When I purchased Monster Hunter International (MHI), I was expecting an action packed book filled with violence, cool guns, interesting tactics and a good time. The literary equivalent of an action movie. And you know what? Like action movies, this book was awesome. Correia provides a book that is entertaining from beginning to end, the plot was engaging, the prose was littered with gallows humor and I enjoyed the narrative voice. I felt as if a war buddy was telling a story about the good old days. The characters (especially many of the females) are a bit flat, gun porn is rampant and few deep thoughts are inspired by the book. However, the book is very honest about what it is from the first chapter and if you can accept that, you'll have a great listen.
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I really enjoyed this one. It is very similar to the Zombie Fallout series. The narration is top notch. I even sought out a few more books narrated by Mr Wyman because he did such a good job. The only thing that was a bit annoying was the injuries the hero sustains. A little unbelievable, but it's a story so I am not too nit-picky.
I came to this book after listening to Correia's Hard Magic series, which were fast-paced and fascinating. The story in this book is hampered by frequent diversions into dime-store libertarian polemics and exhausting, jargony descriptions of firearms.
If you read all of that and it made you go "Woo!" then have at it, but it really deadens the narrative. Especially when I'm wondering how these characters resolve their hatred of government with the fact that most of their income comes from government funds.
But there's a great story here and a lot of potential for the rest of the series, so I will probably keep reading in the hopes that Correia becomes more interested in the story than he is the ranting.
The idea for the story is solid, but the elaborate descriptions of the guns gets old fast. I get it you know your guns. He sometimes seemed to hurry the story along or not do more for the story so he could talk about a gun. Got annoying. I wouldn't give another one in this line a listen, but Larry has another set of stories the grimoir chronicles and the first in that series is pretty good so I haven't given up on the author.
I really didn't know what to expect, had no idea what would happen here. So many of the latest 'monster' stories make the monsters into mis-understood Nice Guys. This book doesn't make that mistake, these are Monsters and they need to DIE! Heheheh. I like that. It starts out fast (have to be fast when fighting a werewolf!) and just keeps going. Worth your time, definitely.
The author focuses too much are various guns and weapons, and has overdosed the whole book on testosterone. I repeatedly questioned whether I should stop wasting good time by finishing this lame story.
Great, enthusiastic performance of a great story. Larry Correia really knows his guns and got me very interested in them.
I loved the characters, they all had substance and weren't just cardboard cut outs.
The story puts a new spin on old tropes and makes good use of the monsters. After all who hasn't thought that their relatives or bosses aren't sometimes a bit to vicious to be human?
Highly recommended to anyone who likes action/adventure/monster killing.
Yes, it had humor, great chartacters, a good story, and great overall writing. I feel like I am a part of the team, right inside the action.
The characters, and banter back and forth which were mixed right into the acting scenes. Sort of like the best sci fi movies when they have great screenwriters.
When the main character throws Grant off the boat.....
Laugh out Loud
Great read, ignore your first impression from reading the summary of the book. Just go for it.
This is an entertaining book. Urban fantasy used to be called horror, and while not horror, this book is more of an action-adventure novel than a silly vampire-romance fluff that is so prevalent these days. The story is longer than I would have thought it would be, and the action is well described. The characters are interesting and distinct. There is a enough humor that you know the book doesn't take itself too serioiusly. My only beef with the story is that the bad guys - the monsters - are very two-dimensional. Their motivations are simple, either a "Hulk Smash!" kind of mentality or a "Give me the power to rule the world!" You'd think that creatures that live for centuries would be more complex than that, but they aren't (with one exception).
Oliver Wyman's performance threw me off. He did a great job with the various character voices. Women are always a challenge for men to do, and he does okay even though the female characters sound the same. The men's voices were easy to tell apart, with various accents and such.
But the non-dialogue narration voice was annoying. It was like listening to The Matrix's Agent Smith narrate a story -- and I mean the character Agent Smith, not the actor Hugo Weaving. Wyman stretched out every third or fourth word/syllable, which was grating and really slowed down the story. I had a hard time getting past that. I definitely would have preferred a more straightforward narration, and I think it would have shortened the recording.
I'll probably just read the next books in the series myself.
NoBecause I am on to the next story. I don't think there was much that I could have missed or could be gained by a second listen, except for more knowledge of the many guns used
None so farCorreia has a very straight forward writing style & even in the very packed world of Vampire books the most interesting set of Vampires I have encountered. This also applies to his other monsters such as white vamps & a couple of really great Werewolves & more
Great, great & greatThis book , author & Oliver Wyman were made for each otherHe gave great characterizations to the various character & clearly brought out the excitement of this storyThank you
Certainly could have but a little toooo long to do that
Took a chance to listen even though not high on any list. How this book is not more popular & not a bigger seller than some much of the fantasy junk now overwhelming the book world is disturbing. This is a very entertaining book with a straight forward storyline & great entertainment listening value