I really enjoyed this book! Excellent fantasy/magic however the characters were well developed. The good guys had darkness within them and, at time, some questionable motives and actions while the bad guys had some light and goodness within them. The relationships between characters was rich and well described. The magic was creative and well thought out. The plot was clever and detailed. All that being true the narration is what made the whole thing come together and come to life. I can't imagine enjoying reading the printed book nearly as much as listening to Bronson Pinchot perform each character's narration and voice with such genius! I bought the first two books and listened to them. Later, when the third book came out I went back and listened to the first two again before starting number 3. I could listen to them all again and enjoy it just as much!!
Yes. Bronson Pinchot did an amazing job with all the characters! A rollicking, fun story.
Pinchot reading the dialogue of The Pale Horse.
This was my first listen to Bronson Pinchot.
A real treat--great story; superb reading.
Wow, this book is so great that I am sad when I have to leave my car to go inside when I get home. Bronson Pinchot is my new favorite narrator. This guy has a million voices and is always keeping it interesting. I love the "historical" quotes that are thrown in throughout to make this feel like this is really what it would be like if a large number of people had magical gifts and they used them in the war. The characters are relatable and fleshed out well. The action is quick and relentless. 5 stars, bravo!
I will most certainly listen to the entire series again. The concepts, the characters, the plot are all developed with such depth, I was drawn into the story immediately.
The setting of historic people and events tweaked with the insertion of magic creates an intriguing blend that Correia carries off with a real flair. He creates a world we can easily imagine, so clearly in fact that it's difficult not to be disappointed we're stuck in this reality, instead of that of the Grimnoir.
And of course, Bronson Pinchot is simply superb. He may very well be the best narrator I've heard to date. His performance, particularly the way he interprets the characters and their conversations truly shows his acting chops and he absolutely brings those people to life. Yes. He's that good. The humor, the action, the dialog - his performance enhances them all.
It's difficult to pinpoint a favorite. Jake Sullivan is certainly an obvious choice, though Lance Talon is a crack up. And then there's Fay. Her view of the world and the people around her is... unique.
Though Bronson's accents and inflections for all of the characters are definitive, I think his interpretation of Fay is my favorite. Her almost random, scatter brained genius is truly brought to life by Bronson.
When Fay realizes she's shot the wrong Sullivan brother and follows him to the Power, it's a haunting though touching scene. And of course, an exciting, action packed ending is always fun. Actually, one of my favorite parts of the book isn't something you can point to, so much as it's an overall tone. The witty banter and plot twists make for some laugh-out-loud moments and a few minutes later, you can't help but be touched by the way these characters work and sacrifice together to beat the bad guys.
Buy it. Listen to it. You'll be getting the rest of the series and writing a rave review yourself, I guarantee it. (Though not in a legally binding way, of course.)
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It is better written than the Monster Hunter books - or perhaps just better edited. For the most part, the story is all forward motion and the fights have the right pacing (in Monster Hunter, the battling was over-proportionate to the story). Well, if I think about it, maybe some of the battles were a bit too long, but for the most part they didn't feel excessive.
It does take a bit of time to settle into the world Correia created since it is very different from our own. It is an alternate history where 'real' places, names and events are used, but which had different results. The world here is one that we *could* envision as being possible, if things happened differently.
Well, and if aliens arrived.
There is a bit of jumping from one character/location to another, which takes awhile to get used to since we aren't familiar with the characters and their abilities - or the point of them in the story - until a ways into the book.
There is no cliff-hanger, but I am going to read the rest in the series - I think the future books should be even better now that the world and characters are clearer. The narration is good. There is non-gory violence, no sex and no swearing.
Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"
My husband and I are big fans of Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearn and Clay and Susan Griffith. When we ran out of books to read from these authors I decided to take a chance on this first book by Larry Correia. It is a very fun series! I must add that Bronson Pinchot does a brilliant job of narration, and brings the story to life, with his character voices adding just the right amount of drama and comedy to make the book entirely engrossing! We are on book two now, and hoping for another one in the series before we finish book three.
I'm a big fan of the Monster Hunter series, it took me a while to listen to the first in that series because I judged the book by it's cover and thought that it might be too comic book-ish and not for me. I had the same reservations about Hard Magic- I should have known better. This book is pretty awesome. The story is an interesting one and the characters are well written and so diverse. It took me about an hour to get comfortable with Bronson Pinchot. I put the book down twice because I wasn't sure that I liked his Jake voice. I'm glad I decided to push on because he does do an amazing job. Larry Corriea is awesome!!
I haven't read a book this good in a long long time! When an author can make me feel something when I think someone has died after knowing them for only a chapter, I know this guy can write! Excellent story and so well read by Pinchot. Hoping book II is just as good.
I just wanted to add to the glowing reviews for Bronson Pinchot. His capacity for different voices was brilliant. Going on to the next book soon. Great story also.
This book was great! It does a wonderful job of recreating the charm and atmosphere of 1930's America without the cliche. Correia's characters live and breathe through Pinchot's great performance. Even being familiar with the actor for ages, I forgot whom I was listening to and enjoyed the story as if the characters themselves were living it out in my ears. The story is engaging and I found myself enthralled with the way the world and the magic work in this alternate history.
As soon as I finished this one I bought and downloaded the second one. I can't wait to continue the tale! Highly recommended.