I'm a big fan of the Monster Hunter series, it took me a while to listen to the first in that series because I judged the book by it's cover and thought that it might be too comic book-ish and not for me. I had the same reservations about Hard Magic- I should have known better. This book is pretty awesome. The story is an interesting one and the characters are well written and so diverse. It took me about an hour to get comfortable with Bronson Pinchot. I put the book down twice because I wasn't sure that I liked his Jake voice. I'm glad I decided to push on because he does do an amazing job. Larry Corriea is awesome!!
I haven't read a book this good in a long long time! When an author can make me feel something when I think someone has died after knowing them for only a chapter, I know this guy can write! Excellent story and so well read by Pinchot. Hoping book II is just as good.
I just wanted to add to the glowing reviews for Bronson Pinchot. His capacity for different voices was brilliant. Going on to the next book soon. Great story also.
This book was great! It does a wonderful job of recreating the charm and atmosphere of 1930's America without the cliche. Correia's characters live and breathe through Pinchot's great performance. Even being familiar with the actor for ages, I forgot whom I was listening to and enjoyed the story as if the characters themselves were living it out in my ears. The story is engaging and I found myself enthralled with the way the world and the magic work in this alternate history.
As soon as I finished this one I bought and downloaded the second one. I can't wait to continue the tale! Highly recommended.
It's hard to pick one thing that I liked "best" about this book, but I think it would have to be Bronson Pinchot's incredible performance narrating the story.
The story itself is rich, original and highly entertaining, set against the backdrop of a lushly imagined 40's-noir world with. The stakes are high, the characters are interesting, and the "magical" aspects of the world are so well-written that they seem believable and plausible, even in the most extraordinary moments. You'll find yourself grinning subconsciously at the imaginative and novel ways that magical powers enter the story.
Bronson Pinchot's narration is flawless. He is such a skilled performer that listening to him read any text would be interesting, but he takes this already highly entertaining and compelling story to the next level. He brings life to an entire world of characters, male and female, never failing to find the distinguishing vocal trait that makes them easy to identify in the midst of a plot that jumps around multiple locations and countries. And all the while he avoids the pitfalls and cliches that would be easy to fall into while juggling so many different characters. It is not exaggeration when I say that his narration was as big a factor in my decision to download the rest of this trilogy as the story itself was, after finishing this first book.
If you enjoy science-fiction you will enjoy this book.
The various abilities placed into the alternative 1930's setting.
I love the main character, Jake Sullivan.
The way Bronson Pinchot voices him, he sounds like a mean Sheriff Andy Taylor.
Can't spoil it.
Buy it, you will not be disappointed.
This is great pulp junk food fantasy. the performance has to be among the very best ive heard of over 50 books from audible. if you are looking for war and peace look elsewhere, but if you want a fun book for jogging on the treadmill this is it. i'll be getting the rest in the series
The story is excellent ... complex and detailed pulling you deeper and deeper as you listen. I cannot wait for the second edition to start in 15 minutes and intend to listen to it all front to back when it is over ... Clean language, interesting mix of history distorted only to the probability of the story and the reading was absolutely magic ... the first book out of hundreds that I have taken the time to rave about. Well Done and thank you for the talent of the author and the reader ... a great mix.
I approached this book with apprehension. I am a hesitant Sci/fi, Fantasy fan, and am generally not a fan of revisionist history. I was also questioning the choice of narrator.
All I can say is how wrong I was. This book blew my mind. I was totally drawn in to the world that Larry Correia has created. I fell in love with the characters, and can't wait to follow them through the rest of this trilogy. I will not give anything away, I will just cation you block out some time, you will not want to turn this one off, also have the time for the other two books as you will want to listen to the rest of the series.
Had no idea that Bronson Pinchots voice would make the story so entertaining! thoroughly enjoyed the book and loved the characters! cant wait to start the next book.