Review: Dungeon Seeker: A Reborn Online LitRPG Adventure

  • Title:
    • Dungeon Seeker
  • Author:
    • Aurora Weiss
  • Release:
    • April 1, 2021
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Travis Baldree
  • Series:
    • Reborn Online, #2

This is a did not finish from me. The first issue is partially my fault. I didn’t realize it was a sequel when I requested it as a review copy. Though it also wasn’t indicated in any way.

The second issue is the genre. This is the second (third? The other was a book 1, parts 1 and 2) LitRPG I’ve read. There are certain aspects of this genre I find utterly obnoxious. The biggest annoyance (in audiobook form) is the robotic voice reading off a bunch of stats and numbers. Those things never meant a thing to me even when I did play videogames. Trying to remember that nonsense while in the middle of a story just isn’t going to happen.

I wouldn’t call this a bad book by any stretch of the imagination. I enjoyed the characters, world-building. The character interactions were all excellent. It feels like a well fleshed out world. I just couldn’t follow along with the lack of context.

The narrator is all kinds of insufferable. First, he says o like it’s a number. That insufferable as all hell bit aside, he’s one of those people who puts way too much extra emphasis on wh sounds. Saying things like hhhhhhhwhen, hhhwheeled, hhhhhhwheze. People who talk like that are insufferable enough. But he’s not even consistent about it. He said while and where normally, which makes me wonder if he’s just being annoying by choice.

Had it not been for the insufferable narrator, I’d have given this a second listen with my modicum of context. That or had I at least the context of part one. Unfortunately, I don’t have any Audible credits and I already have a book on my wish list.

I think if you’re into literary RPGs, this will be right up your alley. At times it feels like a fantasy RPG and other times it feels like a narrated D&D campaign or something. It’s not bad, it’s just not my thing.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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