This has been the best audio production book series I have listened to. The voice acting was superb!! The audio was well edited (no annoying discontinuities or pronunciation blips). I think this is what it would have been like to listen to the old radio shows of the 50/60s. Great story and great vocals kept me hooked through the whole series
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
This book continues the good storytelling and performance from the first novel. Set in an alternate 1930s where magic has been present since the antebellum period, the story follows a group of secret society operatives with different types of magic that attempt to combat a shadowy government organization, a menacing Japanese Imperium, and an all-consuming enemy from another dimension while trying to sort out issues of trust and common purpose.
The reading is outstandingly performed by Bronson Pinchot who has some of the strongest voice characterizations I have ever listened to. He did make one noticeable modification to one character's accent in this version as his voice was better clarified in the text since the first book. Overall, this doesn't do much to detract from the performance which was fantastic.
The story is filled with action using both science and sorcery to make the fights, chases, escapes, and traps filled with unexpected turns. If you liked the first one, I wholly recommend continuing on to this one. If action, magic, gunfights, or just a well-told story appeal to you at all, I recommend reading the first Grimnoir Chronicle, "Hard Magic," and then continuing on to this one.
Probably. Excellent narration giving more life to the text through accent and emphasis
Having the protagonist in peril with no easily discernible way out and having to just ride along
All worked for me. Sullivan is probably the best with his drawl and pondering speech pattern. Dan 'the mouth' was the one that most nearly annoyed me.
It would have been tempting had I the opportunity. The story rolls and builds consistently.
Unlike most middle books of a trilogy, this one does not lull or spend overmuch time simply setting up the final book. Instead, this one moves briskly, introducing new characters seamlessly and growing the core group all with in an action filled story that still drives the overall plot towards the final encounter. A very enjoyable ride with some subtle and not so subtle nods towards history. I appreciated that the names of the designated interment camps for actives were actual camps used by the US government during WWII for those of Japanese decent.
I already have Larry Correia knows how to write urban paranormal with a real twist. his characters are really interesting and they do some amazing things. Real character development
Jake Sullivan, is great, like a cross between a tank and a down pillow.....tough guy with heart.
I've listened to Bronson Pinchot narrate several series and he's great, the voices emotions and accents. I recommend another series "The Presidents Vampire" also narrated by Mr Pinchot.
Larry Correia writes urban paranormal very well with very interesting characters that you care about. In ever series I've read that he's written, I've enjoyed completely. Hope he continues to write, and even another for the Monster Hunter series would be great. :)
This book is a great sequel to Hard Magic. Starting not long after the events of the first book, the Grimnoir Society is thrown into the midst of chaos. Several different plots are being pinned on them in an effort to turn the population against magic users. While this is a great story, I highly recommend starting with the first book, Hard Magic. Bronson Pinchot's performance in both books is exceptional.
I dove right into this one as soon as I finished Hard Magic and I wasn't disappointed. If you like the first then you'll like this one too. There are great writing with interesting characters. The second book has basically become the X-men with magic instead of mutants, in 1930's but it's done extremely well. And who knew Bronson Pinchot was a narrating genius. I'll be going back to listen to anything he's done.
The story is a serial and as such it will always have loose ends. Spellbound was better than Hard Magic, partly becasue the charectors are already established so the author could jump right into the story. There was more action and some interesting twists and turns. Bronson Pinchot did a great job of performing the book.
Bronson Pinchot, does a good job of having a different voice fore each character and does a fantastic job of sticking to those voices through both Hard Magic and Spellbound.
Spellbound was an OK story. It had it's moments.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
A very fast paced story about the ultimate struggle between good and evil with wonderful, exciting magic that keeps you wanting for more. In this series it is probably a good idea to read the books in order because this book picks right up at the end of the first and it will keep you on a wild ride right to the end.
Great magical characters that are so unique, Larry Correia is so amazingly inventive to come up with so many different types of magic. His main characters powers keep expanding and personal information about each of them is revealed throughout that makes them even more likable. New and old villains that you love to hate and nonstop action, help to make this a fun, exciting journey through the mysteries of wizardry.
Bronson Pinchot carries an excellent pace and does a great job with so many dialects and accents, he adds depth and personality to the characters. Can't wait for the next book.
Right from the moment that Jake literally answers a phone call from hell to the destruction of the newest nemesis, this book kept me on the edge of my seat. Every fight, whether it be with demons, Iron Guard, or good-old-fashioned normal non-magical agents took on Correia's signature style of violence, strategy, and mayhem.
The powers-that-be are simply ignorant of the true threat to their world, preferring instead to favor their own personal agenda (what else is new?) and the Grimnoir are pretty much on their own to save us from ourselves as well as the newest threat that makes the Chairman look like a pouting child in comparison.
The whole Grimnoir crew does their thing again in Correia's own original universe based in a modified 1930's time-line while employing a very thought-provoking, original, and unique magic system that we were introduced to in the first book, Hard Magic. For the second book, he fleshes out yet more details of the nature of the Entity, it's purpose, and it's natural enemies as well as new information on the mechanics of the magical universe.
Correia's description of his monsters are all very unique and his ability to rationalize their existence in the world allowed me to suspend my reality and fully engage my imagination. A good example would be his description of Zombies from the first book; always feeling the pain of their death until they become insane with rage and jealousy. His explanation of demons in this book is equally as satisfying.
I think this book would be worth a second listen as there's just so much detail in the various scenes. I enjoyed it all the way through as we were getting to know the "real" Crowe and especially loved the final encounter with him toward the end as all of the bad guys got their comeuppance. I couldn't help but feel a bit bad for them though as I realized that they were just victims of their own environment.
This book finishes the story to my satisfaction and doesn't leave a cliff hanger to agonize over until the next writing. However, it does setup the next book in such a way that I can't wait to read it.
Waiting for book 3 is going to be long and painful and will surely drive me insane. Now I know how those zombies feel...