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Jason

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  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5220)
    Performance
    (4658)
    Story
    (4672)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "A well done sequel to an already great book."
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    Would you listen to Monster Hunter Vendetta again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    As with the first book, I did want to listen to it in one sitting. But, I had to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    M.H.I. Vendetta is another great read from Larry Correia. If you enjoyed the first installment, you will definitely enjoy this sequel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4488)
    Performance
    (4079)
    Story
    (4093)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "A change of pace. But, in a good way."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter Alpha?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7470)
    Performance
    (6609)
    Story
    (6602)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "A fantastic urban/present day fantasy series."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Monster Hunter International to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sadly, no. I had to sleep. But, the book is one that, once you get started, it's hard not to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2372)
    Performance
    (1695)
    Story
    (1693)

    The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year's resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve.

    RGH says: "For Zombie Lovers"
    "Unique angle on the usual zombie disaster."
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    What did you love best about Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First Book of Swords

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    For a game, the gods have given the world 12 Swords of Power so that they might be amused as the nations battle for their possession. But Vulcan the Smith has had his own little joke: the Swords can kill the gods themselves. What started out as Divine Jest has become all too serious as the gods fight to recover the Swords, and mortals discover that the mantle of power is more delicious and more terrible than anything they could have imagined.

    Natalie Ryan says: "Stands the test of time"
    "A great series finally comes to Audible."
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    What made the experience of listening to The First Book of Swords the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The First Book of Swords to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Derek Perkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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