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.
So far, it is in the top 3 for me. I bought hard magic in one of the sales either a daily deal or the two for one but I really enjoyed it.
It is difficult to compare but I can say I felt the take on supernatural/powers aspect was different and the overall story was good.
I'd probably sullivan was the top but faye was up there as well. He pulled off the uneducated hillbilly accent/character really well. Not all voice actors are able to pull off the opposite gender's voice without sounding off.
There was but it would be a spoiler. however, the "scene" that occurred is very typical of movies/stories and while it wasn't a surprise it was still moving due to the way Bronson depicted it with his voice.
Definitely recommend this book if you are into the supernatural/fantasy world especially having to do with powers/magic. The explanation for powers was different although not my favorite explanation. I'm hoping the other books in the series will improve on it or explain more.
This is really a comic book and not a real story. In addition it is an extremely bloody, graphic comic book with more maiming, amputations, eviscerations and other mayhem than is justified by the thin story line. Besides the magical maiming it seems the author is a weapons instructor who enjoys describing the size, caliber, fire rate and destruction caused by modern weapons. The only plus side is the narrator who does a pretty good job with a large number of voices and characters.
... if you liked the Aces Wild books there is a great chance that this is right up your Alley.
I was initially put off a little by the cheesy cover art of this title, but the Story inside was terrific and now the art makes sense!
This is set in a 1920's world that parallel's ours, except in this world something weird happened that causes some people to obtain magic powers.
Expertly crafted and expertly Narrated this book delivers entertainment from end to end. Don't hesitate... try this one.
Characters, Magic, Consistency
Fay - Character went from uneducated farm girl grows into adulthood, responsibilities and learning. You follo how she grew from girl, to woman, to master of her own destiny. Had some great lines too.
YES!!! The whispering and low voices makes it impossible to listen and hear it all even a full volume, just to get ear-deafning yelling a few seconds later.
No - I listen mainly during my commute.
The series is one of the better - and while you'll have to listen to them in order, they build well upon each other.
The story is well developed with terrific character development.
This is one of the best narrated books that i have listened to on Audible. The narrator nails the characters and creates clear, distinct personalities.
If you love magic, sci fi, and action this is the book for you
If you are squeamish about gory fight scenes then you probably won't enjoy this book.
It is an extremely creative novel.
I hope that you gain as much pleasure from it as I have.
Mind-blowing historical fiction
The battle scenes are truly remarkable, His fantasy and and story telling are not only insightful but they make you feel like your there.
His truly brilliant command of his voice, to create the characters in this book, is applied with craftsmanship beyond compare
It doesn't hide under the bed