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Ruthless

The Completionist Chronicles, Book 5
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (181 ratings)

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Summary

Enemies emerge everywhere. Stagnation starts seeming standard. Results require Ruthlessness.

Joe has been moving deeper into his study of ritual magic and further away from his combat team. He's learning more and more, but more often than not needs to choose between his research and squad leadership. Improving the town is a huge help to the guild, and they have been pushing to increase their power.

Their rapid increases have not gone unnoticed. The guild receives an ultimatum, delivered by assassins and signed with blood. If they continue to accrue power and fame, each and every person with a grievance against the guild will come to smash the town back to square one.

With tensions coming to a head, all Joe wants to do is leave it all behind and reach the next area. He flatly refuses the guild when they ask him to devise lethal options to use against the gathering army, but when the time comes...even Joe is unsure if he'll step into the limelight and show everyone exactly how ruthless he can be.

©2020 Dakota Krout (P)2020 Mountaindale Press

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need more......

i bought this day of release.....I really would like the next one already!! fantastic series and reader and wish the whole thing was already available!!!!

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another great link in the chain

if you have read the other related books then you know what you are in for mostly. there were some surprises that I really enjoyed and I love figuring out the links to the other books. I love Luke's performance in anything he narrates but I fine it hard to go from one voice actor to another but I am over it now. it would not be so bad but I have we listened to the first book recently it was in my mind

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hard work again

From my top series, down to ok. The reason is the painful Luke Daniels telling. unsure why they changed a few books back. He has done some good work, and bad before, this series is not for him. I can just about listen to it. I did stop for a few months. tho next time I may just use a text to speech app. Two stars is a good score for this.

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Another Outstanding book.

This is another fantastic book from Dakota Krout. I enjoyed every second of it. The story continues and takes some great turns some expected some not. I can not wait for the next book. Pretty sure it will be called Exile. I did feel Luke performance in some places got a bit silly and over the top and did make Joe sound a bit of a clown but aside from that great job. I would like to know whats going on with Earth, that was barely mention in book 4 i think and now thing...?! seems a bit odd.

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only 1 grumble

The narrator did a great job (except for the pronunciation of bifrost). my main grumble about this was the forced way in which it seemed that the MC was driven to focus on stat training because of titles/debuffs that no one else had heard of and only 1 other person was noted as having affected. a crudely used plot devices to force things along in my opinion ... plus their over reliance on Joe, can't they come up with a solution and sort their own stuff out?

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Ritual Goodness

This book meshes well with the previous books and even links to the divine dungeon series (diety of bards lol). It brings back characters from previous books and shows how they progress as time goes on. This book continues with amazing adventures, silly puns and a fantastic story progression. Im hooked and need more!!!! p.s. the bloopers are hilarious! It was a shock at first with the change in narrators but luke does a fantastic job.

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Becoming increasingly random and childish

Every book deviates more and more from the original, adding random changes based on authors current whims. Humour is increasingly childish, plot more repetitive and tedious. Not recommended.

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OMG YES!

It feels like forever since i read the last book, so i would recommend you listening to the last book prior to reading this. BUT WOW! so happy to read this and to see how it progressed i am already waging for the book 6 if your a fan of the others you wont be disappointed in this book. Great Storey! Great NARATING! AND VERY FUNNY in game notifications!

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Better than Raze

This was better than Raze (third in the main series). The enemies felt more tangible and it felt like there were more consequences to things. The protagonist was far less annoying in this one too. I still think the author is neglecting Game Over considering Joe isn't ideally placed to sort things out now if it does get free. The book seemed more stat sheet heavy than others. I think in written form this wouldn't be such and issue but in an audiobook it can get quite repetitive. The narration was good and the blooper reel at the end makes you realise how much work must go in to these recordings. If you've got here after liking the first 3-4 books then you'll like this one too.

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As wonderful as always!

Loved listening to this book! (Even if I already read the book version twice) it’s always wonderful to see the characters that were already lively become even more so with the help of Luke Daniels! Always amazing to see the words you over looked come to the full meaning behind them! One question why is Crim a macho 30 year old man?

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  • Benjamin
  • 18-08-20

been waiting for this book for a while.

This one was great. Still can't get over the voice changes from the previous narrator being changed to what they are now, but it was still good. I'm glad the author finally came back to the main story as I didn't find the side stories appealing. If you're a fan of the series, you won't be disappointed but if you're new to the series then alot of subtle hints will go over your head and you most likely won't like it because its confusing to you. Would definitely recommend and will be listening to it again for any information I might have missed. My only gripe that isnt really a gripe, is that in classic Dakota fashion I find my self so frustrated going from chapter to chapter because he leaves just that little bit of suspense in the more high anxiety places that make you want to both return the book and skip ahead to the next chapter to see what happens. Only to leave you at the end of the book wanting to listen to the next one immediately. Thanks Dakota, keep em coming.

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  • Shaddii
  • 19-08-20

Ruthless

blooper reel at the end was great...i love how the book title is always in the book but you might have over used it this time...poor joe he lost so so so very much...i would have chosen the seige breaker class...CAL is so mean to Joe.

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  • chad
  • 02-09-20

narrator is terrible

please swap narrators please this is just terrible. doesn't have to be vikas but please someone that can pronounce words bifrost not biffrost. not to mention character voices are just terrible. I don't want to stop the series but these voices are killing me

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  • christopher Baldinger
  • 22-08-20

aggravating.

the auther keeps throwing so much crap and negative situations only at the MC over and over again he never gets ahead and the moment he does everything changes and it becomes a waste or gets stolen by some gimmick the author threw out. Seems like the author loves treating the mane character like crap and the only thing the MC can do is continuously fail for random reasons that come out of the wood work for the sole reason that the MC got slightly ahead. all these other chosen of deities don't go through this crap only the MC. I will def not get the next one this one was so aggravating.

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  • Tecu
  • 19-08-20

Another good performance and story. I can't bear

🐻 the wait for the next one. If you enjoy the previous books you will enjoy this one as well.

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  • TiredofSlowInternet
  • 30-08-20

Thrusting codpieces and evil bankers

Another great book in the series. Being exceptional can often be a problem when that exceptionalism creates envy and jealousy among those who want what you work for. Joe finds himself having to face those who want to keep him and his guild stagnant and powerless as they face their greatest challenge yet. Instead of accepting their probable doom both Joe and his buddies work ever harder to be the best they can be and help their guild and friends rise to the occasion. Love how bit by bit we’re getting to see a connection between all of the author’s books both new and old. His creation of what is essentially an extended universe gives a nod to his fans that have followed him since the early books. There is no pandering though so it’s still an approachable world that he is creating for those who’ve yet to read his other series. I’ve been wondering for a while what his inclusion of so many puns and dad jokes reminded me of and it finally came to me. For those of you who remember the Xanth Series, much like Piers Anthony you’ll find his tongue and cheek use of puns to be a fun reminder of how puns can be fun even while groaning inside. Luke Daniels provides another excellent performance and conveys the intent and range of emotions that is needed for the characters. My only problem is that he voices some of my faVorite characters and I’m sometimes picturing some of those characters while listening to the book. Not his fault, probably mine for liking so many of the books he voices. Overall great experience and definitely recommend to those who are fans of LitRPG/GameLit/Fantasy/Puns and Coffee.

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  • Brandon
  • 29-08-20

Story was good but the narrator wasn't.

If you're thinking of getting this then you probably already know what to expect with the story, but the narrator; for me anyway, made this hard to listen to. His inflection was all over the place, and very inconsistent. The book itself is consistent with the previous books and worth enjoying if you enjoyed the story up till this point.

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  • Musicman93
  • 28-08-20

A reluctant review

Normally I dislike and do not do reviews. The story was excellent but this is not why I write this review. The narrator is great at his job and keeps me listening with rapt attention, yet this is not why I write this review. The reason why I am typing this out instead of working is the absolutely hilarious outtakes at the end. The narrator is humble enough to include his mistakes while reading this book and I found them refreshing and gut-bustingly hilarious! Props to him. Keep them coming!

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  • rmatecha
  • 18-08-20

Another Amazing Book for this Series

This was another amazing book from an awesome series by a creative author. Luke Daniel’s does a great narration as always and truly brings the book to life. His range of voices is super helpful and makes the experience so much more enjoyable. Dakota Krout brings you into this intricate world and has the characters face problems that are more realistic than most other series. I also love every allusion to the Divine Dungeon series he adds. Fantastic!

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  • connor E.
  • 25-10-20

It makes me sad

TLDR: The story is good, better than Raze, but the narration has gotten worse. I liked the story, this book felt more cohesive than Raze did, and fleshed out the world by adding new skills, and explaining some of the deities (with references back to the divine dungeon). Joe can still be kind of off putting, random, and jerk for no reason, which makes him harder to like, but that’s reasonably well explained and works out towards the end. Somehow Luke Daniels has gotten worse since he took over narrating for Krout. It’s already extremely jarring to switch narrators, and I get that was likely a funding/producers choice or whatever, but it’s no excuse for such a poor performance. Luke can be great like in the iron Druid chronicles, or Magic 2.0, but this series has been phoned in. There’s a lot of mispronounced words, the character accents slip at times, no effort at all was made to keep any sort of audio consistency with the first 2 books. Also there’s a blooper reel at the end, with no warning or intro, I thought my file had corrupted or my phone was breaking.

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