The people who read these stories must at one point think to themselves that the people who *should* be reading these stories are the ones that won't. Some of the training methods that some trainers use on horses are horrific.
I can only hope that by reading the stories of very bad training methods that I will catch myself if I ever lose patience, or consider using any type of bad "training" method that Mark Rashid witnessed and tells of in some of his stories.
There's a saying that every choice creates a future, so having learned a few things from the stories in this book, I hope that I will make better choices when with my horses.
The extra attention in this book telling more about "the old man" Walter Pruitt (sp?) was a bonus.
This series is so exciting. The author's imagination and deft ability to describe action and visuals make each book fun to experience. And,the writing is tight.
What creative descriptions, done so smoothly that the exciting story flows with bends, twists, and deeper layers added to previously introduced characters.
I'm glad to have reached the last of this series, although it is left off in a "to be continued" ending with two characters ending the book with a conversation alluding to a plan they are working on.
I didn't mean to read the past few books in a row, in a self-indulgent binge, but they are like potato chips . . . can't eat/read just one.
This is not a book series I would have ever imagined I would be interested in - the covers and the concept - monsters, guns, good vs evil via imperfect but brave people . . . I was too snobby for this kind of book series . . . but no more.
The Monster Hunters International series is way too fun. The writing, the imagery, the intricate plots that manage to play out over time in the series of books . . . I'm glad I read the reviews and decided to give the first book a try, and then eventually come back to the second and continue on from there.
Some of the "educational" type of books I get on Audible take work and thinking and concentration. Fun books are a reward. Larry Correia's books are a lot of fun . . . yet I am still baffled that I am able to handle these books. When television commercials for scary movies would start I would quickly change the channel. Perhaps it is the undercurrent of humor and humanity and the viewpoint of heroism that makes even the *scary monsters* in these stories easier to handle. (Plus there's no creepy music like in the movie trailers)
Sometimes I wish more characters were a bit deeper with added descriptions and personality flaws. The mastery Larry Correia shows in describing settings or action or plot could be applied a little more to giving characters more dimension. Some of the British authors I've read earlier this year were outstanding at giving characters finer definition with a few nuanced words.
The humor and self-deprecating wit laced throughout take the edge off the scary monster parts. The author's writing tightens up with each book. The narrator makes it fun and even throws in some sounds that made me laugh out loud.
A fun diversion from real life. A tad addicting.
Larry Correia has an amazing ability to describe scenery and action. This third Monster Hunter book focuses on Earl Harbinger, the elder werewolf and many of the other characters introduced in the Monster Hunter series are not in the story since the setting is an out of town trip Earl has taken.
The new characters introduced are great and I love the description of the northern weather, the equipment, clothes, and different lifestyle which are in opposition to the previous southern humidity and greenery described in Alabama.
The imagery, fast moving and intricate plot, and insightful character descriptions make Larry Correia's books fun and exciting.
I'm not interested in horror, or bloody action movies or books, but the writing in these books make me interested and the imagination and descriptive ability of the author keep me going.
The first Monster Hunter book was good, but I felt the romance bits were predictable, a tad awkward, and weren't as sophisticated as the rest of the book. The writing has improved, with the second book being a lot better, and this third book I've read is good too. I still think the Grimnoir trilogy is better, with more iconoclastic characters, but since I've finished those I've come back to read the Monster Hunter books and finish this series.
The imagination and interesting plots are the best feature of Larry Correia's work. The underlying humor is spice. The writing of women characters and bits of romance will hopefully evolve and seem to be improving in comparison to the first MH book, but the female characters have been at times depicted in a stereotypical and one-dimensional manner. In this book, it was all too predictable that the "cradle-robber" joke was going to be made, and I just shook my head when it happened.
Narration was good. I had thought the northern accents would have been more like in the movie "Fargo" but accents were lightly used.
This is an interesting book, somewhat similar to other books that include past lives, Near Death Experiences, Out of Body experiences, descriptions of the astral and beyond, karma, universal laws, auras, and pretty much anything that a skeptical materialist "pure" scientist wouldn't deign to investigate.
The teleportation portion is fascinating. The description one person made before teleporting of sensing the vast connective net all around made me recall another description in another Audible book of a person describing the same type of net and sense of Oneness as well as in other previously read descriptions of something called Indra's Net. It is interesting to read various authors, who are writing about paranormal experiences, and see strong similarities between their own or their subjects' experiences.
Each chapter has its own focus, and after describing and explaining and sharing the concept and experiences the author has had of a particular paranormal experience, he is kind and generous enough to share the wording of a self-hypnosis session that the "reader" or Audible listener can use to create their own session. In the wording, there are also suggestions to use New Age music to fill the silent pauses, such as "play New Age music for 3 minutes" before saying the next phrase. I think it is very thoughtful of Dr. Goldberg to supply the wording for the do-it-yourself readers. I'd read a snarky review about the "play New Age music . . . " phrase and just want to offer my opinion that it was a nice extra added to the already substantially informative book.
For those who don't want to create their own hypnotic sessions, there are some already made by Dr. Goldberg at his website. (Which needs to be updated - it still offers cassette tapes!) It's a good thing the actual hypnotic sessions aren't included within the book since many people listen to Audible books while doing things . . . like driving. I've bought some of the hypnotic sessions done by Dr. Goldberg and they are good - found them at the mp3 section of Amazon as a download.
The narrator was just okay. Too many words were mispronounced and after a while it was a little annoying. Didn't anybody listen to this book before it was made available or wasn't there an editor or producer who paid attention to this? Doesn't the reader have a dictionary? Has he honestly never heard these words before?
The information is good - some new and unique information to me - and I've read a lot of books in this area.
Jon Ronson is a very good reporter. His in-depth short stories are written, and read, with a sly and wry sense of humor. It is amazing how deep he delves into some stories, and how long he takes for some stories - months and years.
I wouldn't have been interested in most of the topics he chose to cover, but learned things that are kept out of mainstream media and that are good to know. Most reporters wouldn't be able to take the time it takes to do the stories Jon Ronson does.
There were a few laugh out loud moments in this audiobook, but for the most part the stories were captivating and fascinating.
Sometimes choosing an audible book to listen to is akin to choosing a meal from a menu. Something heavy and substantial? Something nutritious and good for me? Something delicious but fun?
This is a delicious but fun book.
If you just want some light reading, with some mystery and adventure, but with humanity and wit . . . this will work.
There are a couple of very good stories and a couple of very bad stories - which I ended up skipping because the poor quality was so annoying - especially the cliche romance style one - that one was just awful.
There were quite a few just average stories that I kept listening to, hoping for the author to kick into gear, but arriving disappointedly to an ending with the realization that hopes for creative ingenuity were wasted.
It must be hard to put together a collection of short stories from various authors. Perhaps an author or two will agree to participate and simply go to a file folder and pull out a story that was done in the past and dust it off and send it in response to a request for a short story - maybe it never got published for the exact reason that it needed more work. Certainly a few stories in this collection were not worthy of even a "C+" in a Creative Writing class.
The couple of good stories that were very good almost made up for the others. Excellent and tight writing. Hopefully introducing interesting characters and concepts for a longer book or series.
This is a good way to learn. Because speaking out loud in response to the questions is required, a person might prefer to do this at home alone, or in a car. I'm doing outdoor chores, so the horses and chickens and goats are all learning Spanish with me.
I bought the series, so this review is for the entire series. 5 Stars!
work as opposed to the masterful artistry of the Grimnoir Chronicles trilogy.
This book had a slow start and it took a while to get the characters in place. Reading this shortly after Hard Magic, Spellbound, and Warbound, the Grimnoir trilogy was a letdown.
The powerful imagery that provided descriptions for the imagination in the Grimnoir books - the virtual scenes, sounds, smells and tastes - weren't in this book and the characters ranged from about 5 to 8 on a scale of 1 to 10 in complexity wheras they were generally from 7 to 10 in the Grimnoir books. The imagery and characters in the Grimnoir books were well-developed, described, and complex with good and negative traits and after raising the bar, the Dead Six characters were just average and basic stereotype characters.
In Monster Hunters' first book the female love interest and interactions felt like they were written by a 14 year old, and in the Grimnoir trilogy there was a noticeable change toward a more sophisticated and complex interaction between men and women. The inner thoughts were also much more interesting and showed conflicts and personal agendas. In Dead Six, inner thoughts were predictable and basic. And, the one of the more explicitly written "love scenes" made me burst out with laughter. Back to the teenage boy writer - so cliche.
Bronson Pinchot is awesome as a narrator, but some of the foreign accents were a little off - and there were a few times when it sounded like he forgot which character used which speech pattern. And, the soft spoken helpless female voices . . . in real life women don't talk like that . . . and sometimes I ran the whispery spoken female sentences through my head the way real women talk and wondered why the choice was made to use such a speech pattern - why not let the women talk like they've got some backbone or brains.
The "free" first chapter of book two is a good marketing technique and it did make me want to buy the next book.
It was a good story, and an exciting diversion from educational books or boring work, but for me it was a "lowering of the bar" after the Grimnoir books.
Enjoyable and educational memoir, maybe a little longer and more personal than usual.
With people in the early remote viewing program getting older, it is good to clarify individual experiences, straighten out misconceptions, and to make sure the history of the remote viewing program is as accurate as possible.
This is not a book that will teach remote viewing, yet one can not help learning something along the way.
People who do Search and Rescue might be interested in the second half of the book.
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