Just enjoying my readin', 'ritin', and 'rithmatic.
I wouldn't rule it out
The performance by Bronson Pinchot. The story was lacking the depth as compared to the first volume. Though it was far from terrible and still worth listening.
I'm not sure I could pick one, but I will say Mr. Pinchot does an excellent job with female characters. Anytime a reader can perform a member of the opposite sex without note, I am pleased. However, Pinchot's ability to "feminize" the voices without sounding silly or interrupting the listening flow is well worth mentioning. Something I failed to do in my review of the first Grimnoir review.
I listen knowing I'm going to have to listen in spurts, so few books inspire this reaction in me. Because of this, I wouldn't constitute this a fair benchmark.
A lot of people are disappointed when a story makes an implicit promise in the beginning and it goes unfulfilled at the end. If you're such a person, this story isn't for you. I'm usually willing to enjoy the author's vision of the story and judge it based on those merits. I think this is one such story. I had assumed the overall story would be about one thing, but it looks like that story line will be the subject of the third book.
I'd probably give the story 3.5 stars if it were possible, so I'm just going with 4. I think the biggest failing of the storyline is that this book seems like it's a bit of a throwaway story. Or perhaps it suffers a bit from the 2nd book syndrome of a trilogy, namely, a lot happens without a whole lot getting done in the big picture. In short, this story struck me as active filler designed to lead into a conclusive third book.
All that said, I still find the characters interesting. We're given a few more insights into how magic came to the earth. And I still find the fantasy-noir combo fresh enough to enjoy for its own sake, so I still found the book worth listening to and enjoyable.
Very entertaining. I judge an audiobook by how hard it is to turn it off when I am forced to do something else. Lets just say I haven't been very productive the last few days.
This one is even better than the first, "Hard Magic", which I enjoyed immensely. Many twists and turns. Fast paced. Great characters.
Pinchot is again incredible as a narrator. The best I have encountered so far.
I just wish there were more.
This is the follow-up to Hard Magic and shows that Larry Correia is able to keep the action steaming along.
Faye has really taken off as a character and has become my favorite of the bunch. Bronson Pinchot does a great job of making her come to life.
If you read the first book I highly recommend you jump into this one and if you have not read Hard Magic, what are you waiting for, get to it already.
...it can be done. Lots of action and characters that you get attached to and relate to due to Mr. Correia's development of each of those characters.
Neanderthal, Dark & Handsome
Correia's world is fascinating and fun, and Pinchot does an amazing job of bringing it to life. I also love the pacing. Larry's just about ruined me for all other authors at this point. Everyone else seems dull and plodding by comparison.
Faye. She's a great big pile of murder and that's awesome.
I really liked the scene with Heinrich in the prison cell. He's like a German honey badger.
We wanted to, but weren't able to. The combination of the excellent writing and the excellent reading make it an easy one to get lost in.
Just the characters themselves and you wanted to learn the fate of each of them. So you listened and listened until the book was done.I dont know what the phrase is for an audio book but if it was text I would classify it as a real page turner.
Thats tough because the author takes historical figures and melds them into an alternate historical past. As well as the concept of magic is unique from my perspective. The only book I could compare it to would be "Hard Magic".
The voices of multiple characters had changed when compared to the first book, "Hard Magic". Jane lost her accent, Lance now sounds like a cowboy, Francis sounds like his grand dad, Dan lost that tone. It was a real bummer especially coming from the first book.
Another issue was that I also had in the first one was the screaming effect was terrible. Bronson has his moments but then there are times it falls flat.
Behind the curtain, secrets of the magicians!
When does book 3 come out?!
Larry Correia continues the Grimnoir Chronicles with this epic "Spellbound" novel set in the same alternate depression era America we were introduced to in his previous effort "Hard Magic". All the magical charcaters from the first book are back in this action packed story with the addition of the Nipponese Iron Guard "Toro" and the evil G-man "Crow". Like the first novel in the series, Spellboung engages the reader right from the start and keeps you riveted right to the very end. If you enjoyed "Hard Magic", then you will definitely love this new novel by Larry Correia.
Bronson Pinchot once again delivers an outstanding performance in this audio book, by delivering superb vocal renditions of the novels colorful and lively characters. I am definitely looking forward to the next novel in this series.
After listing to the first book "Hard Magic" I couldn't wait to listin to "Spellbound" and it was better than I expected. The weaving of alternate history, great characters, tense action and interesting twists on magic combine with great narration to make you want to find more time to listen. I always anticipated the dog walk just to hear what Jake and Fey where up to now
Best things about this story were the non stop action, history twists and interesting take on magic.
Bronson's narration of both of these books were stellar.
Who will control magic?
Hurry up with the next story. What a great lead in.
A week or so ago I purchased “Hard Magic” by Larry Correia as part of an Audible clearance special. It was the best investment in a long time. The book was pure pleasure from beginning to end. There was a good story, plenty of film noir ambiance, magic galore, and action from beginning to end. It was pure testosterone driven escape! As soon as I finished “Hard Magic” I immediately downloaded “Spellbinder”, the second installment in the series and found it to be a big second helping of the wonderful confection. Indeed, there were even a few more nuts (literally) in this helping. The second book developed the story began in the first installment with new twists and turns, introduced some great characters, and allowed all of the original crew to shine.
My complements to Bronson Pinchot, he did an excellent job as the narrator. The voices he created were spot on for each of the characters. They may have been a bit exaggerated if these books were serious literary novels but for the fantasy/detective/magic/syfy genre they were perfect!
I will wait with great anticipation for the third installment in the series.