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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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    brad PLACERVILLE, CA, United States 03-24-13
    brad PLACERVILLE, CA, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Big guns+big monsters+lots of action= good times."
    Where does Monster Hunter International rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed it. I wouldn't rank it up there with Enders Game, or books of that ilk. If you are looking for something not so serious, has lots of action, some good humor, and all kinds of monsters, this might be what your are looking for.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Earl, you'll find out.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    He was just all around good.


    Any additional comments?

    It really was a good book. I have already order the rest.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Howard Oregon 03-24-13
    Kelly Howard Oregon 03-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding start to 3/4 of an outstanding series"

    I say "3/4 of an outstanding series" because I thought the 3rd book stunk. But this one definitely does not; this is an incredibly good audiobook, combining an excellent, exciting, extremely creative book with the kind of performance that elevates mere reading into life; each character has a distinct, believable voice, and the pacing and emphasis are as perfect as human endeavors get.

    Larry Correia manages to roll out a fairly large cast of characters without being confusing or leaving the reader constantly thinking, "Now wait, who's this guy?" The main character, Owen Z Pitt, finds out the hard way that monsters are real, that werewolves really do exist. He goes on to discover that there's a whole business of monster hunting, and his upbringing turns out to have been perfect for him to excel as a monster hunter.

    The characters are fairly complex for an action/thriller/monster book and they sound like real people talking. The monsters are seriously monstrous, a mix of the familiar (vampires, werewolves) and some brand new doozies right out of Correia's subconscious --I'd hate to do a ride-along in one of his nightmares!

    This & the second & fourth of the MHI books are just great, fun, stick-to-the-earbuds books that beg to be described as "rollicking," if the word was still used (#3, I fear, was just boring, though still well-read). Misters Correia & Wyman together have created great examples of how audiobooks CAN be, but all too often aren't. They make a high bar, though, and are a real treat for the listener!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ambrose 03-19-13
    Ambrose 03-19-13

    Software Designer & Armchair Philosopher

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    "Enjoyed It; Reminiscent of Dresden"

    Entertaining book. I liked the sense of realism regarding the weaponry, tactics, and fights.

    It reminded me to some extent of the Dresden Files, but it is definitely its own thing.

    There was maybe a little too much deus ex machina type stuff going on, but it's okay.

    Would recommend it to folks who like this sort of thing.

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    KAKELE Waimanalo, HI, United States 03-10-13
    KAKELE Waimanalo, HI, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2011

    Aboriginal descendant of the peoples Native to the Hawaiian Archipelago. Libertarian. Avid student of Mises, Hayek, Browning, Ruger, Stoner.

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    "Wow!"
    What did you love best about Monster Hunter International?

    I liked the over all tone and pace of the book. It's very male oriented lots of testosterone. It's a man's man's type of book. I also like the curves thrown in every once and awhile. It took what could have been a very mediocre and over done topic/story and laid it out with a lot of finesse and forethought. I was hesitant when I saw the cover art. The book/books were a delightful surprise.


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

    I have been on a Zombie reading binge as of late and I think that it comes the closest to that genre, That being said I would compare this favorably to the ZF series (Zombie Fallout) by Mark Tufo. The earlier books especially.


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

    I am a huge Oliver Wyman fan from the Z.A. Recht series, It was the deciding factor in whether to purchase the book/books. As usual he definitely "brought" it. I can say that he made the book in my opinion. I always enjoy his range of dialects male and female. Just his general interpretation of the material, he knows when to add the little "something" at the end of the sentence or the chapter to either highlight a point or to add just enough of an infliction to a point that it keeps you in the story. You never have to jump in and out of belief to enjoy the story. That being said it's very hard to "put down" an audio book he's reading. I would recommend everyone who hasn't heard him, listen to the Z.A. Recht series I believe they are some of his earliest works...you can hear his progression over time. All in all he kicked ass. Listen to this book, you won't be disappointed. Enjoy!


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

    I wasn't expecting to listen to it in one sitting...The end result was I did. It's a looong book. But it really didn't feel like it...it was that enjoyable.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason PICKERINGTON, OHIO, United States 10-08-12
    Jason PICKERINGTON, OHIO, United States 10-08-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Lil sticky through here"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    still iffy.


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

    Any kind of fantasy book that has weird creatures in it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was one hell of a Christmas party!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    MHI wants you! We just can't tell you!


    Any additional comments?

    I liked it. It had action, creatures, a little comedy, and it kept moving. There are many different types of events that lead so fast to the main event that you won't believe it's a 15+ hr book.The narrator was consistent, well paced and consistent.The down side is the gore. I just pushed through it but there is A LOT. However, I didn't just stop listening to it like I have with other similar types of books. The other part is the gun fascination. I got bored with the authors need to describe every gun and knife with precise detail. I'm more of a "see monster, kill monster" kind of reader. I don't care about the existential's.Overall, It's a solid well written, well narrated book. If you can handle the existential's, give it a shot.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Panama City, FL 09-19-12
    Tracy Panama City, FL 09-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Love hunting me some monsters."
    Where does Monster Hunter International rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty close to the top.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harbinger, because he's Harbinger.


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

    He is an excellent narrator. Everything comes to life.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 09-05-12
    Cheryl 09-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Love this writer."
    Where does Monster Hunter International rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have have to say this rates pretty high for this genre. It was a really pleasant surprise.
    Narration was great!


    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 08-23-12
    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Juvenile with a boring narrator"

    There are so many books in this series and so many good reviews that I thought getting this book was a no-brainer, but I couldn't get through more than an hour of this. I just couldn't get into it at all!

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    david 07-09-12
    david 07-09-12
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    "Wouldn't that be ......"Accursed One?""
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great stuff. The stuff of "b" movies......especially if you like guns..I don't. Worth a second listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration, and the author's sly sense of humor...


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

    The dead Russian guy..


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

    I didn't quite like that he killed Conquistador, after his cursed was lifted, oh well..


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah an engaging listen afteran improbable opening , though its a story that must have been told , hundred times though,it was very entertaining and flawessly read.

    Though also it was a bit unimaginative for the author to have to use firearms so much throughout the story, he mus tbe a real gun nut. You wonder what kind of munitions and firearms would take out a vampire?

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 07-05-12
    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 07-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I was abducted and taken on a great ride!"
    What made the experience of listening to Monster Hunter International the most enjoyable?

    I wasn't sure if this was a book I would enjoy. The premise seemed interesting, but...but...I wasn't sure. I'm happy to report that the story immediately grabbed my attention and held tight throughout most of the book. Like several other series I've read, present-day earth is inhabited by monsters. However, the public isn't aware of the dangerous creatures lurking in the dark. The government wants to keep this information a secret. Yes, the same old story, but told in a fresh and interesting way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love that monster hunters is a family-owned/run business. As with all families, there are some members that we would call the "black sheep" of the family. As the story unfolds, there is much action, humor and even a little romance. The characters are very likeable, even though some of them are a bit more military-minded than I usually enjoy. However, the paranormal storyline does explain the need for the gungho approach to things.


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

    When I first started listening I wasn't sure if I liked his reading of the story. However, I quickly forgot that I was "listening" to a book. I soon found his reading so well done that I became absorbed in the story and forgot there was a "reader" involved. That is the best compliment I can hand a performer. Well done, Mr. Wyman.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How about "You should be afraid of the dark"? Or possibly "It's raining frogs!"


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to reading book two of this series.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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