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
20th century American steam punk
Characters and story line have more depth than in the ''monster hunter international series''. great fun with the tong in cheek caricature of archetype American pulp fiction hero's.
Great job on every one!
na... just a fun and easy relaxing holiday listen!
I should also ad that Correia's vision of this impossible steam punk alternate universe shows a wonderful culture and a good understanding of historical figures on the author's part! A fun relaxing and captivating read. Bravo to Mr. Pinchot, Mr. Correia and to those responsible of creating this team.
I loved the premise here: a Hardboiled detective world layered into magic. I'm not sure Correia quite masters the hardboiled tone, though -- there's too much of a good guy/bad guy vibe really to explore the nuance of real noir. Instead, this morphs slowly into something closer to sci-fi; by the end, it felt very much to me like something out of the X-Men with characters of various abilities fighting over whether they should conquer ordinary humans or aid in their rise. It is fun, and I did finish it, but things get sloppy at the end and the climax seems contrived.