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Summary

Attention. Attention. The gates are down. The hunters are loose.

Run, run, run.

A lush jungle teeming with danger. Savage dinosaurs seeking blood. A fallen princess intent on vengeance. A mysterious, end-of-floor celebration for the top crawlers, dubbed “The Butcher’s Masquerade”. 

The sixth floor. The Hunting Grounds.

As the remaining crawlers battle for their lives, a new, terrible threat looms. Outside, tourists are finally allowed to enter the game, and they are here and ready to hunt. Among them is Vrah, a famed and veteran hunter, intent on collecting the biggest trophy of her career.

But their prey is far from harmless, and this season they are fighting back.

Dungeon Crawler Carl and Princess Donut return in book five of the acclaimed LitRPG series.

©2022 Dandy House (P)2022 Soundbooth Theater

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Amazing!

This book is one of the best around! I really hope we get to experience more of this world!
Matt Dinniman thank you!

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another hit out of the dungeon

story and voice actors both hit this full force and it's fantastic.
a ton of twists and turns, and I don't want to spoil anything. highly recommended!

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God damnit Matt

Best series on audible. Always to short though always leaving me wanting more.
End credits might be the best thing ive ever heard in any book so far. Just a damn shame it was.. The end credits:(

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Fantastic

Another masterpiece by Matt and Soundbooth Theatre. An excellent book to listen to. If you haven't listened to the 4 books before you are missing out.

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Brilliant

The best audio book series I've listened to by far.
Can't wait for book 6.
Thank you Matt Dinniman & Jeff Hays.

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still a brilliant series

Great book. fantastic series. awesome variety. This book is a real roller coaster of a ride.

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bring on the sixth floor

Jeff brings Donut and Carl's wild adventures into full techni-audio-colour gory glory once again. A feast for the ears.

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Amazing

New Achievement…Best story ever, and wow what an Ending, new book can’t come soon enough.

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epic

Once again another top book
fantastic narration and story
bring on the next installment

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Great addition to the series

soo danm good I stopped listening to anouther book once I had seen this had been released.

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  • Ed Pegg Jr
  • 26-05-22

Perhaps the best plotted SF series ever written

As a long-time fantasy and science fiction reader, I try to read everything good. Most good series have a good core but various poor parts that get glossed over. For example, LotR -- great movie trilogy. The stuff not in the movie, not quite as good.

Dungeon Crawler Carl is the highest quality SF&F series I've read. Other genres have better books, such as North by Shackleton or Memoirs by Grant, these have real life insanity that's hard to compete with. Even Carl hasn't matched Shackleton's level of insane plans yet. But the series isn't done yet. Every chapter, every arc, often every sentence has a later payoff. I've gone back and forth through the series five times now, picking up on more and more throwaway moments that ended up being important later. I listened to all of Jeff Hays' cold reads for this book. Matt Dinniman is a master of set-up and payoff. I was there as Matt book five sent Jeff into two minute laugh breakdown.

Meanwhile, great characters, constant menace, fun dialog, great combat, crunchy leveling details, absolutely everything good in a litRPG series.

Jeff Hays is at his best here. As mentioned, I followed the cold read for this, but he's upped the quality even more in the post.

But if you've gotten this far, you already know all this. This is a good series. But it's not a stand-alone. Start with Book 1. Each book is getting better and better, but there is considerable world building (and destruction).

Highly recommended. You'd need to dig into the most bizarre and well-written History tomes to find anything better.

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  • Daniel Delgado
  • 31-05-22

Outstanding Writing Craft

Yes, this series is hilarious and full of silliness and gore and creativity. However, one thing I have yet to mention is the adept writing. Matt Dinniman has an outstanding ability to weave truly emotional scenes into his stories. I just finished listening to chapter 47 (no spoilers here) and have to admit to a bit of throat tightening. I rarely feel truly touched by writing, but this scene got me. Kudos, Matt Dinniman, for sneaking in some truly touching moments into an otherwise wonderfully funny series.

Jeff Hays is always awesome! While I also enjoy his work when the SBT crew joins in, particularly Annie Ellicot, I prefer his solo performances like in this series. It allows us to truly appreciate his masterful voice work and the range of his voices and accents. He is simply amazing!

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  • Seamus Sowa
  • 03-06-22

The Best

Dungeon Crawler Carl is hands down the best LitRPG on the market. The Butcher's Masquerade lives up to every expectation and was more than worth the wait. Matt Dinniman is a character development and story structure genius. In this series, you even care deeply about the side characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-05-22

Goddammit Donut

Dinniman and Hays continue to bring the laughs throughout this level's crawl. cannot wait for the next installment!

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  • Texas Girl
  • 19-06-22

Da** It Donut!

Amazing continuation of the series. Ups and downs. There was even a talent show.

I found myself hanging on to every word. The effects were awesome. Jeff Hays does a great job bringing Matt's story alive.

Book 6 can't come soon enough.

And remember crawlers. Kill, Kill, Kill.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-22

Wow

I have been listening to this every day at work and wow! I have not enjoyed work this much ever. This has been my favorite book in the series so far!! Good job to everyone involved!!




goat scream🐐

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  • chris baldwin
  • 03-06-22

killed it!

I'm living for this series. it's just fun and fresh, and has found a really nice groove. Donut is a perfect counterpart to Carl. don't listen to that other guy's bad review, she's great wouldn't change a thing!

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  • Colby C
  • 03-06-22

Best audiobook in the series

It's a emotional rollercoaster that will slam you hard right in the feels. And you'll recover, you will. But then it'll sneak up on you and hit you again. And again. And again. And then, just when you're prepared for more, it'll hit you with the best rendition of Wonderwall that you've ever heard.

And I loved every minute of it. I loved it so damn much.

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  • Coop
  • 29-05-22

Great fun

best dungeon diver Carl battles today. I can't wait for the next floor and book.

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  • The Chrisenberry's
  • 26-05-22

Action packed!

This book is fast paced and hard hitting. Expect new team members and a continuation of the floor three plot. A few sub plots get resolved but at the end of the book something big happens in the group dynamic.

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