There are so many books in this series and so many good reviews that I thought getting this book was a no-brainer, but I couldn't get through more than an hour of this. I just couldn't get into it at all!
I born a long time ago and grew up to be who I am today.
I think people who love explosions, are big into guns and want to read about vampires that require all but nuclear weapons to take out. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun book but it's very cliche. It reads like an 80's action movie where the hero saves the day and gets the girl for no other reason than the fact that he's the hero. If you read it like said 80's action story you'll probably take it far less serious than I, and enjoy it far more.
Nothing surprised me at all and that included the ending (which I saw coming before the mid point). I knew the foil characters before the came on scene (Grant for example. I'd even guessed what he would be like personality wide) I guessed the generalities of back stories before they were revealed (Holly's for example - I was surprised Owen hadn't figure it out before she up and revealed it) and there were times when I was screaming at the main character for not seeing what I thought was obvious several chapters ago. In addition it felt, to me, like the main character is just a passenger in the vehicle that is this story. He doesn't really drive the plot or learn anything on his own, he's told information and told what to do with information only he has. He's probably the most passive action hero in history.
He was one of the best things about this entire book. He almost sounds like an 80's action hero in style and attitude. If anything he helped take most of the seriousness out of this for me so that I could roll my eyes without guilt because it made me feel like I was supposed to find it cheesy.
I would have cut just about every scene with Grant in it as he did nothing for the story at all. I'd also cut the Deus Ex Machina from every chapter it appears in (and they are a lot!). I'd then ask Larry to make his hero do something heroic and not just be lucky enough to get saved in the 11th hour. Honestly, I can think of at least 3 times this happens in the book without even really thinking about the story again - they're that glaring to me.
Let me start by saying I think Larry is a good writer, does great dialog, and his ideas are very creative and well thought out. The story is well paced and there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, but I guess I'm too serious of a reader to appreciate this book. The book is well paced and there are some fun ideas thrown in but there are just way too many cliche's for my comfort.
The potential for major characters to grow and provide interesting stories about themselves and their world was well established. The hodgepodge of mythical creatures sat a bit uneasy with me -- trashy fairies, orcs, wendigo along with werewolves and vampires with odd powers make a kind of hobo stew that a reader may or may not find fully digestible.
Wyman did the author no favors with his performance. I struggled to find Owen's character in his vocalizations; the over-the-top southern accents were so horrible I was always jerked out of the story. Wyman voices a dreadful caricature of a Southern redneck or Belle -- but I'm pretty sure the characters aren't "written" as the kind of stereotypes that come to mind when you hear his accent and weirdly emphasized phrases. A reader with subtler portrayal for this kind of genre literature is needed to pull it off. James Marsters does it with Harry Dresden. The one accent Wyman does manage to nail is the Eastern European old man.
Monster Hunter is worth a listen if you like urban noir/paranormal novels, or have a thing about guns.
Definitely an unsophisticated, although energetic entry in the field. There are more in the series, and I hope the author found a good editor to cut out the extraneous, unnecessary padding and focus more clearly on the story.
Say something about yourself!
Picked this book out of the blue, figuring I would try something different than the Charlaine Harris, Molly Harper and Mary Janice Davidson books I normally buy. I was so impressed, I listened to all of the ones in this series and then downloaded the two in Correia's other series. I'm really looking forward to the next one in this series though. Loved all of the fight scenes, the descriptions of the action make it feel like you can actually see what is going on, I found myself sitting in my car twice, just to finish a chapter (I probably looked like a brainless moron, staring off into space listening.) I'm a serious fan now.
The reader's performance is great, adding depth to Owen that wouldn't be there in the text alone.
The gargoyle attack was pretty awesome.
Oliver brings life to Larry Correia's words in much the same way that a skilled actor brings his script to life.
I wasn't particularly moved by any point in this book; it was like a roller coaster or an action/horror movie. It was exciting and a lot of fun.
This series reminded me of the Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries. It's nowhere near as sexually charged as that series, but it has the same sense of pulpy fun. This book isn't putting on airs and trying to be great literature, instead it is great at being a fun book to listen to. Many times through the story I found myself laughing out loud, exclaiming in surprised fear at the situation or cheering on the characters as they battle forward. All in all, it was a good read.
The reader was good, he just had way too much copy, much of it really bad. I would be more generous with this title, if the book were sold to the juvenile market, the themes and action are tame enough for younger audiences -- but they wouldn't endure the really bad repetition of simplistic politics and a lame romance.
A good editor could save this book by cutting about a third of it and burning the cut text so it could never be recovered. It might make a good graphic novel, which would require most of the prose to be cut.
It's not a horrible book. It's not a complete waste of time. There are some good passages, there's just a lot here, most of it the juvenile politics and lame romance, that could have been cut.
This book cries out for an abridged version. Pass it by and get "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan, you won't regret it.
I have just finished the 3rd book. Correia put together a good tale, some well traveled monster material, some new ideas…a good mix. A bit longer than some, but enjoyed the detail. Wyman was a perfect fit for narration. Good mix of horror and military kept on the lighter side. Corriea loves his weapons! Thank you Audible for narration review...I think they can make or break a good story.
Oliver Wyman's narration is second to none and he flawlessly changes from one character to another. The story itself is superb with great character development and plenty of action. Larry Correia has created a perfect modern day monster tale that is driven by the characters and story line. Can't wait to listen to the next installment.
What an excellent series, can't get enough. Hope there will be many more in this series to come. The story keeps you wanting more from beginning to end and the narrator is just awesome. Love it....
The naration was amazing, It felt more like i was watching a movie then reading a story. I quickly learned to identify the different voices with the characters which made following the story much simpler. As soon as i finished this book, i immediatly downloaded the next 2. I find the series fast moving, creative, humerous and thoroughly enjoyable. Can't wait for the next one.