Middle aged professional with long commute whose goal in listening is to be entertained.
This is not my usual selection - in general I avoid the horror genre and find stories characterized by repetitive gun violence tedious. However I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am contemplating buying the next one.
The characters in this story are a delight. The main character who tells the story in first person is funny, interesting, self-deprecating and anti-authoritarian. He's Philip Marlowesque, although more humble and seems more like someone you might actually know. The female characters are fully developed, capable members of the team and protagonists in their own right and not just placed into the story as either romantic interests or vampire fodder. Some of them turn out to have surprising secrets in terms of undead status, but it doesn't seem like the usual horror-story artifice because they are multi-dimensional friends by the time we find out about their history.
The descriptions of claws, fangs, permutations of skin, limb and eye characteristics, slimy oozing, amputated body parts, 'mists' of vaporized bodies both human and non-human, etc, at times went on a little long for my taste, but that's the advantage of listening over active reading, in that I could just let it pass by, and didn't find it a major detractor from my enjoyment. Same with sometimes lengthy descriptions of battles and battle tactics. The overall tone of the storytelling is light and often funny instead of frightening or sickening.
I found myself surprisingly interested in the descriptions of various guns and their advantages/disadvantages as weapons based on the situation confronted. The author is clearly an expert in this topic, and I hadn't realized how interesting it could be having never thought about it before.
The narrator did an amazing job on a range of voices, both human and not - a real accomplishment of vocal modulation.
This book ranks high in terms of pure entertainment, with a fairly simple and somewhat predictable story line, but engagingly complex characters and a lighthearted attitude.
This is good pulp fiction. Entertaining without any long lasting redeeming qualities. Good action and storyline. Will listen to more in this series.
Main interests are crime, some science fiction, fantasy & comedy. Also very interested in playback hardware for audio books.
If you imagine Dracula & sundry Zombies meet Diehard, you start to get the idea. The phrase 'Gung Ho' doesn't really do it justice.
Here's the thing. Larry Correia wears his politics on his sleeve. That's fine, except that the book is riddled with hypocrisies. Owen, and MHI, are all supposed to be rugged indivualist, small-government, free-market libertarians. But they RELY on the federal government for their pay! The federal government puts bounties on supernatural monsters, and that bounty is the main income of MHI. But the federal government also SUCKS and is TOTALLY CRAZY INCOMPETENT! This is compared to MHI, which lost a huge number of its personnel at a private celebration. Basically, Correia's politics serve to actively break the reader from his shoddy narrative.
Next, Correia commits the cardinal sin of amateur writers: picking a dozen different words for "said" and "asked." People constantly declare and query and assert and whatever else. Every time it happens, you go wait what? Correia, "said" and "ask" exist for a reason. That reason is they're the best way to indicate dialogue. Anything else sounds artificial and amateurish. Correia seems positively allergic to "said" and "asked", and so every single line of dialogue is signaled by a different phrase. This would be jarring enough while reading his ham-handed right-wing garbage. But it's positively criminal while listening. This ranks as the only audiobook I've never finished, and I've listened to well over fifty. In the end, it's not Correia's hypocritical, 5th grade understanding of American politics and finance that annoyed me. It's his horrible, 5th grade understanding of how to write fiction.
Finally, the underlying "romance" story. The main character is presented as a likable but awkward and ugly nerd. And his first goal is to steal the unattainable beauty from her handsome, competent boyfriend. So of course, Owen has to vilify the boyfriend and make him seem cowardly. Come on, Correia. Can you pick an 80s movie cliche to NOT model?
The reader is actually pretty good given the horribly written material he has to read.
He is good.
ALL OF THEM
This book is a crime against writing.
It's in the bottom half, but at the top of that half.
I have already bought the rest of the series that is out so far. They are fun books, and he has a very good imagination. It's a great series for adults with childish imaginations.
He creates a distinct sound with each character that really brings them to life.
Several times the books made me hold my breath in anticipation, and had some impressive action set pieces.
When I purchased Monster Hunter International (MHI), I was expecting an action packed book filled with violence, cool guns, interesting tactics and a good time. The literary equivalent of an action movie. And you know what? Like action movies, this book was awesome. Correia provides a book that is entertaining from beginning to end, the plot was engaging, the prose was littered with gallows humor and I enjoyed the narrative voice. I felt as if a war buddy was telling a story about the good old days. The characters (especially many of the females) are a bit flat, gun porn is rampant and few deep thoughts are inspired by the book. However, the book is very honest about what it is from the first chapter and if you can accept that, you'll have a great listen.
Not the usual short teasing start to a series. This was a lengthy and satisfying listen. Suspenseful, original and not filled with any fluff. I like Oliver Wyman's narration, he brings all the characters to life. I will be purchasing more of this series.
Douglas R. Pratt
The only reason I gave the story four stars instead of five is that this feels like a first novel, which of course it is. If I hadn't started on the Grim Noir Chronicles and thereby encountered Larry Correia as a mature, experienced writer, I wouldn't have noticed the little things that make this feel like an earlier work. This really isn't important. Correia knows how to write a rollicking page-turner, and there's enough of that here to satisfy anyone. The Grim Noir books are darn near perfect, and Bronson Pinchot's performance is absolutely amazing. This first Monster Hunter book is fine, and Oliver Wyman's performance is splendid. Since I know that Correia only gets better, I know I'm going to enjoy the rest of this series.
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I really enjoyed this one. It is very similar to the Zombie Fallout series. The narration is top notch. I even sought out a few more books narrated by Mr Wyman because he did such a good job. The only thing that was a bit annoying was the injuries the hero sustains. A little unbelievable, but it's a story so I am not too nit-picky.
I really enjoyed this book. The author has some really good, original ideas about monsters.It is obvious this was a first book as there were awkward moments, some grammatical errors and times when he was trying too hard but these problems were easy to forgive. One bigger problem is that I'm not a gun nut and the overly amorous descriptions of guns, shooting and loading got very tired very quickly.
I wasn't overly fond of the narrator, I felt he was trying too hard and being overly dramatic even when it wasn't necessary.