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.
First off my impression: The world portrayed by Larry Correia is extremely detailed and full of description, and not in a boring way, at first i was caught off guard listening to the time period this takes place, however after 30 minutes i couldn't resist the charm of the setting and its characters!
This is a book about people with powers, each power comes with its flaws and its pro's. However the way the magic is woven into the lore is so well done it draws you in making you want to know more about this creative universe and Mr. Correia does not disappoint!!
The story follows many characters and doesn't center and focus on just one protagonist, every one becomes invaluable and i couldn't help but become quickly emotionally attached to each one. There are 3 books in the series and you will end up listening to them all!
-Action, violence, gore.
Action action action, he takes you on a thrill ride without the need of gore, but puts on a large helping of violence to take care of business. This is a good thing! so well executed without being grotesque. however knowing what some of the powers could do you cant help but know how bad things would be when it happens! it will not disappoint, on the flip side not descriptive enough for the constitutionally weak of heart.
Unforgettable....thats all i have to say!
Bronson Pinchot is superb, he places such range in his voice acting i'm often caught off guard thinking it could be someone else doing the voice. his range is great and even the females have enough female to be convincing definitely a pleasure to listen to.
In closing i will say that this was one of my favorite listens and i highly recommend this to any adventure fan that loves the following types of books: Zombies, Magic, Action, Steam punk, Fantasy, Summoning.
Check out his other books Monster hunters for more excellent reads!
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.