Even though I'm a fantasy/sci-fi fan, I really didn't think this was going to be my kind of book, but I was persuaded by all of the raving reviews this series has received. And...I'm totally hooked! I know I'm a little late to the game, seeing as the third book was just released, but I will be catching up shortly because I can't wait to listen to the next book. I'm glad I listened to all the reviewers because I've found a new series to love. Larry Correia is original and Bronson Pinchot is perfect. I've already recommended the Grimnoir Chronicles to a friend.
Fantastic and nothing like what I expected, the series just develops and the third book is great and sad that the series ended. Such a nice change having a book set in the 30's. Really cool, the history, characters and events are all woven through masterfully.
Of course, and I undoubtedly will soon.
I know it sounds weird, but the villain (the evil "Chairman"). About halfway thru you start to wonder if the "good guys" are actually doing the right thing. The Chairman is so convincing that you think "maybe he's right and all the "heroes" are really just screwing things up.
I know female voices are hard to do, but he needs to figure something out that doesn't sound like a stereotype
yep, and I did. (I'm a truck driver so I can)
much deeper story than I thought a steampunk/magic book would be
I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend, in face, I already have. Multiple times. It is getting quite annoying actually. The non-stop action and twisting plot kept me entertained and excited the whole time. It felt like if Joss Whedon had a baby with the movie Sin City. If you picture that.
The scenes where Faye learns to use her magic on the Imperium dirigible.
Pretty much everything. He has specific voices for each character and they all lend to the development of said character. He is also the embodiment of onomatopoeia. Each word has the impact of a sound. Whether that word is meant to be quiet or loud. The reader feels them as Pinchot speaks them.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
I only chose this book because it had such high ratings, and I figured, that all those people can't possible be that wrong. Well, they're not. First let's start off with the narrator, Bronson Pinchot. We all know him as Balki from Perfect Strangers. Okay, throw that out of your head right now, because his narration of this book is perfect. He's fantastic. I can't believe it's him. Other narrators should listen to his narration of this book, so they can say to themselves, "ahh so that's how it's done." The story, and world that it takes place in are original, interesting, intelligent, enjoyable, etc. It's everything a fantasy/sci-fi action novel should be. I'd say it's 50% steam punk, and 50% fantasy. If I had any criticism of this book it would be the lame cover, and title. Hard Magic? You'd think after creating such a rich world and story he could have come up with something like, Tesla's Geo-Tel, or The Imperium Unleashed. But hey, no book is perfect. I'm looking forward to books 2 & 3, and happy to see the Bronson Pinchot will be the narrator.
This book was lots of fun the narrator was great and had lots of good voices. I esp liked the way he portraied Mr. Harkness.
Pulp fiction magic
Fay was my favorite as you really get to feel some character depth and development. Also, I like that intelligence is not defined by what you have read. She is very much a character that sticks heavily to her beliefs and cares about what happens in the world. I adored her.
Bronson is amazing! His voices truly gave depth and flavor to this world that I don't think would have been possible in reading the novel. I knew what character was speaking just by how they sounded and their phrasing. He mastered the pauses and the tone so well that I started looking for other books he narrated just to hear him do it again.
Casablanca meets the world of magic...
I loved this book and really adored the quotes at the beginning of the chapters to show how magic could alter the history of the world. I really liked the alternate reality concept.
Near the bottom in my list
None that I have read so far
The end with Faye and Francis
Was ok but it has too many plots within plots. Some parts I just fell asleep while listening. Got confusing in other areas of the book so I just skipped then and when I did fall asleep I didn't bother to back track what I missed. It was just a filler type book when you can't find anything else at the present. Unusual to say the least. I am not considering getting Book 2 at the present.
Bronson Pinchot held my attention to the book but the plot really didn't. He voice changes from one character to another was superb. You could actually visualize what the character looked like just by Mr. Pinchot's voice.
Exciting, Entertaining, Bravo
Bronson Pinchot is a master narrator. The voices used for the characters were perfect and made it easy to follow the story. He read the exciting bits in a way that enhanced the action. The story was fun, but he made the audio book a great experience.
A very interesting premise, an alternative world including quotes from historical figures. Bronson does an outstanding job narrating the story. His voices for the different characters helps create a much richer story. I enjoyed this story and enjoyed the sequel, Spellbound, even more.