I read the rave reviews and gave it a try. The book started off with some promise, but pretty quickly devolved into chaotic, ever escalating mayhem, inadequately explained new magical powers and magical creatures. The book totally lost me when the zombies appeared. It was like reading a poorly thought out action comic. I stuck it out till the end, but I found it tedious and boring.
Yes, if you like action, the 30s and do not mind a bit of "borrowing" from other series.
Especially this audio edition has a exceptionally good speak performer. The accents and different voices are very good (don't mind that the german sounds like french, I get the idea).
not surprising, but looking forward to the continuation
The introduction of Jake Sullivan. His style makes me smile.
It obviously is written as part of a series, so why not?
Except for the setting, which is good, there are many things "borrowed" from the X-Men especially. Except, here it is called "magic", there it is called "gift". The story-arc has amazingly lots of parallels...
Nonetheless, told well, so no harm done.
Characters, plot, narration, alternative history. Likeable characters (and the not so), excellent plot around magic and the alternative history.
Hmm, to many.
Bronson Pinchot sets the new standard for me. He is excellent, the accents, different voice for each character. Other male narrators need to listen to how he does women. Amazing.
The audible is better than any movie.
Highly recommended for magic in the 20th Century. Likeable characters, excellent alternative reality, great magic system. The third part is in print later in the year, but with Bronson's superb narration I may have to wait for the Audible release (or if I read the print I will certainly also grab the audible).
Most definitely would recomment this book as a delightful adventure perfectly blending allegorical fantasy, great dectective noir and science fiction. It is well balanced and reminiscent of the Fire Fly series on HBO.
I never have one favorite character To me a good story relies on the interplay between many good characters.
The ability to commute and to not even complain!!
No! I love anticipating getting in to my car and enjoying my drive. I admit several times I took the long route home to get to a good stopping place in the book.
The book was performed fairly well, but the voice used for the main character was not consistent, sometimes having a slow southern drawl, and at other times being almost accentless. It was easy to clearly differentiate between the other characters.
It is set in the a historic version of the U.S. and had quotes and references from historically significant figures that lent a sense of realism to the alternate universe that was created. Also, the story went above and beyond simple fantasy and magic users, but provided a compelling back story that motivated me to want to continue to follow the series and see how the characters from this book fare later on.
Vintage, supernatural, acton-adventure = PULP!
I could say "Spell Bound" but that's the 2nd book in this series. I gues I'll say 7 wonders. An Action/super hero novel seen from an adult view point, written with wit, smarts, and no fear of hard core action scenes.
Brilliant reading, acting really. He a whole cast in one man (both women and men with many accents and ages) and I can paint while "reading" books... my two favorite things to do!
Oh yes, if I could. This was a near perfect book. I liked that is was LONG... so much good story!
I love so many things about this book. It's amazing how many things on my strange check list of "What I would want to read about in a book" that this book got right! 1.) I Love the time period. 2.) I love the magical powers that were used with like super powers. 3.) I love the very well researched historical tid-bits and frame work. 4.) I love the action-heavy scenes that go on and on in great exciting detail. 5.) I love the sense of humor, yet the very serious situations and violence. You never feel the material is being taken too lightly, as a joke. No, it's a deadly serious situation, with real people with a lot of real skills and powers who rely on their own dry wit and humor to make it through crazy things and come out sane. And 6.) Magic & Monsters! Magic powers & Monsters well thought out. Smart writing. 7.) Bad guys with real reasons behind what they do and why they are doing it. 8.) A great big ending... I love a pulp/action/adventure writer who can bring up the story to a bigger and bigger earth shaking climax! Larry Correia is just such a writer. He's good... he's really damned good. He's GREAT at writing PULP! I love good pulp, and I hope Larry Correia writes a whole mess more! Bravo!
Sci-Fi with a sense of reality. The lines of good and evil blurred, things were no always as they seemed, who was good and who was evil. Rolls reverse, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, from both sides. Correia does a masterful job of taking you on a journey, set in post WW1 where magic exists in the world and people, governments and businesses seek to understand what magic is, how to use and abuse it, some for personal gain, others for a perceived greater good. The story twists and not all goo is good or evil is evil.
This is a really entertaining book and the narration is among the best of the 100s of books I've listened to.
As a long-term listener of audiobooks, I downloaded this purely based on the review profile. And I have heard a remarkable variety of great stories. This has to be one of the best and most unexpected delights I have encountered (ever since Shantaram). This is a sci-fi kind of story, but it is much deeper than that. This is a story for those not into sci-fi will enjoy - it represents a very simple and elegant concept, another version of human history which is fascinating.
The historical reflections throughout, the twists on human history from the 1800's, Albert Einstein, WW I -- it all is wonderfully done, and based on simplicity. An alternate world which things come alive. I personally love the timeframe (1930's) where the Prohibition is active, with all the hallmarks of a well-thought-out universe and characters.
The story itself is made up of some quite intriguing characters, and both sides of the story held my interest. The writing style is refreshing, certainly not laboured, and demonstrates a great deal of skill.
I am three quarters finished and I am already downloading the second book of the Grimnoir Chronicles. A fantastic read/listen, and recommend it to everyone, regardless of age, gender or reading preferences. A very good find and wholeheartedly recommended.
As mentioned, the twists on historical figures, their viewpoints slanted to include magic are particular nice for me to listen/read. Gandhi, Einstein, the Kaiser, Tesla, Lincoln, Al Capone - all very well constructed, witty and stylish.
Wow what an orator! I mean, I was impressed. Ive listened to some fantastic stories (Frank Muller, Scott Brick, Michael Page, Michael Kramer (&) Kate Reading, Marc Thomson. I have to say that Pinchot does such a wonderful job of this, effortless with some fantastic vocalisations. I sincerely look forward to other stories he tells -- very unexpected and very good listening.
I want to see this story into a film. BADLY. This could be masterfully done (I would be thinking Christopher Nolan for this).
- But this story is just SO well done. No nonsense author who treats the reader/listener with a great degree of respect for thier intelligence. The writing style is sharp, not waffley at all, humourous, and just won't let you stop listening/reading! I cannot wait for #2, #3, #4, and all to come. I want to hear about all the other characters - big and small - in this era and in previous times, such as American Civil War, Jack the Ripper, India, China -- many events in the past 200 years come to life in a wonferfully new and refreshing way! love the detective/noir feel, love the Prohibition/Depression era, love the characters.
READ THIS BOOK. LISTEN TO THIS BOOK. It will only be the beginning and you will be wanting more.
The hold story
The Action from begin to the end
All where great
Kept me listening and wanting more. Next Spell Bound high five.