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
This is a great series. It is like a traditional, hard-boiled film noir plot with a tough, but often down on his luck detective. Except there are complicated magic elements. Fully fleshed, it starts small and develops into a fight to save the planet. The characters, their magical qualities, the foes and the personal stories are all developed beautifully. Lots of excitement, and yes, violence. But it all serves this story of this alternate world, which is one that we can all recognize, at least for the most part.
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.
It's tied with the Anne Hathaway narrated version of The Wizard of Oz as my favorite Audible purchase so far. Both have wonderful fantasy stories with exceptionally good narration.
Hmm. Can't narrow it down to just one. Jake Sullivan, the main character, is an interesting tough-guy with lots of smarts and a true commitment to fighting for the things he believes in. It's a very good thing that he's almost indestuctible. Faye Viera is a lot younger than Jake, so she doesn't know nearly as much as he does, but she's a fast learner. She's also a real hoot and sometimes makes me laugh out loud! I can't wait to get the other two books in this series so I can find out which one learns the most about using his or her magical abilities.
Never listened to him before, but I was greatly impressed by his talent! He does a wonderful job giving each character a very distinctive voice. It was if I was listening to a cast of people doing a radio show. I'm glad he narrates all 3 books in this series, since I'm looking forward to hearing all the voices again.
It's too long for me to do in one sitting, but I did look forward to my listening time every day. I was never bored and always wanted to know what was going to happen next.
I'm a fan of superhero comic books, and one reason I loved this book was because the "magical" powers the characters had made them seem like superheroes. I'm surprised no comic company has bought the rights to do an actual monthly comic based on this series. It would make a great comic book! (And a great movie, too!) This was my introduction to Larry Correia's work, and I will definitely be buying more. He's a nicely "visual" writer who lets you easily picture the settings and action going on. (Which is especially good since there is a LOT of action in this book.) He creates some really interesting characters and lets you know why they are acting the way they do. (I even liked the villain in this book and came to understood his motivation.) Reading/listening to HARD MAGIC was the most fun I've had with a book in a long time.
Just as other reviewers have said, don't judge this book by the description (or the stupid picture on the cover!). It's actually really good. I haven't had an audiobook that I've been this excited to listen to in quite a while. You won't be disappointed!
The book was intriguing enough, however is was very derivative. Anyone familiar with any x-men title will recognize the format and some of the story elements. That being said, after I got over the bait and switch, it was a good read that kept my attention.
There is a moment near the beginning of the book where one of the main protagonists must teleport herself away from a group of toughs. She does so bu when she rematerializes she does so in the same space where a bug is flying and the bug is fused into her body. The description of this as well as the aftermath are described in stomach churning detail.
Mr Pinchot is a fine character actor but to his credit he is nowhere to be found on this recording. I could not find any sign of his voice which I expected to be able to pick out immediately. As for character, he uses accents, pitch, and variable speed to make each one unique. My only note is that jake, the main character, has such a low pitched voice it is very difficult to hear at points when the recording is at standard volume. If you turn up for jake everyone else gets too loud. I've never heard any narrator use such a low voice, even Jim Dale's Hagrid has an easier to hear voice.
As is true of all superhero titles the characters lend themselves to multiple adventures.
This book is a superhero book. There is no real magic at a all. What they are calling magic is more like cosmic power. I was expecting this book to be something based on the title and other reviews but it turned out to be X-Men in the '30s. Each character has a single "super" ability. Super strength (like Rogue), healing (like Wolverine), teleporting (like night crawler), mind control (like prof X), telekinesis (like Jean Gray), etc all exist and are inborn abilities. There is an uneasy tolerance of these "magical" powers by the normal people, there is a secret group that fights to make that tolerance into acceptance, there is an antagonist who is the oldest of them all and is bent on the idea of the survival of the fittest (apocalypse anyone?). The magic that is shoehorned in to the story seems like a cheap device used to prevent plagiarism charges, and could easily be removed and alter nothing in the narrative. That being said the magical aspects of the story; runic symbols, kanji, spell casting; are some of the most innovative moments in the book. I found myself engrossed in those chapters and wishing for more. Also very entertaining was the insertion of historical events and figures into a world where super abilities exist. How would WWI have gone with platoons of super beings, what would Lincoln have done if faced with the emergence of powers, were Einstein or Tesla super beings similar to Forge? As an original story this book was lacking, as a magic story this book was lacking, but as a heroes journey this book connects. The journey of the two main protagonists is complete from obscurity to hero for one and redemption for the other.
unpredictable, well developed, fun
It's like listening to a movie. Bronson perfectly captures the tone, pitch and nuance of every character--from a little girl to a powerful brute.
It made me imagine!
What a discovery. I'm looking up more books by this author and this narrator.
Reader of things.
Sure - it's a unique twist on both magic fantasy and detective fiction genres. It does, however, require a niche taste for late1920's sentiment
No one character stood out as my favorite as they each held their own in the plot line.
His ability to character act, alter his voice, and add nuance to the narration was superior. I loved him.