This one has a little of everything: a little alternative history, a unique and surprising system of magic, lots of action, and a superb narration. I would have listened to this book for the voices alone. The story manages a nice balance between grit and humor. A wild ride and lots of fun. I will definitely listen to the rest of the books in the series, and probably revisit these books again.
After falling in Love with the "Monster Hunter Inc." series on audible, I was very excited to see another series by Larry Correia. The voices in this audible book are excruciating. It was so horrible that I had to stop listening and just buy the Kindle book. The story is awesome but the voices all sound as if they are severely mentally handicapped.
Removing it from my playlist.
All the characters are brain dead, mental patients. Such an awesome story to ruin. I am not sure if he was reading as he was told to but Oh my God I just could not get past chapter 4
All the voices. Just read the book
DO NOT BUY THIS AUDIO GET THE BOOK AND DO YOUR OWN VOICES.
His pacing and voice work was perfect for this story.
Yes, but unfortunately that would take too long. As it is, I found myself listening at lunch, on my drives to and from work, when the kids went to bed...really any time I could.
This is a great story with outstanding narration. I liked it so much I bought the other two books before I was 1/3 of the way through this one.
Bronson Pinchot does an amazing performance reading Correia's superb story. The characters all exploded to life in what is the most harebrained, swashbuckling, and all out entertaining adventure I've read in a long time. I laughed, I cried, and I'm ready for more.
Devourer of all books fantasy
I am a huge fan of Correia’s Monster Hunter International (MHI) series. I have been wanting to read the Grimnoir Chronicles for some time and just finally got around to it. This book is more of a paranormal alternate history of sorts than a horror. It was really well done, but I still enjoy the MHI series a bit more.
I listened to this on audiobook and the narrator did a great job with having distinctive voices for all of the characters and portraying their emotion well. I did have a couple problems with the narration. The narrator talks really really slow; so I ended up listening to this at 1.5x on Audible. Also a couple voices for the characters (primarily Jake Sullivan’s voice) are really really low in tone; this made it very hard to understand what Jake was saying. I listen to these while driving and I really had to crank up the volume to hear these low toned voices over the background road noise...and then the other parts were way too loud. So I might recommend skipping this on audiobook unless you are going to listen to it in a quiet area.
Jake Sullivan is finally out of prison on a deal. He needs to help the government solve a certain number of crimes involving magic before he is let go on a shortened sentence. Jake himself is a magic user or active and can control gravity and density aka a “Heavy”. During one of his government jobs he finds out that one of the Actives he’s hunting down is an old flame of his and he just can’t believe she would kill people. He’s troubled by this and when the government renegs on their deal with him Jake is pretty pissed. That’s when he gets an offer to join a secret Organization called the Grimnoir who is in an eternal struggle with the Chairman. The Chairman is an evil entity set on destroying the world as we know it.
This book, like many books being release now, is a mish mash of a whole bunch of genres. There’s a ton of action and gun talk which is very typical of Correia’s book. There are also a lot of superhero elements to the story since all of the characters have very superhero-like abilities. There’s a bit of a gangster feel to the whole story as well. Additionally there are some paranormal aspects with the whole magic thing and the Chairman. There’s also a lot of adventure and some steampunk elements (dirigibles, experimental medicine, etc) and the story is very much of the alternate history variety.
There was a lot I really loved in this book. I loved the idea of magic abilities that are founded in principles that bend science (manipulating mass, gravity, density of objects). I really loved some of the characters as well. Faye is a lot of fun as a character; she is a teen that is a Traveler and can travel through space. She is so happy go lucky and funny and so darn strong; she is a hoot to read about. I also really enjoyed Delilah, she is a petite women who is a Brute and can pretty much muscle anything or anyone into submission. I also really enjoyed the mysterious and evil Chairman; he is a wonderfully complex villain.
There were also some things I didn’t like about the book. I never really enjoyed Jake as a character; he was just so serious and he reminded me a lot of Owen Pitt from MHI. He’s super big, super smart but always underestimated because of his size, and has a special connection to magical powers (all characteristics very similar to Owen). I just never really clicked with him and didn’t really enjoy his parts of the story. I also thought the story was a bit predictable. There were some twists and turns in here, but I kind of saw where everything was going from pretty early on.
Overall this was a very well done action packed alternate history/fantasy from Correai. I would definitely recommend, although I will admit I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as the MHI books. I did really enjoyed the magic system in this book and all of the action. There are some awesome character in here as well. I will definitely continue reading the sereis. Recommended to those who enjoy action packed alternate history with fantasy and magic.
Just my thought monster hundred corporate was going to the best series by him. He goes and surprised me with this. And amazing book, can't wait to the next.