It took me quite awhile to really get into the story. At first I was scratching my head and even began another audiobook, however, I came back to this because I HATE not completing a book once I have started reading/listening. Upon continuing I am glad I did. I warmed to the story and began enjoying the tale. I almost think this was one of those books I should have "read" first before listening to it. Bronson Pinchot does a grand job narrating.
So much has already been said about this book I cannot add much. Although Jake Sullivan is suppose to be the main character, I think more of the story is about Faye Vierra. She is an unknown factor, a bit simple, has a big heart and cares deeply. There is so much going on in this book, several tales coming together towards the end. It's big, it's supernatural, it's steampunk, it's alien and it is crime. Almost every genre is encompassed within. I will be returning to this some day and "reading" the book.
There's some foul language, not like every other sentence, paragraph or anything. But if that's a put off, then avoid.
I am now re-listening to all of the Grimnoir series, because I enjoyed them so much the first time. The story is fascinating, inventive and quite unique. The narration is absolutely remarkable and spell-binding. Bronson Pinchot is simply the best reader I have heard and I listen to a lot of books. All of Larry Correia's books are extremely well written but the combination of an alternate history and a believable use of magic is captivating and so extraordinary that this is my favorite series of the three he currently has going. I certainly hope for more books of this series, hopefully with the same cast of characters. I especially liked that the ultimate hero is female, without detracting from the importance of all the other male characters.
I really enjoyed the narrator here, the different characters were brilliantly voiced. I think I would prefer to listen to this series than read it, so long as the narrator remained the same.
Faye is my favorite. She begins as a very sheltered girl and must grow into herself. I enjoyed her single-mindedness, and her will to survive, and to wreak vengeance!
Oooh, and The Pale Horse! Creepy, twisty, yeah.
Bronson Pinchot did a fabulous job with all of the characters. His reading was extremely entertaining.
There are several great cliffhangers in this book that leaves the listener wondering what happened to the characters involved. I was really taken by the complexity of the premise of the world these characters live in.
I bought this book when it was the daily deal and it was surprisingly fabulous. My husband and I listened to it during a road trip and loved every mile of it. Lots of great characters, adventure, romance, fights, explosions, zeppelins, good and evil battling for control of the world, what's not to love?
I would consider it to be because of the excellent narration of Mr. Pinchot and the absence of the amateurish illustrations of some of the characters seen in the actual book.
I was just ready for it to be over by the end, but that's not to say I didn't enjoy the story before then.
Jake Sully has a very distinct drawl that I don't think I would have imagined myself reading the book but really fleshes the character out for me. It's a bit cartoonish at times, but fits in with the story well.
Except that I despised that little girl throughout much of the book, but that maybe because of the narrator's voice he used for her. Even so, I felt she was totally superfluous and was meant only to appeal to some extra demographic and conveniently move the plot along at times.
One of my biggest problems with this book is little extras added in between chapters in which we learn Babe Ruth was a heavy and Einstein was a cog. To me, attributing their amazing feats of humanity to magic is near insulting. It's a neat idea that that's neat for about one minute until you realize the implications, but obviously Mr. Correia doesn't really care about those implications so neither do I, I guess. And neither do I care to finish this series. Noir and superpowers are cool, but this is really just a magic system and a story about a magical society and the noir gets lost way back in the middle somewhere. If you like urban fantasy this is for you.
Epic fantasy fan
Yes, because there are little things that you miss until you know how things turn out. I'll wait until I finish the trilogy before rereading it.
The loss of Delilah was bitter sweet.
This book has a lot of historical references in it that I missed. It really makes me want to read more history.
but when you died and went to audiobook heaven, you'd find this on your ipod.
Let's face it, this is pure escapism. A pulpy alternate history set in the 1930's, where magic entered the world in the mid 19th Century and humanity is still trying to come to grips with it. The trilogy pits the forces that would exploit those with magic against a shadowy secret society that would protect those with magic. In each book, you find a deeper, more sinister "big bad", and the plucky Grimnoire rise to challenge.
Cheesy ploy aside, the writing is exceptionally strong. Two of the pivotal characters, Jake Sullivan and especially Faye Vierra among the most memorable and fully realized you'll encounter in a long, long time. There is a lot of action, which can get graphic, though it stays short of indulgent. Good guys and bad guys and guys you aren't sure about will all get punched, kicked, shot, stabbed, burned, frozen, squashed, drowned, dropped from high places, etc - often repeatedly. Many chapters start with an epigram that is a "modified" version of a quote from a well known historical figure. The history buffs will get some chuckles out of these.
On paper, this would be a fun read. On audio, you need a narrator. Bronson Pinchot's performance is absolutely astonishing. Each main character as a distinctive tone, pitch, cadence, and accent which are spot on. The third person narration is equally as lively and nuanced.
Net-net, you get an endearing book performed by a master narrator at the peak of his game.
I found this book to be very interesting and captivating. The setting is a very unique take on the genre of scifi.
The plot summary for this book is pretty much the most unhelpful/inaccurate thing I've ever read on this site and someone really really ought to re-write it!!! It doesn't do this book any justice. This book is a classic sort of spy/secret society, fight against evil and get revenge story where a somewhat unlikely and at first unwilling hero steps in to help a motley crew of characters to save the world. It's funny and very well written. It's got everything you could want, spies and secret societies (as mentioned), neat magic, thirties slang, well thought through alternate history, doomsday devices, classic heroes and villains, a spunky 16 year old (self admitted) hick heroine, gunfights, zombies and blimp pirates. What more could you ask for? Even though it's billed as 'book 1 of the chronicles' don't worry, it's a stand alone story, so you won't have to get more books to get closure on the plot.
The narrator did a great job. The author also did a really good job of really capturing the characters. Sections that were told from different character's points of view were written in sufficiently distinct styles, unlike lots of books where everyone's perspective sounds pretty much the same.
Fair warning: this book has a rather Quentin Tarantino level of gratuitous and gruesome violence. Pretty much all the main characters die at least once (sometimes more than once). I don't think there's any named character who makes it through without sustaining an injury that would require an ambulance at least once. Just sit back and enjoy it, don't think too hard.
I was searching for something a little different from an author I had not read or listened to before and was absolutely gobsmacked by how much I enjoyed everything about this book. The universe that Larry Correia concocts and the varied characters he populates it with left me a fan who will be acquiring more of his works.
The story is set in a world where magic is an accepted part of life although not always welcomed. The parallels that are drawn between this reality and our own are nicely done and, provided you do not hiccup, you will hear a brief reference that links them together. The characters are nicely developed with varied backstories that are compelling and allow us to understand their motivations. This is where Bronson Pinchot does an excellent job. The interpretations he gives to the cast greatly adds to their personalities and made them come alive. As an example I know that if I had read this book, my impression of Faye would have been completely different. His impression of her adds warmth and humor which serve to endear her to the listener.
There is plenty of action, humor, spectacular set pieces, plausible explanations of the magic, and some unexpected twists that kept me looking for excuses to listen to more. If you are in the mood for something refreshingly new that is just plain fun, this is the book you are looking for.
There were promising elements in the storyline, but the telling was ham-handed, and had all the finesse of a violent video game.
A performer can only do so much with the material he's given.
I was certainly shocked that this book had received such good reviews from other listeners.