I thought the narration on this was so well done. This is one of those books that has such a variety of characters that quality narration is crucial. Bronson Pinchot nails it. The novel takes place during the first half of the 20th century, but with a slightly off version of history. Darwin's survival theory has humans tapping into certain powers beyond the norm, for instance "heavies" can manipulate gravity, and "brutes" have great strength. There is a collection of good guys who are battling to save the world; the bad guys are, of course, trying to take over the world, and the whole thing is done with a noir style - the protagonist is so cool and tough - in dirigibles, for Pete's sake. As a history buff, I enjoyed the "quotations" at the beginning of each chapter from figures in history. I also enjoyed references to Tesla, Pershing, and other historical figures and events. Considering how bloody and thrilling this novel is, is was surprisingly fun to listen to! The mystery and action are complicated enough to be interesting and the story moves along at a good pace. The ending is exciting and the writing is very visual without being tedious. I very much enjoyed this listen.
Great story and a very good performance. I know some people didn't care for the sound of the main characters accent but I thought it was great. There are very few readers who can actually get other accents and tones besides their native one. This guy blew me away from the way he went from whatever sullivans accent is, to southern okie, to a japanese ninja, to a older black man and for the most part they all sounded great.
I found the story itself to be engaging, fun and epic and I greatly look forward to listening to the next one.
This guys is my new favorite author. I love the monster hunter series and this is almost as good. It is sort of like X-men/League of Extraordinary Gentlemen/Crazy Alternative History. (I can't spell) Great fiction. I wish audible had the sequel.
Bronson Pinchot is one of the best narrators I have ever heard and I have over 700 books in my library! A narrator can make or break a book and Mr. Pinchot has added his magic to an already good story.
Bronson Pinchot brings Mr. Corriea's slightly alternate depression area world to life, with a vibrancy seldom experienced in a story of this type. If you have enjoyed MHN but hesitated to try this genre, it is your lost. The action is engaging, the characters not only entertain, but are developed to the point that you can care about them and understand their motives. This is obviously the beginning of a great series, I have already read the second installment Spellbound, and hope that it finds it way to audible soon.
If you were to tell me that Forrest Gump and all his cousins read the character parts, I would believe you. I have loved the Monster Hunters series from Audible, but I could not continue listening more than two hours worth. Wasted money and time on the performance, but the story might have been good if I had liked the hero played by Forrest.
I could have given this 4 stars based on writing, story, character developement...but I rate for overall tingle so it got 3. That's still good and for sure I'll read the next in series. One thing tho is that the cover says it's a P.I. novel. Jake is an ex-con that does bounty work for the FBI to stay out of jail. He does take on some P.I. work on the side but none of that was part of this story. This is alternative history, and the main characters are magically enhanced. Exciting world. My favorite part was the famous personality quote at the beginning of each chapter..they kept me in that moment of alternate time. Bronson Pinchot was amazing at the # of vioces he managed, and although at first they were not so great, by the middle of the book they became more refined.
Good book. They dropped the ball when they had pinchot narrate though. the story is great and i liked the characters,but i started laughing at some parts because of how awful pinchot was.
This breaks new ground by the merging of many different ideas of fact and fiction. This has something for every fiction reader out their. I am so glad that this already has a "Book 1" in the title. I can not wait for the next installment. This writer breaks new ground with a mix of magic, super heroes and monsters. Even his involvement of real historical characters ignites the imagination. Don't hesitate. The first book is worth the leap of faith.
Avid reader 5 to 10 books a month. I like urban fantasy and Sci-Fi the most. I do enjoy a bio every now and then.
I almost didn't pick this book because the cover looked so campy! Fortunately I saw the star rating and decided to give it a closer look. I am so glad I did! The author created vivid characters that you care about and root for. The plot twists And turns. I loved the way he tweaked history to support his plot. Action, magic and laughs.... What else could you ask for? Read it you will not be disappointed!