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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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    Dale DE RUYTER, NY, United States 10-30-13
    Dale DE RUYTER, NY, United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "well worth the credit for monster lovers"

    Excellent writing. Wonderful narration. Large variety of monsters and characters.
    If you are a lover of monster books this is a MUST have.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Walt Dallas, Ga United States 10-24-13
    Walt Dallas, Ga United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wasn't sure, but a very worthy series"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George ABERDEEN, MD, United States 10-21-13
    George ABERDEEN, MD, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very enjoyable listen, great story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have now finished book two and I am hooked. Well written for the casual reader/ listener.

    I like that the author did not write another vamp/were lovefest.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    The reader does a good job, keeps the story moving well.

    Good Reading, good pace, enjoyable.


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

    I laugh allot.


    Any additional comments?

    In this story monters are to be hunted for profit and profit is GOOD!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald C 09-13-13
    Ronald C 09-13-13
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    "Very engaging at the outset; less believable later"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, for the most part it was an engaging read. There were a few too many convenient supernatural resolutions to unsolvable situations.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was more or less as expected.


    What aspect of Oliver Wyman’s performance would you have changed?

    Very good - though would be nice if he had a higher voice register for the female characters... Can't have everything, I guess.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-10-13
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    "Imaginative Entertainment!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Clever takes on the traditional monsters we're so aware of, vampires, werewolves and the author adds a creative spin with many monsters and brings new monsters to our attention. I want to work for Monster Hunters International! I also appreciated the development of characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Owen Pitt, he comes across funny, sexy, and bad ass.


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

    Definitely brings the characters to life. When I started book 2, I could immediately tell by his voice character who was speaking without him even having to say so. Great job!


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

    Laughed a few times, great entertainment, when I could not wait to listen to it. That's saying something.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this series!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emmanuel East London, South Africa 09-07-13
    Emmanuel East London, South Africa 09-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Book! Worth every second!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I have already recommended it to many of my friends. If you are my friend and reading this now. I recommend it again! Start listening/reading now...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot twists and the unfolding of the main character's destiny was spell bounding


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

    The excellent way he changes his voice for the different characters really brings the story to life. Kept me on the edge of my seat.


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

    The battle scene in Natchy-Bottom


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Instant Fan!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Allen 08-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great start to a really fun series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Monster Hunter International to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea if the audio version is better than the print version, as I have only listened to it.


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

    Trying not to put in a spoiler, the ship is the most memorable moment to me.


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

    Z is my favorite character in this. He's easy to connect with as the typical average guy who gets thrust into difficult situations and does extraordinary things. But the way he is written is not typical, and this character is fun to watch the development of. Oliver Wyman does a great job of making Z average but very likable. He's also not afraid to throw in emotion where necessary without overdoing it.


    Any additional comments?

    I would say that this would make a great movie, but it is packed with so much story that I don't think it could be covered in one film without diluting it. But the writing is very vivid in the imagery it creates. Also, the reader is PERFECT! He is great as he puts voices to all of the characters, and his style fits with Z's "everyman" personality.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 08-26-13
    Rebecca 08-26-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Larry Correia and/or Oliver Wyman?

    Yes, but hesitantly for Correia. Wyman is pretty good.


    What could Larry Correia have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Employed a good editor and eased up on the adjectives.


    What aspect of Oliver Wyman’s performance would you have changed?

    Some pronunciation is off. Otherwise pretty good performance.


    Did Monster Hunter International inspire you to do anything?

    Bang my head against the wall over the dialogue.


    Any additional comments?

    After finishing the grimnoir series I went into these books with enthusiasm only to be disappointed by the writing. Could have been so much better.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael MADISON, WI, United States 08-11-13
    Michael MADISON, WI, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "WOW! This Book Hits all my Nerd Spots!"

    Excellent, well written story with well great characters and character development. Vampires, werewolves, Lovecraft-ian Cthuhlu mythos and more spun into a superb novel. This book took me by surpise. I can't wait to start the next book. Highly recommened!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sherri Kirkland, WA, United States 08-08-13
    sherri Kirkland, WA, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "You can trust this writer"

    I do not read the kind of books Larry Correia writes. Yet I've listened to two and will probably listen to more because I can trust this writer to deliver kick-ass good guys (male and female); stinky slimeballs; strong-arm bad guys; the Supreme and Nearly Invincible Evil; and best of all, an action plot with characters who crack jokes and are individual and sympathetic enough to involve my interest. Correia's fight scenes amaze me--they go on and on and when you think they ought to end by now, they go on. I get bored with the longer fights but I can respect what the author is doing because he does it well. If he's corny, it's because he intends to be. Once the gun goes off at the starting gate, you're in for a fast ride. With guns and explosions, lots of 'em!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Moonface
    Buildwas, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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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
  • Amazon Customer
    London, UK
    5/10/13
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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
  • Christopher Young
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    10/15/16
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    "Full of action"

    Really enjoyable story, lots of action and of course loads of guns! Very good narration and I eventually even became used to the American accent. Well worthwhile

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breen
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    9/16/16
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    "great performance, fun writing"

    great humour and a fun writing style but I think the characters are a bit over powered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    9/9/16
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    "OK story but lacked finesse"

    This story was OK but seemed a little obvious at times. there weren't any clever plot twists or devices that make the listener sit up and take note.

    performance was good but a lot of characters sounded the same.

    all in all 6 out of 10 - worth it if you like the monster genre but not the best introduction

    0 of 0 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

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