series five times now, picking up on more and more throwaway moments that ended up being important later. I listened to all of Jeff Hays' cold reads for this book. Matt Dinniman is a master of set-up and payoff. I was there as Matt book five sent Jeff into two minute laugh breakdown.

Meanwhile, great characters, constant menace, fun dialog, great combat, crunchy leveling details, absolutely everything good in a litRPG series.

Jeff Hays is at his best here. As mentioned, I followed the cold read for this, but he's upped the quality even more in the post.

But if you've gotten this far, you already know all this. This is a good series. But it's not a stand-alone. Start with Book 1. Each book is getting better and better, but there is considerable world building (and destruction).

Highly recommended. You'd need to dig into the most bizarre and well-written History tomes to find anything better.

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Outstanding Writing Craft

Yes, this series is hilarious and full of silliness and gore and creativity. However, one thing I have yet to mention is the adept writing. Matt Dinniman has an outstanding ability to weave truly emotional scenes into his stories. I just finished listening to chapter 47 (no spoilers here) and have to admit to a bit of throat tightening. I rarely feel truly touched by writing, but this scene got me. Kudos, Matt Dinniman, for sneaking in some truly touching moments into an otherwise wonderfully funny series.

Jeff Hays is always awesome! While I also enjoy his work when the SBT crew joins in, particularly Annie Ellicot, I prefer his solo performances like in this series. It allows us to truly appreciate his masterful voice work and the range of his voices and accents. He is simply amazing!

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Wow

I have been listening to this every day at work and wow! I have not enjoyed work this much ever. This has been my favorite book in the series so far!! Good job to everyone involved!!




goat scream🐐

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Da** It Donut!

Amazing continuation of the series. Ups and downs. There was even a talent show.

I found myself hanging on to every word. The effects were awesome. Jeff Hays does a great job bringing Matt's story alive.

Book 6 can't come soon enough.

And remember crawlers. Kill, Kill, Kill.

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The Best

Dungeon Crawler Carl is hands down the best LitRPG on the market. The Butcher's Masquerade lives up to every expectation and was more than worth the wait. Matt Dinniman is a character development and story structure genius. In this series, you even care deeply about the side characters.

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Goddammit Donut

Dinniman and Hays continue to bring the laughs throughout this level's crawl. cannot wait for the next installment!

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Money back

My own fault for not listening to a sample beforehand. I did look for which one the series, but didn’t see it in the description. Turns out it was predominantly displayed on the cover art.

Anyway, not my cup of tea. Seems like it was well performed and could be entertaining, if you like sci-fi stories about gaming. I did like Ready Player One, but not so much Two. I didn’t like this either. Again, not my preference. I do like sci-fi - guess not all of it, though.

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Oh gods

I couldn’t make it through the whole this without balling my eye out. Good job! It was perfect in every way and I will be in shock for soooo long.

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killed it!

I'm living for this series. it's just fun and fresh, and has found a really nice groove. Donut is a perfect counterpart to Carl. don't listen to that other guy's bad review, she's great wouldn't change a thing!

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Best audiobook in the series

It's a emotional rollercoaster that will slam you hard right in the feels. And you'll recover, you will. But then it'll sneak up on you and hit you again. And again. And again. And then, just when you're prepared for more, it'll hit you with the best rendition of Wonderwall that you've ever heard.

And I loved every minute of it. I loved it so damn much.

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  • Mike Roach
  • 05-26-22

Amazing!

This book is one of the best around! I really hope we get to experience more of this world!
Matt Dinniman thank you!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-12-22

another hit out of the dungeon

story and voice actors both hit this full force and it's fantastic.
a ton of twists and turns, and I don't want to spoil anything. highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-22

God damnit Matt

Best series on audible. Always to short though always leaving me wanting more.
End credits might be the best thing ive ever heard in any book so far. Just a damn shame it was.. The end credits:(

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-22

What a great listern

Best yet in the series, I would recommend listening to these books to anyone. They are witty and full of action!

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  • Jason
  • 09-20-22

Brilliant

These stories get better and better. Well worth your time! Can't say enough how much I'm invested in the story, come on Karl and Princess Doughnut!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-22

I need more

I said Mongo....we're gonna be part of the best talk show....and then we'll fall, on this dungeon crawl

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  • n j plumridge
  • 09-10-22

Perfection

What can I say, the previous books were great, but the writing and narration has taken it to another level. Oh and Donut singing in the epilogue is just Sublime.

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  • Alexander
  • 09-08-22

Brilliant as always

I still say this is one of my favourite series and the best of the lit RPGs out there.

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  • Phil
  • 08-23-22

excellent

Absolutely loved it all. more please now now now. Fantastic listen, superb performance. Great

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  • Notally_Not_A_Robot
  • 08-20-22

I can't wait. i just. can't. wait.

i've been binging the entire series and now that i've caught up, i seriously consider listening to all the books AGAIN!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-22

masterpiece

This was the best entry in the series by far, this book contained moments where I found tears comming to my eyes and moments where I actually found myself laughing outloud.

The performance throughout was absolutely top notch, with the voice acting bringing life to the characters that I didn't expect was possible.

I can't wait to find out what the next installment has instore!!


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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-25-22

Great book!

This series is wonderful and keeps you on your toes. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-25-22

God dammit doughnut

I need this go go forever, Jeff Hays saying God dammit doughnut is in my brain now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-18-22

woot

This book alone was worth it for the song at the end!!!

A very good continuation of the series!! and a nice ramp up of the of big background plots!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-19-22

a damp good crawl of a book

another fantastic book and it has some of the best voice over production I have ever heard from an audio book. I cannot recommend this series any harder!

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  • Jenny bennett
  • 07-01-22

Best litprg

Loving this series - narration sensational and the storyline never waivers. Bring on level 8 ASAP.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-29-22

Amazing

This has been my first litRPG series and its been incredible! excited for book six.

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  • Michael
  • 06-27-22

Awesome as always Matt Dinniman and soundbooth

This was a fun and entertaining addition to the series, and the production is impeccable. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-22-22

10/10

Masterpiece, definitely worth a listen. My wish is for this series to never end

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  • Tessa
  • 06-22-22

hilarious

amazing story excellent humor and beautiful princess donut singing what more could you want