I am so glad I found this author on Audible oh my gosh I do love a wild story loved the characters and you can't go wrong with Orcs as heroes.
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.
A must for any horror fan the book contains equal parts horror, action and humor. Mr. Wyman is superb in his narration. Highly recommended.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
this is what i was feeling like the whole time i was listening to this book.
It was soo damn good .. you have to start reading this series ... I can't even believe how good it is... its AWESOME!!!!!!
narrater is great of course
and the story is soooo good....
you have to listen to it..
set down, and have fun :)
People who engage in self-pleasuring with a copy of Guns & Ammo in the other hand.
Nope, and I'm annoyed that I can't return the other title I bought by him ( bought based on Audible's recommendation, no less).
I'd advise him not to read anything else by this author. I give the guy credit for trying the best with such a turgid, ridiculously "Behold mah awesome testosterone-y fantasy" writing.
Every description of a gun or weapon that ran more than one sentence.
I love fantasy books, and I'm not turned off by gore. But I am turned off by boggy, unnecessary details about objects that - while important to the story - should not take the place of, you know, the STORY. I wanted to like this book. I liked the premise. But when a book is written in such a way that the author's obvious obsessions push the story to the background, I can't be bothered to finish it. It's very clear that the author knows his guns. It's even more clear that he really gets off on guns. If he wants to write a guide to identifying guns, great. More power to him. If he wants to write a guide to sexual gratification via projectile weaponry, fine. Go for it. But don't disguise said guide in the form of a fantasy novel that reads like the male equivalent of a bodice-ripper. I'm all for realistic descriptions, but WOW! This guy wastes so much time with his descriptions of weaponry that I found myself wishing the main character would turn one of these devices upon himself. A short time later, I kinda wished somebody would shoot me! I wasted 3 hours of my life listening to this book, and while I can't ever get those back, I can at least return this thing for a credit and hopefully find something else. But it will not be written by Larry Correia, and I will do a much better job of reading reviews across several sites before I ever purchase another Audible recommended book.
I loved the Grimnoir Chronicles trilogy by Correia - great, action-packed, trilogy. So I was excited to try his Monster Hunter trilogy. I listened to this book and at times had to force myself to continue. It just got sort of boring at times. The main character is interesting and the idea behind the story is interesting, but it just didn't keep my attention.
The self-deprecating humor of the main character keeps it humble (and funny)... which kinda balances out some of the over-the-top comic book action. Which isn't a bad thing but, it's very much a Game brought to "life" (so to speak). Guns are given loving attention and LOTS of detail but it's not gory. Go figure. This book runs a strange balance. Know these things and you'll probably enjoy it tremendously. Very much in the style of an arranged/managed roller coaster ride (I can't tell you why I say this without really giving away details that could spoil your story and I won't do that). Interesting characters. Interesting situations. But. I won't be going onwards... but I'm sure PLENTY of people will... and... quite happily :)
I came to this book after listening to Correia's Hard Magic series, which were fast-paced and fascinating. The story in this book is hampered by frequent diversions into dime-store libertarian polemics and exhausting, jargony descriptions of firearms.
If you read all of that and it made you go "Woo!" then have at it, but it really deadens the narrative. Especially when I'm wondering how these characters resolve their hatred of government with the fact that most of their income comes from government funds.
But there's a great story here and a lot of potential for the rest of the series, so I will probably keep reading in the hopes that Correia becomes more interested in the story than he is the ranting.
This was a great book, very accurate in the details, especially of the firearms and weaponry. The story is quick, gripping, funny, and very well written. I would put Correia in the same class with Butcher, Eddings, Salvatore, and a few others in his ability to get you involved with the characters and the story.
Owen's original scuffle with the werewolf was exciting and entertaining.
I haven't heard any of Wyman's other narrations, but he did one of the best jobs of any performer for an audiobook that I have ever listened to. Very good with the many different character voices and interactions. Great story teller.
I laughed all of the way through this book. I didn't just chuckle, but several times this book elicited a belly laugh.
Great audiobook all the way around.
Definitely top ten.
Hmm....I'm halfway through the second book, so I'm not really sure now what happened in which one. Either way they're full of action, with a healthy dose of humour.
I wasn't sure about him at first, but I quickly got used to the way he talked and now I love him. He's very good at differentiating between the characters, at emotion, at humour, and at yelling. That's strange to say, I know, but he has a good yell :)
Like I said, I'm having trouble remembering what things happened in what book - these are long books with lots of stuff happening, and I'm not sure if 'moving' is what Larry was going for here :)
I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves monsters, action and humour. The characters are great, and they maintain their integrity well instead of changing just to suit the story. Can't wait to get into the third book!