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!
As a big fan of Correia's Monster Hunter series, I thought I would give his Grimnoir series a try. Fantasy of this sort isn't my favorite genre and the alternative 1930's timeframe has been done many times but all in all it's a good story. Correia does a very good job of providing a framework of magic that makes logical sense instead of just declaring that magic exists and that's that.
The narration on the other hand just about made me quit listening. I got used to Bronson Pinchot's odd inflections and accents after awhile but I don't know if I could get through another book using him. He makes the main character Jake sound like a backwoods idiot and provides an redneck-hick accent to many characters where it doesn't belong.
Personally, I would recommend the print version over the audio.
It was an interesting and unique combination of alternate history, magic and Micky Spillane type detctive story.
Neat story, good characters.
Just as with his Monster Hunter's books, Correia does a great job here getting me involved with the characters. He makes them seem human and allows you to really involve yourself with them. Pinchot as narrator does a great job with pace and character portrayal, a wonderful production.
Can't wait to listen to the next book in the series.
Overall this is an awesome book. I thought the first chapter was VERY slow but man am I glad I stuck it out. I finished it and immediately downloaded the second book. I'm a big fan of Correia but have never had the pleasure of listening to Bronson before. Now I know what all the fuss is about. This man doesn't just "read" the book he ACTS it out! If he narrated the telephone book I'd buy it. Between the author & the narrator this series is definitely in my top three. Great character development (though it took me a bit to get everyone straight) and Pinchot does an amazing job. He even manages to have brothers sound like brothers but still slightly different. Women sound like women & geez the animation really brings the story to life. I can't say enough about Pinchot. Best there is. I typically steer away from stories about "magic" and fantasy and lean more towards zombies but this was really good. Great steampunk story. It's what "might have been". Jake Sullivan is our hero and like many others has a specific magic ability. There's a secret society - the Grimnoir that strives to protect those that cannot protect themselves. The supporting characters are just as colorful and developed as our hero. Also, each of them has a unique and interesting story. I swear Correia could take any one of them and create a new series. The bad guys aren't just evil men/monsters out to destroy the world but complex characters with many levels of evil! Multiple bad guys as well! I've never caught myself envisioning a book as the narrator reads it before. I've always listened and enjoyed but couldn't "visualize" what was happening. Not so with this book. Just as colorful as if I was watching a movie. Pinchot is THAT good and L.C.'s writing that creative. In one "scene" an "active (someone with magical abilities) can persuade people with his voice and a southern colleague asked if he tawked to him or taawwwked to him. Another cute scene was about a dirigible when an active appeared out of nowhere and can be seen by bad guys from another ship. He waves and one tentatively raises his hand (during battle) to wave back in confusion. Pinchot delivers that scene so well I laughed hysterically for five minutes. There's two more planned in the series and I will purchase them without even reading a review. No need. They will be wonderful (and hopefully my new favorite narrator will be my guide!) Don't hesitate to purchase this book - you will NOT regret it!
Definitely because of the setting. Its a pre WWI world and the use of historical characters is actually pretty nicely done. The concept is very nice and its nice to see superheroes with limits on their powers (I guess that's why Batman > Superman)
I liked that the powers were limited and finite. I also really like use of magic, it was like in Ghostbusyters when Egon and Ray talk about one of the books that has all the information on ghosts and demonology.
Bronson Pinochet was ok, some of the characters he did well and other not so much. Another caveat that annoyed me was his whispered screams.
I hope he has stepped it up for the sequel, Spellbound.
No not really but I have to say it once more. I love the setting and use of historical characters.
Definitely look forward to listening to the second one.