I'm a voracious audiobook listener, rarely found without my iPod.
This is one of those series that I picked up as lighthearted fun and a good distraction from the drudgery of everyday life. Not at all cerebral, this is a fun story about a company of mercenary monster hunters. The author packs an awful lot of mythology and lore into one story. The series delivers a little bit of comedy, action and mystery in these books. In the first in the series, we meet Owen Pitt, an accountant/UFC pit fighter, who was attacked by a werewolf and lived to tell the story. In the hospital, he is visited by a strange man who wants to hire him as an official Monster Hunter because, obviously, he must be pretty tough to survive a werewolf attack. Owen eventually agrees and we are launched into the improbable world of monsters, Monster Hunters For Hire, and government cover ups. Monster Hunters International is a fun story and enjoyable read if you love monsters, creatures and heroes.
For starters, Oliver Wyman NAILS this. With a big honkin' hammer. At no point does it sounds like he's reading from a page. There are no failures of direction or editing. Owen Pitt is talking to you, telling you about what happened, and Pitt is good with voices. Okay, some of the women are a little weak, but... it doesn't distract because it's Owen doing the voices. On the rare occasions that he shifts narrative characters, it's that other character talking. It's flawless.
As for the story-- the author does an amazing job at creating the universe without bogging you down with exposition. You're sucked in along with Owen, and it happens with amazing speed and craftsmanship without feeling forced. The plot itself, of course, lends well to to exposition, but Correia doesn't lean on it too heavily. Characters, concepts, and relationships are established firmly, but the plot advances even when he occasionally stops for Backstory.
The dings it gets are for unoriginality. Part of the reason that it is able to accomplish so much exposition in so short a time is that the Monster Control Bureau is one part Men In Black and one part Bureau 13, with standard government paranoia sprinkled in for cohesion and flavour. And the big bad is unapologetically borrowed from Lovecraft, falling juuuuuuust short of calling the thousand foot squid god Cthulu.
But don't get me wrong, that's almost part of the charm. A few brief references and you've got a wider universe in place. Not all the gaps are filled in, but there's enough that you fully understand that there's a lot different from this world and the one we live in. But the story itself is excellent. The romance is a little forced, but not overly so, and the author resists the urge to establish a will-they-or-won't-they dynamic. Some might be bothered by the right-wing rhetoric, but it is not only in character for the people, but it's appropriate for the world they inhabit.
Interestingly, the most overused tropes-- vampires, zombies, and the undead in general-- are handled INCREDIBLY well, as well as the characters' interactions with them. The temptation is to compare it to a summer blockbuster film or a pulp fantasy is strong-- it has the fun of the first and the archetypes of the second (and a few other pulp genres), but it's way more than you would expect from such comparisons.
Also, it does an excellent job of balancing between being a book in its own right and the first book in a series. It serves as an excellent introduction to the universe while telling a story of its own. Yes, it's the story of how Owen joins MHI, and his journey from newbie to full fledged Monster Hunter, but it resists the urge to leave the overarching story unresolved. There are plenty of open threads, and of course the epilogue is a set-up for the next book, but you buy the next book because you want more of what this book gave you, not because you are hanging on the edge of your seat for the cliffhanger.
Truck driving biker, former submariner in the Navy. Ex-bouncer and night club owner who loves a good read, and enjoys writing and art.
Like a lot of other reviewers, I was a little wary of purchasing this. The premise seemed a little hokey, but Correia really made it work. Interesting characters, intriguing sub-plots, good story, well written an paced. I really can't ask for much more in a book. I will be following this series.
Great opening to the story, and great read throughout the book
The beginning where he was taking on the Wolf
Great story from beginning to end
Indie filmmaker who loves listening to books on audio
No, I would not. The story was dull and uninspired. I was hoping for something more. The characters are flat and 1 dimensional at best.
I have always loved to read. Discovering audible has been great for a multitasker! Sorry for any misspells on reviews!
This book was on my maybe list for a long time. I am very glad I finally gave it a listen. The story reminds me of a modern dungeons and dragons, full of action, beating impossible odds, a little romance, and lots of monsters! The trailer trash elves were funny and the orcs were cool! The narrator was awesome and really added to my enjoyment of the book! The great news is that there are more books in the series awaiting my next round of credits!
I enjoy listening to fantasy, some science fictions and have recently found myself enjoying the lecture audiobooks.
I enjoyed this book, the ending was a touch lack luster but the book kept me very invested in the characters throughout. I also felt at first that the main character was given a sort of superman syndrome, so many talents and skills that at first I felt less relatable to the main character. This is later lost in the fact that others have similar skills and talents in the book and that the main character is most definitely fallible. The characters are well done and with the help of the narrator are easily envisioned in my mind.
The narrator did a great job and I'd definitely be willing to purchase more books that he has worked on. In the end, I was very happy that I got this book on sale and I'm even more happy that I bought the rest of the books during the sale. Besides the sample offered on the sight and the description and reviews I was still taking a "leap of faith" in purchasing the audiobook and I do not regret it one bit.
Honestly,the title of this series made me think it was going to be a book for 5th grade boys. After a good friend of mine telling me that his father read the first book and loved it, and that my friend then read it and loved it,i had to give it a try.
The MHI books are high up on my list of favorite listens. The narrator is aweomse,the story NEVER has a dull spot and its also funny while entertaining. I love these books. Give them a try.
Fifty something, small business owner, married, no children. Love travel, beaches, tropical isles, classic cars and listening!
OK, so not my usual genre, was looking for something a little different than the epic fantasy's I've been following. Hesitated, but glad I plunged in. Fast pace, interesting characters, light and easy to follow, and Ohh did I mention monsters - a lot of them!
I'm glad I took the chance, enjoyed it a lot, in fact I just purchased the rest of the series and look forward to listening to those. Try it you will like it.
Friends who play role-playing games would like this book. It reads like an RPG plot.
I like the concept of the private monster hunters with the proper backing to make them effective against supernatural beings. Plenty of gun porn. If your into guns, you'll like the toys the characters have, and the author will give you all the stats about them. Plot holes in the story I can drive a truck through. Especially the notion that the US government (as well as all the others in the world) have been able to keep the existence of monsters a secret from the general population even after thousands of people have been exposed to them. But that is the world the author wants, so the plot will reinforce it. A serious outcry of libertarian politics bleeds over the pages could have been trimmed down.
I especially liked when the reader would slowly change his reading from one character's voice to another as the perspective changed from on character to another during a dream sequences.
No. It was brain candy. It keep me entertained while I was doing menial tasks, where my attention can be temporally diverted, but I would not miss anything significant.
However, I did enjoy it. I'm willing to try the next one to see how the storyline progresses.