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.
Fun, fast paced and consistent plot line with a very good narrator and plenty of monster action kept me entertained all the way through. It's not an intellectually challenging book nor does it introduce any new monster lore but it does stick within it's own reality and is a lot of fun. For me, it's a solid 4 stars and worth the credit.
This book was fun and entertaining. The next two in the series get even better. Hard Magic is as good or even better than this series. As the title suggests, I am looking forward to more from Mr. Correia. Keep up the good work!
Oh yeah, the narrator was great as well. He fit the character perfectly in my mind.
I would say that it were ranked as #6.
I became particularly fond of Earl, I am not too sure why, but there were something that came out of the personality that the author gave him that just made you like him.
The favorite scene were the scene after Owen's out of body experience, when they had gone on a mission, and it turned out the mission led to the exact ship Owen had seen in his out of body, and had to talk to Earl about it.
A 500 year old evil is about to bring the end of the world, all that stands in it's way, Monster Hunter International, and an accountant.
Oliver Wyman's performance is great, his women voices might take some time getting used to.
The overall story is cramped by the need to start a series and the world of the series. The difficulty of this recording is the odd format. Each section is more than 30min long and trying to fast forward to a lost place is a pain. This aspect of listening to the book mars overall enjoyment but the book is so much silly fun we continue to do the work. The narrator is a gift to these books. The second book is more fun but still has this awful format and difficulty.
Larry Correia is a masterful story teller. I wasn't sure if I would like this book before I started reading it, but after the first chapter, I was hooked. I've read all of the Monster Hunter books now and I'm moving on to Correia's Grimnoir Chronicles. Oliver Wyman is an amazing narrator. I want to read more books narrated by this guy. Put Correia and Wyman together and it's hard to stop listening to these books.
I am really shocked by all the praise this thing has gotten. Why? It is not special in any way.
The characters are so one dimensional and cliched. The female characters are completely defined, excusively defined, by how attractive they are and if they like guns. The love interest of the main character and his object of affection (truly just an object, not a developed person) is because she is pretty and likes guns. His love rival is the most cliched, arrogant, predictable, easy target anyone could imagine.
The plot progresses as slow as dripping molasses on an very chilly day, with stupid, endless action descriptions. Action and fight scenes are NOT plot progression and can be as boring as watching paint dry sometimes. Listening to 20 - 30 minutes of the logistics of who shot who and where was the monster now and how hard did he hit me, is mind numbing, at that is about half of this book - particularly the opening chapter action scene. Stupid detailed action sequences aren't a subtitute for story, characters and plot... There are SO many dull action scenes. And the stuff in between just seems a formality to get to the next idiot action description. I honestly could not care less about these lame, one dimensional, uncompelling characters at the end.
The characters are as shallow as a kiddy wading pool and as dull as dish water and there is virtually NO plot whatsoever.There is some stupid mission to kill monsters and a bunch of gun nuts sign up and then the endless action sequences, and side stories in investigating it that go no where.
I really am surprised and saddened by all the positive reviews and these reviews swayed me to buy it. I don't get it. It is awful, and dull as can be. I had to force myself to pay attention, it was like hard work to follow this dull story and stupid characters. There is nothing compelling or original or interesting or exciting about it. It was a listening chore and didnt improve.