My first Correia book was Hard Magic, which I enjoyed quite a bit. I am unsure if I'll follow that series, after reading MHI and MHI: Vendetta.
I know a couple Libertarians, and I suspect they'd enjoy this more than I did. However, most of my friends are more liberal in their leanings and, while we don't think the government is by any means perfect, we don't condemn them all en masse or assume that anyone who doesn't actively criticize the government to be a "statist" sheep.
Wyman's performance ranges through a wide variety of character types and is sufficiently nuanced despite the narrative's lack of temperate tone. An impressive feat. His characterization of Earl Harbinger is my favorite. The main character, Z, is given a desultory, churlish, and pouting tone which feels appropriate.
If you were to crowd source a modern fantasy novel about monster hunters, using fourteen year old tabletop gamers for the crowd, you might end up with this book.
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.
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'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!
I'll admit I got pretty lost in all the gun lingo, and it did detract from my overall enjoyment of the book. I read a few reviews that considered the book to be a wordy piece of political propaganda, I did not find that to be the case. Even the main character didn't balk at gun control laws, he didn't agree with them but you never had some wordy rant on the matter.
Oliver Wyman put a lot of emotion and effort into his characters. He really capitalizes on the characters emotions and it's not too infrequent he'll actually be grunting, growling, and yelling along side the main character. I think it came across engaging. I particularly enjoy his betrayal of the Queen of the elves, and her man servant.
Overall I might steer clear if you aren't a gun nut. If you are? I think you'll love it.
Junk food for the mind. I got tired of the story about halfway through, but when I came back to it, it picked up and was good fun all the way to the end. There are some great moments in the story where he pokes fun at the fantasy genre.
I just bought the second in the series, and I'm looking forward to listening to it.
This book makes modest promises, and delivers on them admirably. If you're looking for an action-packed, if slightly predictable, B-Movie monster romp, this is the book for you. Silly? You bet. Also, lots of fun.