but when you died and went to audiobook heaven, you'd find this on your ipod.
Let's face it, this is pure escapism. A pulpy alternate history set in the 1930's, where magic entered the world in the mid 19th Century and humanity is still trying to come to grips with it. The trilogy pits the forces that would exploit those with magic against a shadowy secret society that would protect those with magic. In each book, you find a deeper, more sinister "big bad", and the plucky Grimnoire rise to challenge.
Cheesy ploy aside, the writing is exceptionally strong. Two of the pivotal characters, Jake Sullivan and especially Faye Vierra among the most memorable and fully realized you'll encounter in a long, long time. There is a lot of action, which can get graphic, though it stays short of indulgent. Good guys and bad guys and guys you aren't sure about will all get punched, kicked, shot, stabbed, burned, frozen, squashed, drowned, dropped from high places, etc - often repeatedly. Many chapters start with an epigram that is a "modified" version of a quote from a well known historical figure. The history buffs will get some chuckles out of these.
On paper, this would be a fun read. On audio, you need a narrator. Bronson Pinchot's performance is absolutely astonishing. Each main character as a distinctive tone, pitch, cadence, and accent which are spot on. The third person narration is equally as lively and nuanced.
Net-net, you get an endearing book performed by a master narrator at the peak of his game.
I found this book to be very interesting and captivating. The setting is a very unique take on the genre of scifi.
I just prefer audio, I don't know if either is better
When Fay shot Sullivan thinking he was Maddy, and Heinrich shot Fay. My breath caught, because they both had to survive, but how?!?!?
He is incredible! He changes voices and they totally suited the characters. Best performance I have ever heard on an audible book.
Good book, I quite enjoyed the story, the way all of the characters had personality and motivation to them. Good story too, well told and clean (story-wise).
I loved Faye's growth as a character. She was awesome.
I must admit, the first three or four chapters were filled with such rascism nearly made me put the book down and stop listening. Which is all right for the time, but that combined with the narrator's determination for accurate sounding dialects made it really hard to get into. This is a book I may have enjoyed reading more than listening to.
When I ordered this book, I thought it would be similar to the Dresden Files. I was very wrong. This was a very unique story line with various kinds of magic and action throughout. There were travelers, heavies, cogs, healers, etc. Definitely different from the same old witch and wizard stories that are so common. Story line is not in current times and flip flopps between years, so sometimes it was hard to follow for those of us not familiar with the early 1900s and war time. It has a lot of action, and it's hard to be sure who the good guys are until very late in the story, which is nice because it keeps you guessing. It was a long story but kept my attention.
I love the characters Jake, Delilah, and Faye. So unique and easy to like. Fayed pulled my heart strings right from the start. Delilah showed her goodness even though some thought she was one of the bad guys, and Jake was just awesome all around! I would like to have seen a little more romance, but there were hints of it and that's ok.
Excellent narrator. He kept it flowing smooth. It was easy to know what character was speaking and since there were so many, that was awesome.
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Great exposition with much focus on character development. Of course, there was no shortage of action either. The world of the Grimnoir is quite rich and well developed with respect to history, politics, magic, society. At the end of the book you were left wanting more, which is what Larry Correia did in his two follow-ups.
The narration, honestly. Bronson Pinchot is a perfect narrator for this book.
It's pretty unique, actually. Nothing comes to mind. Maybe the comic books? But just a little.
Everything. It's literally one of the best narrations I've encountered on Audible so far.
I did my best.
You'll be doing yourself a favor picking up this one. The whole series is out now, so be prepared to spend some time immersed in a new and original world.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
Jake is a great main character but this book also includes other characters that you really care about. The historical backdrop with a film noir feel makes for an interesting twist with magic and supernaturals incorporated. I liked Monster Hunters but I preferred this book and am eager to get the next one in the series.
I wasn't sure if I would like this series, but I had already ravished Monster Hunter Inc, and thought to give this a try.
Set in the 1930s with just enough historical facts and characters to give the story credence, this is a great alternative history story, with magic thrown in. The magic is consistent and adds to the story rather than controlling it.
I will be picking up this series, and wish the author had written more than the three.