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Written by: Dakota Krout
Narrated by: Christian J. Gilliland
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Trapped between worlds. Potentia might be the way out. Time to kill Something.

Luke is an apprentice leather worker, training with his family to one day take over the business. He and his friends Andre, Taylor, and Zed have known each other forever, and swear that nothing will ever tear apart their friendship.

Then the Royal Decree comes. With the Dynasty of Dogs invading, and strange monsters appearing in the Hollow Kingdom, a draft has been implemented. Everyone 17 or older is required to be tested for "Potential". If they have it, they will join the mysterious and renowned Ascender Corps. If not, they will be drafted into the Legion as a forced recruit.

Three of the friends test as powerful, or dangerous, classes of Ascender. Luke is found to have Potential, barely, but when he steps through the portal to begin his training…he is pulled to a plane that shouldn't exist. With no class trainer, the possibility of survival is low. Luke decides that he wants to live, and keeping his humanity isn't going to help.

His best chance is going Full Murderhobo.

©2020 Dakota Krout (P)2020 Mountaindale Press

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just cause its dk doesn't mean its good.

honestly whats with all those high reviews....some people wouldn't know a good book if it slapped them in the face. the story literally begins with "let me tell you about the first of the four luke, the murderhobo" then proceeds to follow 2 other charracters for atleast 5hours. im forcing myself to listen hoping that things would change but at the 5 hour mark I am seriously not impressed. dk let me down with this one I am returning it and honestly I'm so pissed I'm thinking of returning all books written by him. the long and short of it is u could cut out the first 5hours of this book and I feel like u still wouldn't miss much. its not for me.

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A decent story interrupted by game mechanics

One of the problems with the LitRPG genre is that it's easy to get sidetracked by five-minute-long character sheets every couple chapters. Something: Murderhobo doesn't fall into that group...exactly. Instead, you get exposition about game mechanics - and LOTS of it. The book tries a little too hard to make game mechanics transparent to the characters within it, but it still ends up sounding like game mechanics - and it's off-putting to hear a character launch into a twenty-second explanation of how something works in the middle of combat. I frequently had the thought that I was listening to an introduction to how to play someone's homebrew RPG system...and it drove me mad.

Yet I kept listening. The characters in the book are interesting, and the plot was unique enough that I wanted to hear more. There's a fine line between 'unique' and 'zany' that this book kept wavering back and forth on. At times it all felt surreal, with a good quarter of the book devoted to one character's increasing childish insanity. At other times it felt epic, with breathtakingly novel concepts of magic and characters that felt important. There were some odd choices - the majority of the book was devoted to the training of each character, for example - that could turn people away, and the conclusion of the book has the team fighting against something that wasn't even foreshadowed in the rest of the book. All in all, it felt like a rough draft - tons of exciting concepts and three-dimensional characters, yet in need of a good editor and to lay off the game mechanics.

The narrator was quite good, although his ability to do women's voices is weak. Early on, there was a scene where the main character's little sister spoke, and it made me put down the book for a while after hearing how bad it was...but that was in part due to the expository, unrealistic dialogue for a child. But I gave the reader another chance, and really enjoyed the many different voices in the book.

All in all, I'm disappointed with this one, yet I feel that the author shows a lot of promise in the future.

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this book was great

as a DM i know how much sucks when one or more of your characters is a murderhobo. that said this book is hilarious. it's bolth well written and amazingly narrated. I cant wait for the sequel.

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Actually painful…

Wow what a slog… let me start by saying that I’m a big fan lit RPG books, but this was painful… the magic and leveling system was actually painful, though there were some cool ideas and was hopeful about the Druid but my god why does every character have to scream every bloody word, and I’m glad I don’t have to hear the words Xenographic potentia again. The first 3\4 of the book were mostly tedious with occasional moments of okayness. The only parts that were a bit interesting was the murder hobo parts, the mage and Druid were boring as hell. I do say the book did get better near the end when something actually happened, but most of the book was like wading through vast nothing waiting for something… so I guess the title was aptly named… after listening to He Who Fights With Monsters, Defiance of the Fall, and Dungeon Crawler Carl, Full murder hobo had left me expecting something exciting and unique… but honestly the murder hobo himself was the only thing about this book that was even slightly interesting… my advice is to spare your ear holes from the mostly inappropriate yelling and listen to the other books I mentioned

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The constant whining quality of the “server” made me quit this book quickly. Not recommended at all

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Can't wait for the next book

This is a amazing story and I am very much looking forward for the next one's.

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entertaining but clearly book 1

If you like other work buyDakota Krout you will like this. its very impressive that every series is tied in a single world. This book has some really funny moments but is very clearly a 'book 1.' There is a lot of set up that some may like and some will be put off by. If nothing else, have a listen to the bloopers at the end. I've never heard bloopers from audio books before and it was brilliant!

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Ridiculous in the best way

The story is over the top in the best way. This is definitely a book for RPG nerds though. If you don't like D&D or RPG video games this might not be for you. But if you do get ready to listen to an entertaining ridiculous story

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Amazing!

I laughed I cried and I now hate goats. I can't wait for book 2!!

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This book was good really good and a departure from Dakota Krout usual books

The narration was good but could have been better with a female narrator for the female characters.

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