Southern man, educated, ex-military, closet romantic, age 52 as of 2013, divorced. love to listen to books painting murals for children.
have not read the book
A great and interesting take on the monster world.
A first for me and it makes me more interested in other books he has done
Still trying to finish the first book when my sound chip went out on me. 2 hours left. Darn it! Jim.
Where on earth did this guy come from he's great! and you could not have pick a better reader other than Frank Muller himself. There is a hint of him in this I have to say.
Well done Dr. Watson. Well done.
Great Narrator & Great Read! In short summary: this is kind of like a Percy Jackson for adults. I ended up listening to this in 3 days after work and it was supposed to last a week or more but I got SUCKED in. I got it on a whim after hearing the hilarious sample which turns out to be the first scene (and didn't we all have times that our jobs felt like that a bit?), but the action doesn't stop there. The main character is a bit of a downtrodden guy, the author paints him in great, broad brush strokes: he has many strengths, but really somehow only sees his own foibles. I was surprised how much detail about firearms, but it seems that the author really knows details about weapons (I know nothing) and that also seems like what overlaps with action movies and was different that typical "fantasy" genre but not at all off-putting.
The unbelievable thing about this book is that in reality, it is like a trilogy all in one book! There are several distinct action sequences, each one building on it's own. I'm a particular sucker for what I call the "coming of age" fantasy stories a la Ranger's Apprentice or Peter V. Brett &c where the main character doesn't know his strengths or is a lost prince or mage or something and has untapped powers...this book has this but is modern twist. Also nice that it took place in Texas/Alabama (seems like so many modern fantasy novels take place in the NE). So many fantasy books are just about re-imagining Ireland or England and recreating the middle ages.... I just love America & modern American accents too, we Americans are so cool and quirky & this book celebrates that too. Also liked that there are characters of other races and not just male that are main characters. So overall, all the elements that I truly love about sci fi/fantasy.
The reason I gave the narrator only 4 stars, however, is because there were some action sequences that I could not tell which male character was speaking; If the scale for narrator rating were on 10 star scale I would rate 9/10. I think in the written book, they were the kind of paragraphs that were very short with only quote marks. And I must emphasize, this book was ACTION PACKED, I seriously would not be surprised if they made it into a movie; even this one book could be turned into 3 movies (David Twohy, new project maybe?). Narrating this book would have been tough, b/c many of the characters had deep voices. I'm not sure the director fully exploited the narrator's range of voices/expressions for the characters.
In summary, I will be getting more of Monster Hunter series & more from this narrator. Enjoy!
I loved the story, the way the narrator brought the characters alive with the voices. I honestly could not put it down!!
I liked everything about the story not just one thing.
If I could have listened to it in one sitting, I most definitely would have
Sure, it did keep my attention. Was really hard to get passed the first 7-10 hours because at that point the story is so predictable. But, after that it got a lot better. There are some gross scenes, but I think 12 + kids would enjoy on a long road trip.
No, got this book because of reviews, which I think were a little to high after finishing the book.
The old man ghost with a jewish accent.
No, been done to death recently. Zane would have to be "Pit" though.
Ok time killer. I listen to books on tape while doing chores around the house (in this case painting the house). The other reviews made it sound like a great story, but to me there are other (Iron Druid) that do a lot better. Very black and white, had to really struggle to find any character depth. Did get the second book based on a friends who felt the same about the first book.
better hmmm, possibly. I had voices picked out in my head but the readers work is better than my imagination.
john ringo's work, the rest of the monster hunter and grimnoir series. some of Heinlein.
he gives the characters life. they are real people to him and thus to us.
I've laughed out loud ive snorted, ive been pissed because I had to cut it off.
go ahead and buy the book and all of larry's other books.
Solid enough story, decent enough narration. The first person narration is probably my least favorite literary style.
I already have. His Grimnoir series is a new FAVORITE of mine. Absolutely love that one, truth be told I like this series enough to keep going.
He was fine. Nothing really special to me with this particular story. But we'll see after book 2.
Not really. It felt a little overly long at times, and the character was a little bit hard to buy. I won't say what I mean by that because it may just be me.
I'm just a big kid.
I'm a 'hard science fiction' fan, and have never been attracted to the fantasy/magic/vampire type of novels.
I somehow stumbled upon Larry Correia's blog, where I read an absolutely hilarious rant concerning some kind of war between writers involving identity politics.
I'm a John Ringo fan. Based on Larry's blog, Larry is cut from the same cloth.
Despite my misgivings about fantasy novels, I took the plunge and spent a credit on "MHI". I'm glad I did.
This book is still pretty 'science fictionany'.
If you have read Ringo's Aldanada novels, MHI is very similar. Just substitute really hard to kill monsters invading earth for Ringo's really hard to kill aliens invading earth, and go with the flow.
Like Ringo's heros, Correia's heros are really hard to kill. Correia's heros frequently get the crap beat out of them, and like in Ringo's novels,Correia's universe includes a method by which a hero can be kind of regenerated without long hospital stays between beatings.
Correia is a talented writer with a great sense of humor. That's a good thing, because there is a lot of blood and gore in this novel, without the large dose of ironic humor this would have been a really depressing 20 hours of listening.
I like long audio books, and this is a long one, in a good way. I enjoyed MHI a lot, it's certainly a credit well spent.
Larry Correia has become one of my favorite writers because of his Monster Hunter International and Warbound series. I can't recommend them highly enough. Great characters, good pacing, interesting storylines, there's just so much to enjoy. The narrators, Oliver Wyman for MHI and Bronson Pinchot for Warbound, are really excellent and make the series come alive.
This is a great, semi-trashy fiction book that is a very satisfying listen. Some of it is over the top, but it makes for a good story. Its not great literature, but it is definitely an enjoyable book.
The many voices from one person.
Too many to count.
Laugh and wanting more
Have not been disappointed with this series.