maybe, to a male who likes highly descriptive violence. Or was a firearm aficionado, way too much technical descriptions of guns for me to follow, or enjoy. Don't get all fluffed up, I own my own rifles, just don't care for the extended descriptions.
Ending was relatively predictable, good guys win.
Hmmm, I didn't really have a fave, mostly his narration grated on me. He did have great variety in voices, just seemed to stereotype people.
I get that this is a period piece, but found some of the remarks demeaning to race and gender.
As a re-read/re-listen. I know when I listen to the story again I'll catch all the stuff I missed the first time.
Kept the story moving and gritty.
Having the history of the 1920's, 1930's era mixed with the fantasy of magic was a new approach and one I found refreshing and engaging.
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
an alternate history timeline . . .
. . . which are basically all the things I thought I wouldn't be attracted to in a book. Yet, after doing some recent Audible listening to some sci-fi greats I had read years ago, such as Frank Herbert's Dune and Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, I would put the Grimnoir trilogy right up there with the great classics. It is that well written.
Larry Correia does a great job of imagery. At times I wonder if he played out portions of some of the scenery described, like tossing down into the air and spraying red liquid in order to describe the little details that fill in the senses of vision, sound, smell, and feel. Not only is the plot creative and unpredictable, but the environmental and character details filled in make the story rich and delight the imaginary senses.
I must be getting desensitized to violence because there's a whole lot of action with swords, guns, explosions, or simple brute strength killing and there was a time when I wouldn't have been able to handle the descriptions of gore or brutality. At times, while listening, I backed up and wondered what it is about humans that violence is acceptable as entertainment.
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke
Some fascinating concepts thrown into this trilogy are "thought forms", "intent", "dimensions", "vortexes", and, of course, an alternate historical time line. There's an interesting undertheme of magic is a form of physics and the ending of the third book set up greater exploration in that direction, should other books follow.
In Dune, at the start of every chapter,was an interesting excerpt from various "books" written by the wife of Maud'dib, Princess Irulan. It was a good mechanism to both frame and fill out the description of the world and times the story was set in.
In the Grimnoir trilogy this idea was used very well and did a lot to explain the alternate timeline's world. Most were quotes by famous historical figures known today, but written differently as characters in the alternate timeline. Some were hilarious advertisements "excerpted" from "magazines."
After reading just the first book of Monster Hunters, I moved on to the Grimnoir Chronicles based on the reviews. There is definitely an improvement on the writing and I especially appreciate the more subtle and sophisticated approach to the romantic side of the book. Also, the characters are much more diverse and complex.
Speaking of romance . . .in the Grimnoir Chronicles the phrase "Alright then" was the entire sex scene at the end of the chapter. The writers, director, and producers of the BBC Torchwood TV series could make better shows just using that method.
Looking for a pleasant diversion after buying some "educational" and "self-improvement" books, I wanted to reward myself with the first Grimnoir Chronicle book. But it was so good that I bought the second. Then the third. Such amazing writing! I felt guilty for spending so much time on fun books . . .
And, of course, Bronson Pinchot is an awesome narrator. Awesome.
The last book left off in such a way that the story was completed, yet there is a possibility that another adventure is possible. If the author is able to keep up to the high writing standards established, I hope there are more Grimnoir Chronicle books to come.
3 words is not enough! I've listened to this series multiple times, it's like an old friend and always great
love the melding of magic with the history of the late 20's and early 30's. the world that correia has created is at once realistic and fantastical. he makes the appearance of magical powers in certain people mesh seamlessly with the very real technological miracles of the day (zeppelins, phonographs, guns) and the use of real people like Stuyvesant and Churchill anchors the stories in time and place while giving it a sense of realism.
I read the books after listening to them and I prefer the audible versions. Bronson Pinchot is one of the best narrators I've ever heard. he gives life to all his characters, their voices are distinct and recognizable (except for Jane's loss of accent in the 2nd book, what was up wit that?) you can tell Pinchot approaches each book with the extreme care of an actor playing a role that he loves.
I wish I had the time!
this series is great, as are correia's monster Hunter international books. I discovered these books through audible, and I'm glad, because his books are not that easy to get since he's published by a small house. I am really glad that audible produced these books and with great narrators - Pinchot for the Grimnoir Trilogy and Oliver Wyman for the MHI books.
Larry Correia created a world within our own that pulled me in and made me want to dive into the action! The "quotes" by actual historical figures were especially entertaining in Correia's world where magic is real and not everyone can wield it. Gravity spiker, Jake, was a hero to love! There are travelers, and cogs, movers and beasties, brutes and cracklers, and if that doesn't peak your interest to find out what this world is all about...? There is Bronson Pinchot! His special magic was to give individual life to each of these amazing characters with a voice of their own. Wow... just WOW!
Where shall I begin? OK I'll start at the beginning no wait let's go to the middle no that want work either go to the end. It does not make a flipping difference every word of this book... NO TREASURE is WONDERFUL!!! Never before have I felt the raw passion from an author and narrator like HARD MAGIC! Since listening to all three Chronicles I've searched for it's equal and am found still wanting!!!
I like his Monster Hunter series ... but was hesitant to listen to this series because of the cover. Big mistake - the Grimnoir books are incredibly deep and even better thought out than the MH series! Filled with historical fiction and one of the best narrators I've ever heard - this is one series you can't miss!
I like sci-fi and fantasy books Dresden Files is a must for anyone!!
Faye, teleporting is a cool power to have, and the character was easy to like.
The holdup at the mansion against matty!
Book starts really slow, I almost stopped reading it. This book was confusing to start, character introduction sucks, some of the worst I have ever seen, what is everyone doing, and why!!! But after you grind past this, and understand the characters, this book really picks up, and is just as good as the monster hunter series.
The character Sullivan. Plain and simple. The story follows a crowd of integral characters, but Sullivan and Fae are phenomenal characters.
Sullivan recounting the events leading to his incarceration. You'll know it when you get there.
I'm not aware if I've listened to any of his performances before, but this one was awesome. The accents, the southern drawl of Sullivan and the German accent on Koenig. Very believable throughout.
Plenty of laughable moments.
If you like noir novels or urban fantasy, this novel is great. If you don't know whether you like those styles yet, give it a shot. Audible suggested it to me because of my previous interest in the Monster Hunter series by Correia and the Dresden Files series. The suggestion was spot on. Absolutely loved this series, I've been introducing everyone I know to the novels.
I've recommended this book. It's truly an interesting read
Great read!!! Twists and turns keep your mind engaged.
Favorite scene is the fight on the blimp with jake and the grimnoir