Out of my nearly 200 titles in library, still remains one of my favorites books/series. have listened to several times.
Have listened to nearly everything Larry Coriea has written, never disappointed.
Narration was top notch.
Favorite part was characters visiting the elf queen in the enchanted Forest, definitely not what you would expect and absolutely hilarious
Say something about yourself!
Great book to break out of the normal day. Full of action, monsters and Hero's fight for humanity. Total escapism from stress and problems. I really wasn't sure about this book but it came up in my suggested reads so I tried it and then could not stop listening. I commute am hour to and from work daily and listen to audible during the drive. Rarely do I continue to listen outside my car. MHI was so good that I had to listen to it nearly constantly!
The narration was really good. The story was well written and interesting. I look forward to the next installment of the series
The story concept had enormous potential but the characters were flat and unimaginative, the dialog was made-for- TV action movie quality and the never ending descriptions of guns the character was using was nothing less than annoying.
I like to read the author bio after I have read the book as to not bias my opinion of the story and had I know about his interest in guns and shooting the non stop talk of guns in the book might have made sense. I will avoid other books by the author because I expect his others offer the same over abundance gun descriptions and lack of story development.
The only redeeming quality of the book was the overall concept. An open ended story line of a private business that hunts a variety of monsters around the world for bounties while bumping heads with the Feds has lots of possibilities. Had it been left in the hands of a more creative author it would have the potential for a long and exciting series.
We are asked throughout the book to believe the lead character is a intelligent and misunderstood man who just wants to blend in to society and leave his warrior urges behind him but through the entire story we are given zero examples of him solving any issues through intellect or emotional calling. Time after time he escapes by the skin of his teeth due to dumb luck or more often having the right gun for the job. If the author had given a fraction of the time he gave to describing every gun he had ever wanted to shoot to instead develop his lead character into something interesting but as it is the book is simply a love note to his gun collection wrapped around a basic monster story.
I might but I'd probably pay more attention to the reviews before I did so.
The writing is full of tired and cheesy catchphrases, obvious logic flaws and appears to have been written by and for a 6-8th grade audience.
The narrator makes decent work out of poor dialog. He carries differences of characters well and I don't take any fault with the narration. Most of the issues are with the story and dialog itself.
This whole thing needs a re-write and uplevel to be decent. I'm still plowing through and I haven't/won't give up but it feels like a chore listening to the substandard dialog.
This may be aimed at a young adult crowd but it's still insulting.
The writing felt juvenile and simple. Details that should have been discerned were over-explained or elaborated upon unnecessarily. The plot was predictable and without suspense.
I can't judge Mr. Wyman's performance because the material was bad.
All of them?
I rarely stop reading a book, but this one I did. And then erased it from my iPhone.
I came to this the the Grimnoir Chronicles, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This, well, it's not that, and it's pretty clear that it's both a first book and self-published.
The narrator gives a stunning performance and as a Southerner I appreciate having a story set thoughtfully in the South. That said, I almost couldn't get through the first few chapters because of the heavy-handed use of simple-minded Libertarian gun nut talking points and knee-jerk anti-government stuff. Fortunately, that tapers off a bit as the book goes on.
Still, the evil uber-villain gets a deeply evolved character where everyone who works for the government remains a caricatured by-product of libertarian paranoia. The eponymous Monster Hunters run around hating and resenting everything to do with the corrupt and incompetent government, all while happily collecting windfall paydays from a government fund. So, there's that.
But the performance is stunning, and the writing is excellent when the characters refrain from talking about politics, pretending to know what liberals actually think about the world, or embodying a self-conscious, wooden pretense that they live in a post-racial world. Seriously, when the book sticks to the fantasy part of the story, it's great.
The gun porn will delight gun nuts, and is probably a great anthropological window into the gun nut imagination for the rest of us. The gore levels escalate to the near comical, and the plot is predictable, and yet somehow fresh.
tl;dr: Awesome narrator. Entertaining romp. Echo-chamber, self-affirming red meat for libertarians, and written porn for gun nuts.
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.