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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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    Jennie 02-22-13
    Jennie 02-22-13 Member Since 2016

    Author. Audiobook lover. UberGeek.

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    "Loved It...full of Machismo"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the tone of this book. It seems like the contemporary fantasy genre is filled with angst-y guilt ridden characters or the stereotypical "kick-ass" femme-fatale (don't get me wrong, I eat that stuff up).

    The main characters like guns, the men appreciate good looking women and there's a dry wit to the whole story.


    Any additional comments?

    While I enjoyed Oliver Wyman, I think it takes some time to warm up to his narration. It's slow paced and drawn out. it drove my husband crazy, he bumped the playback speed up when he listened to 1.5X.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah United States 12-07-12
    Sarah United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2013

    Love sci-fi books, romace books. I love to get lost into a good book.

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    "DRAMA LOVE ACTION LOVE MUST READ/LISTEN"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Monster Hunter International to be better than the print version?

    OH YES


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

    THE SWAMP AND TIME GAP


    Which scene was your favorite?

    HELICOPTER THEY FELL IN LOVE


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

    MONTERS DIE


    Any additional comments?

    THIS IS ACTION PACKED WITH FAMILY, AND ROMANCE, MUST READ...

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 09-13-12
    Jessica 09-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "You really can't judge a book by its cover!"

    I bought this book on sale when I didn't have anything else to listen to. The premise was interesting sounding but the cover made me think twice, because it was so comic bookish and action adventure-ish looking. I put off listening to it for a while longer. I finally got around to it and am kicking myself for waiting for so long. I like sci-fi and paranormal books but this has a lot of "Die Hard" and "Terminator" action mixed in. The action-adventure stuff is not normally something I like but this was surprisingly great. I like that the hunters are (for the most part) vanilla humans (not witches, vampires and so on). The writing and story are classic sci-fi awesomeness. Wyman is an excellent narrator. He does male and female well as well as southern and northern and all the monster voices too. Great book!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 09-13-12
    Paul 09-13-12 Member Since 2015

    Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)

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    "Conflicted"

    I wanted to rate this book higher. The writing style is very good, the action is good, the character interaction is good, but I felt like the characters should have been developed more. Within a very short amount of time the main character goes from zero, to hero, to god and that made it very hard for me to connect. I felt the same way about the overall story. It went from pedestrian daily life to interesting/challenging/scary to just plain freaky way to quick. Same old monster/non-human characters, boring, but we blow them up in lots of cool ways.

    Just to be fair, I got a few more books from this series and will see if things get better. If this book were bad, I wouldn't have bought more, so even though I didn't "love" this book, I obviously liked it well enough to read some more. Maybe that sums it up for me :)

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    The Wife SPRINGBORO, PA, United States 02-23-12
    The Wife SPRINGBORO, PA, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2016
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    "So Surprised"

    Picked this book out of the blue, figuring I would try something different than the Charlaine Harris, Molly Harper and Mary Janice Davidson books I normally buy. I was so impressed, I listened to all of the ones in this series and then downloaded the two in Correia's other series. I'm really looking forward to the next one in this series though. Loved all of the fight scenes, the descriptions of the action make it feel like you can actually see what is going on, I found myself sitting in my car twice, just to finish a chapter (I probably looked like a brainless moron, staring off into space listening.) I'm a serious fan now.

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    Jason 02-10-12
    Jason 02-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Solid fun, surprisingly interesting story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Monster Hunter International to be better than the print version?

    The reader's performance is great, adding depth to Owen that wouldn't be there in the text alone.


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

    The gargoyle attack was pretty awesome.


    What about Oliver Wyman???s performance did you like?

    Oliver brings life to Larry Correia's words in much the same way that a skilled actor brings his script to life.


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

    I wasn't particularly moved by any point in this book; it was like a roller coaster or an action/horror movie. It was exciting and a lot of fun.


    Any additional comments?

    This series reminded me of the Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries. It's nowhere near as sexually charged as that series, but it has the same sense of pulpy fun. This book isn't putting on airs and trying to be great literature, instead it is great at being a fun book to listen to. Many times through the story I found myself laughing out loud, exclaiming in surprised fear at the situation or cheering on the characters as they battle forward. All in all, it was a good read.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer North Salt Lake, UT, United States 01-12-12
    Amazon Customer North Salt Lake, UT, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Truly Amazing"
    What did you love best about Monster Hunter International?

    This is my kind of writing. I really enjoyed falling into this story. The descriptive language invited me into the great world of monster hunting. The characters were great and I loved the twists of your conventional fantasy figures. Listening to Oliver was incredible, he really brought the characters alive. His ability to give each their own distinctive voice brought everything alive. Way to go Larry and Oliver.


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

    This voices for each character was great. I am sure I would've have given each their own in my imagination but I truly believe Oliver did a great job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh, I wanted to laugh and cry at times.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 01-10-12
    Robert 01-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Urban Fantasy overshadowed by right-wing agenda"

    I really wanted to enjoy this book. The premise was interesting and the narration was good. I had to put it down, however, because the author went out of his way to lay on the right-wing politics. It wasn't a big deal at first, but eventually it was occurring nearly every few minutes. I can understand giving a character certain beliefs and views, but when it's nearly the entire cast, done so blatantly...Look, in the end, if you don't mind heavy-handed political soapboxing, then this is an entertaining military fantasy. If you do, I suggest searching elsewhere.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Bullman U.S. of A. 10-05-11
    Justin Bullman U.S. of A. 10-05-11 Listener Since 2007

    J-Bull

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    "Too much WWE turnabouts..."

    The overall writing and story was enjoyable. But I just cannot get into a story that has the protagonist so often getting pummeled into near death and utter submission, only to miraculously land a sucker-punch and turn the tables to save the day. How many times can your bones, joints, and connective tissue be torn, broken and shattered before the healing process reduces you to a limping arthritic old man before your time, especially in the midst of battle with creatures that are flat-out deadly when facing them at full health??? It just stretches the heroism-aspect to thin and places it on par with the metal-chair-to-the-face chicanery of professional wrestling. I expect more from my books... and the EPIC nature of EVERY encounter with the super-natural element would imply that the mortality/morbidity rate for the hunters would be just too high to ever maintain an actual hunting organization.

    As for the narration, it was okay, with the exception of over-acting and zealous yelling of the narrator in times of stress. When will producers realize that most people listen with headsets and having someone yell directly into your ear is just not pleasing and yanks you right out of the fantasy. "macho-bravado" is not achieved by the volume of the voice but rather it's in the simple nuance of voice inflection.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    James Tacoma, WA, United States 09-19-11
    James Tacoma, WA, United States 09-19-11
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    "Well traveled genera.…New twists!"

    I have just finished the 3rd book. Correia put together a good tale, some well traveled monster material, some new ideas…a good mix. A bit longer than some, but enjoyed the detail. Wyman was a perfect fit for narration. Good mix of horror and military kept on the lighter side. Corriea loves his weapons! Thank you Audible for narration review...I think they can make or break a good story.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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