Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners

Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
Series: Monster Hunter Memoirs, Book 2, Monster Hunter, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
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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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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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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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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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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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Ran out of gas.

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

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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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Leftovers

I love the MHI series, but this didn't do it for me. These seem to be stories from earlier in the series that didn't make the edit into the books the were intended for. Oliver Wyman does a fantastic job as usual. I would only recommend this book if you're really hard up for MHI.

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very poor storyline

What would have made Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners better?

This story was very disappointing. After a great series of MHI books, and a decent 1st memoirs books, this one just leaves you hanging and wanting something to happen. I felt like there was no substance in this book and nothing that went on, and it showed by not keeping my attn the same as the previous books. not worth the listen, but i do still recommend the 1st memoirs book.

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very disappointing

It felt like a betrayal. If you enjoyed the feel of the entire main series, this book is not for you. I suffered through it only because I was out of wifi zone and didn't have anything else downloaded. I'm returning, there's no way I'm keeping this in my collection.

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I like the other ones better

If you're a big fan, give it a try. Oliver Wyman can make a book.

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  • V.W
  • 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.