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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the Gun Show!

The top 10 list is populated. The sponsorship program is open. The difficulty is ramping up. The first three floors were nothing compared to what Carl and Donut now face. 

The Iron Tangle. An impossibly complicated subway system built out of the world's subterranean railway systems, all combined and then tied together into a knot. Up is down. Down is up. Close is far. The cars are filled with monsters, the railway stations are less than safe, and the exit is always just a few stops away.

But there is hope. For the first time, the crawlers are all working together. The loot is better than ever. And the secret to unraveling it all may be hidden in the pages of a seemingly useless book. 

Welcome, crawlers. Welcome to the fourth floor of the dungeon. 

©2021 Matt Dinniman (P)2021 Soundbooth Theater

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Neeew ACHIEVEMENT: Trilogy?

Remember when all good series were trilogies? I bet you are glad this one is going to be more than just 3 books then!

Rewaarrd: A sense of emptiness and anticipation until the next book is released....

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Just get it...

It’s as original and amazing as the previous two. I hope Matt continues this series for as long as his liver can hold out against the Winnie The Poo reviewer comments fueling his alcoholism. XD Don’t change anything. Just keep this train wreck rolling. “Choo Choo MF’ers!”

That final commercial about JTJ was priceless btw. Thanks for laughs!

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Best Story I have read in Years!

Hooked in the first five minutes. Easy to actually care about the characters. Well written, would happily read a book for all 18 levels. Anyone who gives this book a bad review deserves to serve time in the Dungeon.

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Goddammit Donut, this book is awesome

Another awesome entry to this series, you should know what to expect if you listened to the previous two.
Some nice surprises in this one, and I just can't wait for book 4.

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last 5minites LOL

Book was great I enjoyed this series quite a bit. I hope to continue to see more

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Story kind of dragged.

Around 3/4ish of the book it kind of just drags and feels like this book should have either ended hours earlier or moved to the next floor but the author didn’t want to do either and just drug it out.

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Still Fun, but I Don’t Like the Train Line

This series is hilarious! I have laughed out loud several times throughout, including this one. There is so much to love! That said, the whole train line element is not my thing. I’ve taken the NYC subway numerous times and know how convoluted it is. Hearing about the ridiculously complex network the dungeon had sort of bored me. Every time the lines were discussed I tuned out and waited for a decision to be made or an event to occur.
Despite my dislike of the rail system, there were some pretty cool ways to farm experience with it. Gory ones too! Some characters jumped levels at a time due to these scenarios!
There is more intrigue in this story, with some vicious betrayals and new alliances. Some old faces reappear, adding new directions to the plot.
Jeff Hays is again awesome. He is such an amazing narrator.

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Liked it overall, but...

I love Jeff Hays' narrative style. The characters are still great, the series is still good, it's still funny but this story is annoying. Once everything is explained you get it, but its used a gimmicky puzzle where the clues tell you literally nothing for a payoff that's alright at best but it doesn't make up for the rest of the story being a cluster fuck. You're like, "What the hell is even going on?" There's no legit progression aside from movement toward next to nothing, and the entire story is a mess, followed by ".....tadaaa..." I honestly didn't even care about what was going on by the end, even with the great characters and superb voice acting I was like "just let this bullshit finish already." It's not like you can just ignore it, since all the characters do is act confused about shit the entire story with no real goal other than "get down more stairs." And it's not like you can Sherlock Holmes the ending with the shitty clues. It's a mystery LitRPG, without anything a mystery is supposed to have.

I'm glad I listened to this one first, because without Jeff Hays, I'd have hated this one, and I loved the other books in the series.

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Phenomenal

Ridiculously funny and far too much fun. An excellent addition to the series and can’t wait for the next.

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"Glerp glerp!"

Quickly becoming a stable of system apocalypse genre series. definitely the funniest, by far. The story is very well written, and the dialogue is fantastic.

Jeff Hays back at it with his signature butter smooth narration.

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  • Dol
  • 05-18-21

AAAAACHHHIEEEEVVVVMEEEEENNTTTTTT!!!!!

You got to this review and found another positive experiance

REEEEEEEEEEWAAAAAARRRRRRRRDDDDDD!!!!!

Now you get the chance to experiance that warm fuzzy feeling knowing you made a great choice in life. Isn't that the true reward we want really, keep crawling crawlers and dont let those feet get warn out.

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  • Rhys Clement-Evans
  • 06-30-21

Such a great combination of story and reader

Another entertaining chapter in this series, brought to life by the talented Jeff Hays. Be sure to listen to the post-story bonus at the end for the greatest laughs.

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  • Cleric
  • 08-05-22

Great but train conductor narrator is awful

Great continuation but honestly I really didn’t enjoy the train conductor narrator. A terrible amateurish performance. Awfully jarring compared to all other narration in the previous few books. Other than that great books as usual

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-22

Good moments bogged down by the setting

The talk about railway lines and station numbers made this one the most boring of the first three books. It did a good job on more world building by introducing antagonists from outside the dungeon.

Critical Drinker wasn't that enjoyable as a guest star and his performance was a bit amateurish compared to all the other voices.

setting of the next book seems way more interesting.

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  • Colonel Failure
  • 12-18-21

Guest voice was a mistake

Love everything about Carl's Crawl, but the addition of (I assume) an amateur guest voice in this one was a poor idea. Jeff Hays' narration and characterisation is spot on throughout, the addition of a flat performance by a guest voice was jarring.

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  • N. Baller
  • 09-02-22

Brilliant fun

This is one of the best series I have listen to. Buy, buy, buy.
I have to say, The Critical Drinker (whoever he is) is a dreadful amateurish waste of time, luckily he’s only in it for a few minutes.

Reward? 1 star off for a bad choice of guest narration

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  • Sam Bradley
  • 08-13-22

Perfection

perfect writing yet again, very creative and great personality building. perfectly narrated too. I do love the AI.

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  • Notally_Not_A_Robot
  • 08-04-22

The guest narrator is not even there for 10 mins

My biggest fear, was that Jeff Hays would be sidelined, but he is nartating the book 99% of the time.
If seeing another narrator puts you off, DON'T BE! The Critical Drinker is basically not there.

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  • Christopher Hughes
  • 06-21-22

Enjoyed the book

Really enjoing the serie so far, hoping for more madness and more explosives with Book 4

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-06-22

Great listen

3rd book and it did not dissapoint. Great laugh
while I was driving and mooching about at home. Time to download the next one

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  • Chris
  • 09-26-21

Just keeps getting better and better!

Absolutely love this series and these books just get better and better with each book!
Love the comical ads at the end.

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  • Peter W
  • 09-02-21

I love these books, my current favourite

What a great adventure, so we’ll written and narrated. Can’t wait for the next audiobook in the series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-02-21

very good

these dungeon crawler Carl audiobooks by audiobooth theater are really very good. higher quality than I am used to for audiobooks. try them.

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  • The Keyboard
  • 08-04-21

Still rockin' it

So, let's get this out of the way first. DCC#3 (in my opinion) isn't quite as good as the first two books. But that said, it's still a clear and easy 5 stars and better than another other litrpg / gamelit / audiobook of any genre that I've listened to this year...with the exception of the first two books.

Why didn't I like book 3 as much? It's... confusing. Like super confusing, to the point that if you read the digital (non-audio) version of the book the author has a note at the start which literally warns its readers about as much, telling them to not stress about trying to remember layouts as the floor is deliberately meant to be confusing. Which is fine I guess, but that still doesn't translate well to audiobooks where you can't flip back and forth between pages when you want to clarify something mentioned earlier. Really, I would have preferred that the book just be confusing to the MC but /not/ the reader, full stop.

Anyway, a minor issue in the scheme of things. The book is still gloriously great. If you've read / listened to the first two books, you'll still love this one. If you haven't, you should go back and start at book one (don't jump in here) as there are lots of references to previous events and no summary at the start. I still had laugh out loud moments (make sure you listen to the end credits!) and it was still a joy to join the characters on their journey. I've said it before and I'll say it again - this series is fast becoming one of the greats in the genre. Well done Mr Dinniman & Mr Hays. Well done.

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  • eSeraphim
  • 06-21-21

I just want more!

I am so hooked on this series. I also enjoy the development of the main characters and their relationships, while maintaining a balance of action and originality, with a few creative suprises. The narration is great and I got lost it the story. This is the hallmark of decent narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-21

Great addition

This was a great addition to the series with more fun characters more magic and more madness. Matt Dinniman does a great job bringing the series to life with more emotional turmoil and action for our characters and MC. Jeff Hays dose a great job with the voices bringing out the turmoil and making the action more interesting for the MC and his Friends. Overall 15/15 nice one

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  • Ethan Caldwell
  • 09-10-22

Great, loving the story so far.

Not a big fan of the featured voice actor though. He sounds like he is talking with lockjaw and I cant focus on the story with that image.

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  • Steven T.
  • 08-07-22

A non stop ride

After the first 2 books, I struggled a bit with this one. I found it a bit complicated to follow, but bare in mind I listen to help me fall asleep.
It was entertaining enough, and the evolution of the characters are really starting to take shape and I'm looking forward to the next book

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  • lachlan sanders
  • 07-13-22

OMG THE LAST CHAPTER

this is amazing the whole series and the whole lot.

But I have to say the last chapter or what ever it is called is freaking amazing mate you are a damn legend for this ending hahahahaha

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-21-22

Don’t hesitate, just buy it

People say not to start your litRPG adventures with dungeon crawler Carl because you won’t find a better one - and it’s true. The story, character development, political intrigue and RPG elements are second to none. I just finished book 5 and realised I hadn’t done any reviews cause I was so fixated on what was going to happen next! Just do it 👍