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Dungeon World 2: A Dungeon Core Experience

Narrated by: Miles Meili
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (235 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fred did something bad.

He didn’t intend to do it, but the destruction of a dungeon core - accident or otherwise - will likely result in horrific consequences for anyone connected with the crime.

And not for just the perpetrators; everyone around them will suffer vengeful retribution from the nearby cores for the unthinkable act.

Knowing that his mistake will end up endangering his new friends, the townspeople of Gatecross, and even his Guild, Core Power, Fred decides to do whatever he can to protect them.

After he absorbed the nature core, he unlocked the ability to establish a territory and create his very own dungeon - a dungeon which will hopefully provide the defense they need to survive against the expected fight to come.

Unfortunately, the nature faction isn’t the only one that learned about Fred’s crime.

The Dungeon Adventurer Syndicate, under the authority of the Craytion Kingdom, has sent a powerful group to investigate....

Contains LitRPG/GameLit elements such as statistics and leveling.

No harems and no profanity.

©2019 Jonathan Brooks (P)2019 Jonathan Brooks

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This series is wonderful

Honestly this might be one of the best Dungeon Core books I've read - and I have read a ton of them. This is harem free, profanity free, and NOT for kids. I'm blown away by how good this is.

This is definitely a twist on the core type books, but *is* still a dungeon core book. The ratings are not over-hyped. Pick this up!

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fantastic

this is a great addition to the dungeon core genre the little twists Jonathan put in are great and really make the story truly unique

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Excellent Continuation of the Series

Aftermath of killing a dungeon core, unintentional or not, is quite severe and both the dungeon core faction and the human hierarchy are determined to bring down the hammer on Fred and friends for their involvement. Knowing this, Fred finds inventive ways to help buttress both the town's defenses and his allies offensive abilities. In doing so, he takes a few chances that ultimately costs him and his allies dearly.

Fred, being a humanCore hybrid, is unaware of human emotions to the point of, while feigning politeness, insensitivity. The author begins to explore ways in which to slowly evolve Fred into a more sensitive human side which begins to make him more than a single dimensional character.

The author also recognized the problem with going into stats list-mode as it relates to the audio format and came up with a innovative way to assist listeners on getting past them. Specifically, where long stat lists occurs, he positioned them at the beginning of a chapter and makes them essentially a sub-chapter that allow a listener to skip the list with a single click. All litRPG genre novels ought to incorporate this same idea. Audible also ought to inform a potential listener if the litRPG has this feature since it certainly acts as an incentive for future purchases of the genre of novels.

The book ends with a couple of cliff hangers, one understandable but the other regarding Eisa was disappointing. I was going to dock the story a star but since I liked his list-skip feature, I decided to let him dodge that falling star, so to speak.

Looking forward to Book 3.

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Continues to be different from other lit rpgs

A dungeon builder and defence story that takes elements from coming of age tales with loss and adapting to adversity and fantastical powers

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great book, but half a product

great story and character development strong structure but the only problem I have is the length. it feels way to short, I normally try to avoid any books under 15 hours or 600 pages but some are just worth it. I recommend this book but also recommend making them a bit longer. more detail into the dungeon formation, more main character involvement and the S rated guys. ple ty of room to expand on but wasn't. just feels like I got half of a finished product like a few other authors do. i wont black this other in my chats but do recommend he works a little more on it. performance was 5/5

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way too short

good book with unique features and ideas but way way waaaaay too short the 2 books should have been

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Back to Back Shenanigans

I read book 1 and book 2 back to back, which leaves me with only one regret: book 3 isn't out yet, so my binge must come to an end (for now....). Great series, a bit of an odd premise, but leads to an enjoyable mix of dungeon delving and building. Can't wait for book 3!

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Great book!

Fun story and engaging narration.

A continuation of the adventures of a young man/dungeon core and his new friends as they try to cope with attacks from other dungeons.

Good story and the nerration brought the characters to life.

I really enjoyed this book. I stayed up all night on a work night to finish it. nuff said.

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Bit of a slog, but ultimately worth it...

Kudo’s to Jonathan Brooks for a truly unique take on the Dungeon-Core sub-sub-genre of GameLit. His imaginative world building is refreshing in an often cluttered field of borderline Fan-Fiction also-rans and harem-obsessed, giggling 12-year-olds.

Not only that but his books are fairly well edited in regards to grammar and word-choice. That said, Brooks indulged a bit too heavily in his passion for dungeon building mechanics in the first half of this book. For almost the entirety of the first four hours he eschewed story telling for direct exposition of how dungeon building works.

Now normally, I’m a fan of understanding the mechanisms and structure of the magic system in my fantasy novels. However, not at the total expense of the momentum of the story. The author spent almost half of this book in one long recitation of the process of building a dungeon and didn’t bother much with characters, plot, scene setting, or even prose itself. It was almost like the narrator was reading directly from an imaginary college text book on the inner workings and functions of general dungeon construction... it was pretty dry.

I had to put down and pick up this audiobook 3 times before I was able to make it through to the second half of the book... Then I listened straight through to the point of staying up till the wee hours to finish it.

At the close of this audiobook I ended up wanting to hear the next one twice as much as I originally wanted to listen to this one... hence my statement that it’s worth the slog.

I will be buying the next installment, but I very much hope that Mr. Brooks does a better job of blending his passion for world mechanics with his obvious talent for story-telling. I’m hesitantly giving this 4 stars in the hopes that his next book smooths this wrinkle out.

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Gotta love dungeon stories

I loved this book, it was a great story and was narrated very well. Not to spoil anything but using a dungeon to defend from other dungeons was amazing. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • luke
  • 07-05-19

dungeons, traps and monsters

this book builds right of where the first one ends.

if you want a book about building and defending a dungeon this is the place for you !

can wait to see what happenes next

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  • Voyager
  • 06-30-19

Very different & well thought out

For a book that has lots of stats, at least you know when they are coming so you can jump past if you want

Looking forward to book 3, asap pleae.

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  • Xravia
  • 07-13-19

Another great installment.

Another good installment. yet I felt the ending was a bit too predictable if not a bit cliche, the story and characters need a bit of time to ferment and develop, along side the MCs power.

95% of the book took place in 3 days time. which isnt conducive to building the identity of a dungeon. it turns into a tower defence novel, which uses the flower tripper exploit, to give no incentive to making an actually interesting dungeon.

given that he can improve the core structure of other cores, I assuume that he will be able to balance out the small fouth core that he just got. although it was a bit of a cop out as he didnt really earn the core anyways.

Im looking forward to what the set brings in the third book.