Strong characters and plenty of subtle tongue-in-cheek fun in this alternate reality slug-fest. Correia has a fun writing style and Pinchot brings great talent to his performance.
All the best moments would be spoilers, the book is full of them.
Pinchot does a great job of creating voices that reflected the personalities of the characters. He also uses a performance style that fits into the 1930's gangster style of the writing.
This is a FUN book to listen to. It has all the elements of a Hollywood summer blockbuster. Lots of great action sequences, likable heros and evil villains, and an interesting story that moves the action along well. I also enjoyed the parallel universe type twist on real historical figures, cities, and inventions. I visualized the human X-men and Watchmen set loose in the 1940's, and pummeling each other until one side is victorious. Good performance/narration with the exception of Faye (nails/chalkboard) which is why 4 star performance.
The author had taken what is familiar in the magical world and put his spin on it so well it does not get old. He does this by creating fantastic characters that you pull for and also want dead. The late 1800's is a great setting for magic. This series is worth the listen and a read.
On a personal note I could have did without the "f - word". He handles the sex and violence with a deft hand. Less is more. If there was not so much profanity (there is not a ton but enough) I could have my 12 year old read this series.
Alternate History Fantasy
While the setting is different, I found a lot of parallels between this series and Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series.
The way magic works in this book reminded me a little of the Mistborn system, and the main villain and the main female character also have a lot of similarities to those characters in Mistborn - though not enough that I'd say there was any copying going on :)
The ending - such plot twists! The author does such a marvelous job of foreshadowing but only giving you a little information so you are still not quite sure exactly what is going on - or even making you think something completely different is happening than what really is.
yes, but without some pretty major spoilers it would be hard to explain :)
The performance on this book is absolutely the best I have ever heard on Audible - period.
The honor previously went to the narration on the unabridged Timothy Zahn Star Wars Thrawn trilogy.
After some very precursory reading of reviews, I immediately bought books 2 and 3 of this series, and am working on book 2 currently, and loving it.
Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"
My husband and I are big fans of Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearn and Clay and Susan Griffith. When we ran out of books to read from these authors I decided to take a chance on this first book by Larry Correia. It is a very fun series! I must add that Bronson Pinchot does a brilliant job of narration, and brings the story to life, with his character voices adding just the right amount of drama and comedy to make the book entirely engrossing! We are on book two now, and hoping for another one in the series before we finish book three.
I'm a big fan of the Monster Hunter series, it took me a while to listen to the first in that series because I judged the book by it's cover and thought that it might be too comic book-ish and not for me. I had the same reservations about Hard Magic- I should have known better. This book is pretty awesome. The story is an interesting one and the characters are well written and so diverse. It took me about an hour to get comfortable with Bronson Pinchot. I put the book down twice because I wasn't sure that I liked his Jake voice. I'm glad I decided to push on because he does do an amazing job. Larry Corriea is awesome!!
I haven't read a book this good in a long long time! When an author can make me feel something when I think someone has died after knowing them for only a chapter, I know this guy can write! Excellent story and so well read by Pinchot. Hoping book II is just as good.
I just wanted to add to the glowing reviews for Bronson Pinchot. His capacity for different voices was brilliant. Going on to the next book soon. Great story also.
This book was great! It does a wonderful job of recreating the charm and atmosphere of 1930's America without the cliche. Correia's characters live and breathe through Pinchot's great performance. Even being familiar with the actor for ages, I forgot whom I was listening to and enjoyed the story as if the characters themselves were living it out in my ears. The story is engaging and I found myself enthralled with the way the world and the magic work in this alternate history.
As soon as I finished this one I bought and downloaded the second one. I can't wait to continue the tale! Highly recommended.