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Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners

By: Larry Correia,John Ringo
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
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Publisher's Summary

A new novel in the Monster Hunter Memoirs series. Two authors, who combined have over four million books in print and 10 New York Times best sellers, team up to expand Larry Correia's Monster Hunter universe!

Nightmare in the Big Easy

With New Orleans out of control, Chad Oliver Gardenier, one of Monster Hunter International's premier hunters, has been dispatched from Seattle to reinforce the beleaguered members of MHI'S Hoodoo Squad in their fight against the darkness.

Chad had once taken a werewolf while wearing only jogging gear. With half a dozen or more loup garou appearing every full moon, mysterious shadow demons, houdoun necromancers, 50-foot bipedal crocodiles showing up every couple of months, and more vampires than a Goth concert, New Orleans in the '80s gives a whole new perspective to the term hell on earth. In fact more monsters are popping up than crawfish at a fais do do! Chad may be able to collect enormous bounties for the monsters he kills. But there's one catch: He has to stay alive to do it!

©2016 Larry Correia and John Ringo (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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MHI in New Orleans.

MH Memoirs: Sinners continues the John Ringo penned spinoff of the excellent Monster Hunter International series.

It continues the adventures of Chad "IronHand" Gardenier, who has left the Pacific Northwest for the Big Easy.

The main character wasn't nearly as annoying as in his first outing, and I really enjoyed the change of scenery, and the madness that comes with Monster Hunting in New Orleans. The setting, and the way it plays out is certainly a highlight of this story.

Most of the book is just a series of action sequences, connected by the overall 'this is a memoir' plot device. It's not that they are boring, Ringo is decent at action writing, but there hardly is ever any real challenge for our protagonist.

There was a hint of an over arching plot, but quite honestly, it's not nearly developed as much as it should be. Chad's family, specifically his brother, was mentioned as part of 'the Dark Masters', but it seems like this was just forgotten, or at least not brought up enough to make an impact.

I've read a few other John Ringo books, and I just don't think his writing style is for me. He's not as accomplished a story teller as Correia is, and quite frankly the Memoirs Series reads a bit like Fan Fiction, and not of the same caliber the original series is.

All that said, I'm still a fan of this series, simply because I just absolutely love the MHI world, and want to delve more into it.

A note on Oliver Wyman's performance. He absolutely rocks with his voices and sound effects. He is so enjoyable and really brings some choppy writing to life. I do have a slight quibble in that his voicing of Chad has slightly changed in this version...it has more of a southern drawl that I didn't detect in the first book. Whether this is because the character has been more established, or it's a conscience change, it was a bit off putting at first. Again, minor quibble. His voicing of the gnomes, or the giant mole rat more than makes up for it....

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A Huge Disappointment

This is far and away the worst Monster Hunter International book. First things first, Oliver Wyman is as good as ever and that's the only reason this doesn't get a 1 star.

The best way to describe this book is 'filler'. This book is basically a big collection of short stories with little to no reason or coherence to the arrangement. You could put pretty much any part in any order and it wouldn't change anything. I kept waiting for a main plot line to surface, and it finally did in the second to last chapter. If you read the first Memoirs book and the last couple pages of the second to last chapter of this book, you will be ready for the third book.

The fact that this is a filler book isn't even the worst part. For the first time in the MHI books Larry Correia has made you not care at all about any of the characters. You don't really even care about Chad anymore. Chad has more or less become the author's outlet for his giant hard on for anti liberal and anti government point of view. All the other MHI books Correia has done a good job of applying that to the characters and making it seem the like the right feeling for those characters. In this book it's like Correia is just standing there screaming at you about it.

I will listen to the next book because the over arching storyline set up in the first book sounds really good. But, this book is just words on a page that do nothing for anyone.

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Love the series, disappointed in this one

Would you try another book from Larry Correia and John Ringo and/or Oliver Wyman?

I've loved all the Monster Hunter books by Larry Correia & have loved the narration by Oliver Wyman. I can only assume that the addition of the co-writer, John Ringo, this time, has led to vastly reduced quality of this story compared to the others.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Add depth to the supporting characters so we care about them sometime before the finale. Stay consistent to the world built in the other books- suddenly in this installment werewolves & vampires are super simple to kill whereas they've been very challenging foes in the other books. Wrap up the major underlying plot line, as he has in every previous book in the series. This book sets up a big boss, only to leave it unresolved for, I assume, the next book. Previous books have wrapped up all the big bosses within the book. Either swear or don't, but suddenly throwing in a bunch of f-cks in this book is terribly inconsistent with the series & the character as established in the previous book & is inconsistent within this story as well, coming & going sporadically as if it's being thrown in, rather than a part of who the character is.

Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, he's read all the MH books & does terrific work! His work on this is equally impressive & the main saving grace for this installment in my opinion.

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I've read all of the Monster Hunter series, so was excited for the release of another one. Unfortunately, this one doesn't live up to the quality of the others. The 1st real emotions in the book don't come until you're 1/4 of the way in, reserving the best parts of the book for after the rest of the MHI team joins Chad's team in New Orleans, deep into the book. This story doesn't follow the continuity of previous MH stories in that it makes vampires & werewolves super easy to kill, where the other books have established just how difficult these are to kill. It also spends most of the book building up to a mysterious boss, then ends the book without resolving that plot line. Previous MH books have resolved plenty of big bosses (Elder Gods for goodness sake!) within the book, not leaving them for a sequel. Additionally, previous MH books have avoided swearing. whereas this one jumps in with a string of f-cks from the main character at the very start, but then drops back into clean language for the vast majority of the book; again showing a lack of continuity to the other books &, particularly, to this character, who didn't swear in the previous book about his adventures. I don't mind swearing at all, I just want character & series continuity, which this particular installment lacks. I was seriously bummed. On the upside, I listed to this on audio book, as I have all the other MH books, & the narrator, Oliver Wyman, remains excellent.

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You can't shine a turd

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Wow, I really believe the good reviews have to be bots. John Ringo is awful.

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Humph

Up until this story I have enjoyed the MHI books. This one didn't really seem to go anywhere or have anything to do with much of anything in the MHI universe. Either it's just me or this story seemed more of a filler.

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Ran out of gas.

Good book, but the conclusion seemed to run out of gas. Better ending chapter is needed.

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Kind of disappointing, when compared to the other MIH books.

The good: The book is still fun and there is a lot of action. Narration is great.

The bad: The main character really is not that interesting and the plot is not compelling. No depth to the protagonist and it is more like a series of vignettes as opposed to a story.

Caveat: I think that this is a good effort and I appreciate the challenge of writing an ancillary novel to an established franchise. I just didn't find the main character to be genuine or interesting, more of a stereotype or a caricature as opposed to a character. So fans of the series, I recommend you consider experiencing it, but with reduced expectations.

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Very Disappointed

Some other reviewers have said this is not really boring but not as developed or gripping as the original, I will go a bit further and say boring and unimaginative. Oh, don't get me wrong, the sheer numbers and variety of monsters is impressive, but the story is without significant plot, character development or tension. Its a sophomoric effort. Hundreds of people killed by dozens of different kinds of monsters and its all covered up with a simple blurb in a local newspaper, written off to hysteria or drug wars, Pleeeeease! This series asks us not just to suspend belief (as is fair for any fantasy story) but to also to suspend thinking entirely and lower your level of sophistication to that of a 14 year old. Very disappointing.

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disparagement of the original series

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This book is a disparagement of the original series. Apart from the main protagonist’s sexual exploits and all the hunters dying in New Orleans, nothing happens. The main protagonist is a misogynist misanthrope with delusions of grandeur. He is the best at everything and more. Extremely annoying.

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Really disappointed

Neither of these two 'memoirs' has anything like an overarching story line. Both are just a series of loosely connected fight scenes. It's as if the books were sewn together from episodes cut from the other books, with guest appearances from some of the original characters. Oliver Wyman, however, outdoes himself.

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  • AppleSauce
  • 09-14-19

Really good story

Great story, fast and intense and fun. Slightly different format than in the first book, this is much more continuous. Not entirely certain how I feel about the ending, i’m sort of over and underwhelmed by it at the same time. The whole book is a little bit darker than grunge, although there are still some fun moments, I’m not entirely certain but I think a gnome might have survived a 50 Cal shot and possibly more fun could have been had with them.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-10-18

loved it!

I really enjoyed this book. loved the series and really hoping there will be more. characters to root for. I've laughed a lot reading this book. more please.

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  • bobbi1002
  • 04-10-18

Enjoyable but seemed unfinished

Have enjoyed the series of MHI books and these two, (Grunge and Sinners) are no exception.

However, I was left with quite a few questions that were not answered at the end of the book: who or what is burrowing and making the necromancers more powerful, who was responsible for the last uprising of mantis lobsters, did they stop the person responsible? What is the story behind Chad killing his brother. What happened to MHI New Orleans and Chad did he stay, retire, continue with a new team?

Perhaps another book to finish the storyline, plus what happened to chad in the end, could be finished by Milo if chad went to the greenlands.

Love the narration by oliver wyman, really grabs your attention. There are some very funny one liners and laugh out loud moments in both books.

Overall, I have enjoyed the series of monster hunter books

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  • Allan
  • 08-06-17

Good story worse listening to

This is a good story, but I think I still prefer the first of the two memoirs this less tongue in cheek stuff in this book and the previous one but still very much worth listening to

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  • James
  • 07-18-17

Wyman great, story ok.

Wyman as usual pulls it out the bag, however the story it's self lacked a bit of tempo.

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  • Mrs. Melanie M. Austin
  • 06-12-22

Absolutely fantastic, dark and gritty.

I've listened to all but 1 of the MHI books on Audible and the Chad books are my favourite, I don't know why as he's not the most likeable character especially as I'm a women and I find some of his behaviour and attitudes quite distasteful but he's also one of the most believable and normal characters, I like how he just gets on with everything and nothing phases him, im not religious but I appreciate the way his view on the afterlife is written and he doesn't excuse his behaviour or lie about it, he just is! the monsters are great as usual but this is definitely a grittier book, more death but again it's just got on with. I love all the MHI books! heres hoping for more!

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  • david
  • 12-05-21

Nice read

Nice read. getting a little bit to much kill kill kill demons and ghouls but still worth the read

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  • Sarenad
  • 08-30-21

Magnificent

I love the MHI series and Chad is one of my absolute favourite characters. Another intense, clever, gruesome and laugh out loud funny adventure.
This is the type of audiobook that inspires you to drive the scenic route so you can listen to just a few more minutes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-22

Another brilliant story.

I'm loving the MHI series. The readers are clever and create great voices so it is easy to figure out who is speaking. These books seem to concentrate on a new character from the same story and it's great when their lives intertwine.

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  • Tim
  • 07-23-20

Another amazing listen!

I have yet to listen to a MHI book that disappoints! great listen! highly recommend