This is wonderful! The performance was excellent! The characters were great! The universe is amazing! I'm reading everything else Larry Correia has ever written in the hope that "lightning will strike twice"...it hasn't yet. The sequal "Spellbound" is pretty good!
The dynamics. It is not a cookie cutter story in the slightest. Correia mingles more themes in this one book than most writers do in a lifetime of writing. Even better, he does this without them tripping over each other or detracting from one another.
The characters. They had depths like the Mines of Moria.
Jake because he had this drawl that made his character so believable. It tied together Jake Sullivan's best and worst aspects.
This was a superb book. It was perfectly dynamic; involving aliens, zombies, and magic all stemming from a simple premise that just makes sense. That itself is rare in most fantasy stories. More so is finding an antagonist you can relate to (which this book does superbly). There are a few things I could see people not liking about this book. For instance, the characters do spend some time talking about their guns. If for some reason you can not stand that sort of thing; To you I say, "Bummer." I thought it was great. Also, whenever I start a book, the narrators voice always seems off. It is just one of those things that happens whenever I switch between narrators. Although once I warmed up to Mr. Pinchot's style, I would not want it done any other way. He captures these characters perfectly. The people who did not like the performance mostly only listened to about an hour of the book and barely had enough time to get to know the characters. Sure Jake might sound like an oaf at first, but that is because that is the idea. His voice adds to the noir style of the book. Lastly, this is historical fiction. Take it as such.
This is one of those books I just bought based on the reviews. I'd never heard of the author before.
And it blew me away from the very beginning. Such a unique story that was full of great characters and action. The plot seemed to unfurl like a flower. Complexity, twists and turns kept happening that were truly surprising.
The narrator did a great job with all the characters and I think was a big part of why I liked the book so much.
If you like any sort of action or fantasy you will enjoy this.
Enthralling alternate history!
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell comes to mind, but so does X-Men. This is a genre mash-up but the sum is refreshingly original.
I SO did not expect "Balki Bartakamous" from Perfect Strangers to be a good reader, but Bronson Pinchot's reading was just one of the many pleasant surprises in this series. He doesn't "read" this book, he acts it like a radio play by different 20 people. Mr. Pinchot's ability to create and maintain specific voices for a huge array of characters is up there with Jim Dale's reading of the Harry Potter series. He really brings each character to life, and it's obvious he's read the series thoroughly ahead of time to create the personas and infuse them with a voice that fits their backstories. Mr. Pinchot is simply one of the best audiobook readers I've ever heard.
This book sneaks up on you. It starts off with what seems to be a small 1930's hard-nosed film noir trope (reinforced by the poor cover art), and slowly introduces you to an incredibly well designed alternate history of characters from Lincoln to Roosevelt to Edison.
A story this good, and reading this good, really deserves better cover artwork. The cover art for Hard Magic is cheesy, and the sequel Spellbound artwork is just dreadful. They make these look like cheap productions and hide the quality of the writing and the reading. It's true but hard to avoid - don't judge this series by its covers!
If you're on the fence read a few of the reviews because this was one of the most enjoyable "what the heck I'll try it" finds I've had in a long time. I'm only halfway thru the sequel but it seems just as good.
It's a little hard to listen to action being described and this one has a good deal of action. I think it would make a better movie than a book. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but as I continued to listen, I grew to like the main characters enough to want to find out what happens to them. The whole concept of people having special "powers" is very intriguing and makes for a good story. I'm not sure that I will continue with successor books in the series, but I did enjoy this one well enough.
The narrator was not overpowering, but the performance was really good, which allowed me to "keep up". Overall, I found the magic system similar to one that Brandon Sanderson employed in the Mistborn books, at least the "powers" were similar (I found). I also really enjoyed those books.
I really like Fay (although I think everyone is supposed to) - she was overly innocent at the beginning, but seemed to come into herself over the period of the book. I am interested to see where her powers lead her in the future. [I apologize if I have spelled her name wrong, the downside of listening rather than seeing names]
I had never heard a Bronson Pinchot story before, I would listen to him again.
I was fully immersed in this story from the minute I pressed play. Larry Correia has created a world so easy to relate to that the people within it seem to be almost immediately familiar. Character development blossoms at incredible speed and before you know it you are rooting for the Grims like they are old friends..
Sullivan, the heavy. You just want to see him squish something.
At first, listening to the sample, I was unsure if I liked Bronson Pinchot's narration. It seemed too slow of a reading pace to keep me interested. What seemed like a lackadaisical pace turned out to be an incredible ability to create a sense of scale by controlling the speed of the character's dialogue. For example, Sullivan's words are never rushed and are always even and steady (Just the way an immovable object should sound). On the other hand, Pinchot gives Faye a pace that is bouncy and unpredictable. How else would a teenage girl that can vanish and reappear on a whim talk? I am very impressed with his ability to convey the nuances of all these characters.
I listen to audio books primarily while I am driving. I know I have a good one when I find myself not wanting to get out of the car at my destination. This one had me looking for an excuse to take a long road trip.
I was completely captivated. I don't know if the story was that compelling or the reader was that good -- or both -- but this was a wonderfully compelling audio book. I loved the premise, the characters, the plot and the pace.
I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
The same author as monster hunter which I loved, this one was a lot slower in pace but still very good
Definitely! Lots of action, the characters are fun and you get so caught up in the progress of the story. Bronson Pinchot is an amazing reader. He gave the characters such personality!
Similar in some respects to the Nightside series, but much more action
Pinchot is incredible at his accents for each character. It seems like he literally "becomes" each character.
I hated to turn it off! Very involving!