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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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    Robert DeLisle 01-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A well read mediocre book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The author beats you over the head with his politics in this book. It got more tolerable as the book went on, but there was a pretty racist point mid book where he uses a character to explain what in my opinion is covert racism, that really isn't a problem anymore and that politicians who advocates for the poor are racist. So in my mind he's advocating covert racism.

    Aside from its politics its an okay smash monsters book. It is a much less well written Dresden Files for gun nerds instead of pop sci-fi / fantasy nerds, and I'm all for having some good bubble gum in my reading diet. If it hadn't been so soapboxy I probably would've enjoyed it.

    Also feminists may not like how he relates to women. His attitude toward women seems to be that persistence after being told no is okay with a smidge of butthurtness.


    What was most disappointing about Larry Correia’s story?

    Aside from the politics, the most frustrating part was just how obviously Larry Correia wrote himself into the story. If you take a look at his bio, his character is almost a carbon copy of himself. Maybe he gets better as the books progress (though I don't think I've got the stomach to keep going and find out). He essentially published a dream fulfillment (where he gets to explain to the world just how tough, macho, and right he really is) fan fiction (the quality of the writing) set in a surprisingly rich and inventive setting.


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

    Oliver Wyman was the only thing that made reading this book tolerable. I thought he sounded alot like Ron Swanson reading an audiobook, and it was perfect. I could limp through the storyline and get some enjoyment imagining that the whole thing was a parody.


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

    Given all the good reviews I was disappointed. I wouldn't spend the credit again. The attitudes toward women and hammer to the head politics made me angry. The fact that it has such a large following made me sad.


    Any additional comments?

    After some research I found out the author pretty actively promotes his views, villifies people who advocate for progressive issues, and defends people like Vox Day (guy is an overt racist and misogynist) so in the future, whatever likelihood I had for looking past his politics and immaturity is over with. I don't want to give him any money.

    Go spend money on Jim Butcher or Brandon Sanderson instead.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Silver Spring, MD, United States 08-29-14
    Benjamin Silver Spring, MD, United States 08-29-14 Member Since 2010

    Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.

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    "A Fun Read You Just Can't Take Seriously"

    Go into it expecting a good bit of fun and monster-infused violent pulp fiction, and it is possible to really like this book. If you are coming to this from the Grimnoir Chronicles, you may be a little disappointed, but you will recognize the fast pace, shoot-em-up style that works well for Correia. Come looking for literature and you'll probably be traumatized.

    Correia serves up action and the supernatural pretty well. If that is why you're reading, you'll be fine. He is great at keeping your interest. It is hard to put down.

    It is also hard not to roll your eyes in places. The characters are stock parts bought right off of the shelves. Except the main character who is basically loaded to his eyeballs with every single trait it takes to make a dime novel hero except a soul.

    Correia uses the rest of the cast to make the book out to be a manifesto for libertarianism. Every good guy is a government-hating, rugged individualist, gun nut. Every bad guy is a bureaucratic, authoritarian. And there's no depth in the story as to why or a description of personal motivation, the characters are like sandwich boards for "evil bureaucrat" or "gun-toting, freedom-loving hero."

    Another thing that some readers may love, and I kind of like to a point (a point, that is, which is exceeded very early), is Correia's in depth - sensual, really - description of gunfights. I feel like it goes way too far and drags on the story, but some readers may love it. Correia's characters do not just draw, aim, and shoot. They will reach for the stained hickory grip of their custom two-tone chrome 1911, pull the well-lubed slide back to chamber a 405 grain .45 caliber bullet, then fall into a standard weaver stance, calm their breathing, focus on the front site post of their, after market, tritium sites, squeeze the trigger to allow the hammer to strike the firing pin which, in turn, strikes the primer at the base of the shell, this primer then ignites the main charge causing the powder to burn and the pressure of that rapid expansion of gasses to propel the led slug down the barrel causing the soft metal of the slug to engage the rifling of the 4" barrel and on, and on, and on. It wouldn't be so bad if it only happened once. Anytime a gun is mentioned it gets the full catalog description. I don't mind guns in real life, and they are certainly appropriate to this story; still, it's like "enough already!" The guns have more personality than the people.

    The reader is ok. He seems to be talking through gritted teeth even when not characterizing a voice, but that is not inappropriate as lots of the characters are tough guys. He does some voice characterizations which work well. The overall effort is less than brilliant. A gentleman's 3/5.

    Despite my focus on its faults, I like the book. The action is tight and plentiful and I am a sucker for that stuff. Planning on continuing the series.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Richland, WA, United States 04-09-14
    Robert Richland, WA, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Kickass Fun from Start to Finish"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Monster Hunter International to be better than the print version?

    Yes !, and that's said with some serious intensity in the affirmative.


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

    Absolutely unique, can't even think of anything that comes close to recognition.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic !


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

    If only I had the time to do so.


    Any additional comments?

    What a wonderful ride! Can't recommend enough. But it's not for the smaller generation, to be sure.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ss 03-06-13
    Ss 03-06-13
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    "propaganda delivered in an annoying voice"

    Unbearable for me. The smug voice of the narrator, the gun orgasma... Feels like an adolescent war game wetdream. The plot gets lost. Unfortunate. Still seeking another Dresden. This is not it.

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    Tamara Vista, CA, United States 01-28-13
    Tamara Vista, CA, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "repetitive redundancy"

    oh. my. lanta.

    the plot has so much potential... but you could play a drinking game with some of the over-used words and repeated terms.

    if i don't hear, "torn asunder" for at least 20 years, it will be too soon.

    the cycle of dying and coming back to life seems like a cheap way out instead of writing a creative way out of dire situations.

    I so want this to be a first draft so I can await the improvements. /le sigh

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 05-30-12
    Debra 05-30-12
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    "It was "OK.""
    What would have made Monster Hunter International better?

    The story was good, but didn't leave me wanting to get any more in the series. I didn't care for the narrator. His performance was pretty monotonous.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Oliver Wyman’s performances?

    No


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 03-27-12
    Daniel 03-27-12

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    "The Tea Party vs. The Monsters"
    Any additional comments?

    The story is OK. Raise it a star if you like listening to characters opine rapturously about detailed gun and ordinance specifications; Raise it two stars if you are a Southerner, Tea Party adherent, or ex military (particularly the portion of the military that fires guns often (e.g. not the Navy Nuke type I was)). Lower it a star if you are a Northerner or a New Englander; lower it two stars if you are a serious, granola-crunching liberal or, heaven-forbid, French.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Fenton, Mo, United States 03-19-12
    Dennis Fenton, Mo, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good -But be warned"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy the Monster hunter books. But be Warned -Apparently The Author is some kind of right wing nut Job. He portrays The Feds(US Government) as Jack Booted Nazi Storm trooper who are Stupid/Corrupt and will do anything up to and including torture of Innocent and the Murder of Innocent people to keep the secret. If this just a minor part of the plot it would be one thing. But it is so prevalent in his writing even as a fictitious/fantasy /paranormal novel it is kind of disturbing.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Todd LAKE BALBOA, CA, United States 03-03-12
    Todd LAKE BALBOA, CA, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not for me"

    The book started out a little silly, then the cussing started and I turned it off. Silly is okay but if I want to hear this kind of language, I'll go visit a public school.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marla Balla South Gulf Cove, Florida 01-19-12
    Marla Balla South Gulf Cove, Florida 01-19-12 Member Since 2010

    I grew up with books....not television.

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    "Amazing Monster Fiction for Boys and Girls!"

    I have hestitated over purchasing this book because it seemed to have a little too much testosterone for my particular taste. I've come to learn from this site that the review ratings never lie.

    Although nothing like the JR Ward or J Frost books I've come to love, this book was fantastic and highly entertaining. If you appreciate "Monster Fiction", add this to your collection. It may not have the romance aspect, but it's not needed. This will be enjoyed by men and women alike.

    Just so much fun and the Narration was so far past amazing. I kept thinking to myself, this cannot be the same guy when he read the different voices. The accents, intonations, just everything was perfect. This Oliver Wyman guy is A-Maze-Ing and the first Narrator that I'll search for to see what other books he's done.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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