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Hard Magic Audiobook

Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

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Audible Editor Reviews

Larry Correia has already made a name for himself in the sci-fi/fantasy world with his Monster Hunter books, but now he's written the first in new series that takes place in New York in the 1930s, filled with dubious federal agents, hardboiled detectives, and dames with a whole lotta chutzpah. Except this isn't quite the New York you might expect, but an alternate universe where zeppelins moor at the top of the Empire State Building, the Titanic never sank and mad scientist Nikola Tesla has created a devastating weapon called the Geo-Tel. Oh, and people have magical powers. They are known as Actives. It's become commonplace for some people to defy gravity, teleport, manipulate animals, and heal by touch. The hero here is Jake Sullivan, a detective and ex-con who is set free by the FBI to track criminal Actives, which J. Edgar Hoover (yeah, he's still around) would like to eradicate.

Actor Bronson Pinchot has become a regular go-to for audiobooks and the reason is obvious – the guy knows how to bring a story to life. Far from his manic days as Balki on Perfect Strangers, Pinchot is a warm, imminently listenable narrator. He's obviously having a ball with Hard Magic, gruffing up his voice for the hardboiled Jake and the various G-men and employing a countrified voice for Faye, a young farm girl who can teleport across great distances and becomes vital to saving the world from destruction by the Geo-Tel. Pinchot gives each character a different voice, so it's easy to keep up with the big cast. Correia writes long, colorful descriptions of his characters and their situations, but those passages never become boring and never get in the way of the action, thanks to Pinchot.

Steampunk lovers will find much to love about Hard Magic, but listners who love big guns and explosions will be in hog heaven. There are epic, cinematic battles including one over-the-top of a dirigible that is audaciously impossible. Hard Magic almost defies categorization, because Correia has no problem blending science fiction with more fanciful fantasy, even managing to slip in double-headed dragons and imps. The second book in the Grimnoir Chronicles, Spellbound, is coming and let's hope Pinchot has signed on for the audio version. —Collin Kelley

Publisher's Summary

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someone to go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

Problems arise when Jake discovers the bad girl behind the robberies is an old friend, and he happens to know her magic is just as powerful as his. And the Feds have plunged Jake into a secret battle between powerful cartels of magic-users - a cartel whose ruthless leaders have decided that Jake is far too dangerous to live.

©2011 Larry Correia (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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  • Audie Award Winner, Paranormal, 2012

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    most of his performance sounds like he is asking a question or reading to children.

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    MTeeWalker 08-07-16
    MTeeWalker 08-07-16

    I enjoy most well written fiction , especially science fiction. History is probably a close second.

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    "Exciting and totalling engrossing from start to finish! You"

    My first book by Correia. I find him to be a fantastic author with a vivid imagination. I wish I would have discovered him sooner.

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    bebe South Carolina 07-29-16
    bebe South Carolina 07-29-16

    Attorney - love to listen to audio books

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    "Book One of a Fantastic and Addictive Series"
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    Absolutely one of the best books, and series, I have ever read. Larry Correia is a genius writer and Bronson Pinchot is a genius performer. The story is enthralling and filled with truly memorable characters. They have special powers. Some use them for evil while others try to understand their powers and use them to help others. Once I started this book I simply could not quit listening and immediately purchased the remainder of the series, plus the short stories. I have listened to all of then twice and will probably listen to them again. They are really that good. There is too much going on to try to describe the story. It begins with separate people with powers but they all come together in the book. The ending is truly mind bending exciting! I urge you not to pass on this book and the series. Even though they are very different, if you like Monster Hunter International, you will love this. Even if you did not like Monster Hunter International, you will still love this. Please don't miss it.

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    Michael 07-18-16
    Michael 07-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely loved it! Very original!"

    I loved how magic worked in the story, and even more so when it was eventually explained :0 the characters were all very interesting and well fleshed out. At first it seemed a little cheesy with your "typical scarred bad guy and evil organization" BUT KEEP GOING- they both get fleshed out more and given depth and their motives become more understandable. I'm looking forward to getting the next one!

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    WordFoodie 07-17-16
    WordFoodie 07-17-16

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    "Great pulp fiction style"

    Think The Matrix meets The Avengers with a bit of Bruce Wayne, Katness Evergreen and whatever other favourite hero you want to throw in. Bronson Pinchot uses his originality to bring the many characters to life, compensating for what would be a predictable, America-beats-the-bad-guy storyline.

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    Mad Ivan 07-12-16
    Mad Ivan 07-12-16 Member Since 2011
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    "worth repeating."

    Bronson Pinchot's portrayal of Sally Fay Viara makes the book. Finished for a 2nd time, on to books 2&3.

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    RLP 07-10-16
    RLP 07-10-16
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    "enjoyed it"

    It took me awhile to actually listen to this audiobook. I originally got it on sale and I started listening but didn't care for it right away.

    I like other books by this author, so I finally gave it a shot and listened for more than a chapter and got sucked in. I am off to get the next book now.

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    "Interesting Magic System!"

    What a world!!! As a student of history, I loved all the "what ifs"! As a fantasy enthusiast I loved the magic system and the eventual place you find out it comes from. Such a gripping story, downloaded the second before I even finished the first so that I didn't have to miss a minute!
    I struggled with the narration for a bit but appreciated it by the end. I hope you all enjoy this series as much as I am ❤

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    Bob Levin 07-03-16
    Bob Levin 07-03-16
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    "This was fun."

    I'm not much for books about magic, but this got me from the start. It was fun and a fast read (or listen). Can't wait to get the next one.

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    Nick 07-02-16
    Nick 07-02-16
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    "Awsome - full of power, Magical Power"

    Lots of action. Some tense moments, as various people are challenged in life threatening situations. You can never tell who is going to make it, and who won't.

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