First of all, a book namned "Monster hunter", is a name that's set to be on the front of a scarebook for children. But anyways... I actually got into the book with an open mind.
However if you've read, seen or heard a bit of other fantasy novels, films, etc... You would find this book using the same tricks as everyone else and not bothering to come up with something of their own.
The story is based on the usual guy who, in this book, actually gets a calling! I mean wtf!
He kills a werewolf, and is picked up by a team of monster hunters, who leads him into the path of training to become a real hunter. While he's at this school he gets guidance from an old man in his dream who leads him to wisdom. Which leads him to become a "lead" hunter. He also falls in love with a girl and... well you already know that story.
I'm sorry, but I just can't find to many interesting parts in this. The main character tries to be funny, but come on! With cliche lines like "You will be avenged!" and "Hang in there Julie, just hang in there!" Those are the kinds of lines you get when you're listening to this book.
If I were to pick out one funny thing about this book, I actually thought the fact that the main characters always is complaining about his weight were kinda funny.
Not bothering to overdramatizing the introduction of a new chapter, that's for sure!
As I got futher and futher in to the book I just got more disappointed. More cliche lines got used, and after I while I almost couldn't listen anymore.
I would like to say that for new readers and audiobooklisteners, this book can perhaps give you some satisfaction.
If you want to listen to some really great fantasy books you should check theese out:
The Dresden Files (The best fantasy series EVER!)
The Wheel of time series
The Iron Druid
The Kingslayer chronicles
I drive a lot, which is why I listen to audio books. I have not read the print version of this book, but I will say that I love Oliver Wyman's narration of the stories so much that I purchased another book from Audible simply because he narrated it.
Honestly, most of the characters are pretty shallow; however, the main character, Owen Zastava Pitt, was very well imagined - possibly because he has a lot in common with the author.
All of the fight scenes were great. I enjoy thought-provoking works as much as any fan of literature, but I also love a good action story, and this is it. The author's own enthusiasm for guns comes through with child-like excitement. A quality most would connect with violence is almost endearing.
Sadly, I found myself driving home more slowly or anxious to go to work in the morning so that I could find out what happened next.
If you can suspend literary snobism for a bit, and you ever enjoyed a Stalone/sSchwarzenegger-type movie, you will love this series. Because I like Owen, I wasn't such a big fan of Monster Hunter Alpha, but the first in the series is the best, and the rest are pretty good, too.
Truck driver, Coffee drinker and avid listener of Audio books and Waylon Jennings !!
Unique story line, and numerous unique characters. Fast paced with just enough humor to keep the story from bogging down into overly serious monster fare.
When the main character realizes who he really is, or what he is.
Monsters.. They ARE real !!
When I downloaded this book I didn't really think I'd like it., I usually listen to detective stories or action adventure ( Without Monsters ! ).. But I was wrong ! It is one of the most enjoyable book I've listened to !
Great stuff. The stuff of "b" movies......especially if you like guns..I don't. Worth a second listen.
The narration, and the author's sly sense of humor...
The dead Russian guy..
I didn't quite like that he killed Conquistador, after his cursed was lifted, oh well..
Yeah an engaging listen afteran improbable opening , though its a story that must have been told , hundred times though,it was very entertaining and flawessly read.
Though also it was a bit unimaginative for the author to have to use firearms so much throughout the story, he mus tbe a real gun nut. You wonder what kind of munitions and firearms would take out a vampire?
I wasn't sure if this was a book I would enjoy. The premise seemed interesting, but...but...I wasn't sure. I'm happy to report that the story immediately grabbed my attention and held tight throughout most of the book. Like several other series I've read, present-day earth is inhabited by monsters. However, the public isn't aware of the dangerous creatures lurking in the dark. The government wants to keep this information a secret. Yes, the same old story, but told in a fresh and interesting way.
I love that monster hunters is a family-owned/run business. As with all families, there are some members that we would call the "black sheep" of the family. As the story unfolds, there is much action, humor and even a little romance. The characters are very likeable, even though some of them are a bit more military-minded than I usually enjoy. However, the paranormal storyline does explain the need for the gungho approach to things.
When I first started listening I wasn't sure if I liked his reading of the story. However, I quickly forgot that I was "listening" to a book. I soon found his reading so well done that I became absorbed in the story and forgot there was a "reader" involved. That is the best compliment I can hand a performer. Well done, Mr. Wyman.
How about "You should be afraid of the dark"? Or possibly "It's raining frogs!"
I look forward to reading book two of this series.
The depictions of violence (and guns) are almost pornographic--if you are into that sort of thing. Personally, I am not. Some ideas for improvement--The author might have made the Monster Hunters have some other solution (at least once) to all the problems the Undead bring then pulling out their guns (lovingly detailed) and blazing away--especially when most of the time the guns don't seem to have any effect. One of two vampires pretty well stomp the whole organization. For all the sprouting of right wing politics, hillbilly wisdom, and descriptions of guns, the heroes of this book are remarkably ineffective at killing monsters. Buffy would clean the Monster Hunters out during the beginning titles.
Use a thesaurus? Spend some time researching the subject instead of fondling his gun magazines? Figure out some original solution to a problem except shoot it? Quit having the hero get beat up in graphic detail (some of the depictions of beatings go on for 5 minutes or more). Even more bogus, the her miraculously revives and is ready for another beating in a few pages. Invent believable characters (really--a hick with a 167 IQ? a stripper? a token Black guy? a beautiful girl who is also an ace killer? I've seen Dungeons and Dragons dolls with more personality.
The delivery is ponderous and methodical. All the people sound the same (Southern, stupid).
Not really. I guess if you wanted to confirm most of your stereotypes about guys who confuse their guns with their gonads, this would do it. Having lived in the South for close to three decades, I object to this book on a lot of levels.
This book was the only one I had on my iPhone on a long trip--so I had to go through it. But when I pulled in the driveway the hero was having his final battle with the Evil Lord Machado and I didn't even care. Just pulled out the earphones and turned it off and for all I know or care the bad guys one. I can't believe that rule by vampires and the undead is worse than having these cliche-sprouting rednecks running around armed.
My friends enjoy reading action with fantasy and a lot of gratuitous violence.
I liked the main character, Owen, but I think my favorite was Earl. No-nonsense and stops an argument with a well placed look rather than fist.
He did a great job with the voices and the dialog flowed very fluidly.
Overall, an AWESOME thing to listen to while stuck in traffic! The gratuitous (and detailed to the level of the serial numbers of the guns) violence really helped diffuse the traffic tension!
The story was good, but didn't leave me wanting to get any more in the series. I didn't care for the narrator. His performance was pretty monotonous.
I like a little more romance in my fantansy books but when they started calling out alll the small towns all around Alabama. It was great. It was also has some pretty funny belly laugh lines in it.
Oliver Wyman's performance is amazing and Larry Correia's story keeps you captivated throughout the story.
When Owen reaches for the power of the artifact at Nachy Bottoms when everybody dies. Also, Owens self control while using the artifact.
Wow! I listened to MHI twice. During the second listen I suddenly realized that ONE person was doing the voices. Oliver's characters had depth and his voice had such control I never thought all those characters were comming from one person. I've listened to other Audible books but no one performs like Oliver Wyman.
Keep Oliver Wyman working!