I almost skipped this book because some reviewers related it to Fox News and political propaganda. I am glad I went ahead and gave it a chance. The book is about characters who are anti-government not pro Republican idealism. How could it be otherwise when the main characters are individuals who loves their guns? But seriously, this is not a political book even if the books characters have libertarian ideas concerning Gun laws and monster hunting. They remind me of the Malcome Reynolds character from Fire Fly:
"Simon: So does it happen a lot? Government commandeering your ship, telling you where to go?
Mal: That's what governments are for... get in a man's way.
This book is exactly what the title advertises - Monster Hunting Fun. Great first book in the series! If you like Dresden give this one a chance!
Other Books I like: Dresden Files by Butcher, Richard Sharpe Series by Bernard Cornwell, Wheel of Time by Jordan/ Sanderson, LOTR by Tolkien, Aubrey/ Maturin Series by Patric O'brian, March Up Country Series By David Webber and John Ringo.
Dresden Files because it happens in the world not in another reality. Although this is not another wizard series hidden from society.
Main Character Owen and Julie were both great.
The reader did a great job. Sometimes a bad reader will kill a book, but this one was solid story with a solid performance. I'm going start book two now. Happy listening.
I am not saying that Larry Correia is a bad writer - honestly, he tells a pretty good story. However, as a liberal, I found the right wing mentality of this novel distracting, alienating and not really necessary to the plot. Every time I would start to enjoy the story, the author would clobber me over the head with more Clinton-bashing, Libertarian rhetoric. Sadly, what could have been a fantastic and unusual piece of pulp fiction felt like a lengthy editorial on Fox News
At some point in the story I started to hope the monsters would win... I could not help myself!
Anyway, I should have looked at Correia's blog before purchasing this novel - a quick perusal reveals plenty of angry, highly-partisan conservative rhetoric. Thus, I sincerely recommend this story to right wingers who enjoy geeky pulp fiction. But if, like me, you were uncomfortable with the Glenn Beck Show, you might consider skipping this one.
I have have to say this rates pretty high for this genre. It was a really pleasant surprise.
Narration was great!
After the 20-min point Correia could have stopped and the story could have been fine. but after that point (not just the action which was fun but it was the characters I found interesting) the writing felt awkward and often contrived or even downright immature to adolescent. In fact that is it for me, this book was not about the characters, it was bullet porn (pointless descriptions of weapons and ammo) and the story felt not bad really, but also it was not captivating with far too many evil everywhere but the core characters were somehow immune. I also was put off by the poor to mediocre character development. OK, so for me, it was not a great story and perhaps not credit worthy especially given the series nature, sill the narration was good and I will give the 2nd in the series a shot but if it is just more bullet porn for Idaho survivalist sorts, it's all 1's for the ratings. Hey I like the fun "Son's of Gun's" TV series but I don't need weaponry descriptions as part of what is supposed to make the story good...I suppose Correia is just not the polished writer I prefer, or he needs a better editor.
Yes, but hesitantly for Correia. Wyman is pretty good.
Employed a good editor and eased up on the adjectives.
Some pronunciation is off. Otherwise pretty good performance.
Bang my head against the wall over the dialogue.
After finishing the grimnoir series I went into these books with enthusiasm only to be disappointed by the writing. Could have been so much better.
Author. Audiobook lover. UberGeek.
I really liked the tone of this book. It seems like the contemporary fantasy genre is filled with angst-y guilt ridden characters or the stereotypical "kick-ass" femme-fatale (don't get me wrong, I eat that stuff up).
The main characters like guns, the men appreciate good looking women and there's a dry wit to the whole story.
While I enjoyed Oliver Wyman, I think it takes some time to warm up to his narration. It's slow paced and drawn out. it drove my husband crazy, he bumped the playback speed up when he listened to 1.5X.
The overall story is not bad, but it gets almost "preachy". We get it. Correia loves guns. Guns can solve any problem. The bigger the gun the better. Also, the American government is evil and out to get you.
His portrayal of women is also cliche at best.
On the other hand, Oliver Wyman is magnificent as a narrator.
Probably not. Like I said the story is not bad, but the politics become overwhelming.
It already has 2 or 3.
Love sci-fi books, romace books. I love to get lost into a good book.
THE SWAMP AND TIME GAP
HELICOPTER THEY FELL IN LOVE
THIS IS ACTION PACKED WITH FAMILY, AND ROMANCE, MUST READ...
I bought this book on sale when I didn't have anything else to listen to. The premise was interesting sounding but the cover made me think twice, because it was so comic bookish and action adventure-ish looking. I put off listening to it for a while longer. I finally got around to it and am kicking myself for waiting for so long. I like sci-fi and paranormal books but this has a lot of "Die Hard" and "Terminator" action mixed in. The action-adventure stuff is not normally something I like but this was surprisingly great. I like that the hunters are (for the most part) vanilla humans (not witches, vampires and so on). The writing and story are classic sci-fi awesomeness. Wyman is an excellent narrator. He does male and female well as well as southern and northern and all the monster voices too. Great book!
Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)
I wanted to rate this book higher. The writing style is very good, the action is good, the character interaction is good, but I felt like the characters should have been developed more. Within a very short amount of time the main character goes from zero, to hero, to god and that made it very hard for me to connect. I felt the same way about the overall story. It went from pedestrian daily life to interesting/challenging/scary to just plain freaky way to quick. Same old monster/non-human characters, boring, but we blow them up in lots of cool ways.
Just to be fair, I got a few more books from this series and will see if things get better. If this book were bad, I wouldn't have bought more, so even though I didn't "love" this book, I obviously liked it well enough to read some more. Maybe that sums it up for me :)