Sci-fi/Fantasy fan with a library-worth of reading behind him
It's a good story. It's good writing. It can be corny and even stupid, but obviously (looking at my scores), I genuinely enjoyed it. And when it comes down to it, that's what really matters. I wanted to keep listening, I ran through it in two or three days.
The narrator sucks at doing women's voices. He can do two tones: angry, and meek. And they all sound too similar to some of the less-masculine males, like Trip.
The author/protagonist is a gun nut. If you aren't it can get boring and sorta freaky hearing him describing guns forever and as better than porn, etc. (not exaggerating either)
The author is also a right-wing libertarian who hates the government and it is a constant throughout the book. He also worships the South.
Also, for me at least, when I found out that the protagonist was basically just the author, except in better shape and fighting monsters, a lot of scenes just came off as some sort of odd ego-stroking fantasy.
Now for my biggest pet peeve which showed up consistently for the second half of the book: the "professional" monster hunters are ridiculously bad at fighting (master) vampires. The shoot them endlessly, despite shooting (with non-extreme guns) having absolutely no effect and it being utterly apparent (in the description we get). It drove me nuts after a while. Even for the newbies who hadn't fought them before which gave them an excuse, after a while they had been fighting them, and they should be figuring this s--t out. They repeatedly talk about how important staking is, yet they only stake ONE vampire. What? And they constantly unload heavy weaponry, putting the vampires down for a few seconds, and then just stop and watch them heal. RUN UP AND STAKE IT OR CUT ITS HEAD OFF D=
Anyway, lotsa minor issues, and a few rather major ones, but for a first book I was very impressed. If like monsters, action, explosions, and some laughs, put down the credit and grab it.
Good book. I enjoyed it throughly. I am looking forward to listening to the rest of the books in this series. The narrator was a pleasure to listen to.
Monster Hunters International is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel about a group who fights against all the monsters of books, movies and nightmares while making a fortune on the bounties provided by the government and private individuals.
The plot is okay and the main character is sympathetic but this book never goes beyond the enjoyable read. The story itself is too long, it drags at places unnecessarily. The characters are all very similar. Also the novel is riddles with stereotypes: The requisite romance, the jealous boyfriend, the negative attitude towards the government, the idea that only the US can actually solve problems... all of these things make the read trite and sometimes boring.
On the plus side, the author writes a good action scene. I often get lost in battles and firefights in other books, but not here. The action was clear and exciting. I also appreciate a story involving vampires that are actually horrific not whiny and romantic.
The reader is okay. He is spot on for the main character but everyone else sounds very similar.
I would recommend this book if you have time to kill.
Oliver Wyman is a great narrator. This is the first time I heard him read, and his style is perfect for Monster Hunter. Loved the story line and loved the main character, Owen Pitt.
Would recommend this one for someone who likes a little blood with their humor. Stretches belief occasionally but strength of the characters pulls it off
Oliver was great, perfect reader for this book. Good variety in characters and great rhythm.
I got this book looking for action packed adventure. The idea behind the book was very good and the characters very likable, but the book moved way too slow for me. I can't decide if that's the author's fault or the narrator. I still recommend this book and will be listening to the second in the series.
A good story to pass the time while driving or exercising, altho occasionally I got lost in detail. Really nice narration, I'll get the sequel just because it was so well done and I have a lot of windshield time ahead of me.
I have read many "Monster/Zombie" books and passed over this one many times for other book in this genre.
The start of this book was slow for me and I found the narration to be somewhat annoying and a little cheesy, but by the time I was through the first third of this book I was hooked. The writer shows great depth of knowledge in all that he writes about here, ie; weapons, tactics, monsters, magic and government. The narrator does a fantastic job bringing life to all the many characters and has seemingly no limits to how he can give each one their own voice.
Larry Corria is a fantastic writer and I am very much looking forward to downloading the rest of the books related to this one.
Oliver Wyman is by far the most talented narrator I have heard.
With plenty of action, suspence and characters to care about, I highly recommend this book.
Yes. But not right away because I want to listen to the next 3 books by this authur.
I just loved the naration and the story. Very well done.
No I have not, but I assure you, if he narrated a book, i may pick it up just for his narration.
There are many. A surprise around every corner.
I have not wanted to listen to a story so much since the books by David Rosenfelt. I could not wait untill the next line or voice to come in. How much did I like it? I have never written a review until this one. I recommend this highly.
This is a great read/listen! Good plot, lots of action, and compelling characters that you care about. The thing that makes it even better to listen to than to read is the narrator. Oliver Wyman captures the characters intellectually, emotionally and most important, vocally. His overall sense of the story, which is apparent in the way he reads, makes the action come alive. Very definitely recommended.