Rogue Dungeon: A litRPG Adventure

The Rogue Dungeon, Book 1
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Series: The Rogue Dungeon, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
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Roark and the Rebel Council
Shield barriers. Entanglements. Stunners. Illusions. Elemental Attacks.
What had that portal done to him?

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I have read all the books this author has put out and I love them all but this one is the cream of the crop is amazing I love it so much … I can’t wait for the sequel!!! If your thinking about buying it do it! You won’t regret it!

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About the Author

James A. Hunter is a man of many talents. A retired Marine Corps Sergeant, combat veteran, and pirate hunter (seriously). He's also a member of the Royal Order of the Shellback. In addition to all of that, James Hunter has also been a missionary and international aid worker in Bangkok, Thailand. His latest mission? Taking care of his two kids and writing full time.

About the Author

eden has a fondness for characters you wouldn't want to be friends with: jerks, cheaters, lunatics, sleazebags, and cowards all find their voice in her often twisted and bizarre stories. Influenced by the writings of Stephen King and Douglas Adams, her stories often involve swords, guns, or magic. She is the author of the Redneck Apocalypse series and the Jubal Van Zandt series.

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Audie Award-winning narrator Nick Podehl has performed in more than 300 Audible titles, touching upon everything from horror to young adult, but fantasy fans will recognize him as the voice of the beloved Kingkiller series. He has also lent his voice to some iconic works of teen fiction—including Wonder and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. In addition to his audiobook work, he has lent his voice to videogames, movies, commercials, and alternative media.

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it was okay

didn't love it. perhaps when it was new it was a breakthrough, but honestly it seems a little over marketed. I've been getting this as a suggestion to read for months and now that I did, I'm underwhelmed. it was a solid enough story, but another OP MC is surplus to requirements. how is a level 4 anything going to take on a level 11 boss and win? how is a level 7 anything going to take on a level 20 player? that's not how games work. sorry. the level system doesn't allow for that and if it does, it's badly designed.

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Meh

The villains are caricatures, and pretty boring as a result.

I have no interest in VRMMO Litrpgs, because I can't really manage to care about a world that's acknowledged as fake in story, and that has no real consequences of note. The "real person sucked into a game" nature of this book appealed to me, but I feel like it kind of squandered it's potential.

Threat of death poses no real tension, because people respawn within a few hours. The main characters are at risk of losing levels if they die before "evolving", and players lose their items, but just kind of feels like a slap on the wrist, especially for the players, who never seem to really lack items.

The actual combat could have made up for that, but while the spell crafting system had a spark of something interesting, I found myself bored throughout fights.

If you're interested in the the Genre, I'd recommend Threadbare, Worth the Candle, or Sufficiently Advanced magic instead. If you're really into the VRMMO aspect, you might like this, in a guilty pleasure sort of way, but there are probably better examples.

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I wanted to give it a shot

I wanted to get this book of shots, after reading some of the other reviews. I tend to agree that this sounds a bit rushed. Nick Podehl does a great job, as ever. but the story leaves a lot to be desired. I can handle some leaps of Faith, but this one has a few too many. the biggest of which is someone from an entirely magical fantasy world being able to understand menus and stat points and all these other things that we take for granted in RPGs... and then knowing them better than most players do.

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podehl.
any book this man can make into a masterpiece I swear it. the book itself is moderately good, it's a little different and I think I love it! but nick podehl is truly a masterful reader. he puts emotion into every word that many other audio readers fail to even come close to. listen to all of Nick's books, and you'll know exactly what I mean.

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Solid start to a unique series.

There are a few things that make this series stand out. I like the guy from a pure fantasy world tossed into a video game world concept, I like that respawning is a dangerous prospect. Especially for the monsters. Characters are pretty decent. I like the diversity of troll types and evolutions.

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Not Bad

Book in general is good, but it kinda seems more like they are only using the bad elements of gaming. Also they made it sound like he has mana, but yet he uses spell slots which is normally a system you us when there is no mana.

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Podehl fan.

Interesting take on the genre with the main character’s perspective, but in the end things play out like you would expect. Good world building and character direction give some weight though! Familiar, welcoming tropes and a fantastic performance by the absolute monster that is the Nick Podehl
Look forward to the next!
Thanks for a good listen

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Not A Dungeon Born Clone

If that’s what you were worried about...because I was

It’s actually a very unique premise: guy in a fantasy world screws up a teleportation spell and finds himself as an enemy NPC in a video game. Not that he even knows what a video game is. And then he proceeds to farm the players for THEIR loot. It helps that the players are a pretty realistic representation of real gamers. Self-important, entitled assholes in other words

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It was ok

The story was ok, both the author and reader put too much emphasis on sword techniques and their pronunciation, and the differences in characters levels made no difference. All in all, it was Ok at best.

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good story...detracting writing

i hate when I'm in a riveting battle scene and 30 words are thrown out that make no sense to me. then i have to pause and good watch tutorials on fencing and then return less interested than before. i get that the author likes fencing, but only a small percentage really do...and if the only audience who knows fencing terminology can understand the battle scenes...the audience gets smaller and smaller.

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  • Aaron
  • 08-29-19

Excellent idea, well executed and great narration

LitRPG can get same old same old. But this is a slightly new take on the entry to a RPG game.

I love Nick Podehl, when I'm not sure what to listen to next he is one of my first searches to look for something new. Nick, is in my opinion the best I have heard on Audible.

This one is short however. 7 hours, is a number that has kept me away from this one for a while. The main draw being; it's Nick Podehl narrating. 7 hours is almost a pamphlet, let alone a paper back that fits in your back pocket and the next being the 7th book of "The Land" which if you hit someone with, at 36 hours, you'd do serious damage to them. Value for money wise I would have jumped on this if it was 10-15 hours+, but it is what it is.

I really like the story here... Although you do have to get past the first hour before the LitRPG actually starts. It might seem harsh to knock the beginning of any LitRPG, but essentially they're all about explaining how and why we're here in this game and can't get out. Get past it and the actual story begins.

Playing as an NPC is a nice novelty and I really enjoyed the characters that we learn to love as our heroes friends, each beautifully brought to life by Nick Podehl, increase in strength and power together. It's shown early on what the goal of the main character is and how he's going to get there. The level ups are well written, especially as our MC, even though he punches above his weight in several places are well received. The increasing items and crafting abilities and power add to the feeling of a real RPG.

Finally, the writer seems to understand how to write a good book as well, having those human moments throughout which we can all relate to. Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, sometimes cringey. But all on purpose.

It's good, well played.

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  • Willow Star Serenity
  • 05-30-19

Adventurous!

Review From Boyfriend And Myself: We both really enjoyed this story. I held the book off so that he and I could listen to it together. We have listened to it together from beginning to end and we both loved it. We can't wait to listen to the second one. This is an excellent way to spend time together as well. The narrator did a great job. I have no complaints about him or the book itself. I wound up picking up a ebook so I could read along now and then. It's available on Kindle Unlimited for those who would rather read instead of listen. Or read and listen. Fully enjoyed this.

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  • Snapper
  • 02-25-19

Amazing despite being shorter then others.

I usually spend my credits in long books, but this one was much better then most of the longer LitRPGs. The story telling was interesting and the protagonist acted like his background of nobility unlike some books where the protagonist acts like a teenager from earth despite not being one.

I really enjoyed listening to this book, give it a try is my recommendation.

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  • Edward
  • 12-30-18

Well worth listening to

I really enjoyed the first chapter or so, then struggled with the world development part and was, honestly, a little bored. But the book couldn’t work without it and, once you step back and realise that “that” level of knowledge and confusion is what would happen it passes quickly.

You’ll quickly come to be enamoured with the characters and humour of the book.

I was put off buying this for some reason but now I can’t wait for book two.

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  • Ashley H.
  • 12-11-18

Slow Start but stick with it - amazing performance

Narrator is the best I've listened to on audible and played the characters perfectly, the book starts a bit hectic and is a bit hard to follow at the beginning but stick with it and your wont be disappointed.

The author has a very unique take on the game world and the magic system is fantastic.

Characters are engaging and you care about them quickly. Defiantly worth the read.

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  • MR N AHMED
  • 07-04-20

Epic

Loved it.... really easy to get into and Nick Podehl makes it an epic story.

I had my doubts but once started could not stop!



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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-15-19

Fabulous performance by Nick Podehl.

Distinctly brings out the individuality of the characters in the story. Tone use of voice matches perfectly with the situation, keeps listener engaged.

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  • scobie
  • 03-06-19

the rogue dungeon

this book was a little slow to start but I shouldn't got into it looking forward to the next

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  • Scott R
  • 02-17-19

A different but enjoyable new adventure

This is a different adventure as our MC is part of a resistance but when he attempts to escape from a vile deapot he finds himself trapped in an RPG game.
Everything changes as he leads a new resistance against the Heroes who slaughter those he had come to care for.
A Common theme but from such an unexpected viewpoint i wasn't too sure if i would like it.
Such is the writing and skill used to ensnare the listener that we are soon supporting the Trolls and Dubgeon creatures against all manner of heroes, Internal politics and The ever present first threat from our MCs world.
Narration is flawless as you would expect from Podehl and helps the story along easily.
5 stars all round and a new fan who will have this in their TBH list.

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  • Player1
  • 02-13-19

great listen.

very much enjoyed this audio book. well paced and thoughtful. nice character progression. At first thought it wasn't a litrpg then it was. I won't spoil it.

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  • John
  • 03-13-20

Rogue Dungeon

This book is bloody brilliant and a must to listen to and owned do yourself a favor and buy this series.

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  • T.N
  • 01-24-20

Get the audible version

Before I start my review I want to express something.
I DON'T HATE THIS BOOK!
Now that we got that out of the way let's begin.
Nick Podehl does a fantastic job narrating. As for the book itself, it has several interesting concepts but for me personally nothing really stood out to me. Other readers fully enjoyed the novel but I just felt that it was something to read.
Plot:
The book starts off in fantasy Universe A, where Roark is facing off against a generic warlord. After stealing the warlord's bling he is transported game fantasy Universe B. Fantasy universe B functions under computer game rules. From there it is a monster evolution story plot where the main goal is getting experience for the MC to change into a stronger monster.
Characters:
Roark. I give a sigh as the character tries to be interesting but it didn't get to that level before. The kind of rugged character that came off a conveyor belt.
He follows the following tropes. Revenge, trying to rebuild his noble house, trying to build an army from the idiots around him, isn’t afraid to not play by the rules. Honestly, there are so many tropes in his personality that I imagined him being teleported to the game world because his own universe couldn’t handle him.
There are other characters but they might as well be called Goofball Side-Kick, and Staby Monster Chick.
What I like:
There is nothing bad about the story. Being transported from one fantasy universe into another is a unique concept that has never been done before. The game system is cruel but it works. And if you decide to buy the audio version Nick does a good job.
What I don’t like:
It feels like one of those books that you’ll enjoy enough but will instantly forget. The authors played it very safe with the characters and their goals. I also dislike the concept that characters need a cheat item or ability in order to progress the story.
If you did enjoy the book, please. For the love of God, write a review explaining why.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-19

12/10 very wow

Nick Pixel is an amazing reader and kept me captivated from start to finish, won't lie I look for his books and get them because He is such a good voice actor. 12/10 much good very read

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  • S J Richardson
  • 09-09-19

What a great ride

initially a little bit slow, great ending. Nick Podehl does a fantastic job. Have downloaded the next book already.

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  • Michael
  • 06-01-19

Really good

A little slow to start but really good in the end like really good

Yay

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  • Paul
  • 03-21-19

Great story, great narrator!

Can't wait for the next installment in the series. The story was easy to follow and the narrator adds life to the story.