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Powerful necromancers are on the move, and Cal is caught in the crossfire. Without his faithful Wisp, Dani, Cal's mind slips, and he begins creating traps and monsters that go against his already loose morals. After a direct threat from an unexpected force causes Cal's mind to stabilize, he throws all of his resources into keeping his thoughts clear while he funds searches for his lost companion. When others fail him again and again, Cal decides to take matters into his own hands.

Deadly occurrences remind Dale that no matter how well he does in his small community, he is still considered a weakling in the greater world. Though he continues his physical and mental training, he decides to gain strength by any means necessary...even if these decisions are killing him.

©2018 Dakota Krout (P)2018 Tantor

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Fantastic

Just a fantastic experience from dungeon born to calamity. I have listened to and read at least 80 fantasy books. None are as memorable and surprising as this series. Astounding work from both writer and narrator.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Addictive as always.

Once again I was sucked into the story unable to pull away. This is simply a wondrous book.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Nowhere to go but up

Very pleased with the conclusion. I look forward to seeing where the author takes the series from here.

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neeeed moore

for the love of books release faster i tell you.
must finish this series noow!

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Dwarf erections that are just to damn funny.

Loved it. Kept picking it up outside my normal listening windows while driving. Goblin bob is def the best Bob in any universe and the voice work is stunningly fun to listen to. Also... Dwarf boners. Twice. I laughed both times. (if you don't read that and see that I find this book good enough to suggest it on that joke alone then... Read it anyways.)

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I hope this story continues forever!

I hope this story continues forever!
Changes the way you think about dungeons forever. Love it

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God help me...I really liked it.

Let me begin by saying I really did like this book series. I didn't for a long while, but I came around.

I never thought I'd write a review of this series because I generally only review things I feel strongly about, and I was seriously wishy washy about these books. I listened to the first book and promptly returned it. I liked the concept a lot, but I'm picky about writing and readers, both of which created some painful problems for me with the Dungeon series. The writing was full of puns, adverbs, anachronisms, and "bad word" replacements that all served to pull me out of that special headspace where good stories are as real as my own memories. The book was constantly reminding me I was listening to a book...and washing dishes, thus failing in an audiobook's primary task.

The reader committed a cardinal sin by actually bellowing for loud characters, while the quiet characters were almost inaudible. Sometimes the two types talked to each other. This is an unpleasant convesation to follow for somebody who lives with tinnitus. I couldn't do it. I had to pass. I listen to my books repeatedly, some of them a dozen times. I never wanted to hear that again.

Then I saw the second book had been released. I felt bad for returning the first book, which had seemed so promising, that I decided to give the author and narrator another chance. I reasoned that they may have improved with experience. I actually liked the story a little better, but it had most of the same problems as the first. It was ocasionally painful to hear, literally, because I wear earbuds and characters (the narrator) kept yelling. Again, I wished I hadn't spent the credit. I felt terrible for doing it, but I returned the second book as well. It was a difficult decision that never sat well with me.

Then, just a few days ago, I noticed the third book was out. I decided not to touch it. I could not, in good conscience, return a third book. The thing is, I had recently been very ill. While ill I had relistened to a several of old favorites from my audible library, caught up on all of my podcasts, watched Cowboy Beebop for the first time, Rewatched a fair bit of Psych, turned to rifftrax and MST3K reruns, and finally watched everything on YouTube (like, all of YouTube), then I felt better.

It was great timing really, because I was fresh out of sedentary entertainment options. Then I relapsed. It was wose than before. I coughed so hard I hardly slept. And the headache was intolerable, especially while coughing. I was getting desperate for something to take my mind off of it, and after weeks of miserable illness I couldn't stand to look at a screen anymore. I needed something to listen to. I needed something new to distract me, so I caught up on my podcasts again, but that took less than a day. Then I remembered Dungeon Calamity...I was weak. Sorry Dakota.

Somehow, despite having all of the same issues (much easier on the adverbs though), plus a few new things that normally turn me off immediatly in Fantasy and Science Fiction, I really enjoyed this book. Maybe it was a "hunger makes the finest sauce" kind of thing, or maybe you need a halucinatory fever to really appreciate the writing, but I didn't care amymore. And, aside from the volume issues, I found myself seeing all the problems wich irritated me previously as endearing.

I realized that throughout the series the author had stuck to his puns, and I can respect that. The story didn't stagnate over three books, which is a feat many more experienced and succesful authors can't seem to manage on a consistent basis. It also didn't veer off course. In fact, it managed to maintain a consistent level of interest. It wasn't ever exactly riveting, but it was almost uniform in entertaininment value (which was fairly high), and once I got over my hangups I realized that's pretty darn cool. Isn't an entertaining story worth a little Pun-ishment? And you have to respect a writer that will go to such incredible lengths just to set up a single pun. Seriously Dakota, mad props.

As for the narrator, I still feel that some of the voices are a little over the top, but over all the enthusiasm is infectious. And, by the third book there really are some subtle variations in tone that let me differentiate between very similar sounding characters with a single word. Again, mad props. At this point I can't imagine anyone else reading it. Plus, once I thought about it a while I decided the volume thing probably should have been noted by some producer or other and nipped in the bud, or balanced in editing. For all I know that is exactly what the narrator was thinking while bellowing into my ear.

Final verdict: I'm keeping this one, and re-purchasing the previous two because I'm sure I'll listen to the series again after hearing the third. Honestly, I'd have bought them all again even if I hated this one because the guilt was getting to me. Fortunatly, I thoroughly enjoyed it so I get a series I'll listen to again, the author gets the money I'm now convinced he deserves, and Dakota does not go home a sour Krout. Seriously, the length some people will go for a bad, bad pun. I've been bad im this review, but I got nothing on Dungeon Calamity.

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Oh my gosh!!!

that twist at the end, totally did not see coming! im going to start the series over and look for clues! that was mind bending.

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Wonderful!

This book keeps you on the seat the whole way and leaves you wanting more just as all of the other books do!

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A great, fun series

This series has improved each book. This one was great and it really got me at the end. Looking forward to the next.

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  • edward
  • 02-25-18

definitely worth listening to

great story and characters, as always I'm already looking forward for the next one. thank you

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  • daniel williams
  • 02-13-18

One of the best series I’ve listened to!

I have listen to multiple books in this app and I can say this is by far one of the most enjoyable I’ve ever listened to, I was so excited when this third book was released and hopefully I will see much more from Dakota , also i give full probs to the choice of voice actor each and every sentence had me on the edge of wanting more +++++

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  • Howlzy
  • 02-09-18

Loved It

Great carry on from dungeon madness. Perfect balance of humour and action, particularly like the twist at the end.

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  • lewis
  • 02-04-18

love this series

such an interesting concept, some of the best books iv ever listened to, simple amazing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-18

awesome!!

cant wait for the next book, keep going and f those necromancers! btw dany is awesome

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  • Mr Michael Cudmore
  • 01-31-18

Very nice twist at the end.

Hilarious and very intelligent. The Twist at the end was excellent. I would like to see more.