I wasn't sure what I was getting into and was a bit confused when the boom started but I couldn't stop listening once the story, the characters, and the twist and turns were revealed.
The narrator did an excellent job making the characters sound unique so you were never pulled out of the story.
A surprisingly enjoyable book, despite hiring someone who has clearly never read the book to design the cover art for it. Ignore it completely and don't let it turn you off to it.
The only"real" complaint I have is that (while the performance overall was pretty great) I felt like too many characters were spoken with way too slow and drawn out speech. It takes Harkness about 5 real-life minutes to say a 5 word sentence in the book.
Overall I was surprised at how good it was and finally figured out why it kept making its way into my suggested books category.
More than met my expectations. I loved the era the story it was written in. Narrator was totally awesome, and I could always tell what voice he was performing.
It may sound like a crazy convolution of tropes, but Hard Magic is a really fun adventure and well worth the listen. The setting's history and magic system are well fleshed out and the characters are interesting.
The narrator does a great job of making every character come to life with their own verbal hints and nuances.
I wouldn't quite call it literature, but its a great read!
Though I love Correia's MHI books, which was a big surprise to me, I was a bit hesitant to start this new series.
In reading this book I realized two things. First, I really don't like alternate history. And second, Larry Correia is a good enough storyteller that I didn't care.
It was nothing particular, but somewhere around the quarter mark the story stopped being about the setting and started being about the characters and the magic, and it was fantastic.
I'll definitely be reading book 2.
Hell hath no fury like a woman interrupted while listening to a really good book!
I bought this book because of all the great reviews but after listening to the first few hours, I was having my doubts about the story. I am so glad I kept listening, because the story was almost as good as what all the reviews indicated and I give it an overall 3.75.
The only two downsides for me is the slow beginning and the narrator. I think if the narrating was better, I would have enjoyed the book more.
I have't decided if I will buy the other books in the series.
I really enjoyed Larry's other series "Monster Hunters" a lot. 😈