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Hard Magic Audiobook

Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

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Larry Correia has already made a name for himself in the sci-fi/fantasy world with his Monster Hunter books, but now he's written the first in new series that takes place in New York in the 1930s, filled with dubious federal agents, hardboiled detectives, and dames with a whole lotta chutzpah. Except this isn't quite the New York you might expect, but an alternate universe where zeppelins moor at the top of the Empire State Building, the Titanic never sank and mad scientist Nikola Tesla has created a devastating weapon called the Geo-Tel. Oh, and people have magical powers. They are known as Actives. It's become commonplace for some people to defy gravity, teleport, manipulate animals, and heal by touch. The hero here is Jake Sullivan, a detective and ex-con who is set free by the FBI to track criminal Actives, which J. Edgar Hoover (yeah, he's still around) would like to eradicate.

Actor Bronson Pinchot has become a regular go-to for audiobooks and the reason is obvious – the guy knows how to bring a story to life. Far from his manic days as Balki on Perfect Strangers, Pinchot is a warm, imminently listenable narrator. He's obviously having a ball with Hard Magic, gruffing up his voice for the hardboiled Jake and the various G-men and employing a countrified voice for Faye, a young farm girl who can teleport across great distances and becomes vital to saving the world from destruction by the Geo-Tel. Pinchot gives each character a different voice, so it's easy to keep up with the big cast. Correia writes long, colorful descriptions of his characters and their situations, but those passages never become boring and never get in the way of the action, thanks to Pinchot.

Steampunk lovers will find much to love about Hard Magic, but listners who love big guns and explosions will be in hog heaven. There are epic, cinematic battles including one over-the-top of a dirigible that is audaciously impossible. Hard Magic almost defies categorization, because Correia has no problem blending science fiction with more fanciful fantasy, even managing to slip in double-headed dragons and imps. The second book in the Grimnoir Chronicles, Spellbound, is coming and let's hope Pinchot has signed on for the audio version. —Collin Kelley

Publisher's Summary

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someone to go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

Problems arise when Jake discovers the bad girl behind the robberies is an old friend, and he happens to know her magic is just as powerful as his. And the Feds have plunged Jake into a secret battle between powerful cartels of magic-users - a cartel whose ruthless leaders have decided that Jake is far too dangerous to live.

©2011 Larry Correia (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    DEBOB CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States 09-06-12
    DEBOB CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Keeps you on the edge of your seat!"
    Where does Hard Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A great "listen" though a little longer than most audiobooks I've listened to. I enjoyed Bronson Pinchot's lively narration as he made the personalities of the characters really come to life. I also enjoyed the humor that is present even in the midst of explosive action.


    What other book might you compare Hard Magic to and why?

    It's an action novel on steroids with super heroes and super villains, good and evil, intrigue, mystery, plots for world domination, and plans to save the world!


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

    First time. His narration really brought the characters to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    Wow!!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David TX, United States 09-03-12
    David TX, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it."
    What made the experience of listening to Hard Magic the most enjoyable?

    The whole story was told very well.


    What other book might you compare Hard Magic to and why?

    Hero's (the TV Series), meets Mike Hammer.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    He did very good period. He might have had a little trouble with voicing some of the females. Only one that I really thought "nope he kind of missed on that one".


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Moma always did like me Best!


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the idea of special human Abilities (be they magic, mutant, evolution or GGG)....
    You will like this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Innaloo, Australia 09-03-12
    Simon Innaloo, Australia 09-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "So much fun and interesting story as well"
    Would you listen to Hard Magic again? Why?

    Yes it's a great story well told


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The big guy


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    The grey eyed girl he makes her seem so real


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rune Denmark 09-03-12
    Rune Denmark 09-03-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Magic meets classic noir"

    I bought this based on other reviewers raving over narrator Bronson Pinchot, and I picked this one out from the bunch he has narrated.

    I am a big fan of fantasy, but is getting tired of classic "high fantasy" with elves, orcs etc. The Grimnoir Chronicles is a (for me) novel spin on both fantasy and detective noir, with a great story set in the 1930's, where magic over the last 50 years or so has become more and more 'normal', with several hundred thousands magic users in America alone. But they are all limited to a narrow magic skill, eg. manipulating gravity, teleportation, pyrokineses etc. Think X-Men meets film noir without the silly costumes.

    The story is fast paced, with the usual assortment of heroes and villains, traitors and mysteries. Bronson Pinchot does an excellent job of giving each character a distinct sound, and sounds more like he is telling a story, rather than reading it to you. Some of hos 'voices' takes a bit getting used to, but it doesn't take much from the experience.

    I'm already halfway through the second book, Spellbound, which is just as good as the first one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Byers TEXAS 08-27-12
    Robin Byers TEXAS 08-27-12 Member Since 2013

    Tell us about yourself! Mystery and Sci-fi/fact reader. Audio books read to me while I'm driving or if I'm sick and can't read. Love to be entertained.

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    "now I'm ready for the next part of the story."
    Would you listen to Hard Magic again? Why?

    It started off rather disjointed. The characters were introduced in the first several chapters but nothing tied them together. I started losing interest but continued. When the story finally started at was a good story that was hard to put down. I enjoyed it very much. Like the headline says, now Im ready for more.

    I did go back and listened to the first few chapters again to pick up what I had missed the first time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were many good characters and it is hard to pick a favorite.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Though familiar with the actor, he never came through on the story. His voice was excellent and the characterization was perfect. He was the character and the story. Great job


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    After the story got going, it was hard to put down.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jason phoenix, AZ, United States 08-27-12
    jason phoenix, AZ, United States 08-27-12
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    "Great performance and story!"
    If you could sum up Hard Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Un-forgettable, magical, and brilliant.


    What other book might you compare Hard Magic to and why?

    Jim Butchers: Dresden Files. If you Like those books you will Love this one.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Sally Fey Viera:- Bronson's Pinchot performance was masterful!


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

    Yes, the end so i can't tell you.


    Any additional comments?

    BUY THIS BOOK if you want one to remember.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 08-27-12
    Sarah 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Nice escape listen"

    I loved the Monster Hunter series and bought this for the author. It is a bit different than the Monster Hunter series but a fun listen anyway. I had a bit of a problem getting into the book at first but enjoyed it once it got rolling.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paula San Jose, CA, United States 08-06-12
    Paula San Jose, CA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A Magical rewrite of the early 20th century"

    Correia adds another level (Magic) to the history we all know and then twists the outcome accordingly. "Actives" with basic powers of differing intensities group together to save and/or destroy the world. A couple great plot twists, a little bit of love interest and a pretty completely developed new world of powers. The pace of the story moves right along. I found that I liked the good guys and enjoyed disliking the bad guys. Not that everyone really was black and white...plenty of mistrust, vain ambition and misguided loyalty...

    A very entertaining listen. If you liked his Monster Hunter series, you'll like this series even more for it's freshness and humor.

    Looking forward to book two...

    Oh, and Bronson Pinchot does a stellar job of dialects, including the regional "pace" of various characters. Very fun to listen.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    nelson ROLLA, MO, United States 08-02-12
    nelson ROLLA, MO, United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Noir crime meets gritty super heroes"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great book. I read all the Mist Born Series. I was looking for something similar. This is written with Sam Spade like characters. The story should tickle Graphic Novel fans with its pace and wild colorful characters. Revisionist history has lots of dirigibles and alt history twists. Sci fic and fantasy fans have magic, elemental physical powers and super-weapons.


    What other book might you compare Hard Magic to and why?

    The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel
    by Brandon Sanderson


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

    His reading is lively and with his accents you a mental picture of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun book. I spent a lot of time laughing.. Even though the book has a lot of fighting, it is more about the characters finding out who they are than just violence.

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    Michael Oxnard, CA, United States 07-30-12
    Michael Oxnard, CA, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent writer, superb narration"

    "Licensed private eye?" Misleading characterization of the character, and leads to the false belief that this is a Dresden knock off. It is not even a little similar, except for the "noir" flavor. Dresden/Butcher are superb, and so is this.

    Bronson Pinchot? Excellent, excellent. Distinct characters, and superb accents (no caricatures).

    Highly, highly recommend. I am now about halfway through the sequel, and I am already chomping at the bit for the follow up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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