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Dungeon Born

Divine Dungeon Series, Book 1
Lu par : Vikas Adam
Série : Divine Dungeon Series, Volume 1
Durée : 12 h et 32 min
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A powerful dungeon. A sheep-herder turned Noble. Their path to ascendance through cultivation. 

Conquering dungeons and using them to grow has long been the most efficient way to become a powerful adventurer. The only thing keeping the process from being easy is the Beasts that inhabit these places. Questions plague those entering this particular place of power: Where do the "rewards" of weapons, armor, and heavy gold coins come from? Why is a fluffy bunny charging at me? For abyss-sake, why are there so many monsters? 

Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Core, a soul forced against his will into a magical stone. With the help of an energetic friend, Cal grows a dungeon around himself to bring in new sources of power. 

When a threat he doesn't fully comprehend bares its many teeth, Cal is determined to survive the attempt on his life. Unfortunately for adventurers, the only way for him to achieve his goal is to eat anyone that enters his depths. 

©2016 Dakota Krout (P)2017 Tantor

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  • SirMehr
  • 01/04/2017

A Gem in the RPG/Fantasy Genre

I stumbled upon this book while sifting through the Audible store. It sounded like a fun twist on the RPG World style fiction that I have recently been drawn to. What I did not expect is how quickly I would get drawn into the world that Dakota was spinning. This story takes you through the nostalgia filled settings of many a great RPG/Fantasy World from a perspective that I never even thought to envision; through the eyes of a young and only recently sentient Dungeon Core. You the dungeon through discovery after discovery as it comes into it's own developing itself into a great dungeon worthy of the best adventurers. Dakota weaves the mechanics of the symbiotic relationship between Dungeon, Adventurer, and Society as all grow and evolve around each other.

With the Audiobook, Vikas Adam excellently portrays the childish wonder behind the young and growing sentience that is the Dungeon Core. I feel Vikas portrayed the personalities of Dakota's characters so well that, even though I am dying to move on to book two, I feel I must wait for the next Audiobook to be released so that I can experience the book in all the excellence that is created via the pairing of Dakota and Vika's work.

I highly recommend checking this book out and I will be sharing it with all my friends.

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  • Justin
  • 04/12/2017

Lackluster storytelling.

Reads like a video game tutorial written to sell future games in the series. Interesting concept, but no closure to the story, it just stops.

The performance of the book is excellent, though.

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  • Squeak
  • 20/05/2017

The Dungeon is Alive!!

I had heard this story compared to Ready Player One, but where that was a futurist game going back to earlier well known games, this one was more like going back to beginning game programming. Back when you programmed in DOS. I remember writing little programs where first you learned to put a pixel character on screen, then learned how to move the character around, then learned to make the character interact with other things you programmed. This book reminded me of that. First Cal learned to create things, then learned to move them around, then each time he would see how his little monsters interacted, he would go back and re-do them to make them better.

I think this would be teen - young adult range, but as a (sometimes) adult I still enjoyed the story and would go onto the second in this series, just to find out all the changes the dungeon would come up.

Since I listened to this as an audiobook, the narrator, Vikas Adam, did a good job on all the characters. The Dungeon Heart (Cal) and his little willow-o-wisp (Danny) were portrayed in young pre-teen voices and like most pre-teens they seemed to get into little arguments over nothings. Vikas did a good job portraying their teen angst.

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  • harbinger
  • 18/11/2017

Dungeon Dive Gone Wrong

Dungeon Born is a book I wanted badly to like. It promised an unconventional story told from the perspective of a dungeon - how cool - and had it followed through on this premise, I would have hung on every word.

Unfortunately, it let me down on multiple levels (pun intended). The first four chapters were an absolute slog, a "tutorial" of sorts that instruct the reader on the rules of dungeon building. I understand that this is probably a calculated risk that the author takes, but it still could have answered the who, what, where of the story, instead of just the how. What it does do is clue the reader into the fact that Dungeon Born takes place in a game world, where visions, hopes and dreams matter less than rank, loot and gold. Cal, the dungeon-main character, is thinly painted, and I still don't understand his motivations or his backstory (although I guess it has to do with the necromancer in the epilogue).

Despite the book's rocky start, I was looking forward to following Cal and his sidekick Dani as the focus of the book. The introduction of Dale spoils that. Dale and his friends are the first to enter the dungeon, and we have Dale murder his obnoxious jerk of a party member before he exits, leaving him as the sole survivor and beneficiary of the knowledge of the dungeon.

Dale then goes on to buy the land the dungeon sits on, and wheel and deal his way to greater fortunes and rank. He had all the makings of a good antagonist, a villain that Cal will eventually swallow up, except that he isn't. We come to learn that he, too, is a protagonist, which is odd considering the initial premise of the book (a fantasy tale told from the perspective of a dungeon).

Having Dale as the de facto protagonist wouldn't be so bad if the world he inhabited weren't completely borrowed from World of Warcraft and Lord of the Rings. It has both dark elves and high elves. It uses the concept of video game guilds, which is different than what a guild would usually mean in a true fantasy world. It has barbarians modeled after Conan, even though they seem out of place. Dungeon Born promises an unconventional story, and then baits and switches it with the most conventional story of all. It's as if we were sitting down to read Rosencranz and Guildenstern are Dead, only to be fooled into reading about Romeo and Juliet instead.

I'm glad there are people that like this book, even if I am not one of them. There were certainly moments I enjoyed (for example, having people automatically removed from the mountain by simply saying that weren't welcome made for a good visual). The battles were well-written and easy-to-follow. The final boss and ending seemed inspired. But having Cal and Dani take a backseat to a guy I personally had a hard time rooting for - a murderer whose greatest instincts are those of a businessman - ultimately killed the story for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05/04/2019

It just didn't grab my attention.

It was a struggle to finish this audio, it wasn't bad but it wasn't good.

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  • David Etheridge
  • 03/04/2019

Definitely more juvenile than I was looking for

If you're looking for Pee-Wee Herman narrated primary and secondary characters, bunnies as mobs, juvenile humor and character/mob ranking based on the alphabet this book is for you!

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  • John
  • 06/11/2018

How did this ever get any 5* reviews?!?!?!?!?

Worst book I have ever listened to on audible. I want a refund of my credit. I got this because I love LitRPG. Dont waste your time. It's much better spent on Dakota Krouts other series Ritualist (The Completionist Chronicles) way better than this book. Seriously, it was more a travel diary than anything else. Imagine a transcribed account of a boring RPG game. This was chloroform transmuted into an audiobook.

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  • Mark Christian McHenry
  • 28/10/2017

interesting idea, poor writing

interesting idea, poor writing unfortunately. the author seems to be writing an internal monologs. the perspective is inconsistent. relies heavily on the mechanics of its inspiration (dungeon keeper game).

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  • T. Lozar
  • 22/10/2017

Novelization of an 90s video game tutorial...

Electronic arts published a video game called dungeon keeper in 1997. In the game you took the role of a dungeon Lord who designed and built a dungeon that would gain power as it defeated intruding adventures. Like most video games it came along with a tutorial mission. The tutor took the form of a wisp. This book is quite literally a novelization of the tutorial section of the video game. The first hour to two hours of this novel is literally a description of the dungeon character learning to gain power by eating moss and mushrooms. It is incredibly dull. The reader, while competent, affects a Child like voice for the main character in a high-pitched falsetto for the tutor which, while appropriate, are difficult to listen to for an extended period.

I was quite surprised by all of the glowing reviews. As a result of them I did stick with the story, trying to see what they all enjoyed so much. There is a certain charm to it if you want to listen to a video game being narrated.

I recognize this review is in the minority. Nonetheless I am simply befuddled by the uniformity of other positive reviews. Maybe I am just a curmudgeon. After all, I don’t understand watching people play video games on YouTube either.

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  • JL
  • 16/10/2017

struggled to like it.

It made little sense. The characters hard to connect with. prologue was the best part.

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  • Albert
  • 11/10/2017

Überraschendes Konzept, überraschend unterhaltsam

2 Hauptcharaktere
- Ein aufstrebender Abenteurer in einer klassischen RPG Welt in der alle nach Reichtum, Loot und LVL-UPs gieren und
- ein Dungeon... sein "Leben" von seiner Entscheidung, über sein Bedürfniss viele neue Sachen zu sich zu locken, um sie in sich aufzunehmen, um wiederum noch stärker, größer und wissender zu werden, was wiederum noch mehr Abenteurer anlockt, da sie besseren Loot vermuten.
Also ein RPG Abenteuer sowohl aus der Sicht eines Abenteurers, als auch aus der Bühne für das Abenteuer selbst :D
der Sprecher übertreibt es manchmal, aber trotzdem sehr unterhaltsam.

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  • realtempestvery
  • 11/03/2018

Gut aber nicht so spannend

Am Anfang hochinteressant, schon von der Idee her, gegen Ende verlor ich das Interesse, die Welt kommt mir zu wenig wirklich herüber.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06/06/2019

Coole Idee, mal was anderes

am Anfang stellenweise etwas langatmig, trotzdem gut und durchdachte Geschichte. Ich freue mich auf die Fortsetzung.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11/02/2019

Fun but hard to listen to at times.

The story is good but the reader leaves a bit to be desired, gets way too excited where the story does not require it or puts too alien an influence on the characters vocals. But his times was good on the jokes and made me smile at work. a feat in itself. The writer brought in the rpg elements nicely without them being too intrusive or having to sit through a long list of stats mid story unlike many of this genre I have listened to so the flow is not broken up. The language used is VERY American in the names and phrasing when character refer to or insult each other.

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  • Winter
  • 20/01/2019

Interesting Idea, very CRPG orientated

It's an odd one. The Story is weird, and it is very Action RPG orientated, since it is often referencing Loot and other things. What saves it is Vikas Adam, who is awesome in reading it.

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  • Freed
  • 04/08/2018

Sauper spannende Geschichte Und innovative Chars

Das Hörbuch hat ungewöhnliche Protagonisten was eine sehr schöne Abwechslung zu andern Hörbüchern ist. die Geschichte entwickelt sich langsam aber stetig, wobei die richtige Menge an Details erzählt wird. mir gefällt der Sprecher sehr und auch seine übertriebene Betonung und Aufregung an einigen Stellen passt aus meiner Sicht hervorragend zu dem gesprochenen Charakter.

Für alle Rollenspiel nerds oder Interessierten empfehle ich das Hörbuch uneingeschränkt. Für alle anderen ebenso wenn sie damit klar komme ausschweifende Erklärungen für technische Aspekte zu hören. Das System mit dem Charaktere Energie aus der Umgebung aufnehmen ist ein zentraler Aspekt des Hörbuchs und wird lang beschrieben. Ich finde das sehr wichtig aber das könnten einige vielleicht als "langweilig" empfinden.

lange habe ich nixht mehr so stark "nicht aufhören können"

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  • Arno Nüm
  • 07/03/2018

this is a great book

fun to listen to, great narrator. can't wait to listen to the next two parts, I highly recommend this one.

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  • Kai
  • 26/01/2018

Refreshingly different

I could not stop myself and finished this audio book in one 12h session. Everytime Cal discovers something new I got giddy with excitement. It is such a joy to listen to him grow.

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  • Jan Ka
  • 25/01/2018

Surprisingly different

This was a pretty mixed but overall very enjoyable audio book.

The Story was nothing like I expected it, portraying its fantasy world refreshingly different from the norm. It is definitely nothing outstanding plot-wise but that certainly is not a bad thing in this case. Instead of trying to steer clear of all the fantasy cliches it playfully rams into them.

Vikas Adams makes a good job with giving the protagonists distinctive voices, not sure how flattering that is for a male actor, but he provides the most convincing female voices I ever heard, changing this almost into an audio play.

Sadly I have to remove a star from both story and actor. Sometimes I couldn't help myself but to feel absolute cringe at what and how it was said. I can't go into detail without risking giving you spoilers. However, I strongly advise you: Do the same as I did — use that few paragraphs to get yourself a drink or a snack — the things coming afterwards make more than up for it.

Lastly, you should bring at least some affinity or at least understanding on how computer/role play games work to the table or a good quarter of this book will make no sense to you.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 10/04/2019

good story

Engaging and interesting are the main points for me. The narrator did a good job acting each character even though I would have liked that the wisp Dani would be a little better voice acted. If you enjoy fantasy books then I would go so far and say this is a must buy. For me it is.

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