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.
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.
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.
The potential for major characters to grow and provide interesting stories about themselves and their world was well established. The hodgepodge of mythical creatures sat a bit uneasy with me -- trashy fairies, orcs, wendigo along with werewolves and vampires with odd powers make a kind of hobo stew that a reader may or may not find fully digestible.
Wyman did the author no favors with his performance. I struggled to find Owen's character in his vocalizations; the over-the-top southern accents were so horrible I was always jerked out of the story. Wyman voices a dreadful caricature of a Southern redneck or Belle -- but I'm pretty sure the characters aren't "written" as the kind of stereotypes that come to mind when you hear his accent and weirdly emphasized phrases. A reader with subtler portrayal for this kind of genre literature is needed to pull it off. James Marsters does it with Harry Dresden. The one accent Wyman does manage to nail is the Eastern European old man.
Monster Hunter is worth a listen if you like urban noir/paranormal novels, or have a thing about guns.
Definitely an unsophisticated, although energetic entry in the field. There are more in the series, and I hope the author found a good editor to cut out the extraneous, unnecessary padding and focus more clearly on the story.
The author seems to obsess on guns. Yeah, Owen got a big new gun. He drooled over it and was very excited for the chance to blow away monsters with it. I don't really care how many pounds of force it takes to pull the trigger or any specifics about the ammo. Just give your character a gun and tell the story about the people and the monsters. If the author had simply said that the gun had a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time, that would have worked. I could have related that the gun was special to our hero and that it was important to him. I really liked the characters and the story, but the author goes on and on about the guns with more care than he does for most of the characters. Yes, this could be a 4 or 5-star story, IF you're a gun nut. It's very funny and entertaining otherwise.
When Owen wakes up in the hospital and is recruited by MHI was great. His disbelief and inexplicable excitement were hilarious.
Mr. Wyman really captured the tension and excitement in the battle scenes. He also had clear separate voices for each character.
The Guns. Those should not be characters, but props.
This story had a great concept and was told very well for the most part, but it was obviously written by and for gun enthusiasts. I'll not be reading any more Larry Correia books.
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.
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.
People who engage in self-pleasuring with a copy of Guns & Ammo in the other hand.
Nope, and I'm annoyed that I can't return the other title I bought by him ( bought based on Audible's recommendation, no less).
I'd advise him not to read anything else by this author. I give the guy credit for trying the best with such a turgid, ridiculously "Behold mah awesome testosterone-y fantasy" writing.
Every description of a gun or weapon that ran more than one sentence.
I love fantasy books, and I'm not turned off by gore. But I am turned off by boggy, unnecessary details about objects that - while important to the story - should not take the place of, you know, the STORY. I wanted to like this book. I liked the premise. But when a book is written in such a way that the author's obvious obsessions push the story to the background, I can't be bothered to finish it. It's very clear that the author knows his guns. It's even more clear that he really gets off on guns. If he wants to write a guide to identifying guns, great. More power to him. If he wants to write a guide to sexual gratification via projectile weaponry, fine. Go for it. But don't disguise said guide in the form of a fantasy novel that reads like the male equivalent of a bodice-ripper. I'm all for realistic descriptions, but WOW! This guy wastes so much time with his descriptions of weaponry that I found myself wishing the main character would turn one of these devices upon himself. A short time later, I kinda wished somebody would shoot me! I wasted 3 hours of my life listening to this book, and while I can't ever get those back, I can at least return this thing for a credit and hopefully find something else. But it will not be written by Larry Correia, and I will do a much better job of reading reviews across several sites before I ever purchase another Audible recommended book.
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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 book is completely formulaic, completely predictable, and solidly enjoyable. The villains are such complete caricatures, and they often act in completely stupid and inexplicable ways.
The complete and utter lack of surprises, and an ending you see from a mile away. It's not like I was in this for a compelling, edge of my seat thriller, but there are long sections of exposition that only serve to lengthen the book.
The narrator's slow ponderous voice was extremely tedious. He dredged out the material, and seemed to only be able to do one female voice, and about three different male voices.
Definitely! This would make a fantastic action movie. With loving close ups of the guns instead of tedious descriptions of them.