• The Station Core: A Dungeon Core Epic

  • Station Cores, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Brooks
  • Narrated by: Miles Meili
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (884 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Milton Frederick was arguably the best player of Crowned Lieges of Destiny in the entire world. As the strategy coordinator for one of the top guilds, he was beginning to actually make a living from it. That was, until he was abducted by aliens.

Instead of your stereotypical grey aliens with big black eyes who like to perform anal probes upon unsuspecting victims for unknown reasons, the Collective had a more altruistic purpose. Sure, kidnapping 100 humans from Earth, ripping them away from their lives and families, and erasing their memories doesn’t sound great - but the way they saw it, the benefits would far outweigh these side-effects. Seriously, who wouldn’t want their consciousness trapped in a Station Core, subjected to the whims of a collection of alien races, and then ordered to defend against other hostile aliens for all eternity? They’d be immortal - so...bonus!

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), the Station Core now known as Milton never arrived at his destination. Severely damaged and confused about what happened to him, he woke up to find himself trapped inside a massive chicken egg on a strange, primitive world filled with curious - and deadly - creatures.

Now, in order to survive the harsh environment, Milton has to rely on a snarky, foul-mouthed AI guide to show him what it means to be a Station Core. With her help, he might just live long enough to figure out a way to get off the planet - if only he wasn’t so afraid of squirrels....

Contains litRPG/gamelit elements such as level progression and experience, optional tables, no harems, and a heavy dungeon-core emphasis.

Based on feedback, there has been an update to include the absent footnotes to the narration. Many of the longer stat table footnotes are contained in separate chapters for ease of listening.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Jonathan Brooks (P)2019 Jonathan Brooks

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Stats stats and more stats

This book has a lot of potential. I like the story and the writing. However, the author punished you seemingly every chapter with excess stats and the like under the guise of providing you with more information. I feel like it’s more to artificially lengthen the book instead. I really hate the trend of this genre where authors will repeat and entire list of stats when only one is updated. If you really wanted to provide me relevant information you would only update me on the changes.

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There was more stats review than actually story.

MC is compared with other military genius, yet he never shows any cunning nor solid strategy. It is just last minute plot armor. Too much cussing that doesn't really add to anything. It is disappointed because I loved dungeon world 1.

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His evil plan worked!

Caveat: I recieved this book for free.
So, his evil plan of making me want more worked. After listening to this book, I will be getting more books written by him in the future.
I don't like spoilers, but I do like little murder critters.

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A great Dungeon Core story, but

The Station Core has a pretty solid plot behind it. A pacifist alien group has come under attack. They simply do not have it in their culture to kill their opponents. Naturally, they look for someone that can do such a thing. Sadly, humans come straight to mind as being capable of this. The aliens kidnap 100 individuals and turn them into Station Cores (read Dungeon Core). A few of the military types pass away before they can be collected and converted, so they grab a few gamers to fill their roster. Something happens and one of the gamer's core is launched into space and lands on a different wold. The game core needs to rely on his gamer knowledge to figure out how to survive and what to do from here.

I really enjoyed the premise for this story and main character. I just want to be clear that this book does have one large factor that will limit it's audience. The other main character curses like a sailor. I like to listen to audible books while i'm working around the house with my kids. This is NOT a book that you can do that with. As long as you are alright with heavy language, you will enjoy this book!

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It's eh

not the best dungeon core experience I've had, not that the pickings are that great. I could do without the LitRPG elements, that kind of stuff is so annoying, but at least this book hides a lot of the annoying parts of the genre behind footnotes. still, it's annoying to have this veneer of science just lead to another arbitrary LitRPG system that just devolves into magic later in the book anyway. I would have just rathered it be magic the whole time.

Anyway, it's alright. The narrator has an annoying voice, which is unfortunate because he seems to like doing dungeon core books. i don't wish ill on the man... he just doesn't have the voice I enjoy. i can get used to him over time, but I'd rather not have to.

I will be buying the next book. dungeon core books are rare, and this one is decent, so I have hopes for the next book

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Chaotic and Fun

I've read and listened to a few dungeon core series and this has to be one of the best. The main character is quirky but funny and his companion would put any sailors mouth to shame. BEWARE the squirrels. This book is a great listen and I cannot wait for the next in the series to come out. I highly recommend this series.

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slow and vulgar, but creative.

The book is rather slow and it takes a little more than half the book for another character to show up besides his A.I. who is extremely vulgar. normally that sort of thing doesn't bother me but every other word out of her mouth is practically a swear word or an insult and it gets old very quickly.

The main character was enjoyable, and his fear of a certain cute and furry animal was well done.

Most of the story was him slowly building his dungeon with only minor distractions, and setup of his dungeon core for rules. It reads more like half a book that ends at the climax with how much focus on he put on his tedious dungeon building. That said book two could be very good, the set up is there.

The narrator is constantly talking about footnote X, all over the place. however there are no footnotes in the audible version and honestly, the footnotes would only be mildly wanted if this was your very first book in the genre.

the reasoning behind his being a dungeon core was really creative and I enjoyed it, but it has fairly major plot holes. Namely the time it takes him to build up to anything useful, it tries to explain it away with his damaged core and lack of resources but it honestly just wasn't enough of an excuse when he was supposed to be a final trump card for a war on a time crunch.

Despite what it may seem like after all I've said (i can be a bit brutal), the novel was enjoyable but average.
Book 1 gives book 2 the potential to be MUCH better and I will likely pick that one up as well (after reading reviews).

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A footnote on footnotes.

Overall an enjoyable read. However it is marred by the constant footnote tags that seem to the usual crunch. Said footnotes and crunch are lacking from the book. It isn't enough to make me not recommend it, since the book is so good otherwise. It's just annoying being told that content is elsewhere.

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Brooks delivers another unique and interesting GameLit audiobook.

Just like his other series, Dungeon World, Jonathon Brooks has fleshed out a singular and enjoyable dungeon-core story. I’m impressed with his ability to move against the grain and think up scenarios and worlds that don’t even touch the tropes and well-trod story paths that the genre is saturated with.

Though not as a egregious as it was in Dungeon World, Brooks still occasionally falls into the trap of lingering a bit too much on direct exposition in the dungeon building mechanics. There were again several times where the flow and immediacy of the story was interrupted because the prose turned into more of a lab report or a text-book explanation for longer than it should have.

That said, this book is absolutely worth the credit.
Though it should be noted that one of the characters is unable to speak without including a scorching stream of profanity.

So if you are listening with little kids or are the kind of person who’s taste in art is driven by wether or not it matches your couch and curtains, you should probably go back to blissfully reading Highlights and tssk’ing at Goofus.

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refreshing twist on the core concept

pleasant performance, no jarring voiceacting. as mentioned by someone, contains a lot of swearing but it's integral to one of the characters and completely in character. story carries nicely, timeline jumps a bit but keeps a nice pace.. development progresses nicely but stalls a bit in the first quarter, looking forward to the next book :)

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  • THE_DMK
  • 03-02-20

LOVE THE PDF

I have listened to oh so many litRPG audiobooks. NONE have character sheet as a PDF attached. I LOVE THIS and wish more authors would do this.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 02-02-20

Entertaining start to this series

The setup for this dungeon core book is an interesting approach to the basic premise, you have a gamer from earth being kidnapped and transferred into the station core by one group of aliens (calling themselves pacifists while effectively killing the people they kidnap seems like a stretch) to fight a different set of aliens, before crashing on an entirely different alien world.

One issue with such books is that the early stages can end up being quite repetitive as a new dungeon is limited in what it can do or build and the author uses a number of time skips to avoid this and getting to the point where the series really starts. The cast of characters is fairly small to start out, but are interesting and likeable enough to draw in the reader.

The narrator does a good job overall of enhancing the story with a suitably distinctive range of voices for the characters and deals well with the large amount of stats too.

Overall, a good start to this series and I will be listening to subsequent ones too.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-11-19

Not my normal listen ... really glad I did!

I’ve been reading litRPG for a while now, but never of this type and I’m so glad I did. Exceeded my expectations in every way possible. Looking forward to book 2!

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  • Adam Cheung
  • 03-10-22

decent

Great read. Pacing felt a little slow but I enjoyed the skill of the narrator

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  • nigel jackson
  • 05-06-21

Witty and original

Really enjoyed the story. Will be purchasing the rest of the series. Original take on the dungeon lit

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  • kharnynb
  • 11-19-20

Fun new "dungeon core" litrpg series

Fun series that has an interesting take on the whole "litrpg" grow stronger and game-like stats.
Following a "dungeon core" egg-like high-tech gizmo that uses a human mind as a core, kidnapped to defend some aliens against other aliens, something goes wrong and instead our "main character" drops on a far away planet and has to fix his damaged systems and find a way back to the stars.

Great start of the series, if somewhat slow. Well narrated and with a reasonable mix between stat-heavy and story.
If only audible had a way to skip chapters with the inline remote, it would have been even better!

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  • Jonathan
  • 06-08-20

Good but lots of statistics

I received review copies for this series and this review covers all of the books. The first thing to say is that there are a lot of statistics in this book. I am not sure that this suits the audio format well, but the author does ensure that the statistics are in separate chapters to allow them to be skipped easily. It did not bother me, but it does mean that a significant proportion of each book is the description of stat pages and I would have preferred more time on the events and characters themselves.

The story itself is interesting, I had actually avoided this series as I wasn't sure how a squirrel could link to a defensive station control unit. However, this was quickly revealed in the story in a manner that provided a very solid reason for the existence of such a core and the "dungeon" mechanics. The story itself is satisfying with interesting supporting characters and use of mechanics. Overall a very interesting story, with my only complaint being the story appears to stop for now with only the first arch completed. I look forward to another series after this one to see what has happened whilst the core has been trapped on the world.

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  • Andy
  • 04-22-20

slow to start but worth sticking with it

I have to admit i almost gave up on this book a couple of hours into it as its got a very slow start which i found very hard to stick with but i did and i am glad i did as it turns out to be a very good story overall.

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  • Nathan
  • 03-12-20

great LitRPG sci-fi

I didn't think I'd enjoy a sci-fi based LitRPG. But the characters in this are so much fun! Really good read :)

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  • craig f.
  • 03-09-20

Reviewed from an early introduction to gameLit

Having recently discovered the genre of gameLit This review is based on little insight of previous books of this type. As such I cannot compare or contrast.
So here goes: I found the initial pace of the story to be quite slow, but knowing there is a further 4 books in the series I was more than happy with what can be described as a good introduction to a very compelling saga.
The low character count thus far made it easy to get to know their engaging personalities without being overwhelmed with multiple groups/clans or classes.
Personally I found the “Stats Chapters” to be a great way of recapping on the creations of & XP progression of the main character, allowing the listener the choice to skip the chapter if they so desired.
The narrator has a great tone, nice pace with a good number of variations giving the characters more depth & uniqueness.
I am fully intrigued in the development of this story and am very much looking forward to the next book.
Great work Jonathan Brooks! I’m extremely happy with this engaging foray into your creative world.
I would definitely recommend this if you are new to the genre.

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  • Kevin Murphy
  • 09-20-19

hi

Where is the marine monster. after all the waste go's into the water. fish or snake?