Poor wording, cliched dialogue.
Surprised me with dialogue and description. The first chapter is all I could do. Some was too cliche or predictable.
The narrator was great. Narrator was clear and set an appropriate tone.
I wish I could return it for more credit.
love, Love, LOVE BOOKS!!!
This doesn't happen very often but the authors views muddied my feelings toward this book series. I was half was through the first book and was enjoying the entertainment value of it, when I thought I would take a peek at what the author was about.
I shouldn't have done that because it tainted my views on the story of the book after that.
This is probably for preteens who are into guns and role playing games.
Predictable, stereotypical, with no reason to care for any of the characters. The protagonist is a cross between all of the good parts of a superhero, a military elite special forces hero and a master linguist, and it doesn't stop there. But he's a little bit chubby.
He was very good, not my favorite reader but still excellent despite the pulp.
protagonist!! boring sod!!
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.
Not a commuter so listen to audible books when I'm in the car driving on a long trip or at home housecleaning (not as often as I should). Love reading a good book and love the riveting suspense of listening to a good mystery, but hate not being able to race to the end like I do when I read - but it does make a good book last longer.
Guns, guns and guns. I was in the Marines for 8.5 years, but come on. The kind of gun, the ammo, the damage the ammo does, how fast it can be fired and reloaded, the look, the color, the size..... Methinks the author is compensating for something. Cliched characters - tiresome. I didn't find it remotely (okay, maybe remotely) funny and I know the author thought much of his "witty" dialogue was humorous, but I didn't think so. I bought it strictly on the stars, neglecting to look at individual reviews - Big mistake. Tonight, I decided to look at reviews to figure out how it was rated so high. I looked several of the lower rated reviews over and decided that I blew it and should have read them thoroughly before - it would have saved me several hours of my life. Totally in agreement with the reviewers commenting on all the rightwing and libertarian slant - it didn't mesh and didn't fit - seemed to be tossed in so the author can make his hard driving point. I also don't find myself attached to, or caring about, the main character Nate. I don't even care if he dies (I'm sure he won't). I enjoyed the first chapter or so and then to me it just sailed off into boredom shortly after the werewolf episode. I just don't care.
Undecided between serious "The Lieutenants" and escapist "Stay Close."
Some of the voices were pretty decent, but unfortunately I found Nate's voice to be irritating/grating. It always seemed a little too much... too much drama, too much of a chuckle in the tone, just too much.
Boredom. So poorly written that I thought I missed a section and went back and forth on my iPod and realized, I hadn't missed anything - just a disjointed, dull, book.
Spoiler - I didn't finish and don't plan on it anytime soon. I just don't care. Not scary enough or funny enough to interest me. This comes from a Buffy and Evil Dead lover - those were done right, this wasn't. I also enjoy Michael Connelly, Don Winslow, John Connolly (mostly), Laura Lippman and Robert Crais - to name but a few.
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 :)
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.