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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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    Amazon Customer 02-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A mix of sarcasm and monster killing goodness!"
    What made the experience of listening to Monster Hunter International the most enjoyable?

    Oliver Wyman does a fantastic job with bringing all the characters and humor to life. It helps when the author has down a great job fleshing out characters and just making it down right entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters aren't invincible like so many stories seem to make them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 02-07-13
    Greg 02-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Monster is right"

    If you imagine Dracula & sundry Zombies meet Diehard, you start to get the idea. The phrase 'Gung Ho' doesn't really do it justice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jarod Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-04-13
    Jarod Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2017
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    "A very fun listen"
    Where does Monster Hunter International rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the bottom half, but at the top of that half.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Larry Correia? Why or why not?

    I have already bought the rest of the series that is out so far. They are fun books, and he has a very good imagination. It's a great series for adults with childish imaginations.


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

    He creates a distinct sound with each character that really brings them to life.


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

    Several times the books made me hold my breath in anticipation, and had some impressive action set pieces.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Geoff Kane Mesa, AZ United States 01-07-13
    Geoff Kane Mesa, AZ United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not bad if you like guns."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The overall story is not bad, but it gets almost "preachy". We get it. Correia loves guns. Guns can solve any problem. The bigger the gun the better. Also, the American government is evil and out to get you.

    His portrayal of women is also cliche at best.

    On the other hand, Oliver Wyman is magnificent as a narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Larry Correia? Why or why not?

    Probably not. Like I said the story is not bad, but the politics become overwhelming.


    Do you think Monster Hunter International needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It already has 2 or 3.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Chapman 12-04-12
    Chapman 12-04-12
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    "Decent action, sub-par plot"

    Plot and characters offer few surprises. Language is sometimes awkward. Larry Correia uses the word "was" entirely too often.

    Action is good and tense. Narrator does a good job with character voices, but doesn't break immersion.

    This reads like a half-decent novelization of a really good action movie.

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    Jim McMullen 11-13-12
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    "Entertaining, but I didn't love the performance"

    This is an entertaining book. Urban fantasy used to be called horror, and while not horror, this book is more of an action-adventure novel than a silly vampire-romance fluff that is so prevalent these days. The story is longer than I would have thought it would be, and the action is well described. The characters are interesting and distinct. There is a enough humor that you know the book doesn't take itself too serioiusly. My only beef with the story is that the bad guys - the monsters - are very two-dimensional. Their motivations are simple, either a "Hulk Smash!" kind of mentality or a "Give me the power to rule the world!" You'd think that creatures that live for centuries would be more complex than that, but they aren't (with one exception).

    Oliver Wyman's performance threw me off. He did a great job with the various character voices. Women are always a challenge for men to do, and he does okay even though the female characters sound the same. The men's voices were easy to tell apart, with various accents and such.

    But the non-dialogue narration voice was annoying. It was like listening to The Matrix's Agent Smith narrate a story -- and I mean the character Agent Smith, not the actor Hugo Weaving. Wyman stretched out every third or fourth word/syllable, which was grating and really slowed down the story. I had a hard time getting past that. I definitely would have preferred a more straightforward narration, and I think it would have shortened the recording.

    I'll probably just read the next books in the series myself.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Austin Marsh Boise, ID USA 10-20-12
    Austin Marsh Boise, ID USA 10-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Bad book, even for some1 into corny urban fantasy"
    What would have made Monster Hunter International better?

    Less corny writing, a better narrator.


    Has Monster Hunter International turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Oliver Wyman?

    Someone without an accent.


    What character would you cut from Monster Hunter International?

    The main characters boss.


    Any additional comments?

    There are a lot of books out and about in the urban fantasy genre. They are all pretty similar but usually there is a lot of action and they are kind of like reality TV with how they draw you in. One of the best urban fantasy series would be the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher. Read those books or if you already have and want something corny that can be a guilty pleasure, try out the Iron Druid series. This book is terrible. The opening has a plethora of bad one liners, bad first person writing and a narrator with a Texan accent. This is fine since the main character fits this description, but the narrator does terrible voices for the other characters in the book. Please, please ignore the high reviews for this book, they are inaccurate. I am not a picky reader and I read almost anything, trust me a little and skip this until you have finished the rest of the urban fantasy genre.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Beau Marietta, GA, United States 10-10-12
    Beau Marietta, GA, United States 10-10-12
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    "Pretty good for self-published"

    I liked this story - but there were a lot of spots where an editor could have improved the pacing and the dialog.

    The narrator really kept it going and did a fantastic job conveying the alpha-male machismo that the story needed, and the story itself was a really good story, the action had a perfect mix of detail and mood.

    The non-action parts tended to drag a bit, and the ending felt like the end of Peter Jackson's lord of the rings trilogy - just ending after ending after ending... but honestly - I enjoyed it enough that I'm looking forward to the next one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Ormond Beach, FL, United States 10-06-12
    Timothy Ormond Beach, FL, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Special Forces versus Horror Monsters ..."

    ... with a splash of Tolkein fantasy. What's not to like! Plus, the narrator is hilarious. Downloading the next book!

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    Warpanther Dallas, Texas 10-05-12
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    "Great Story"
    What did you love best about Monster Hunter International?

    I love the way that Larry Correia is able to incorporate fiction and fact in a way that is believable with imagination. There is enough military jargon to hint that he either knows a lot about the military or he did years of research.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Earl Harbringer. I wont give away secrets but he is a mysterious powerful man that is like The Fonz of monster hunters.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    I like that he is able to put enough inflection in his voice that you can audibly destinguish characters easily.
    I dont like some of the female voices that he does but maybe it is because he is overdoing the accent. Being from Texas and not having a strong accent that stuff drives me crazy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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