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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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    Rob L boston, ma 03-08-14
    Rob L boston, ma 03-08-14 Member Since 2014

    My favorite books are when rational characters are put into an interesting world and let go. Favorite narrators: Bronson Pinchot, Tim Curry

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    "Why didn't I like this?"

    Did anyone else absolutely love the Grimnoir Chronicles and absolutely hate Monster Hunter International? I did, and I'm still trying to figure out what the difference is. Part of it is probably the order in which I listened to them. After the brilliance of Grimnoir, I had high hopes for MHI and was severely let down. If I had listened in reverse order, maybe I would have found MHI to be just mediocre, and not such a thorough disappointment. I rated it 2 stars because I'm trying to overcome that bias, but how I felt after listening to it (and even during the later parts of the book) was a 1-star reaction.

    In the Grimnoir books, Correia created a new set of supernatural rules, and it worked really well, intertwining with historical events and the politics of the day. In MHI, it's just your typical werewolves and vampires and basically a bunch of people try to shoot them and blow them up. I guess that didn't do it for me. The plot and character development of the Grimnoir books seemed so much more developed and interesting, while the Monster Hunter characters are superficial and stereotyped. I found myself neither believing them nor caring much one way or another what happened to them as the book progressed.

    And the narrators definitely play a role. Bronson Pinchot really brought the Grimnoir series to life, not just with character voices, but with his tone and with pauses in just the right spots. Oliver Wyman kind of read MHI and didn't add much. Or maybe the writing was just that much worse and he had less to work with. I honestly don't know where one stops and the other begins.

    Anyway, you have two popular series by the same author with very similar overall ratings. But in my opinion, they are nothing like each other, and I recommend digging a little deeper into the reviews to try to figure out if this is what you want.

    30 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    PinKDeaTH cali 01-02-17
    PinKDeaTH cali 01-02-17

    pinkdeath

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    ""normal people suck""

    I was excited about this book until about half way through, when I couldn't wait until I didn't have to listen to it anymore. Around then, I started to be embarrassed whenever the audio book was playing aloud and I thought anyone else could hear it. It's just so lame.

    The book is basically the writer, childishly portraying himself as the strongest, smartest, and most talented person in the world, who's also been selected as the 'chosen one' to take on some task, all the while referring to himself as dumb and ugly as an attempt at humility. He literally has a conversation where he's comparing his intellect with another character over jeopardy. Give it a break.

    Being the protagonist, are you supposed to side with him as he unreasonably hates another character because they're dating the girl he likes? Feels like high school.
    He goes on to steal said girlfriend and still hates the other character, wanting to kill them even though they never do anything wrong to him.

    I loved the idea of professional monster hunters, but I absolutely hated the main character.

    I hope that the author's newer books are better, having developed his skills as an author. Feel free to let me know, because I won't waste my time finding out.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    brian 08-14-16
    brian 08-14-16
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    "Not great writing"
    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did good work with the material he was provided.


    Did Monster Hunter International inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to write. Stephen King said that at some point you will come across a book that makes you think "I could do better than this". This one did.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a tough one to get through. I can see why it was popular on a gun forum website but it is just not very good. The story and characters are cliche' in a way that tells you a lot about the author. He clearly likes himself a great deal and he loves his guns. In my business we have a term "Visual masturbation" this is the writing equivalent of that. "He He..Boobs, Guns, I Hero". You get the picture.

    The author of this held a campaign to get books like this into the Hugo voting because they are "popular". The point I think he was missing is that this is not well written. Next Christmas, instead of asking for another assault rifle, have someone get you a thesaurus and a dictionary. He might also want to do a little research on how people speak and possibly think twice before he writes more dialogue that sounds like it came from a bad 80's action movie. I will end with the first line from the book that really irked me. I'm not saying this is the worst offense just the one that sticks in my head.
    The author wrote...
    "He dropped sprawling to his knees." I'm not sure that's possible. But then again it isn't the worst thing written in this.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Laurel, MD, USA 12-31-15
    Amazon Customer Laurel, MD, USA 12-31-15 Member Since 2015

    Fano

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    "High School Wish Fulfillment"
    What would have made Monster Hunter International better?

    Almost gave up after the character's voice was established on the first two chapters. You can almost hear the author's thought process: "Hmm, he should be in a boring job. what's the most boring job? Better play it safe and go with the stereotype. He's a CPA." This was the author's modus operandi for most of the characters. "I'll make his dream girl be dating a jerk. That always happens. They never date nice guys like me, I mean, Owen."

    Clichés everywhere, linguistic and literary. A character sandwiches in the fact that he's engaged minutes before he's killed. Deus ex machina in chapter after chapter. Convenient exposition to explain the convenient skill the character acquires for a scene that never arises again. Nobody runs out of ammo.

    Talking about the tactics employed against the forces of evil just makes me mad. Faith is demonstrated to be effective against vampires, but MHI doesn't try to capitalize on this fact, oh no, they just keep pouring bullets into the monsters. Bigger problem? Bigger gun. We just blew up a car on top of this thing, so that must have killed it, let's all turn our backs to it. Poor teamwork, bad communication, and WHAT DO YOU MEAN ONLY ONE PERSON ON YOUR TEAM KNOWS MORSE CODE, YOU'RE A PARAMILITARY UNIT FOR ODIN'S SAKE.

    Odd word choices in the narrative voice throughout. Outright poor command of English in some places, and I don't mean the parts with the characters who don't speak English. Anti-establishment sentiments so outlandish they'd be comical if you didn't realize the author means everythin he writes. The political nuance of a self-assured teenage git.

    Anyone with an ounce of military or police training will hate this book, and the content does nothing else to endear you to it. I zoned out during the frequent, innumerable action sequences. Narrator didn't help, but in the words of Mark Hamill, "Yes, George, but just try acting to these scripts!"


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not the sequels to this.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Probably, but what would be his motivation?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust that this trash still passes the publisher.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Amsterdam, Netherlands 09-01-16
    Neil Amsterdam, Netherlands 09-01-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Libertarian Fantasy"

    I was looking for some pulp. I got that. What I didn't expect was hours and hours of Libertarian stump speeches inserted into a supernatural Rainbow Six. Seriously, the book was fine except for this. It wasn't really amazing, but it was doing it's job fine. But seriously the GOVERNMENT-MESSES-EVERYTHING-UP-AND-PRIVATE-INDUSTRY-IS-ALWAYS-RIGHT message is clear from the go. Then Larry Correia goes and has a character literally say just that. Then it happens again. And again. Seriously, Corriea should have gone all the way and renamed "MHI" to "Rand Industries." The plot of this book is like playing D&D with that one weird kid from your freshman dorm. Not recommended.

    All that aside, Oliver Wyman is really a great narrator. Big points to him.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Annandale, VA United States 02-06-14
    Jessica Annandale, VA United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved his other stuff, but..."
    Would you try another book from Larry Correia and/or Oliver Wyman?

    Absolutely.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Correia again?

    Sure


    Any additional comments?

    I started to wonder why I was not enjoying this book as much as his Grimnoire Chronicles...and I was really questioning the quality of his writing--it's pretty bad. In comparison to his other work, which I think is really exceptional, it's shockingly bad in fact. Come to find out, this was originally a self-published novel and was written years before the Grimnoir Chronicles and all it really succeeds in doing is showing what a few years and a LOT of practice can do for a writer. I don't think I'd have the patience to stick with this series (the dialogue is truly painful) but if he adds to the Grimnoire series I'll be all over it!

    20 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel United States 01-22-17
    Daniel United States 01-22-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining "pulp" style adventure writing"

    While the story was pretty predictable and filled with stereotypical tropes and deus ex machina style plot contrivances, the characters and writing style were entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    josh 01-15-17
    josh 01-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Cliche but fun. 7/10"

    Let's be real here. This is masturbatory writing about a Mary Sue that just keeps on getting more and more unrealistic. That's not to say it isn't fun, or that I won't read more. In fact, I've already bought the second one.

    It is urban fantasy, anything seems to go in this genre. if you enjoy gun fights and hard talk, this is definitely the urban fantasy for you. 7/10

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    webempress 12-13-16
    webempress 12-13-16

    webempress

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    "Hoping the series improves"
    Would you try another book from Larry Correia and/or Oliver Wyman?

    I purchased the 2nd book in the series before listening to the first, based solely on Audible ratings. Not sure I would have purchased it if I waited until after listening to the first.


    Would you recommend Monster Hunter International to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to those that have a great interest and knowledge of weaponry...for me the amount of the story spent on describing, in detail, the weapons made my brain tune out.


    Any additional comments?

    While listening to this title I frequently realized it had become background noise and I wasn't really listening. Sometimes I rewound. Sometimes I didn't rewind and I didn't feel like I missed anything. On the plus side, he characters were engaging and I was very interested in their stories and rooted for their survival.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bodiccea 09-29-16
    Bodiccea 09-29-16

    I read from every category but intelligent mysteries short on gore and long on interesting characters are my favourite.

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    "Maybe if you're into gory video games?"
    Any additional comments?

    Really. Not. Good. The premise has been used but it starts off reasonably well. However the book descends into, basically, a militaristic gore-fest fantasy. I can take some gore but if there is nothing else going on, it gets boring fast. And, wow, this author really REALLY likes guns. He waxes poetic and in great detail about every gun that comes into his view as well as other equipment. Again....this gets very old.

    To be fair, I couldn't finish the book, so it's possible it gets better - hope springs eternal! But after several hours of sameness, I kept thinking of all the better stories to which I could be harkening.

    The best I can say is the narration is good.

    5 of 7 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!

    8 of 8 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!

    13 of 15 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!

    3 of 3 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • goldmoonstorm
    london
    3/1/17
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    "Loved it!"

    Loved this book escapism at its best.. story moved with pace.. and what a narrator!! Fantastic! .. he had each voice and accents perfect , you could clearly distinguish the many characters..his narrative of chapter 22 was so good I felt I was there in that dark damp swamp in the heat of the battle. .. it didn't get the full 5 stars only because the authors obvious love of guns did get a bit tiresome but that's the only minus point... at over 20 hours it in no way felt like it! Highly recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher Young
    UK
    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

    1 of 1 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.

    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 7 people found this review helpful
  • Felicity and Gary Cook
    4/23/17
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    "MHI rocks!!"

    A brilliant story, well read, the narrator is really good at accents and differentiating between male and female voices.
    Highly recommend this series! Can't wait for the next one and what a great idea for a film!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kevinsutton7
    3/28/17
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    "Good but not as good as Hard Magic"

    Good listen but lapsed into teen fiction more than I hoped, preferred the Hard Magic series by same author. Definitely worth a listen though and good delivery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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