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For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems. Several questions have always plagued the minds of those who enter these mythical places of power: why are there so many monsters? Where do the amazing weaponry and heavy gold coins come from? Why does the very air fill with life-giving energies?
Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions, for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Heart, a soul forced against his will into a magical stone. After several lonely years, Cal was able to regain sentience, allowing him to form new memories while slowly growing a dungeon around himself. With help from a friend, Cal learned how to create monsters and traps, increasing his power and size quickly.
When a threat to his existence rears its head, Cal decides that he will do anything to stay alive and become stronger. Unfortunately for treasure-seekers, the fastest way for Cal to achieve his to eat anyone that enters his depths.
©2016 Dakota Krout (P)2017 Tantor
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By SirMehr on 04-01-17

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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By Amazon Customer on 07-02-17

Everything I've wanted from an audiobook.

Dungeon Born is a story in a fantasy world that works much like RPG games. It's a fantasy world with magic, monsters, different races, power levels and... dungeons. Story is focused around two main characters, a dungeon heart named Cal and how he grows as an dungeon, and an adventurer Dale who rises up from nobody to respectable dungeoneer. Whole story happens almost completely in the dungeon and in it's immediate area, so there isn't adventuring besides delving into the dungeon.

Dungeons work how the would work in an MMORPG game. You have a group that goes into the dungeon, tries to avoid it's deadly traps and mobs, fights bosses, gets loot and gets out if they survive. Dungeons are very beneficial for the world as the loot and resources replenish themselves, and dungeon itself gets something out of it as well, so they're natural part of the world.

Writer Dakota Krout explains in detail how the dungeon system, and world overall works, like game mechanics. Like for example respawning mobs, making them, how the loot is generated, how do people become stronger, how magic works, and so on.

My first criticism for this book is that this book sometimes feels like an rulebook of an RPG that is told in a form of an story. Positive side of that is that it also feels very fleshed out and believable, though often the explanations are bit boring. Even then, narrator brings all of this to life, like somebody is explaining all of this while being excited and interested in a way that rouses up my own curiosity as well.

Vikas Adam brings the characters to life with unique sounding voice for every character and situation. Thanks to the writer explaining the currently ongoing moods and atmosphere clearly and smoothly, it reinforces the effect.

This book clearly hits best people who have interest to the mechanics of rpg games but everything is explained in a way that you dont need to have any previous knowledge of such things, as the world is it's own even though it's mostly stereotypically themed in general.

The general tone of the book is humorous, but at the same time it takes itself seriously. People's lives are at risk, and they're doing serious work. But when there's no danger or no high stakes, people like to take things easy. I loved all characters and felt that everyone was their own unique person, even though there wasn't much delving into characters motives and reasons, but there was enough.

My second criticism is that it's an really fast paced powertrip. You cant get strong sense of time passing by, but during the time the story is told in, characters are rise up in power exceedingly fast. But, it seems to be point in this book as everything about the powertripping is given an explanation why and how it happens.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book so much that I'm going to listen it second time and take some notes about the characters and mechanics of the world. I enjoyed it all, pestered my friends about how much I love this, and cant wait to buy the second book when it comes available in Audible!

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By Dan Wright on 05-05-17

loved it

great book. alittle daft but lots of fun. well worth a read. give it a go.

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By Ben on 03-31-17

Fantastic Book

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Whilst, for my personal taste some of the voices felt off, I loved every moment of this book, and am eagerly awaiting book 2. Throughout the experience of listening to the novel, not once did I feel bored or had to force myself to continue; each and every chapter added to the book in an interesting way.I really did love listening to this. (Apart from some minor voice issues)

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By connor on 11-30-17


Every dungeon book I have read had some feature which drew me in . this book is just a generic dungeon story there are several books in the audible library that are more interesting in the dungeon genre this book takes all the standards of the dungeon genre and tries to put a little twist on them but just come out more bland characters are interesting but that's about the best of it.

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By Mark Vyner-Smith on 11-18-17

Great voice acting

This is a really nice take on the dungeon idea, well thought out. The voice actor really sells the characters and makes the playfulness of the script come to life. I've listened to many audio books and read many books, this is the first l've wanted to recommend. Immediately getting the next two in the series!

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