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Monster Hunter International Audiobook

Monster Hunter International

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Why we think it's Essential - Quick, who directed The Evil Dead? What action hero starred in The Blob? Which movie studio became synonymous with horror for producing Frankenstein and The Wolf Man? If you can answer these questions correctly, you'll likely be thrilled with Monster Hunter International. B-movie aficionados know there's a fine line between gleefully gory camp and flat-out dross. Not to worry, Monster Hunter International knows the line. Oliver Wyman brings just the right amount of bombastic, smirking swagger to this story of big guns, big action, and a heck of a lot of monsters. —Michael

Publisher's Summary

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. Officially secret, some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. On the other side are the people who kill monsters for a living. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

It's actually a pretty sweet gig, except for one little problem. An ancient entity known as the Cursed One has returned to settle a centuries-old vendetta. Should the Cursed One succeed, it means the end of the world, and MHI is the only thing standing in his way.

With the clock ticking towards Armageddon, Owen finds himself trapped between legions of undead minions, belligerent federal agents, a cryptic ghost who has taken up residence inside his head, and the cursed family of the woman he loves. Business is good.... Welcome to Monster Hunter International.

©2009 Larry Correia (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Cather Cumberland, VA, United States 10-05-13
    Cather Cumberland, VA, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2016
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    "More than what you expect. Way more."

    For starters, Oliver Wyman NAILS this. With a big honkin' hammer. At no point does it sounds like he's reading from a page. There are no failures of direction or editing. Owen Pitt is talking to you, telling you about what happened, and Pitt is good with voices. Okay, some of the women are a little weak, but... it doesn't distract because it's Owen doing the voices. On the rare occasions that he shifts narrative characters, it's that other character talking. It's flawless.

    As for the story-- the author does an amazing job at creating the universe without bogging you down with exposition. You're sucked in along with Owen, and it happens with amazing speed and craftsmanship without feeling forced. The plot itself, of course, lends well to to exposition, but Correia doesn't lean on it too heavily. Characters, concepts, and relationships are established firmly, but the plot advances even when he occasionally stops for Backstory.

    The dings it gets are for unoriginality. Part of the reason that it is able to accomplish so much exposition in so short a time is that the Monster Control Bureau is one part Men In Black and one part Bureau 13, with standard government paranoia sprinkled in for cohesion and flavour. And the big bad is unapologetically borrowed from Lovecraft, falling juuuuuuust short of calling the thousand foot squid god Cthulu.

    But don't get me wrong, that's almost part of the charm. A few brief references and you've got a wider universe in place. Not all the gaps are filled in, but there's enough that you fully understand that there's a lot different from this world and the one we live in. But the story itself is excellent. The romance is a little forced, but not overly so, and the author resists the urge to establish a will-they-or-won't-they dynamic. Some might be bothered by the right-wing rhetoric, but it is not only in character for the people, but it's appropriate for the world they inhabit.

    Interestingly, the most overused tropes-- vampires, zombies, and the undead in general-- are handled INCREDIBLY well, as well as the characters' interactions with them. The temptation is to compare it to a summer blockbuster film or a pulp fantasy is strong-- it has the fun of the first and the archetypes of the second (and a few other pulp genres), but it's way more than you would expect from such comparisons.

    Also, it does an excellent job of balancing between being a book in its own right and the first book in a series. It serves as an excellent introduction to the universe while telling a story of its own. Yes, it's the story of how Owen joins MHI, and his journey from newbie to full fledged Monster Hunter, but it resists the urge to leave the overarching story unresolved. There are plenty of open threads, and of course the epilogue is a set-up for the next book, but you buy the next book because you want more of what this book gave you, not because you are hanging on the edge of your seat for the cliffhanger.

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    tim Morristown, TN, United States 08-25-13
    tim Morristown, TN, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Truck driving biker, former submariner in the Navy. Ex-bouncer and night club owner who loves a good read, and enjoys writing and art.

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    "Pleasantly surprised"

    Like a lot of other reviewers, I was a little wary of purchasing this. The premise seemed a little hokey, but Correia really made it work. Interesting characters, intriguing sub-plots, good story, well written an paced. I really can't ask for much more in a book. I will be following this series.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hunt4Steve 08-12-13
    Hunt4Steve 08-12-13
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    "awesome"
    What did you love best about Monster Hunter International?

    Great opening to the story, and great read throughout the book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter International?

    The beginning where he was taking on the Wolf


    Any additional comments?

    Great story from beginning to end

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shane A. Walsh Phoenix, AZ 07-18-13
    Shane A. Walsh Phoenix, AZ 07-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Indie filmmaker who loves listening to books on audio

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    "Run of the mill at best"
    Would you try another book from Larry Correia and/or Oliver Wyman?

    No, I would not. The story was dull and uninspired. I was hoping for something more. The characters are flat and 1 dimensional at best.


    Has Monster Hunter International turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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

    Pit


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappoinment


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 05-31-13
    Lisa 05-31-13

    I have always loved to read. Discovering audible has been great for a multitasker! Sorry for any misspells on reviews!

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    "Great book"

    This book was on my maybe list for a long time. I am very glad I finally gave it a listen. The story reminds me of a modern dungeons and dragons, full of action, beating impossible odds, a little romance, and lots of monsters! The trailer trash elves were funny and the orcs were cool! The narrator was awesome and really added to my enjoyment of the book! The great news is that there are more books in the series awaiting my next round of credits!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen J. Smith 05-13-13 Member Since 2016

    I enjoy listening to fantasy, some science fictions and have recently found myself enjoying the lecture audiobooks.

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    "Guts, Gore and Greatness"

    I enjoyed this book, the ending was a touch lack luster but the book kept me very invested in the characters throughout. I also felt at first that the main character was given a sort of superman syndrome, so many talents and skills that at first I felt less relatable to the main character. This is later lost in the fact that others have similar skills and talents in the book and that the main character is most definitely fallible. The characters are well done and with the help of the narrator are easily envisioned in my mind.

    The narrator did a great job and I'd definitely be willing to purchase more books that he has worked on. In the end, I was very happy that I got this book on sale and I'm even more happy that I bought the rest of the books during the sale. Besides the sample offered on the sight and the description and reviews I was still taking a "leap of faith" in purchasing the audiobook and I do not regret it one bit.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 04-14-13
    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Do not let the title fool you."

    Honestly,the title of this series made me think it was going to be a book for 5th grade boys. After a good friend of mine telling me that his father read the first book and loved it, and that my friend then read it and loved it,i had to give it a try.

    The MHI books are high up on my list of favorite listens. The narrator is aweomse,the story NEVER has a dull spot and its also funny while entertaining. I love these books. Give them a try.

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    Steven South Hadley, MA, United States 04-14-13
    Steven South Hadley, MA, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2011

    Fifty something, small business owner, married, no children. Love travel, beaches, tropical isles, classic cars and listening!

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    "Surprised - And A Lot Of Fun!!"

    OK, so not my usual genre, was looking for something a little different than the epic fantasy's I've been following. Hesitated, but glad I plunged in. Fast pace, interesting characters, light and easy to follow, and Ohh did I mention monsters - a lot of them!

    I'm glad I took the chance, enjoyed it a lot, in fact I just purchased the rest of the series and look forward to listening to those. Try it you will like it.

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    Steven Anastasi 04-12-13
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    "Brain Candy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Friends who play role-playing games would like this book. It reads like an RPG plot.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I like the concept of the private monster hunters with the proper backing to make them effective against supernatural beings. Plenty of gun porn. If your into guns, you'll like the toys the characters have, and the author will give you all the stats about them. Plot holes in the story I can drive a truck through. Especially the notion that the US government (as well as all the others in the world) have been able to keep the existence of monsters a secret from the general population even after thousands of people have been exposed to them. But that is the world the author wants, so the plot will reinforce it. A serious outcry of libertarian politics bleeds over the pages could have been trimmed down.


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

    I especially liked when the reader would slowly change his reading from one character's voice to another as the perspective changed from on character to another during a dream sequences.


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

    No. It was brain candy. It keep me entertained while I was doing menial tasks, where my attention can be temporally diverted, but I would not miss anything significant.


    Any additional comments?

    However, I did enjoy it. I'm willing to try the next one to see how the storyline progresses.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sidney YPSILANTI, MICHIGAN, United States 04-09-13
    Sidney YPSILANTI, MICHIGAN, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "WOW Who'd of thunk!"
    Where does Monster Hunter International rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am thoroughly impressed! If you are a Odd Thomas (Dean Koontz) and Christopher Moore fan, you will be as delighted as I am. . I find myself smiling and or laughing at comments in the writing that remind me of both of them. Yes it is long... but no minute wasted, You will be hooked from the beginning thoroughly to the end. I am so looking forward to starting part two.


    What other book might you compare Monster Hunter International to and why?

    Dean Koonts with the Odd Thomas series and the relaxed humor of Christopher Moore.


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

    I have heard her voice in past but comparison is not nescessary.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was thoroughly taken with the book when "Z " listenened in on the conversation in the sub levels that were so secret


    Any additional comments?

    This is an awesome book to listen to.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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