story not just dull but truly unlistenable
This book could have been more entertaining without all of the politically correct baloney
The plot was dull and slow moving, the viewpoint of the main character so juvenile and uninformed it was torture to listen
No redemption for this title. Avoid this one!
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
I listened to this after finishing the three Grimnoir Chronicles because it is rated even higher. Since that series turned out to be a pleasant surprise, due primarily to the sublime performance of Bronson Pinchot, I thought this one deserved a listen. Both are tightly-plotted non-stop action adventures with a nerdy strong man as hero. I never warmed up to this story or the characters. I much prefer the quasi-Science Fiction super-hero trappings of the Grimnoir Chronicles to this supernatural motivated monster shoot-em-up story. The novel did have occasional moments of greatness when it provides character situations that the narrator can really bring to life.
Oliver Wyman is excellent here and I may choose to pick up the next in the series just to listen to his fine characterizations. He is the best reason to listen to this book. The super-heroes of the Grimnoir Chronicles and the Monster Hunters of this book would never find their way onto my reading shelf but when paired with great narrators, as these two series certainly are, I find that that is sometimes reason enough to give them my ear.
This book was a series of hits and misses for me.
The hits? An interesting if familiar premise - monsters secretly living among us and secretive groups battling them. The protagonist is a likable, self-conscious guy with a complicated past. The back story of the bad guy is well-crafted. And the narrator is quite good with his range of voices.
The misses? Whole lotta gunporn - cool for a while, then tedious. An anti g-man subplot that portrays the monster-hunting feds as largely incompetent losers. (Really? The elite gov't paramilitary forces battling the most evil beings on the planet are bumbling bureaucrats?) And like many books, the progression of the main character from simple everyman to uber-hero feels rushed and (at times) overly predictable.
Overall, this book deserves 3.5 stars. I'm still on the fence as to whether I'll continue with the series.
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.
For starters, Oliver Wyman NAILS this. With a big honkin' hammer. At no point does it sounds like he's reading from a page. There are no failures of direction or editing. Owen Pitt is talking to you, telling you about what happened, and Pitt is good with voices. Okay, some of the women are a little weak, but... it doesn't distract because it's Owen doing the voices. On the rare occasions that he shifts narrative characters, it's that other character talking. It's flawless.
As for the story-- the author does an amazing job at creating the universe without bogging you down with exposition. You're sucked in along with Owen, and it happens with amazing speed and craftsmanship without feeling forced. The plot itself, of course, lends well to to exposition, but Correia doesn't lean on it too heavily. Characters, concepts, and relationships are established firmly, but the plot advances even when he occasionally stops for Backstory.
The dings it gets are for unoriginality. Part of the reason that it is able to accomplish so much exposition in so short a time is that the Monster Control Bureau is one part Men In Black and one part Bureau 13, with standard government paranoia sprinkled in for cohesion and flavour. And the big bad is unapologetically borrowed from Lovecraft, falling juuuuuuust short of calling the thousand foot squid god Cthulu.
But don't get me wrong, that's almost part of the charm. A few brief references and you've got a wider universe in place. Not all the gaps are filled in, but there's enough that you fully understand that there's a lot different from this world and the one we live in. But the story itself is excellent. The romance is a little forced, but not overly so, and the author resists the urge to establish a will-they-or-won't-they dynamic. Some might be bothered by the right-wing rhetoric, but it is not only in character for the people, but it's appropriate for the world they inhabit.
Interestingly, the most overused tropes-- vampires, zombies, and the undead in general-- are handled INCREDIBLY well, as well as the characters' interactions with them. The temptation is to compare it to a summer blockbuster film or a pulp fantasy is strong-- it has the fun of the first and the archetypes of the second (and a few other pulp genres), but it's way more than you would expect from such comparisons.
Also, it does an excellent job of balancing between being a book in its own right and the first book in a series. It serves as an excellent introduction to the universe while telling a story of its own. Yes, it's the story of how Owen joins MHI, and his journey from newbie to full fledged Monster Hunter, but it resists the urge to leave the overarching story unresolved. There are plenty of open threads, and of course the epilogue is a set-up for the next book, but you buy the next book because you want more of what this book gave you, not because you are hanging on the edge of your seat for the cliffhanger.
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.
Friends who play role-playing games would like this book. It reads like an RPG plot.
I like the concept of the private monster hunters with the proper backing to make them effective against supernatural beings. Plenty of gun porn. If your into guns, you'll like the toys the characters have, and the author will give you all the stats about them. Plot holes in the story I can drive a truck through. Especially the notion that the US government (as well as all the others in the world) have been able to keep the existence of monsters a secret from the general population even after thousands of people have been exposed to them. But that is the world the author wants, so the plot will reinforce it. A serious outcry of libertarian politics bleeds over the pages could have been trimmed down.
I especially liked when the reader would slowly change his reading from one character's voice to another as the perspective changed from on character to another during a dream sequences.
No. It was brain candy. It keep me entertained while I was doing menial tasks, where my attention can be temporally diverted, but I would not miss anything significant.
However, I did enjoy it. I'm willing to try the next one to see how the storyline progresses.
I love books!
I loved this book. Lots of Guns, Explosions, and Monsters. Little bit of humor thrown in made this a very entertaining book. I'm looking forward to reading the other novels. Puts me in mind of the Joe Ledger books which are also good.
Long time Audible member (8 years, 500+ books). Avid flyfisherman, hunter, bicycler.
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'm an avid reader but when driving or exercising, listening to a great book and a great performance makes time fly!
This is definitely a fun book and series. It's got action and humour and monsters and guns. Who could ask for more? LOL
As much as I love Owen Pitt, the main character--a really decent man; genuine and kind and with a good heart--the character of Mordechai, Owen's 'ghost', was my favourite in this book. Oliver Wyman's portrayal of him was fun and sweet and the character is just a neat guy.
To me, this book is brain candy. It's full of action and thrills but overall it's light and fun. In other words, it's a good escape!