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.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
Yes, this is a fun action-packed book. It is well written and the narrarator is spot on.
towards the beginning when he finds out his boss really IS a monster.
Just this series, but he does an awsome job. he captures the humor and emotion and has a wide range of voices for characters.
No.. it really isn't that kind of book.
Nice to see a series where monsters actually are monsters and not simply misunderstood people.
Another story of good verses evil. I really enjoyed listening to this book. It really spoke to my inner geek. Guns, monsters and kicking ass. What more could one want? I was so engrossed with this series, I even dreamed about it. For me that means a very engaging story.
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.
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!
I found Monster Hunter International a most enjoyable listen, we are not talking about high literature here, but the story moves along at steady if not stop start pace and the character are big, bold and likeable. If you did want to analyze the story well it got holes (lots) not to mension the characters are a bit cartoon like, and one dimensional. In summery if you are after a strong narrative with multifaceted characters in a sweeping saga try Tolstoy, but if your looking for a shoot em up, blow em up and devil take the hind most you could do worse than M.H.I.
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
bruce campbell meets arnold schwarzenegger in a b-movie loaded with big guns, big baddies, and one-liners with a love story to boot.* i didn't even mention the lovecraftian slant!
yes, this book is over the top but in a good way! there are huge battle scenes reminiscent of the lord of the rings movies, full of rampaging zombies, vampires, and werewolves.
if you're a zombie lover like me, there are cool zombies in this book, called whites.
i haven't read many books about werewolves or vampires, but both are well done here. the author does a good job of conveying their power and their fearsome nature.
even though, i didn't really like the star wars reboot (george lucas wasn't dark enough. christopher nolan of batman fame should've directed the rise of darth vader and the fall of anakin skywalker), i thought of it while listening to monster hunter international. why? let me explain. another aspect of the book i enjoyed was seeing the rise of the bad guy, seeing how he was utterly corrupted by his lust for power.
yes, this is a long book, but you never get bogged down nor lose interest. there's a large cast of characters, but you don't get lost in who's who. larry correia does a good job creating unique and memorable characters.
overall, i thoroughly enjoyed this book. i liked it enough to snap up the next 2 books in the series and am eagerly awaiting the release of the 4th book in the series.
* NOTE: I am a 30 something male so younger readers may only know bruce campbell from his cameos in the spiderman reboot. sam raimi directed the spiderman reboot, but before that, he directed a trilogy of evil dead movies, which are classic for their slapstick and gore, provided by bruce campbell. also, younger readers may only know arnold schwarzenegger as the "governator" of california and from his latest movies. arney cut his chops in the 1980's making ultra-violent movies with big guns and clever one-liners. imho, those were his best movies.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
Right from the start I was put off. This accountant gets attacked by his boss, who is a werewolf. The accountant pulls out a gun he keeps strapped to his ankle. Later they explain why an accountant would have an ankle gun, but it was too little too late.
Every single military cliche you have ever heard is in this long long book. There were moments when I laughed and I liked the take on Elves and on Orcs. It was no where near as good as Jonathan Maberry or Dean Koontz. You want monster's try Koontz's Frankenstein series. You want tough guy and Zombies try Maberry's Patient Zero.
Oliver Wyman did ok, but I have never a big fan of his and I wondered if the story would have sounded better from Ray Porter or Wil Wheaton.