I was pleasantly surprised by this story. It started out slow but got better and better. It was a refreshing take on the magical genre. Anyone who likes the Dresden Files, Iron Druid series, or The Nightside series will probably enjoy this.
The story itself was well written and packed full of action. I really cared about the characters and the villains were appropriately vile.
ANYONE else would have done a better job than Mr. Pinchot! I listen to a lot of audiobooks and this is the only book I've ever listened to that made me want to stop listening simply due to the narration.
I loved the story. It was fast, fun, and kept my attention the whole way through. My only problem was with the narrator (and I know I'm in the minority here). Mr. Pinchot read at an agonizingly slow pace and spoke with the softest voice possible throughout the whole story, almost as if he were trying to get me to fall asleep. Much of the book contains some great action sequences, but Mr. Pinchot reads them just as softly and slowly as ever, ruining the pace of he story. I appreciate that he tried to do unique voices for all the characters, but the overly pronounced accents he used made many of the characters (Sullivan & Faye especially) sound dull, dim witted, and at times, mentally deficient. I've already started listening to the second book, "Hard Magic" and sadly, the narration has not improved. After this, I will probably just buy the print versions for the next books in the series.
Magical alternate history
Several rich characters, awesome battle scenes, and a well paced story
Made the characters of both genders come alive, you were right there in the room with each distinct voice.
Pinchot's performance is a gem. He does many different voices perfectly. The hero sounds like a folksy version of Tom Hanks hit man in "Road to Perdition."
I live how the protagonist kicks ass.
My first Pinchot book. Won't be my last.
I don't want to be a spoiler.
Quite a few reviewers have said that the Grimnoir series is way better than the MHI books. I personally disagree. BUT,the Grimnoir books are fantastic,original and they keep you listening. I loved that in between chapters we get some new history blurbs as they could have happened with the addition of magical powers.
Sweet story,read the publishers description,and then be surprised that the book is way better than the publisher describes.
near the top
the scope and flow. Sounds crazy, but he is in no rush, takes his time and does it right.
he was fantastic
a very enjoyable listen, I could not stop and was happy and sad,. Happy that there is a sequel sad that there is only one more (to date) in this series.
Been hit or miss for me on books lately so this was a well needed good find. It kept me interested. Looking for more books from this author.
Enough people have written about the story, which I loved, so I thought I would make this about the narrator. Being old enough to know of Bronson Pinchot from his start in Beverly Hills Cop and Perfect Strangers I was very hesitant to give this a try. But since I had just finished Monster Hunters and loved it so much I couldn't pass it up any longer.
I loved Bronson's performance and have a greater respect for him than I did before. Being able to identify all the characters without hearing "Sullivan said, Francis said" all the time was a relief. This was a true performance and not just another flat reading of a great story. The emotions of the characters could be felt, even when there weren't supposed to be any as in Sullivan's case most of the time.
I will gladly pick up any of his future performances without hesitation.
I have never been a fan of period based fantasy or science fiction. I find that my knowledge of the period stops me from dispelling disbelief in what I read. So it is harder to relate to the characters. However Larry Correia has done a masterful job of interweaving Jake Sullivan and the rest of the US Grimnoir Society into the fictional fabric of American history.
And without digging to deep into the characters too much, I think that Oke' Faye is one of the most memorable characters ever.
And then there is Bronson Pinchot. What little I know of his work was a mid level character actor. After listening to Hard Magic, this saddens me. His performance in this book is unnerving. It is that good. It was as if he lived each character. Combine the performance level with the detailed level of development provided in the Larry Correia's writing and you have a winning combination.
I want more.
Avid reader and love that audiobooks opens a whole new sense
I could picture every moment, the clarity of picturing the unique environment created was stunning, the story moved a little too slowly for me and I'm not sure I will bother with part 2.
At first, I wasn't sure if I liked the story, but after listening for an hour or so, I was hooked. Great story, equally good narration. Will be reading Book 2 shortly.