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The City is an immense metropolis of crystal spires and wondrous magic. Beneath is the Dungeon, a vast underground world, and a source of endless treasure guarded by grotesque and deadly monsters. No one knows where the Dungeon came from, or why.

Any who would dare face the dangers and riches of the Dungeon must first be transformed into a delver, a quasi-immortal creature whose every attribute is defined by numbers. Yet, the "immortality" offered is but illusory, for without consuming the crystal found only within the Dungeon, a delver will inevitably die.

One young immigrant braves the Dungeon to remit money to his family, only to find much, much more. Friends, power, and secrets of the Dungeon.

Perhaps even love.

©2017 Matthew P. Schmidt (P)2018 O and H Books LLC

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When the lights go down in the City

I don't get to say this very often about a LITRPG book, but this one really stands out. It pretty much avoids a lot of the repetative things that occur in other books of this genre. I like that. It tells a story, but doesn't slavishly follow conventions set forth by others in this genre. Plus, the characters are all interesting and the story is compelling, which leads us into a fantastic tale that you are lucky enough to be able to read.

What is so different? For one thing, the protagonist is not overpowered or have special abilities that no one else has or can get. He is just a regular joe; leveling as he goes along. Oh, and no Uber-powerleveling either. I also liked that you weren't over whelmed by game mechanics, stat screens, damage reports, etc. It doesn't hurt that the characters are all likable and hold your interest.

Bit of a warning, the book does start just a wince slow, it does need to build up some steam, but once that boiler pops you will be going full bore down the rails without any brakes. Seriously, it picks up and never looks back. I think it helps that you aren't bogged down by the characters having to farm XP, as Schmidt smartly kinda skips that part of the storyline. A wise choice.

Doug Tisdale Jr. does a great job narrating and living the story out for you. He took a me a few minutes to get used to, but once I settled in I was impressed at his skill and versatility. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Refreshing

I expected this to be yet another dungeon core litrpg. It's not. It's something new. Yes there is plenty of dungeon diving, fighting monsters, some pvp but there is also, surprisingly, some theology. In most litrpg stories we know exactly the shape of the world and so do the characters. In this one, we don't and neither do the characters. Its really interesting to listen to the characters debate the finer points of a dungeon's theological position and significance in a post-apocalyptic world (Denver is a dutchy fyi). Digression aside, back to the fun, the story is additionally true to life in that there is plenty of unresolved intrigue and loose ends.

So... what's wrong with the book you might ask? Turns out the title is quite appropriate. The book is about just that. Its got excitement but there is no exciting plot to hold it together at times it feels a bit disconnected. I don't think it detracts.

For what this book is, I would buy the sequel if it were to materialize but that said I don't know what would be in it.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Solid Premise, Poorly Executed

The narration of the book felt like a 100 + 10% playback speed, but was otherwise solid.
as far as the book itself, it felt like a half finished product. there had to be at least 100 different instances in the book where something would be introduced but never explained. even the glossary at the very end was vague and unhelpful. there's no point to a glossary if it doesn't actually explain the terms contained inside.
overall, if you had a general understanding of the RPG jonra or role-playing games in general, you can probably enjoy this book. But the lack of fleshing out prevents this from being an enjoyable listen to anybody outside of those containers.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Pleasant time waster

Its an interesting idea, but nothing dramatic. Its probably an ok book to listen to with kids on a long trip. I was intrigued enough to finish the book, but it was forgettable in the long run.

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Lots of build up but I liked it

It took a while for me to fully get into this title but I really enjoyed it over all. I look forward to see if the series goes further.

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Great Book

Would you consider the audio edition of The City and the Dungeon to be better than the print version?

I think the audio edition is better then the print version. Doug Tisdale Jr. had just the right style to give life to this story.

What did you like best about this story?

I have read a lot of litRPG, but this one was something special. While not for everyone, I personally find it tedious to read through the low level grinding that is almost always the first book or two of a series. This book organically worked in ways to skip most of this tedium, without sacrificing the strong character building that comes with this struggle.

Have you listened to any of Doug Tisdale Jr.’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have also listened to Metal Box's, which is narrated by Doug Tisdale Jr. I greatly enjoyed that performance as well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely. It took me two days to finish, but that is just because I started relatively late at night.

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beginning or expert this is a good book

whether you're beginning your journey into the genre or your an old hand this is a book that you will enjoy it may be light on the litrpg but it is a great read good fights as well as a great story can't wait for the next book hopefully you'll be out soon

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Not bad

Any additional comments?

Not a bad book but it lacks a purpose. It has good characters and a vibrant world, The author, though his main character, points out this lack of purpose towards that last part of the book. He is just searching for that purpose when the book ends. I will probably read the next book to see if he finds that purpose and achieves it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Had potential, but fell a bit short.

The story premise is a good one, full of character, story and plot potential. Sad that it was so truncated as to nearly kill the plot and extinguish the character development. I felt no sympathy for the characters nor any sense of advancement of the plot in the head long rush of bland and empty action. So much potential with limited follow through. Flesh this idea out and it could be exceptional.

The narrator added to the rush with his reading style. Definitely needed pauses for effect and anticipation. He tried with voices, but I found many characters were indistinguishable from each other in the narration. Not unusual from many narrators, but with the lack of pauses to delineate characters many statements from characters bled into each other.

All in all, not a terrible listen, but certainly needs more to really bring out the depths possible in this story.

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Can I have another! PLEASE!!!

This is a fun recreational read. Not difficult, easy plot, and pleasant enough you can read it after a rough day of work. For those readers who look for the occasional no anxiety and no stress books that you can just pick up to soothe the worst life will throw, try this.