Audie Award, Paranormal, 2013
Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir. The knights must become fugitives while they attempt to discover who framed them.Thing go from bad to worse when Jake Sullivan, former P.I. and knight of the Grimnoir, receives a telephone call from a dead man—a man he helped kill. Turns out the Power jumped universes because it was fleeing from a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. That predator has just landed on Earth.
©2012 Larry Correia (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
At the top.
The attack on Washington.
Pinchot is fantastic. He is one of the few male narrators that does women voices well. Don't know what that says about him, but whatever, he was great.
Nope, just good, rollicking fun.
Just enjoying my readin', 'ritin', and 'rithmatic.
I wouldn't rule it out
The performance by Bronson Pinchot. The story was lacking the depth as compared to the first volume. Though it was far from terrible and still worth listening.
I'm not sure I could pick one, but I will say Mr. Pinchot does an excellent job with female characters. Anytime a reader can perform a member of the opposite sex without note, I am pleased. However, Pinchot's ability to "feminize" the voices without sounding silly or interrupting the listening flow is well worth mentioning. Something I failed to do in my review of the first Grimnoir review.
I listen knowing I'm going to have to listen in spurts, so few books inspire this reaction in me. Because of this, I wouldn't constitute this a fair benchmark.
A lot of people are disappointed when a story makes an implicit promise in the beginning and it goes unfulfilled at the end. If you're such a person, this story isn't for you. I'm usually willing to enjoy the author's vision of the story and judge it based on those merits. I think this is one such story. I had assumed the overall story would be about one thing, but it looks like that story line will be the subject of the third book.
I'd probably give the story 3.5 stars if it were possible, so I'm just going with 4. I think the biggest failing of the storyline is that this book seems like it's a bit of a throwaway story. Or perhaps it suffers a bit from the 2nd book syndrome of a trilogy, namely, a lot happens without a whole lot getting done in the big picture. In short, this story struck me as active filler designed to lead into a conclusive third book.
All that said, I still find the characters interesting. We're given a few more insights into how magic came to the earth. And I still find the fantasy-noir combo fresh enough to enjoy for its own sake, so I still found the book worth listening to and enjoyable.
...it can be done. Lots of action and characters that you get attached to and relate to due to Mr. Correia's development of each of those characters.
Larry Correia caught my attention with his "Monster Hunter International" series. The premise is novel and the writing fast and fun. The "magic" series of which Spellbound is the second book, (Hard Magic is the first) is written in the same irreverent style as the MHI books. Since most of my reading time takes place on the road or trail, the light yet intense tone of the books hold my attention as the plot weaves and dodges. The characters are well drawn and their individuality is parceled out over the course of the books in just the right way. Bronson Pinchot's narrations is spot on and the accents make the characters different and more real. If you are looking for a fun read, I can recommend any of Correia's books, but start from the first of each series; it makes the following books easier to follow and you will enjoy the characters more.
This book like along with the first one in the series is completely different, fun, and entertaining. It's well written and quite fun to listen too, i would recommend it for sure.
Fast paced action with an intriguing storyline. I enjoy the combination of the world war II/first half of the 20th century era and fantasy/magic - the storyline is just enough like actual history to appeal to a history buff, and just a enough "magic" to add a twist. As usual with a Correia story, you get caught up in one character's tale only to move to another - and at first you are disappointed because you want to continue with the character you just heard (Jane), but within seconds you are caught up in the next character's viewpoint (Jake).
At first I wasn't sure if I would enjoy a different narrator; I really like and am used to Oliver Wyman performing Larry Correia novels. I do like Bronson Pinchot's performance, with the exception of "Dan". He talks entirely too slowly (even when Dan isn't trying to influence someone) and frankly it's so annoying it pulls you out of the story.
It's rare when you get an audiobook where the reading and the story are both exceptional, and even rarer when the sequel fits so seamlessly with the first book that it's just a continuation of what seems like one larger work.
Sullivan is the main character, and also the most interesting, in no small part due to Bronson Pinchot's fantastic voicing of him. He hits his slow drawl just as you'd imagine a big "heavy" would speak, but also nails the dry wit and well-read complexity of the character.
The cover art for this book is horrible, and really does a disservice to the fantastic story and amazing voicework. Trust the reviews ike I did - you'l be glad you took the chance.
Spellbound is good, not as good as book one in the series "Hard Magic" but still good.
The performance was excellent! The characters were great! I love the universe!!
Another strong story well read as before
It's a story not a text book so not really a valid question
Yes it's very well written with good story and interesting characters
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