Oliver Wyman does a fantastic job with bringing all the characters and humor to life. It helps when the author has down a great job fleshing out characters and just making it down right entertaining.
The characters aren't invincible like so many stories seem to make them.
It was engaging well written and imaginative.
I didn't cry but it did keep me on the edge of my seat, and there was a lot of humor.
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.
Not a commuter so listen to audible books when I'm in the car driving on a long trip or at home housecleaning (not as often as I should). Love reading a good book and love the riveting suspense of listening to a good mystery, but hate not being able to race to the end like I do when I read - but it does make a good book last longer.
Guns, guns and guns. I was in the Marines for 8.5 years, but come on. The kind of gun, the ammo, the damage the ammo does, how fast it can be fired and reloaded, the look, the color, the size..... Methinks the author is compensating for something. Cliched characters - tiresome. I didn't find it remotely (okay, maybe remotely) funny and I know the author thought much of his "witty" dialogue was humorous, but I didn't think so. I bought it strictly on the stars, neglecting to look at individual reviews - Big mistake. Tonight, I decided to look at reviews to figure out how it was rated so high. I looked several of the lower rated reviews over and decided that I blew it and should have read them thoroughly before - it would have saved me several hours of my life. Totally in agreement with the reviewers commenting on all the rightwing and libertarian slant - it didn't mesh and didn't fit - seemed to be tossed in so the author can make his hard driving point. I also don't find myself attached to, or caring about, the main character Nate. I don't even care if he dies (I'm sure he won't). I enjoyed the first chapter or so and then to me it just sailed off into boredom shortly after the werewolf episode. I just don't care.
Undecided between serious "The Lieutenants" and escapist "Stay Close."
Some of the voices were pretty decent, but unfortunately I found Nate's voice to be irritating/grating. It always seemed a little too much... too much drama, too much of a chuckle in the tone, just too much.
Boredom. So poorly written that I thought I missed a section and went back and forth on my iPod and realized, I hadn't missed anything - just a disjointed, dull, book.
Spoiler - I didn't finish and don't plan on it anytime soon. I just don't care. Not scary enough or funny enough to interest me. This comes from a Buffy and Evil Dead lover - those were done right, this wasn't. I also enjoy Michael Connelly, Don Winslow, John Connolly (mostly), Laura Lippman and Robert Crais - to name but a few.
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.
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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.