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Editorial Reviews

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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  • Rory
  • Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 03-18-13

Holy Gun Fetish

Pure Gun Smut. Think there was a weak story here too. Grim Noir series was pretty good so gave this a chance and will not buy any more Monster hunter books

7 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeffery
  • LITHIA, FL, United States
  • 03-18-13

More monsters than you can shake a stick at!

Where does Monster Hunter International rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best!

What other book might you compare Monster Hunter International to and why?

In a class by itself!

What three words best describe Oliver Wyman’s voice?

A little more emotion might have helped the experience.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next one.

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MONSTER SURPRISE

A book I would usually not pick to read but with the narrator giving the characters life, I actually found my MP3 plugged into my ear continuously. Refusing to remove the earphones for more intellectual listening as per family and friends, as I was entertained by the story as regaled by the hero. From any other perspective this tale would have lost a lot of it's impact. The characterisation of the hero by the narrator had just the right amount of arrogance and fear. I couldn't read the book as it would not be as enjoyable, but I plan to listen to it again.

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fun story

I enjoyed the story of an accountant gone wild as a monster hunter. The narration was excellent and Mr. Wyman captured the personality of each character very well. All in all a very enjoyable listening experience.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • chris
  • oklahoma city, oklahoma, United States
  • 03-12-13

Supernatural has gone tactical

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would have to say, that this book was a complete thrill and action packed and funny. Right from the start of the book to the end it was just fast paced and action pack! My kind of monster book! I'm starting on the second book and can't wait!

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character had to be Owen z Pitt not just because he was the main character but also because he was a gun nut, didn't take crap from no one and that he sticks up for what he believed in!!

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

I think Oliver wyman did an outstanding job with narrating the book! Made it an absolute joy and made it hard to put down!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed multiple times throughout this book! Very enjoyable!

Any additional comments?

Just starting being an audible guy and won't go back!

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Great Listen

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the flow of the story line, and how the characters developed as the book went on.

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

He does a wonderful job giving all the characters their personality. And he really let the emotions of the characters situations show. It was like watching a movie, I could see everything that was going on. And I feel like that was because of how he read it.

Any additional comments?

I recomment this. It's well written and even the scarier parts of the books have some good humor laced into it.

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  • Frank
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 03-01-13

aw, he's sorta heavy-set.. such a flawed character

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is probably for preteens who are into guns and role playing games.

What was most disappointing about Larry Correia’s story?

Predictable, stereotypical, with no reason to care for any of the characters. The protagonist is a cross between all of the good parts of a superhero, a military elite special forces hero and a master linguist, and it doesn't stop there. But he's a little bit chubby.

What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

He was very good, not my favorite reader but still excellent despite the pulp.

What character would you cut from Monster Hunter International?

protagonist!! boring sod!!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Jason
  • PENSACOLA, FL, United States
  • 02-28-13

A fantastic urban/present day fantasy series.

Would you consider the audio edition of Monster Hunter International to be better than the print version?

If you're like myself and have little time to sit down with the dead tree version of the book. Then, yes, this audiobook is better than the print version. The performance is well done and the characters are only slightly different from how I pictured them in my head reading the printed version.

What did you like best about this story?

I have to admit, I'm torn. On the one hand I really enjoy the characters and their development over the course of the book. On the other hand, I especially like Mr. Correia's take on the 'classic' fantasy creatures and monsters that the protagonists of MHI have to deal with on, pretty much, a daily basis.

Which scene was your favorite?

Personally, as I live just outside Pensacola, I especially enjoyed the banter scene with several hunters traveling in an SUV to their target as one of them talks about the Mayor of a small town outside Pensacola stopping the hunters from doing their jobs. As a big Anne Rice fan, she wanted to "talk" to them... with the expected consequences. It's a simple filler scene that gives you an idea of how the hunters have to deal with everyday people. But, throw away scenes like this about how much harder vamp hunting became after 'those books' came out are especially funny to me.

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

Sadly, no. I had to sleep. But, the book is one that, once you get started, it's hard not to finish.

Any additional comments?

M.H.I. is not only a great book. But, a great series. A great combination of humor, violence, drama, and even some romance. The unique take on creatures such as Elves, Orcs, and others are especially entertaining.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • St. Petersburg, FL, United States
  • 02-18-13

Mind blowing fun, as hunting monsters should be

What made the experience of listening to Monster Hunter International the most enjoyable?

The story was great, surprises at every scene. Exciting and made us want more, enough so that my husband and I have bought each book as soon as it was available and have listened to them laughing loudly and not wanting to get out of the car for the stops. Edge of the seat scary in bits, and hysterically funny, and the reader established all the voices perfectly, with decent Alabama accents for some of the characters. All were brought to life, and we suffered the blows along with our favorites. <br/>Thank you for such a great time in each of this series.

What did you like best about this story?

Funny, hysterically so, and scary so that we worry for the characters.

What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

Grat characterization a for all the folk. Consistent for each, unique for all. Very well done.

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

Yes, all the monsters are real, but don't tell anyone, the Feds don't like that.

Any additional comments?

Great fun! Short stories? I've only found two so far, want more!

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MHI is the best franchise that remains unexploited

Where does Monster Hunter International rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Monster hunter series is a fun ride with plenty of folklore and history tied in. It mixes may subcategories of horror and Comic book into one awesome story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter International?

The classic fish out of water with one bad mammer jammer of a fish and a whole lot of bad fish in the water. A scene on a ship with a jealous coworker helps to cement the character to appeal to your inner nerd.

Which scene was your favorite?

Training

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

I could get behind the relentless pursuit of right though not your classic hero.