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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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    Kelly FORT OGLETHORPE, GA, United States 06-28-15
    Kelly FORT OGLETHORPE, GA, United States 06-28-15 Member Since 2016

    Books are the key to my heart, body, mind and soul.

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    "Best Yet!"

    This audiobook is my favorite one out of the 180 that I have gotten over the past 5 years! I can't emphasize enough how great this was from beginning to end! No slow parts, full of twists and turns, and just a great book to get!! I'd give it 10 stars if I could...

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ron 05-21-15
    Ron 05-21-15 Member Since 2016

    Ron

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    "The Expendables meet Van Helsing"

    Outstanding story! Fun, thrilling... Lots of action, humor, and ghoulish monsters.

    The narrator did a very fine job, distinct and appropriate voices for all of the characters, emotions are well portrayed... but... talks... way... too... SLOOOW! Had to speed it up to 1.25x playback, then it sounded like a normal voice and was an excellent listen.

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    Nicholas 05-17-15
    Nicholas 05-17-15
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    "Good novel that I, personally, didn't care for"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, because it was a fine example of an urban fantasy novel. But there was one major problem I had with it. Like a lot of novels in the genre, MHI has a "hidden world" setting, but the way the author justified it really broke my suspension of disbelief. Apparently all the monsters are kept secret because congress passed a law and now Federal agents roam around threatening anyone who tries to tell the public. Of course, that's merely a justification for the main character not knowing about monsters before being attacked by one. Still, if you notice how off it is the first time, it's not something the novel will ever let forget.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I found the early monster fights against weaker monsters the most interesting. The blend of firepower and wits in them is the book's greatest strength.The most tiresome part of the novel is the conflict between the federal agents and the monster hunters. Both sides come across as incompetent jerks and I don't see any reason for Monster Hunter International to be better monster hunters than the feds. I've stories where the heroes work for the government, freelance or without getting paid at all, why the author trying to make one group better than the other? It's a fictional profession in the first place.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    I liked how well his voice fit the main character and how well he did female voices.


    Could you see Monster Hunter International being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really. As another reviewer mentioned it is Buffy with a conservative undertone. Not much of a hook for adaption.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Finch 03-20-15
    Bill Finch 03-20-15
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    "Could use the services of a professional editor"

    Oliver Wyman was great, as usual. He made the best of a overly-stretched plot. It could have been 25% shorter without sacrificing any of the story arcs...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DORIAN 11-09-14
    DORIAN 11-09-14 Member Since 2017
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    "favorite so far"
    What made the experience of listening to Monster Hunter International the most enjoyable?

    im only on book 4 but so far the is by far my favorite. great narrating!!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, United States 10-24-14
    Lee Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, United States 10-24-14 Member Since 2008

    Love scary stories and thrillers.

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    "For the not so beautiful hunters"

    Exciting, fun and humorous. It keeps you wanting more and rooting for Owen all the way.

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    Josh 10-23-14
    Josh 10-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth the purchase"
    What made the experience of listening to Monster Hunter International the most enjoyable?

    This story doesn't slow down too often, and because of that, I kept wanting to listen more, to see what would happen next.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    Great job of adapting to different personas.


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

    Monster Hunter International
    The Calling


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint is that I would sometimes miss part of the story because I couldn't stay awake for 24 hours straight. Stupid body wouldn't let me get enough of the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Georgy 10-15-14
    Georgy 10-15-14
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    "Great page-turner and time-spender!"
    What made the experience of listening to Monster Hunter International the most enjoyable?

    Its honesty. It's an action story, with just a touch of right-wing (or rather, rational) political commentary. It's fantasy monster fighting in modern world. Great book with no aspirations of being Literature.


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

    He reads just fine (except for when he announces 'Chapter 1', 'Chapter 2', etc., which come out a bit too-macho.


    Any additional comments?

    "Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time" - and this book is a brilliant example thereof.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    randal 09-18-14
    randal 09-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Syrup I'm hooked"
    If you could sum up Monster Hunter International in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, unsuspecting, awesome.


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

    Um spoilers! Knowing even when evil is removed the bad guy bites it anyways.


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

    Um a great personality to Owen.


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

    Could have but its like a movie mini series each chapter is like an episode. So if I was binge watching it I could do it in one sitting. But in this case binge listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Larry your fantastic. I wish so much for a few more narrators at least one for the female lines. Oliver is okay in his female voice. But I felt Julie needed more justice to her beauty

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Omar 08-21-14
    Omar 08-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Literary junk food of the highest order."
    What did you love best about Monster Hunter International?

    Let me first say that if you want high fiction, look elsewhere. This story is FUN. It's interesting, it possesses some plot twists, but ultimately it is an action-packed, good-guys-win-bad-guys-lose adventure.


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

    The story made me bark out laughter several times. Pitt can be a wise-ass, and in keeping with the mostly light, fun story, the bad guys get what's coming to them. I got a warm fuzzy feeling when Pitt threw Grant Jefferson off the ship, and I might have even said,"Ha, the prick deserved it" out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like guns, explosions, guns, violence, guns, and an easily accessible love story with likeable characters and guns, this one is for you.

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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
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    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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