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.
This one turned me on to Larry Correia's body of work, which I then began consuming in gulps. I loved it. But, of course, it's fantasy. You have to be predisposed to acceptance of the story and be willing to allow it. This is in response to any harsh critics out there. That being said, it you like hard charging heroes, truckloads of challenges met by against all odds persistence and very cool firepower, by all means try this one. It especially surprised me because I have never been attracted to monster stories. It prepared me to accept a new genre that I have explored and enjoyed very much since this book. My thanks to Larry Correia for the hours of entertainment.
I was able to relate to Z, as many of us probably can. His frustration at his acceptance of mediocrity while knowing in his heart that he is so much more and meant for greater things. His depression and negative self image that he cant shake even as he begins to be faced with life changing challenges that he meets head on and prevails in. His "all in", "screw the personal consequences" acceptance of his lot totally appeals to me on some level.
The rest of the characters in the book hook me as well. And I don't know how Oliver Wyman was chosen as this books narrator, but I very honestly don't believe ANYONE could have done a better job. I am sure that his performance enabled me to develop the love of the characters that I did, especially Z. It's as though he was able to personally relate to Z the same way I do, and I would be willing to bet that you will too.
I don't review many of my read or listened to books. I honestly felt compelled to on this one. I absolutely suggest listening to Monster Hunter International.
I love science fiction. I love the reluctant hero. Characters that try to do the right thing no matter what.
I love a hero. Owen, Julie, Milo, Trip and Earl Harbinger are such interesting people doing extraordinary things. Owen is adorably awkward with Julie and tries to be such a good guy. Julie is a beautiful geek. I love her. But, my favorite character is Earl. Oliver Wyman really brings Earl's gruff personality out. I especially like how he loves his great granddaughter. He's a gentleman, a throwback to a different time where men were rough, tough and silent, protecting their own.
Larry Correia creates the character and story but Oliver Whyman brings it to life. Larry draws the picture and Oliver colors it in. They are a great team.
Tried to listen in one sitting but it's pretty hard when it's so long...and that's not a complaint.
I have favorite movies I've watched dozens of times. I also have favorite books that I've read numerous times. I have listened to the Monster Hunter series probably 5 times now. I start at the beginning, go to Vendetta, then Alpha and on to Legion. I work in the garden, sit at the computer or go for long walks listening. It has become my true guilty pleasure. And.......Larry, hurry up with Nemesis......I can't wait for Franks' story.
Creative Hilarious Action-packed
Loved this Comic Book flavor book. Love Love Love Can't wait to read the rest. I laughed out loud and got scared to death all in the same 20 seconds! When are they making the movies?????
I will listen to this series again and again. I've already listened to it twice and got my children hooked!
GET THIS SERIES!!!
If you're into action and cool gun stuff, this is the book for you.
Z...He's pretty much a Badass!
The man does some good voice work, he really gets into the feeling of the characters.
Excellent writing. Wonderful narration. Large variety of monsters and characters.
If you are a lover of monster books this is a MUST have.
I've been into various sci fi/fantasy series for awhile now. The Dresden Files and Destroyermen were the first to keep me company on my way to and from work. Then on to the likes of Sandman Slim and the Druid Chronicles. I eventually found my way to Correia's Grimnoir Chronicles.
I really enjoyed the latter and through that became aware of the Monster Hunter series. But for the longest time avoided it. Simply due to the name. It seemed appropriate for a teenager's series. And I never gave it a chance. Finally, waiting for the next entries in all the other series, I was short of listening material. And I gave Monster Hunter a shot.
I am glad I did. The legacy of Owen Zastava Pitt is a good listen. A very good listen. If you are a fan of the Grimnoir Chronicles, or any of the others of this genre by all means give the Monster Hunter series a chance. You won't be sorry.
Going in I confess that I was a bit disappointed that Bronson Pinchot from Corriea's Grimnoir Chronicles was not the storyteller. But any reservations quickly faded. Oliver Wyman does an excellent job here. His character readings have great range. And are very effective.
And Correia does an excellent job in this opening salvo of the Monster Hunter series in regards to story and character introduction and setup. We get a good start with "Z" (as Owen is often referred to) and his pre-Monster Hunter days. His background. His family. And his upbringing. We are introduced to the government's Monster Control Bureau (MCB). It's leader Agent Myers. And Agent Franks, with whom Owen will build a love/hate (OK. maybe grudgingly like/hate) relationship throughout the series. Agent Franks may be my favorite character in the series.
We meet the Shackleford family and their Monster Hunter International Organization. Earl and Julie of the Shacklefords themselves. MHI stalwarts like Sam and Milo. And other newbies that progress through MHI training with Owen. Holley, Tripp and Arthur Lee.
Yeah. Yeah. There are bad guys too. Zombies. Vampires. And the Cursed One. But this book is very much more. It is a setup for a series and a mythology that Correia starts to build here and continues to build through the books that follow.
I enjoyed this listen immensely. And what I think Correia does best, here and in subsequent entries in the MHI series, is build a world and set of characters - paragraph by paragraph, chapter by chapter, book by book - that leaves you fulfilled while expectently waiting for the next story to come out.
I quite enjoyed the story in this audiobook. It's not going to blow your socks off with things you haven't heard/read before, but it's an entertaining action romp mixed with some comdey and romance. It's a bit long, and does drag in some parts that could have been better spent building the universe in which the story takes place, but like an action movie there's still plenty to have fun with. I think this biggest downfall is the narration. Wyman's male characters all sound far too similar and his female character are passable at best. If I do continue this series I will probably pick up the ebook rather than continue on with Wyman's narration.
Supernatural Hilarious Fun!
His delivery and character voices were superb and he is a fantastic story teller.
I did not want it to end!
Yes! Love the story, it's a blast!
Orgasmic description of Milo's invention "Abomination"
His gravelly voice fits the story. I like Owen's & Earl's voices the best. The voices for Earl & the Ray's are a little too similar. Not such a big fan of his female voices (except the old lady w/the fake leg - that one's great!). Overall I enjoyed the narrator very much, he's perfect!
Freaky, Fun, Over-the-top, Kick-Ass Entertainment. I'm not into guns but I still loved the in-depth enthusiastic descriptions. They added to the tone of the story. Yes it's outrageous. Yes, it's a little silly, but mostly it's just a whole 'lot of dang fun!. It's a no holds barred action extravaganza where the hero gets beat down, beat up & beat again sideways, but he also gets to put the hurt on a lot of monsters & bad guys. Good wins out over Evil, but just barely & only at the last minute. There's also pain & loss & characters die. Then there's formulaic romance w/a bit of a twist - the ugly guy with the big heart gets the gorgeous hot chick who's also tough as nails & a weapons fanatic. What's not to love? Based on reviews I started the series out of order w/#2 then #4, & now just got #1. Can be read out of order. I liked it enough to go back to the beginning!Is it a literary masterpieces? Maybe not. BUT IT IS one of the most enjoyable series I've ever listened to! If you want some easy listening fun with a gritty edge to it, Welcome to Monster Hunters International! Yea-haw!
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