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Summary

Shifters, giants, hungry beasts, the undead, creatures of legend, flying terrors - you name it, New York City has it!

Through the Monster Hunt app, Chase Knowles becomes the Alpha of two powerful Huntresses: one a half-dragon female fond of combat and banter, the other a cute warrior fond of reading spell books and wielding two killer blades.

Their goal? Hunt these mythological creatures in the parks, rooftops, and back alleys of New York City; build a fighting party to compete in brawls and tournaments in the city and beyond; earn money; and try their damnedest not to get arrested. 

Warning: Monster Hunt NYC contains a light harem with monster girls, augmented reality, fantasy violence, a ton of action, and GameLit/LitRPG concepts. It was inspired by the Persona games, Pokemon Go!, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

©2018 Harmon Cooper (P)2019 Boycott Books and Soundbooth Theater Distribution

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A decent story ruined by terrible production

I'm a bit of a Harmon Cooper fan as well that of Soundbooth Theater, but man did they $&@* this one up. It's pokemon go litrpg. Ok, I like Pokemon. I can deal with that. It was the persistent acoustic guitar, finger-snapping, and wordless la da da singing in the background that ruined it to the point of being unlistenable. I don't know if it was through the entire book, but after 15-20 straight minutes I was ready to jam a pencil in my ear up to the eraser. Seriously, Soundbooth, did you ask yourselves the simple question of how many listeners would you lose if you DID NOT include the god-awful background music and how many if you DID? The former is 0 the latter is probably more than just me. I probably would have rated the story much higher if I could have stomached more than 30 minutes of it.

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Weird but entertaining

Got this because it was free, not knowing what to expect. Not an author I’d heard of and not my usual genre, but I have to say I really liked it.
Not sure about the singing but the overall performance was good and the storyline was entertaining. I’m going to try his other free book so who knows? May even become a fan..

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Dropped the ball by the end but a fun-ish journey

I generally enjoyed this as my introduction into litrpg, the characters were fun, the game mechanics were simple enough that I think my mother could get the gist of it. I found it generally an OK piece, but I did have a few gripes.
I did find many of the songs- especially sang by the male voice actor just too cringe to listen to, which I think may have been on purpose. As well as that the writer just decided to get rid of any tension that had been through the whole story before the third act even started.
Would he choose the code or Everlife? The writer just decided to deus ex machina that for the main character.
Everyone but the main character were fairly likable, the guy could not take a joke or flirt to save his life, that and his dry lifeless personality with the Pokémon Go trainer type gameplay meant he felt pretty none existent and useless, I was thankful by the end when a decent character decided to barge in and actually do something.
Finally, don’t expect the writing to get you hot and steamy at all, I don’t read erotic stuff but even I could tell this was sub-par.

I feel like I have been a bit tough on this one, I think mainly because of the wasted potential by the end. I’ll say if you’re reading it as part of your free membership catalogue, it goes by fast so if you think you’ll be interested despite the floors I found above, go for it. I found the small nudges to various mythologies interesting and fun to guess about, and despite the main character the rest of the cast were fun to be around.

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We need sequels

Well worth giving a try even if it's not your Genre. Sequels needed please!

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really clever

throughly enjoyed this book.characters were great,the story is very game-ee,street fighter,actors really brought it to life.really recommended.

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Fabulous production but a few common issues.

As far as Gamelits go, this is a example of how to make things engaging and entertaining while not bogging it down with Stats, rules and systems.

Very light on the technicalities yet thoroughly enjoyable, especially with the Jeff and Annie's fantastic production.

My only complaint, and one that cost the story a point, is the inclusion of sexualisation and porn. The addition of scenes describing breasts, bare flesh, dry humping and grinding was wholly unneccesary and added nothing at all to the sort and simply ensured that my wife and daughter (who love Gamelit and Pokémon) won't be partaking in this. A.J. Cerna & Derek Alan Siddoway's Djinn Tamer series show that this genre needs no such 'action' to make the story interesting and maintains the action.

In all though, an absolutely brilliant production of a good story and I will be interested to read the next one.

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Fantastic!

I have to admit that I am a fan of Harmon Coopers books and this one is as entertaining as the others I've read. Great production and an original, cheeky, funny story.

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Just great fun

All round brilliance. as usual a fantasic story by Harmon and a great production by Soundbooth. Both Harmon and Jeff were totally upstaged by Annie's amazing performance.

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One word...AMAZING!

From start to finish, I was hooked!

I loved the story but for me it was all about the passion from Jeff and Annie - you could instantly tell that Jeff and Annie put their hearts and souls into this production.

I hope that they both do the second book (hell, the complete series) and it has the same level of passion as the first.

If Jeff and Annie read this - Keep up the fantastic work! You guys are truly awesome!

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World Quality Production

I liked the book although some of the moments didn't gel very well but it was 5 stars fun.
This SBT production showcases what I have come to expect from their quality narrators, but i have to say I was surprised as this raises it up a notch again mostly as judicious use of sound effects gives an extra oomph to moments of tension, hilarity and realism.
In the books the songs ( not being musically minded myself) didn't bother me too much but hearing theme music which was initially distracting soon becomes a good counterpoint to the main action as does the songs as the extra depth works well.
Having just listened to an Audio BBC radio drama which I was a bit dissatisfied with as their mix of special effects/narration wasn't as on point as I would have liked, nor their sound level.
But this easily matched this so the time taken to produce this was well spent and appreciated
The fans who loved the books will appreciate the extra work in this and my only negative is I'm a bit worried with such a long time between books and audio if the pace will maintain at this rate as I know book 2 was a lot more intriguing and I look forward to this showcasing on audio and I'm hoping not going to be such a wait.

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  • Rolleson
  • 15-08-19

Really hate this kind of crap...

50 minutes in, and we learn that MCs childhood crush and best friend is having sex with MCs rival, the asshole. And to cope with that, he has an imaginary/virtual reality harem, only he can see... Not the way to catch my interest in a book. will be returning this one

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  • TrustedReviewerFTW
  • 14-08-19

Spectacular Fun, Best Audio production ever!

This audiobook has been a year in the making and has received a lot of hype. Does it live up to the hype? Hell yes, it does. This isn’t really an audiobook…it is an audio experience. It is nothing like I have ever heard before. The amount of time and effort put into this is insane. Let’s talk about the story a bit, then I will continue to gush all over Soundbooth.
Harmon Cooper is a really really good writer. The characters he creates are so memorable and fun to follow. Also I want to say, if you are an anti-harem person that just can’t deal with any harem. You need to throw that mindset out the window. You are going to miss out on something special avoiding this novel. This isn’t a very sex-laced harem at all, Chase’s two huntresses are digitized buddies/helpers.

The game in the novel is not a Virtual Reality game it is an augmented reality game similar to Pokemon Go. However this is pokemon go on the level of Thanos with galactic steroids and a infinity gauntlet. With it being an augmented reality game – there isn’t real-life then game life. Real life and game are blended together, both are happening at the same time. I found this very interesting to follow. The interaction between all of the characters and the monster’s he catches is vivid and a joy to listen to. There is also a lot of good monster combat. It’s very Pokemonish of course, but that isn’t a bad thing at all. I wondered if a monster battle game would translate well to a book and I can say this one did. Pokemon is so visual and you get to see that monsters in all their glory. Here you rely on Cooper’s descriptions and writing to bring them to life, and he does a great job.

The story is great. Soundbooth takes it to another level. Like I mentioned before this is an experience not just an audiobook. It is overflowing with sound effects, original instrumental music and a lot of original songs written by harmon cooper and performed by Hays and Ellicot. I used a clip from a song in the little pokemon vid before my review started. Jeff Hays is always amazing in everything that he does. However, I am going to talk about Annie Ellicot a bit more. She is damn amazing here. She brings all of the female characters to life and sounds like an angel in all of her song vocals. The music in the audio book is so interesting and executed. There were several times I had to rewind the book because I was so enthralled by the music going on in the background that I was ignoring the actual story. Soundbooth has really outdone themselves in their work here.

I give this audio experience a 9.25 out of 10. It is near perfection. The story is great and Soundbooth elevates it to an extremely high level. This should be listened to by everyone.

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  • Jay
  • 10-08-19

Another Beta male series

Only thing good about this book was the audio cast. it's just another Beta male series however this one the MC can't get out of the friendzone.

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  • Nighteyes
  • 21-07-19

I honestly don't have much to say about this thing

And yeah I mean thing, because it sure as heck isn't a Book, nor an Audiobook because this is outright an Experience... Jeff and Annie as well of the entire crew at SBT have elevated their art into something no other company offers yet we have come to simply expect them to deliver... which they do every single time... and this is the culmination of especially Jeffs journey...
I cannot imagine this ever being topped... It will be what other people, hell probably even themselves, strive to match in years to come...

As to the story, it's a fairly straight forward GameLIT with underlying tones it might turn into a Harem in a later book. There are a few references to Coopers other books in the same universe though if this is your first book, you will still be able to enjoy it equally well

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  • Eric M. Ortiz
  • 03-09-20

Weak MC, confusing circumstances

Besides is Universal Income, Chase seems to do nothing else. He complains about food and his apartment, but seems to have never considered a job.

Also, Chase is a weak willed person. He is pushed around by everyone all the time. Rarely does he stand up for himself unless Iris gives him the okay to.

The voice work was great A+

The story is interesting ala an advanced pokemon go. The huntresses were fun and even the summons had personality.

The attempt at musical inclusion was not developed well and simply cause me to skip these moments

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  • Steven K.
  • 13-09-20

Enjoyable

Holy ****. This is the only audiobook that have background music, and sound effect every turn.
I felt really immerse as if I’m watching a movie or an anime in front of me.

It’s really enter

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  • cklb03
  • 14-09-20

Waaay better than expected

Pleasantly surprised with this audiobook. Great production and voice acting. Content was solid - a mix of Pokémon meets Ready Player One meets Scott Pilgram. Can’t wait for Monster Hunt NYC 2.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 11-07-19

Not just enjoyable, but an experience

Full disclosure, I got an advance copy of this book when I was in the hospital dying, no joke, and it really helped me get through the suffering I was going through. This is not like an audiobook you've ever encountered before, and it is a testimony as to the greatness of Harmon Cooper's brilliant writing and SBT's incredible talent. SBT completely reinterprets what you think an audible experience should be.

So, I am now and have always been a huge fan of Cooper's writing style. I just get him. His humor, his wit, his intense action scenes, he proclivity towards snark, and well just about everything he does on his computer's WORD program. No other author, with the exception of Terry Pratchett, has made me laugh so loud, so hard, and so frequently as Cooper. He can weave a story like he was using one of the Fate's looms. Monster Hunter is once again a part of his shared universe, and I love that fact, too. He goes out of his way to tell separate and complete stories but keeps them in a sandbox in which you are already familiar. Monster Hunter NYC is a top-notch tale that is classic Cooper, expertly crafted, and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

What SBT does is something altogether different and new. They have managed to escalate the medium of audiobooks into something more than just a theater of the mind. They have molded an entire EXPERIENCE that I doubt you will have touched upon in your lifetime. SBT blends the spoken word with catchy tunes and songs throughout the book, and I do not mean that you get some music at the start of a chapter. No, this is fully fleshed and functional original music that has the heart of the book, but also a complete and utter life of its own. I can completely hear some acid jazz influence in Jeff's work, and Annie carries a haunting noirish vibe at times that resonates tones of the hipsters of the forties and fifties with modern sensibilities of today. My only regret is that they didn't include Justin Thomas James in to jam as well, because the man is a master musician himself.

I heard one reviewer say that this was all Annie, and I have to admit that Annie's singing and personification of the ladies is both intense and involving, but I have to give Jeff his due. He holds his own and gives his heart to this production. You can tell he went over and above, gave three pints of blood, and performed at one hundred and fifty percent capacity on this project. There are labors of love and passion projects and then there is Monster Hunter NYC. I mean there is dedication to a project and then there is the gusto displayed by Annie Wilkes of Stephen King's Misery. I'm not sure where Jeff lies on that spectrum, but wherever the needle falls it is going to be indicative of his heart and soul being contained in this body of work. Annie, is as I say, killer in her parts and she will have you bopping along to whatever Da,da,da, da, da dadda she lays down.

The story, the voice work, and the music make a strange magic that will only be imitated by other companies from this point forth, if anyone else ever has the cajones to attempt something like this. All I can say is that this is not just an audiobook. It is not Theater of the mind. This is a freaking Rock Opera Concert on Broadway; and you do not want to miss it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-07-19

Amazing audio experience!

These guys have done an amazing job at bringing Monster Hunt NYC to life. The way they have used background music to ease the listeners into the mood, the sound effects to bring the scenes to life is just magnificent. It makes the story seem to go by faster than it really is. The music is great I particularly like the jazzy intro to the book. After listening to this it was a shame when it ended. I hope that they can continue to do such an amazing job with the rest of the series.

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  • james
  • 23-09-20

Pleasantly Surprised

This was not the first book I have read in this genre and I can say I am really happy at the things they did differently in The Monster Hunt NYC. Let’s start off with the narrators I mean I’ve been a fan of Jeff Hays for a while, so I was expecting him to knock it out of the park, but here comes Annie Ellicott just rounding out the cast perfectly! The background sounds used in the story to represent what was actually taking place was a nice change of pace for this genre, and I am going to have the Camel Song stuck in my head for the next few days (you’ll understand if you read the book). I have a few problems with some of the characters and how they were used in the story, but overall, the pace of the book was perfect, and I can’t wait for the next one to hit Audible!

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