Dungeon Bringer 1: A litRPG Adventure

Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
Series: Dungeon Bringer, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (447 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Construct your dungeon. Summon your monster girls. Slaughter your foes.
 

When the Inkolana Cartel's experimental computer network comes under attack, they give white-hat hacker Clay Knight two hours to fix the problem.
 

If he succeeds, he'll be rich beyond his wildest dreams.
 

If he fails, he's a dead man.
 

But when Clay hacks the hackers, he stumbles into an ancient ritual that summons him to the dusty, forgotten world of Soketra. In this strange new land, Clay finds dungeons, monsters, and a fierce pride of beautiful cat women who believe he is the reincarnation of the ancient Dungeon Lord Rathokhetra. With a band of bloodthirsty dungeon raiders on his doorstep, Clay must master his new abilities and gather guardians for his territory to save himself and his army of warrior women from a fate darker than death.

©2019 Shadow Alley Press (P)2019 Shadow Alley Press

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another great gamelit harem.

This was an excellent title of its type. Now, it didnt blow my socks off with its creativity and unique genius, which is the only reason the story didnt get a 5. You wont see a whole hell of a lot that truly surprises you, if u r into the harem gamelit genre. It hits everything you would expect. but that isnt necessarily a bad thing. This genre is fairly niche. But this book hits all the right buttons for people who are into this sort of thing. Including hot catgirls, with a neat egyptian theme that is just waaayyyyy underappreciated in its hotness. so glad somebody finally recognized that. Now, if you are looking for graphic sex scenes, then you may need to go elsewhere. fade to black is device used here for MOST of the actual sex scenes (there is some, just not a lot). Frankly, i prefer it this way. These types of stories are way better when the author takes the time to descriptively help u appreciate the scenery as you go, and build the tension. the little, constant things, that all add up to a great experience. Thats so much better than just one flimsy excuse after the next for people to start humping. Frankly, it kinda kills a book like this if i have to keep hearing certain 4 letter words for male genitalia ALL THE TIME. id much rather enjoy subtle and detailed descriptions of his female companions in their various states, because women can just be sexy in a lot of different ways doing a lot of different things (that's just how most of us with Y chromosomes see it). So, while this mostly wont blow u away with originality, its an excellent book of the genre and well worth the listen. And the author seems to have been like "i dont care how cliche it seems, catgirls are awesome, and so i see no reason there shouldnt be plenty in my story". And i applaud him for this. There is nothing wrong with finding an excuse to use what people LIKE. The author also made the very wise choice to enlist James Patrick Cronin. Not only does this show he did his homework and found a good narrator, it also shows he was willing to invest in the best for his book. I'm not knocking authors who go for more bargain deals when looking for their narrator. Tough world. i get it. However, when an author cares enough to invest in someone well known in harem gamelit circles, and favored by those listeners, it makes all the difference. Hell, i often look for new audio books based solely on what certain narrators have been doing, and james patrick Cronin is one of those narrators. On the narrator, i saw some reviews above complained about Cronin's use of a "french" accent for the sort of egyptian cat ladies. Initially, i would have said that he needed a foreign accent to help distinguish characters, and i would have been fine with that argument alone. However, look up arabic and egyptian accents. if u start googling it, you will find many links talking about how similar they are to the french accent. Like, native speakers will sometimes mistake it. What does this mean? it isnt just a french accent, its the accent most appropriate for the setting. Cronin did his research. those people who complained about the "French accent killing it for them", had no idea what the appropriate accent for the setting would have actually sounded like. Because it would have sounded very much like a french accent. so, if you go into the book and are like "why does this egyptian catgirl sound french?", just ask urself if u know what an EGYPTIAN accent would actually sound like. Because u probably dont. Cronin nailed it. look it up if u dont believe me. So, fans of gamelit, monster girls, and dungeon core novels, go for it. This book hits all the right buttons. well worth a listen. im looking forward to book 2. - note: i did receive a free credit for this book as part of a random giveaway. just want to b upfront. but it isnt like they were paying me to leave a review, or made me legally obligated. Its just the decent thing to do, if they are kind enough to give u a free listen. Ive tried to be fair and honest with my review though, and hope thats adequately reflected here.

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Great potential, Poor execution

The story has a cool concept behind it. The issue is the annoying MC. He does things that are...stupid. Stupid to the point that it defies reality and breaks the reader out of the story. For example (no spoilers) he can modify his dungeon, and he does - a lot. At the same time, he talks about how he's able to perform certain feats. But despite talking about said feats, he never uses them to his advantage or does things in a way that makes sense. At first it seems okay, he's learning his powers and all that. But when he keeps explaining that he has certain capabilities over and over but then does something completely off the wall when a simpler solution would have sufficed. A simpler solution that he even talks about being able to do. Over the course of the story, it just turned into a hard listen. That said, if you can get passed the terrible MC and average side characters, the story in itself isn't bad.

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Decent read

Definitely a decent 1st by a new author. Not too much harem. Good tactical content. Will definitely give the next book in the series a read.

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had potential

what did you like about this book? The unique world system. Not many books and even few RPG include myth-like Egypt. Harem is not a bad idea as well. The author did a nice job bridging the game-element and MC intro together. Too many fail here. e.g. special accident summoning by a weak god, signing up for mmo beta or the unique plot armor snowflakes. what did you hate about the book? The MC and his first guardian. A idiot or blind squirrel could do better. At least it would have the sense not to think of sex during a life and death battle. and not hump everything within 5mins. Its like the MC is not able to think or built without sex. I would only need to give the MC blue-balls to conquer the dungeon and steal the core. What do you think about the book? the book as a whole is so bad that I got the next book to see if it was better. I mean at rock bottom the only way is up, right? Thats what I thought. It only gets worst. The RPG system was the only thing keeping me around. Stop at book 1 if you can.

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Not the greatest of all time, but certainly good

Really enjoyed this book. A hacker to a dungeon keeper/godling. The main character was smart and some things he does near the beginning of the book once he first takes over I found really clever and a nice change from the normal. It's harem but not an obnoxious one. The female characters stay within the realms of 'ok it's a book I'll give it leeway'.(Most harems, in my opinion, cross that line and go to the 'so every female character is an idiot hu?' line.) I do wish that the female characters still had a bit more fleshing out but not to the point where i'd take anything off the book's review score.

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Loved it!

Dungeon building and an army of cat girls, what more do you need to know? I loved listening to this book. It is one of the best dungeon building books I've read so far. I was a little worried about the harem aspect but Nick did an outstanding job of showing how to properly incorporate that aspect into a book. At no point did I feel like that aspect was taking over the story or drawing away from it at all. James Patrick Cronin does an amazing job at bringing this story and its characters to life. The different ranges of voices he uses really helps draw you in to the story. I'm looking forward to the release of the second and third books in this series. I definitely recommend that everyone give this book a try.

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Wow

Im gonna be upfront here, I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review. With that out of the way, I LOVED this audiobook. I usually try to stay away from harem (sex scenes usually kind of skeeve me out) but I figured I would take a chance on it when I saw a code giveaway. Boy am I glad I did! From the very beginning, I was pulled right into the role of Clay, thanks to James' fantastic narrative skills. The action started strong and fast, and never slowed down from there. I loved Clay's bold "Get it done" attitude, and the snark was STRONG. I adore strong snark. The named females were great, and built up the MC just like a good harem should. My only problem, if it could be called a problem, is that I need more!

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Had High Hopes

I had high hopes that this would be a good book. I was disappointed by the strange gamelike rules that make no real sense. Originality in creating the dungeon was squashed by these arbitrary RULES. Also the main character supposed to be an extreamly talented Hacker. Yet he has no backup strategies. His intelligence does not show through as much as it should. The simple fact that he actually believes that his kidnappers would pay him 1 billion dollars marks his intellect as less than stated by his backstory.

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Great for a LitRPG

I will review the book by itself, then add my impression of the narrating at the end, and lastly give a score that mostly is the book, but the narrating will weigh enough to influence the final score. This book is quite an interesting "read" (not sure what you call it with audio books… listen?) and it's definitely a… special book. The story is most certainly not for everyone, but luckily, I'm one of those odd people not included in that "everyone"-part. The book is heavy on fan service and wish fulfillment, especially aiming towards men. It contains a lot of hot monster girls (for those who think it sounds weird, monster girls have their focus on the girl part,rather than the monster part), sex, and a main character/reader insert that's both strong, smart, witty, and recieves all love from these monster girls. All of this is essentially what the stereotypical LitRPG is, however, so it is to be expected. This kind of book is, as mentioned, not for everyone, but it is definitely the kind of book that I like, in some cases, e.g. when I just want to let loose and read about a badass that kick ass and gets the girl, but it's not a book I'd recommend to readers who prefer a more "clean" reading experience. Dungeon Bringer is a great book, for being a LitRPG. LitRPG has, as mentioned, an unfavourable image to outsiders, and some criticism it receives are not completely off, which is why I say "for a LitRPG". Nevertheless, if you like Isekai, LitRPG (#TKTK), or any similar genre, then you should definitivt give it a shot! Either in book format, or in audio book format. Speaking of audio book: Cronin does a good job narrating this story in my opinion. He is pleasant to listen to and he "voice acts" quite well, for the most part. The only real complaints I have are that he gives the catwomen a strange french-ish accent, which I annoyed myself over, and that he occasionally forgot the acting, and therefore lost a bit of the feeling he had built up until then, ge still did a good job though. Overall, great story (if you like the generic LitRPG formula) and good narrator. I give the story by itself an 7/10, but weighing in the narrating, I'll give it a 6/10, as the weird french accent put water on my flames.

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needs to be longer

it's a pretty good book, but everything just seems to go the main characters way too often. things work out too well, he's too smart, he's too nerdy, and crushes on all the women. you know, all the stereotypes for this genre. it's an okay read, but too short for the price.

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  • kian
  • 05-18-19

same as the rest

the narrator did a great job and it's part of the reason I got the book but it didn't live up to standard, too simple and characters lack depth and back story. maybe it's just me but I didn't find it engaging.

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  • 08-19-19

Badly told sex/romance/ fantasy

It's the story about a a guy how has a fantasy about having sex with cat woman and other dungeon monsters... Its a bragging story about non existening events. I went in with a low expectation and hoping for a little guilty pleasure. Fail on every account..

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  • Gerry
  • 05-23-19

Dungeon harem with a good storyline

really enjoyed this performance was very good made me think if Micheal Scott earl made a dungeon lord book it would probably look a little like this . if you like William d Rand's work as well you probably enjoy this definelty worth a go if your a fan of harems dungeons books monster girls and litrpgs portal fantasy's . if your a fan of these types and especially if your a fan of all of these . I'm just about to read book 2 as I can not wait for the audio to find out what happens next .

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  • Bugeag Sebastian
  • 05-20-19

Yup a good book

A good book plot line is solid ish , author knows the litrpg or gamelit way of narrating and packets it full of action and humor.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-11-19

Brill Dungeon LitRPG

This was one of those i wasnt too site about how can we make the hero a bad guy, but it works very well and i liked the role reversal and how it worked out. The ending also left a good amount to explore further on in the series. Narration by JPC was good as expected although the first 6 chapters were a bit hard to get into as the voices used were very simliar to those in American Dragons which was a bit confusing. I requested this audio and have decided to leave my thoughts.

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  • Nighteyes
  • 10-25-19

made me want more

kept finding excuses to listen to this, so there is that :) great story, entertaining characters and engaging plot. there is some harem tendencies, but there isn't really spent much time on it. dungeon core with a slight twist. I enjoyed the narration, both male and female voices. it took me 20 minutes to get used to the MCs voice and the I was golden

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  • 06-07-19

Very entertaining

I really enjoyed this book a nice twist on dungeon building and lit RPG. The narrator was very good and did detract from the story . There is a bit of harem in the book but it’s not crude and over done it leaves more to your imagination which I find adds to the story rather than detracts from it . I will be picking up the second book on audible and will probably read it on kindle ul if it’s on there .

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-03-19

Great listen

Simply one of the top three books I've listened to the narrator does really well to bring you into the story and it is really well written

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  • John
  • 06-30-19

Dungeon Bringer 1

I was surprised by how much I enjoy his this book Nick Harrow shows off his talent and skills. With this storytelling and with the voice acting talents and skills of James Patrick Cronin who narration skills makes the characters and world come alive. 12/10 stars a must to listen to and own....