I'm a computer technician, gamer, and fantasy enthusiast. My favorite series recently has been the Monster Hunter International Series.
I highly recommend this audiobook to EVERYONE and I do, in person, in emails, over the phone. When I first started listening to the story I was very reserved and even tempted to turn it off with the presumptions I made within the first 20 seconds, however after that I was shocked that it kept reeling me in. It was like the first time I discovered reading for fun in the 2nd grade. I just couldn't stop listening. Between the AMAZING story and the AMAZING Voice Actor (Oliver Wyman) Oliver IS the BEST voice actor I have ever heard and he was perfect for this book. I felt the different personalities in all of the characters very easily.
This is a very tough call. All the characters are fantastic. Owen being the protagonist and being "fat" & "Unattractive" hero I found very appealing! Don't get me wrong super sexy six pack wielding super heroes are awesome, but Owen in his uniqueness makes him hard not to like! So he easily became dear to my heart. Second would be Harbinger...for obvious reasons (once you read/listen)
Everything! He goes through each and every character keeping their voice perfect when reading. He brought them to life and made it much more like living in virtual reality. He made the world and characters so vivid (though this wouldn't be possible of course if the book were bad!) He read the characters emotions as true emotions as though while he was reading he himself was feeling them. From this series he has become my favorite voice actor!
Read the whole series, and LARRY I'm looking forward to the rest of the monster hunter series! When you finally finish them all. It should be TV, Movie, and most especially Video Game! (Though I'm also looking forward to the P&P RPG) You ROCK!
Another story of good verses evil. I really enjoyed listening to this book. It really spoke to my inner geek. Guns, monsters and kicking ass. What more could one want? I was so engrossed with this series, I even dreamed about it. For me that means a very engaging story.
Friends who play role-playing games would like this book. It reads like an RPG plot.
I like the concept of the private monster hunters with the proper backing to make them effective against supernatural beings. Plenty of gun porn. If your into guns, you'll like the toys the characters have, and the author will give you all the stats about them. Plot holes in the story I can drive a truck through. Especially the notion that the US government (as well as all the others in the world) have been able to keep the existence of monsters a secret from the general population even after thousands of people have been exposed to them. But that is the world the author wants, so the plot will reinforce it. A serious outcry of libertarian politics bleeds over the pages could have been trimmed down.
I especially liked when the reader would slowly change his reading from one character's voice to another as the perspective changed from on character to another during a dream sequences.
No. It was brain candy. It keep me entertained while I was doing menial tasks, where my attention can be temporally diverted, but I would not miss anything significant.
However, I did enjoy it. I'm willing to try the next one to see how the storyline progresses.
I say "3/4 of an outstanding series" because I thought the 3rd book stunk. But this one definitely does not; this is an incredibly good audiobook, combining an excellent, exciting, extremely creative book with the kind of performance that elevates mere reading into life; each character has a distinct, believable voice, and the pacing and emphasis are as perfect as human endeavors get.
Larry Correia manages to roll out a fairly large cast of characters without being confusing or leaving the reader constantly thinking, "Now wait, who's this guy?" The main character, Owen Z Pitt, finds out the hard way that monsters are real, that werewolves really do exist. He goes on to discover that there's a whole business of monster hunting, and his upbringing turns out to have been perfect for him to excel as a monster hunter.
The characters are fairly complex for an action/thriller/monster book and they sound like real people talking. The monsters are seriously monstrous, a mix of the familiar (vampires, werewolves) and some brand new doozies right out of Correia's subconscious --I'd hate to do a ride-along in one of his nightmares!
This & the second & fourth of the MHI books are just great, fun, stick-to-the-earbuds books that beg to be described as "rollicking," if the word was still used (#3, I fear, was just boring, though still well-read). Misters Correia & Wyman together have created great examples of how audiobooks CAN be, but all too often aren't. They make a high bar, though, and are a real treat for the listener!
I enjoyed the story of an accountant gone wild as a monster hunter. The narration was excellent and Mr. Wyman captured the personality of each character very well. All in all a very enjoyable listening experience.
I'm an avid reader but when driving or exercising, listening to a great book and a great performance makes time fly!
This is definitely a fun book and series. It's got action and humour and monsters and guns. Who could ask for more? LOL
As much as I love Owen Pitt, the main character--a really decent man; genuine and kind and with a good heart--the character of Mordechai, Owen's 'ghost', was my favourite in this book. Oliver Wyman's portrayal of him was fun and sweet and the character is just a neat guy.
To me, this book is brain candy. It's full of action and thrills but overall it's light and fun. In other words, it's a good escape!
I'll admit I got pretty lost in all the gun lingo, and it did detract from my overall enjoyment of the book. I read a few reviews that considered the book to be a wordy piece of political propaganda, I did not find that to be the case. Even the main character didn't balk at gun control laws, he didn't agree with them but you never had some wordy rant on the matter.
Oliver Wyman put a lot of emotion and effort into his characters. He really capitalizes on the characters emotions and it's not too infrequent he'll actually be grunting, growling, and yelling along side the main character. I think it came across engaging. I particularly enjoy his betrayal of the Queen of the elves, and her man servant.
Overall I might steer clear if you aren't a gun nut. If you are? I think you'll love it.
avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
This book was EXCELLENT. It was a little bit slow at times, but more than made up for that with the action-packed battles. If a book could be badass, this would be that book.
This book makes modest promises, and delivers on them admirably. If you're looking for an action-packed, if slightly predictable, B-Movie monster romp, this is the book for you. Silly? You bet. Also, lots of fun.
I know it is odd to call a world full of monsters an ideal one but this book really makes it seem like one often. Clear good and evil along with proper romance and a happy ending, perfect. This book is simple, linear, and most of all good.
As a warning, this book is pretty heavy-handely libertarian mostly because it seems acutely centered on the author personally. Being a liberal myself I still thoroughly enjoyed the story even though there three painful moments I remember specifically where the author showed some his 'talk-radio' level of ignorance by putting his own words in the characters mouths. Also more generally the government is portrayed as an incompetent antagonist and grudging partner to a righteous private company. I am from the south so I am pretty used to hearing and overlooking this kind of bull and accepting it in fantasy but others that are politically informed might be bothered. In my opinion the libertarian black and white world view with 'principles' and clarity over the reality of overwhelming complexity makes for a pretty simple and awesome fantasy world. Blissful naivety.
I am probably taking more of the world as fantasy that the authors means but the world is in the book is fair or merit-based. The characters are all over-achievers and they get what the deserve. Also there is an awkward level of racial importance that is stereotypically southern. Overall I guess the libertarian fantasy world makes a good story.
Another big aspect of the story is the gun nuttiness. Personally I didn't understand much of the terminology but the author is passionate enough to make me interested. It goes more over the top than just being necessary for the story but I still enjoyed it.
Overall though naivety and simplicity makes a good escape from a complex and indifferent world. Also constant action helps.