This has always been one of my favorite fantasy series. I'm glad to see it finally produced in an audio format. (My kids don't let me read much.) I especially enjoyed re-entering Saberhagen's world and re-learning the song of swords.
Perhaps The Wheel of Time series by Jordon. A young man thrust into a game he cannot control or understand as he tries to survive and protect himself and his friends.
To my knowledge, this is the first of his performances I have had the pleasure of hearing. I thought his reading extremely well done and appropriate for the various characters throughout the book.
It was, and I did. With the wife and kids out of the house, I had the entire day to myself. So, I spent it listening to this book while working on things around the house.
If you enjoy classic fantasy, this is definitely worth a listen. My only regret is that the other two books in the trilogy aren't released yet as of this review. Well, that, or the fact it wasn't recorded as The Complete Book of Swords. TCBoS is an unabridged compendium of the original trilogy.
The first scene that comes to mind is the confrontation between Harbinger and Stark. His response to "Who do you think you are?" is classic.
In this particular book, it would have to be the protagonist, Earl Harbinger. Nickolai Petrov and his arguments with the Tvar were enjoyable in print. But, he sounded a bit too much like Christopher Walken early on in the recording for him to be my favorite in this recording.
This is another great installment to the M.H.I. series. Even though the book follows Earl Harbinger on a personal mission and leaves the main protagonist of the first two books sidelined save for a throw away comment or two, it is still a great listen. Alongside the main story, we are introduced to more of the M.H.I. world. With old villains, new villains, pieces of Harbinger's personal history, and our introduction to a seedier shadow agency of the government, there is a lot new and old to enjoy.
Yes, and I have a few times. The M.H.I. series is one of my primary 'filler' series between new titles. M.H.I. is a fun series and still enjoyable after a few listens. I especially like re-listening to it with new people around to try and get them hooked on it.
As with the first book in the series, M.H.I. Vendetta is a fast paced urban fantasy full of action, humor, a bit of drama, and even a bit of romance. But, my personal favorite thing about it has to be Mr. Correia's take on what could be considered traditional fantasy creatures in a rather hilarious fashion.
I really enjoy Mr. Wyman's portrayal of certain characters. Without spoilers, I especially found his portrayal of a certain spy hired later in the book and M.H.I's newest I.T. hire far funnier than I would have pictured otherwise.
As with the first book, I did want to listen to it in one sitting. But, I had to sleep.
M.H.I. Vendetta is another great read from Larry Correia. If you enjoyed the first installment, you will definitely enjoy this sequel.
If you're like myself and have little time to sit down with the dead tree version of the book. Then, yes, this audiobook is better than the print version. The performance is well done and the characters are only slightly different from how I pictured them in my head reading the printed version.
I have to admit, I'm torn. On the one hand I really enjoy the characters and their development over the course of the book. On the other hand, I especially like Mr. Correia's take on the 'classic' fantasy creatures and monsters that the protagonists of MHI have to deal with on, pretty much, a daily basis.
Personally, as I live just outside Pensacola, I especially enjoyed the banter scene with several hunters traveling in an SUV to their target as one of them talks about the Mayor of a small town outside Pensacola stopping the hunters from doing their jobs. As a big Anne Rice fan, she wanted to "talk" to them... with the expected consequences. It's a simple filler scene that gives you an idea of how the hunters have to deal with everyday people. But, throw away scenes like this about how much harder vamp hunting became after 'those books' came out are especially funny to me.
Sadly, no. I had to sleep. But, the book is one that, once you get started, it's hard not to finish.
M.H.I. is not only a great book. But, a great series. A great combination of humor, violence, drama, and even some romance. The unique take on creatures such as Elves, Orcs, and others are especially entertaining.
I especially liked the style of the book. The fact you're effectively reading, or in this case listening to, the journal of a survivor makes you wonder if the story will just end with a random entry as he didn't make it back to write the another entry.
Without too many spoilers, my favorite scene is probably when the protagonist makes contact with his first fellow survivor. The way they setup communications after using morse code with flashlights was amusing to me.
Much like World War Z, this book takes a unique angle on how it tells the story of the survivors of the zombie apocalypse. Though, unlike WWZ and it's retelling of various stories to piece together how we survived the apocalypse, it is a day to day account of the actions of a single man and the survivors he eventually encounters and tries to protect. The accounts of the day to day problems that have to be overcome, such as salvaged vehicles needing maintenance before being usable, scavenging food and water, and the moral decisions to try and hold onto one's humanity are presented extremely well.
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