This is not my usual type of fantasy book but I have to say it was an awesome find! I loved the fact the the protagonist was not some knight in shining armor who no one could resist but an an unattractive guy who's often underestimated. He kicks butt when he can and takes beatings where he must. But struggles on because that's the type of guy he is. The narrator was his own kind of awesome because he fades into the background and makes the story and characters stand out. I bought the next book when I was halfway done with the first and it only took me a few days to listen to over 20 hours of audiobook... It would've taken me less but I sleep 8 hours a night!
This is not a science fiction novel. It is not a fantasy novel either. It would best be classified as horror. There's lots of action. The story is well told and the reader did a good job. But since it was listed as Sci-fi / Fantasy I was very disappointed. The "monsters" are vampires and werewolves. Not what I think of as monsters. Consequently I returned the book.
Lover of books and fictions reads.
Yes! Especially if they are a gun nut, dislike sparkly vampire and believe that all undead creatures are scum of the earth and not potential true love material.
The killings, definitely the killings. Die vampires! Also, death is nothing like the video games, the characters slipped in blood, knocked their heads on things, suffer from road rashes and scratched itchy swamp ticks...
The emotions, or non emotions in the case of Agent Franks, in each of the characters. I love how he can do different female voices to the point that I can know who is talking with just a line. Also, his male voices and accents are cool too. Agent Franks' deep creepy timber, our plucky accountant's Haha! In your face! voice as well as Earl Harbinger's southern accents are all properly presented!
When the world is going to hell, it pays to be prepared
READ THIS!! I've actually reread the whole lot more than five times now. I reread the whole lot whenever the latest book appears.
I listened to an newer book & it was so good I decided to start from the beginning. I liked this start to the series & recommend it highly. Narration is really good.
if you like Guns, Action and Monster killin the "MHI" Series is for you. This book was recommended to me by a good friend and after the first couple chapters, i couldn't believe i had never heard of it before, the story is well thought out, action packed, funny and just downright fun to read/Listen to. The main characters are realistic and feel like people everyone could know, the "Surprise characters" are Hilarious (Skippy is amazing and the Elf queen is Priceless), I HIGHLY recommend this book and this series to anyone who wants a refreshing, new take on the same old monster books.
This book was worth the time for sure. The performance was a bit over done but not horrible. The story was strong and the writing, while cliche in some places, was fun in most.
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This audiobook is my favorite one out of the 180 that I have gotten over the past 5 years! I can't emphasize enough how great this was from beginning to end! No slow parts, full of twists and turns, and just a great book to get!! I'd give it 10 stars if I could...
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.