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The writing is juvenile, the narration boring, the story goofy. The characters alternate between trying to be serious and funny, but achieving neither. Don't bother with this one. Thank goodness I got it as a buy on get one free so I didn't waste a credit on it.
I've recently returned from living and working in Alaska. I, my beautiful two dogs, and wonderful three cats travelled together.
I did not know what to expect before reading this delightful book. I found it a totally yummy delight for the mind and imagination. There is depth and character development. The plot has a direction and a story to tell. The journey of Owen is the journey of many who bravely attempt to live life to the fullest and so find the answer to the question "Who am I?" As Owen finds out, you are who you decide to be. Sometimes bravery is involved in becoming all that you can be. Owen's decision lies between staying safe and being an Accountant, (no disrespect to any accountants who may see this), or taking one hell of a risk and becoming a Monster Hunter. Owen becomes a Monster Hunter and we all feel better that he made this decision by the end of the novel. We have made this journey with him. So, at the end, my mind, my imagination, and my soul were chocked full of yummy goodness. So, much so that I had to have two more helpings,( I read it twice more).
I managed to struggle through half of this before giving up. The characters are cardboard cut-outs, particularly the flawless protagonist and his equally perfect dream-girl. I tried to look past this, as perhaps this sort of fantasy isn't the place to look for intricate character development, but the story itself managed somehow to be dull and predictable with way too much filler. There's a ton of pro-gun libertarian politics mixed in as well, so I suppose if that's your thing you might find something redeemable there.
Basically this is an overly long and violent action movie in book form.
Did anyone else absolutely love the Grimnoir Chronicles and absolutely hate Monster Hunter International? I did, and I'm still trying to figure out what the difference is. Part of it is probably the order in which I listened to them. After the brilliance of Grimnoir, I had high hopes for MHI and was severely let down. If I had listened in reverse order, maybe I would have found MHI to be just mediocre, and not such a thorough disappointment. I rated it 2 stars because I'm trying to overcome that bias, but how I felt after listening to it (and even during the later parts of the book) was a 1-star reaction.
In the Grimnoir books, Correia created a new set of supernatural rules, and it worked really well, intertwining with historical events and the politics of the day. In MHI, it's just your typical werewolves and vampires and basically a bunch of people try to shoot them and blow them up. I guess that didn't do it for me. The plot and character development of the Grimnoir books seemed so much more developed and interesting, while the Monster Hunter characters are superficial and stereotyped. I found myself neither believing them nor caring much one way or another what happened to them as the book progressed.
And the narrators definitely play a role. Bronson Pinchot really brought the Grimnoir series to life, not just with character voices, but with his tone and with pauses in just the right spots. Oliver Wyman kind of read MHI and didn't add much. Or maybe the writing was just that much worse and he had less to work with. I honestly don't know where one stops and the other begins.
Anyway, you have two popular series by the same author with very similar overall ratings. But in my opinion, they are nothing like each other, and I recommend digging a little deeper into the reviews to try to figure out if this is what you want.
This book is a romance. Only maybe 35% of it is action and monster fighting. The remaining 60+% of this book is the main character obsessing and creeping over the first female character he meets. Every action the main character does with her in mind.
This is the first book in which I loathed the main character. He is a Mary Sue (Marty Stu?) So you can imagine that he narrates himself as a good and nice guy. He is a real creep and a bully! As soon as the main character learns that the main girl as a boyfriend he sets out to harass and undermined her boyfriend. Like a bully he sets out to get everyone in the book and the reader set against her boyfriend too.
The narration is from the point of view of the main character. And throughout the narration he is always trying to find ways to put her boyfriend in a bad light. If the reader steps out of the main characters aggressive point-of-view we can see that the main characters disliking of her boyfriend is only be cause he is her boyfriend. Not because of her character's character. The main character automatically sees her boyfriend as a rival to be destroyed. His narration taints any opinion he has on her boyfriend.
At one point the main character attacks her boyfriend in a way that threatened his life. The main character believed that her boyfriend abandoning him during a difficult situation as a first attack on himself. However, her boyfriends action makes a great deal of sense for the situation that they were in. Despite her boyfriend apologizing, the main character physically and mentally attacks her boyfriend. I should also mention that her boyfriend is a senior and a veteran to their trade. His hatefulness toward her boyfriend does not end until they break off their relationship.
I don't understand how anyone could read this and not get sick of how continuously the main character mentions the girl he is obsessed about. I am not over-exaggerating when I say his apparent lives for her was more in the stalking, creepy, obsessive way. She even tells him that she is not interested and that she is in a relationship. So he sets off to woo her heart by destroying her boyfriend. Seriously, every action and thought the main character has is because of her.
The woman in question doesn't pay much of a role other than being a trophy for the main character. Her character is left wanting in development. She is very generic (Mary Sue). She had an alright story before the main character came along. Then it was all about him showing off for her.
The monsters in the book were cheesy but fun. I did enjoy the story of the main bad guy and his development. Although, all powerful beings can get a little dull. The monsters are really hard to kill. Like, all of the monsters are really hard to kill.
This book has potential. I would be willing to give it a reread if the author would rewrite the book completely without the love interests. Boy gets girl stories are such an irritating snore. This book is a romance with some action thrown in. The narration was very good. The book I would not recommend.
Love epic sci fi and fantasy, but hate looking of really good books. So many duds out there. I am gamer too.
Two things I disliked about the book. First is that monsters are suppose to be a big secret but about half the world seems to know. Second, I am so tired of the standard fare of monsters, vamps, werewolves, ghouls, etc. I really wish more authors that could be more creative.
Other than that once I got started into the book it was not bad at all. I like the fact the book keeps a pretty fast pace. I did not care the for last battle though, the fight dragged for more than two hours and could have been a little more condensed. Sometimes the book could be a little predictable. The narrator very is good, but, for me, there was just that spark missing that really makes an audio book shine. His voice is clear and understandable and he does a pretty good with female voices. Looking forward to the rest in the series.
If you like this book I recommend the Joe Ledger series or if you like a like more fantasy mixed into your military battles try the Black Company. If you're more into urban fantasy with a little more magic and less guns try Dresden files or Iron Druid.
I got this book because it got great reviews and I had just listened to the Grimnoir chronicles by the same author (which I LOVED). This book was very disappointing!!!! I kept wondering if I was reading the same book as those that had done 5 star reviews. The story was flat, repetitive and predictable. The descriptions of weapons, ammunition, blood and monster gore got boring after two or three times of the same thing. The monsters were unoriginal. The characters were one dimensional. The dialogue was banal. The narration was done way too slowly and was monotone throughout much of the book. I only finished it because I kept thinking that it was going to pick up eventually, but it never did. I found myself just wishing for the end and didn't really care at all what happened to the characters. I have absolutely no desire to listen to any of the other books in the series and can't imagine how so many installations have been written and have sold so well.
Started devouring books at age 7 and haven't stopped since... Now I can read while I drive, do dishes, clean the house, or work in garden!
yes - if they are a whacky/weird, sci-fi/fantasy loving sort. The hero, Pitt, is like a grown up Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who is a man and an accountant. Oh, and a gun nut.
There is definitely a more than a hint of Buffy in this book. not just the monsters, but the conflict between desire for a normal life and the calling of monster hunter, the camaraderie between the team members, and the whole saving the world, now let's party bit...
I really liked the gargoyle shootout.
Earl's speech before the big battle was excellent.
The author needs to quit destroying the pacing of the story by going into pornographic details about every gun.
This book is written by a former accountant and gun teacher, about a former accountant and gun lover. His physical description is so much like the author himself, that it's hard not to see it as a boy's fantasy. He even makes the main character good at just about everything.
No, just books by this author
I've heard him before and he is a great narrator.
The author and main character
I imagine a sixth grade literature teacher reads a lot of similar stories from students wanting to write themselves as superheroes.
This was a fun listen, and the author did pretty well in parts with details and character development. If a listener is a person who is interested in guns, or various weapons, or hand to hand fighting or groups of people in combat against monsters . . . this one book can fulfill a lot of that interest.
I see the author started another series after this one, and it has really good reviews, so I'll skip the rest of this series and go to the next series.
This book was very detailed on weapons and the boy meets girl stuff was very basic and predictable, but the book manages to be very entertaining. I'm not sure if it was meant to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but there were some laugh-out-loud parts for me - but not because the author had written something funny but because it was so "B-movie-ish" or kind of over-the-top in parts that I just had to shake my head and laugh.
The author shows some talent in this book, so the next series, which reviews indicate is far better, has my interest.
The narrator did a good job here.