Outstanding story! Fun, thrilling... Lots of action, humor, and ghoulish monsters.
The narrator did a very fine job, distinct and appropriate voices for all of the characters, emotions are well portrayed... but... talks... way... too... SLOOOW! Had to speed it up to 1.25x playback, then it sounded like a normal voice and was an excellent listen.
Yes, because it was a fine example of an urban fantasy novel. But there was one major problem I had with it. Like a lot of novels in the genre, MHI has a "hidden world" setting, but the way the author justified it really broke my suspension of disbelief. Apparently all the monsters are kept secret because congress passed a law and now Federal agents roam around threatening anyone who tries to tell the public. Of course, that's merely a justification for the main character not knowing about monsters before being attacked by one. Still, if you notice how off it is the first time, it's not something the novel will ever let forget.
I found the early monster fights against weaker monsters the most interesting. The blend of firepower and wits in them is the book's greatest strength.The most tiresome part of the novel is the conflict between the federal agents and the monster hunters. Both sides come across as incompetent jerks and I don't see any reason for Monster Hunter International to be better monster hunters than the feds. I've stories where the heroes work for the government, freelance or without getting paid at all, why the author trying to make one group better than the other? It's a fictional profession in the first place.
I liked how well his voice fit the main character and how well he did female voices.
Not really. As another reviewer mentioned it is Buffy with a conservative undertone. Not much of a hook for adaption.
Oliver Wyman was great, as usual. He made the best of a overly-stretched plot. It could have been 25% shorter without sacrificing any of the story arcs...
Love scary stories and thrillers.
Exciting, fun and humorous. It keeps you wanting more and rooting for Owen all the way.
This story doesn't slow down too often, and because of that, I kept wanting to listen more, to see what would happen next.
Great job of adapting to different personas.
Monster Hunter International
My only complaint is that I would sometimes miss part of the story because I couldn't stay awake for 24 hours straight. Stupid body wouldn't let me get enough of the story.
Its honesty. It's an action story, with just a touch of right-wing (or rather, rational) political commentary. It's fantasy monster fighting in modern world. Great book with no aspirations of being Literature.
He reads just fine (except for when he announces 'Chapter 1', 'Chapter 2', etc., which come out a bit too-macho.
"Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time" - and this book is a brilliant example thereof.
Exciting, unsuspecting, awesome.
Um spoilers! Knowing even when evil is removed the bad guy bites it anyways.
Um a great personality to Owen.
Could have but its like a movie mini series each chapter is like an episode. So if I was binge watching it I could do it in one sitting. But in this case binge listening.
Larry your fantastic. I wish so much for a few more narrators at least one for the female lines. Oliver is okay in his female voice. But I felt Julie needed more justice to her beauty
Let me first say that if you want high fiction, look elsewhere. This story is FUN. It's interesting, it possesses some plot twists, but ultimately it is an action-packed, good-guys-win-bad-guys-lose adventure.
The story made me bark out laughter several times. Pitt can be a wise-ass, and in keeping with the mostly light, fun story, the bad guys get what's coming to them. I got a warm fuzzy feeling when Pitt threw Grant Jefferson off the ship, and I might have even said,"Ha, the prick deserved it" out loud.
If you like guns, explosions, guns, violence, guns, and an easily accessible love story with likeable characters and guns, this one is for you.
I thought this was going to be a fluff type of book, and in a sense it is. But I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It is a great combination of underdog story, love story,and mercenary story overlaid with a rich supernatural tapestry. I guarantee this is one book that you will have a hard time putting down.
Oh, and if you like guns, this book is for you! The author knows his stuff and there are lots of descriptions of the firepower1