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Monster Hunter International Audiobook

Monster Hunter International

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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Justin Bullman U.S. of A. 10-05-11
    Justin Bullman U.S. of A. 10-05-11 Member Since 2016

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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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    John Sherman Maine 09-18-11
    John Sherman Maine 09-18-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story Excellent Narration"

    Oliver Wyman's narration is second to none and he flawlessly changes from one character to another. The story itself is superb with great character development and plenty of action. Larry Correia has created a perfect modern day monster tale that is driven by the characters and story line. Can't wait to listen to the next installment.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karen christchurch, New Zealand 09-16-11
    Karen christchurch, New Zealand 09-16-11
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    "Fist class"

    What an excellent series, can't get enough. Hope there will be many more in this series to come. The story keeps you wanting more from beginning to end and the narrator is just awesome. Love it....

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Melisa 09-12-11
    Melisa 09-12-11 Member Since 2006
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    "More of a guy book I think"

    This was a little too gory for my taste and the endless minute details given for every weapon mentioned in the book (and there are a lot) makes it seem more of a guy book to me. However, the story was interesting enough to get me through all that weapons minutia. If I was more into monster stories, I'd happily continue with the series. It's not my thing but if you like monster killing madness, you'll love it. The narration was excellent.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mark bombala, Australia 08-14-11
    Mark bombala, Australia 08-14-11
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    "AWESOME"

    Great story, great characters. Well read by oliver wyman. Great book if you're into zombies,werewolves and the like :)

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    detra green 09-21-11
    detra green 09-21-11 Member Since 2016
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    "A waste of a credit"
    What would have made Monster Hunter International better?

    Leave out the right wing macho crap and tell the story. The main character and story should be something more than one dimensional. I could not get pass the gun worship.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything not written by the author.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Oliver Wyman?

    No.


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

    Anger. I wasted my credit.


    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Guagliardo 08-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "decent story, uninspiring characters."

    Interesting premise, characters were pretty bland and a bit forced on "charm." Annoying heavy handed political views peppered through out. Narrator was a bit too dramatic and long on the pauses. played better at 1.3 speed

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Troy WASHINGTON, IN, United States 08-13-16
    Troy WASHINGTON, IN, United States 08-13-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Awsome!"

    I love this series. I'm starting over for 3rd time. definitely in top 4 ever

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    C. Woods Ohio 08-02-16
    C. Woods Ohio 08-02-16 Member Since 2016

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    "What a ride!"

    Great action. Had me on the edge of my seat more than once! Can't wait to listen to the next book.

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  • Moonface
    Buildwas, United Kingdom
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    "They Shoot Monsters, Don't They?"

    This was a great surprise! It's a really great action / adventure fantasy novel which doesn't pretend to be anything other than it is. Just sit back and listen to the great narration by Oliver Wyman as the adventure washes over you. I know a lot of people out there have issues with Larry Correia's gun lovin' attitudes and obvious political opinions but if you can get over that then you'll really enjoy this book (and the rest in the series). It's fun, it goes bang, it has monsters and then the monsters go bang!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Donal
    Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
    4/3/11
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    "Hmm, interesting!"

    A good story, densely plotted, and a great reading by Oliver Wyman makes for an enthralling listen. So why only three stars? Well, partly because I think the book could have done with some stricter editing. It's a long, long journey with a number of diversions which, though entertaining, would have improved the pace of the book by their absence.
    But the main reason for my docking two stars from my review is the barely hidden subtext. Anyone with any understanding of the last decade will spot the right-wing, redneck militia-leaning protagonists. For 'monsters' read 'terrorists' and for 'Monster Hunter International' read 'Anti Government vigilante militias' who operate on the basis that 'my gun is bigger than yours'. It was as if the author was channeling the spirits of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld as he wrote.
    I realise that for many this aspect is probably an attractive and positive part of the story, but it left me feeling slightly uncomfortable while enjoying the mayhem. It is possible to write exciting monster hunting and supernatural mayhem books. I need only mention Jim Butcher and early Laurell K Hamilton as prime examples of politically neutral masters of the genre.

    Having said all that, I'll still go for the second volume!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    "Fantastic, the hunt is on!"

    This is a face paced story, although you need to get over the fact that you will know your guns by the end. The Hero Owen Z Pitt is both funny, humble, arrogant and fantastically violent. The rest of the gang is just brilliant and the banter will keep you giggling, The story has enough complexity to keep your interest and the characters are sufficiently rounded for you to care what happens to them. Urban fantasy at its best!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Johnny
    Lisburn, United Kingdom
    9/11/13
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    "Book 1 sets the bar high. "

    A great first book in MHI series. Larry Correia has a great imagination and brings a fresh take on the classic monster type book. As I've bought all the books in this series and listened a few times I can highly recommend them. Narration by Oliver Wyman is great and all characters are easily recognisable he really brings them all to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ben
    Maghera, United Kingdom
    5/9/12
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    "Decent"

    A fairly simple book, but entertaining nontheless. Ideal for those listening to a book while doing something slightly distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Thames Ditton, United Kingdom
    3/8/12
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    "I think this simply wasn't for me"

    Having listened to this I think I simply don't like the protagonist. I'm sure the whole macho shoot first think eventually thing will appeal to some but didn't for me. I found myself constantly hoping that something would manage to kill pitt for good which sadly didn't happen.

    The unhealthy obsession with guns, barely hidden political views and telegraphing of events to come throughout the book left me disappointed. This was topped off by one of the most inexplicable romance angles I have ever listened to and terrible attempts to build emotion with characters before something dreadful happened to them.

    However it's all fine because guns are cool, especially if you are shooting guns and even more so if you are shooting them at something that doesn't require a moral justification on if its right or wrong. I will be sticking with Harry Dresden where good story, character development and well written action blend together into an interesting and gripping read. It's a shame this book lacks any of those.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mr W.
    8/8/16
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    "Made me want to eat my ears"

    The creepiest thing about this book was the protagonist.

    This will probably spoil the book for anyone reading this and about to listen to it, but I imagined the narrator delivering all of his lines like he's looking at an imaginary camera, head tilted slightly forward with one eyebrow raised and saying the word 'Duh-uh-uh!' Over and over again for twenty hours of my life that I'll never get to spend with my family.

    If you're from Texas, you'll love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • rasmus
    8/6/16
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    "Gun porn and uncreative violence"

    The first half is very good but then it gets repetitive and the ending just end up feeling so drawn out.
    Also a bit too easy to figure out the premise and the fact that the only thing that makes all the monsters "superior" is they all have super fast regeneration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    OXFORD, United Kingdom
    8/3/16
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    "loved it"

    Good bit of cheese, well read with all the monsters, gore, quips your need. The narrator did an impressive job with the different voices. The pace was good. The only trouble with this book is I couldn't stop listening. Download in book 2 as we speak, enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham Dann
    6/16/16
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    "Love it"

    Good action packed monster killing fun! Gore, guns n girls. Not a master piece but a fun ride with bad arse bad guys and heroes battling against the odds. Well read and the pace was perfect. Now need to listen to the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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