I was shocked by how bad this was with all the high marks. This would be a good action MOVIE, not a book. My goodness it was boring and filled with silly try-to-be-funny pokes at various politics. It started off OK, even though a little lame in the funny, but just proceeded to be way too long-winded. Mr Wyman is an excellent narrator, but the substance kind of stinks compared to David Weber's books, so he doesn't really help the story much.
12 hours in and I couldn't take one more minute...poor quality writing, zero editing, very slow progression. the author is a gun enthusiast that's about the only aspect that is well researched. the one thing I could not get past: the main character is an accountant turned lethal monster killer with seemingly little formal training. Oh...he was an expert marksman who also fought in an underground fight club to pay for college. ridiculous. Same with the rest of the monster hunters, they survived encounters and are now experts in the field.
I grew up with books....not television.
I have hestitated over purchasing this book because it seemed to have a little too much testosterone for my particular taste. I've come to learn from this site that the review ratings never lie.
Although nothing like the JR Ward or J Frost books I've come to love, this book was fantastic and highly entertaining. If you appreciate "Monster Fiction", add this to your collection. It may not have the romance aspect, but it's not needed. This will be enjoyed by men and women alike.
Just so much fun and the Narration was so far past amazing. I kept thinking to myself, this cannot be the same guy when he read the different voices. The accents, intonations, just everything was perfect. This Oliver Wyman guy is A-Maze-Ing and the first Narrator that I'll search for to see what other books he's done.
There's nothing wrong with this title if you love guns and hate the government. Since I don't fit into either of those categories I couldn't get very far with it. Expect lots of talk about guns and shooting.
Definitely top ten.
Hmm....I'm halfway through the second book, so I'm not really sure now what happened in which one. Either way they're full of action, with a healthy dose of humour.
I wasn't sure about him at first, but I quickly got used to the way he talked and now I love him. He's very good at differentiating between the characters, at emotion, at humour, and at yelling. That's strange to say, I know, but he has a good yell :)
Like I said, I'm having trouble remembering what things happened in what book - these are long books with lots of stuff happening, and I'm not sure if 'moving' is what Larry was going for here :)
I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves monsters, action and humour. The characters are great, and they maintain their integrity well instead of changing just to suit the story. Can't wait to get into the third book!
Its been a while since I tried to listen to this, as I had seen some good reviews I carried on past where I would normally had just given up. Big mistake for me, it means there is more of it wasting space in my brain than there should be. This is the kind of book that makes you worry about some Americans, this kind of gun-obsessive trash is what scares non-Americans. Even now, months after I tried to listen to this book I still rate it as one of the worst books I have ever stumbled across and it was a complete waste of a credit. Unless you LOVE guns and poor character development I would advise giving this series a wide birth.
Mr. Correaia has lots of imagination. What he doesn't seem have is the ability to tell a story that makes you care for characters and doesn't involve hyper violence all the time for its own sake. I'm not bothered by violence in general; but this story goes way overboard. The characters are not very believable. Granted, its fantasy, but the situations the characters are placed in are, to be blunt, largely absurd. But for the great talent of the narrator, I probably would not have bothered to finish it.
I really enjoyed the idea of a private corporation of monster hunters, but I felt like the author focused a bit too much on the weapons that each character wielded than on the characters themselves. In the end, it just fell flat for me.
In a book about killing the undead you think that after shooting something in the stomach only to have it heal immediately you think that they would change tactics. In the other wise fun book I found myself frustrated at the characters at times. However it is still a good and I enjoyed the narrator as well.
I had fun with this book but geez, Correia needs to chill out with the anti-government stuff because it really weighs down the book. As someone who doesn't believe that the U.S. government is evil and incompetent, I was really turned off by the over-the-top anti-government sentiment expressed throughout this book.
I would give this book an easy 5 if it weren't the super far-right sentiment that hums throughout the entire book.