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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

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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  • ben
  • Maghera, United Kingdom
  • 09-05-12

Decent

A fairly simple book, but entertaining nontheless. Ideal for those listening to a book while doing something slightly distracting.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Moonface
  • Buildwas, United Kingdom
  • 08-04-13

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!

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Donal
  • Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
  • 03-04-11

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!

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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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!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Wasn't what I was expecting

I have read a few of Larry's books (in the magic universe). I almost stopped reading this is I am not into werewolves and vampires. But about. 20% in I got into it. Now I am hooked on the characters and what will happen in the next book.

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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!

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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

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  • Breen
  • Bournemouth, United Kingdom
  • 16-09-16

great performance, fun writing

great humour and a fun writing style but I think the characters are a bit over powered.

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Made me want to eat my ears

The creepiest thing about this book was the protagonist.

This will probably spoil the book for anyone reading this and about to listen to it, but I imagined the narrator delivering all of his lines like he's looking at an imaginary camera, head tilted slightly forward with one eyebrow raised and saying the word 'Duh-uh-uh!' Over and over again for twenty hours of my life that I'll never get to spend with my family.

If you're from Texas, you'll love it.

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Utter Junk

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Returning it for another book.

What could Larry Correia have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Nothing.

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

Can't think of anyone that actually could have made this enjoyable.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Monster Hunter International?

Rip it up and start again.

Any additional comments?

After a string of excellent books i decided to try something a little different. I wanted something fun and entertaining with action from the off. Unfortunately it turned out to be a very bad decision.

I managed to fight my way through the best part of 5 hours before giving up. The writing in general was awful, I could forgive some of this if the story was half decent or it had some likable characters but the whole thing read like a NRA lovin' red necks wet dream.

The main character 'Owen' was like some superhero from the get go which left very little room for development and the supporting characters were horribly stereotypical. The dialogue was worse than a B-movie action film. Speaking of which i suppose it could be likened to a super cheesy horror movie where you spend more time laughing or cringing at just how bad it is. Sadly unlike said movies it goes on for a lot longer than 90 minutes. Leading on to the pacing which is very very slow, we're subjected to chapter after chapter of the MHI training routine, but really what is the point? The lead character is already a world shooting champion, state wrestling champion and holds several black belts in various martial arts, not to mention his prowess as a bare knuckle boxer etc etc. Then the author obviously been a huge gun enthusiast treats us to every specification and bullet type imaginable of said guns.
I'm not going to waste any more time on this review. To sum it up i would say the author basically indulged to play out his own fantasy.

I cannot understand why this got decent reviews. Avoid!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • carol a zocchi
  • 01-07-16

Dialogue wanting, but decent narrator

This was a big commitment and with the reviews, I thought it would be solid. The narrator, often sounding like Nick Offerman, I thought I'd give it a try. The story offered a fantasy based typical hero who doesn't know he's a hero, with classic guides, love interests and teams. I often felt, though, like I was listening to a low budget shootem up film dialogue with cliché fighting dialogue. It was entertaining enough to get me through the first one, but I'm not interested in any sequels.

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  • Konstantin
  • 17-02-12

Suprizingly entertaining

Why should I buy this book? A valid question I had to ask myself when I was reading the description. Let's face it, if you like werewolfs, zombies, vampires etc. then the title alone was sufficient to suck you in. However, if you, like me, were looking for something in the science fiction genre and was surprised to find this so highly rated and furthermore having great reviews by most that read it then I will answer the other question: How can it be?
How can it be that a book that talks about vampires, guns and gore is so highly regarded? How can it be that a book that has a story out of every other book in this genre is so entertaining? How can people like such literature?
Let me tell you something. There is a lot worse out there and this book is actually an oasis among them. The reasons are clear to me and they boil down to this: A cult classic B-rated movie. For those that have seen The Blob or any of the Evil Dead movies this is the feeling you get out of this. Something so bad it is actually good. Let's look at the list.
Monsters out of handbook. Check. Endless beating of main character throughout the book (if you don't like him I would say this is a big plus). Check. Reminding us how awesome he is. Check. Anti-goverment remarks at every chapter (can't wait for a movie to play the drinking game). Check. Classic boy meets girl theme. Check. I can go on and on.
And yet we also see clear writing without straining the language and without taking the reader for a fool. Many different locations and a story that is not boring one bit from start to finish. Entertaining. Good jokes, some I have heard before but the context makes them better. Added bonus - great voice acting by Oliver Wyman.
This is not a masterpiece for sure but I sometimes want something entertaining that I can relax with. This series provides me that pleasure and therefore adds something to the world.

159 of 195 people found this review helpful

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  • Randall
  • 29-06-18

My second Monster Hunter book


This is my second Monster Hunter book and the first in this series. My first read ( or listen ) was Monster Hunter Memoirs Grunge and that was really cheesy, with a main character who was a real douche. This book seems to have a little of the same problem with it's main character , but not nearly to the same degree. This story was well thought out and has several likable monster hunters and monsters. There is non stop action and a variety of cool monsters. I think it became a bit unbelievable when the main characters keep miraculously surviving unsurvivable situations. Having said this I might give book number two a try also.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • T Jukes
  • 27-06-18

Waste of an incredible narrator.

Oliver Wyman is incredible. It’s a shame they wasted his talents on this poor book. Corny, awful attempts at humor. Lots of holes in the plot (supposed to be fluent in 6 languages, can’t piece together modern dialects. Top of his class, yet too stupid to pick up on little hints the entire book). It’s frustrating to listen to. I would have given up early, but I was on a long road trip, and I hate wasting my audible credits.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-11-11

Did not meet my expectations, thankfully!

I originally purchased this book when I saw it "on the cheap" on one of Audbiles specials. I had the lowest of expectations just judging from the cover art and the name of the book but as I drive allot and the price was right I figured I would give it a try.
MUCH to my delight this was a fun, action packed and funny as hell book. I ended up well hooked on the series and have now read them all. Larry has a good imagination and a heck of a sick sense of humor, which I can relate to.
Bottom line............Loved it.

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  • Pony
  • 05-09-17

Entertaining but juvenile

The story was somewhat entertaining but mostly campy, juvenile and underwhelming. Characters and dialogue are very shallow.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • M. Doherty
  • 26-09-17

Ok monster story to pass the time.

This came up as an Audible recommendation because I've listened to a bunch of fantasy and sci-fi books. I would say it was just "ok".
The whole 'giant of a man who's a lovable oaf/teddy bear who can rip your head off/immediately falls in love with the hottest girl in the whole book and acts sheepishly awkward around her at every interaction but isn't afraid of vampires or other monsters' got pretty old pretty fast. I found myself rolling my eyes and sighing out loud in every scene with those two characters. I even made gagging sounds a few times.
The monster action and fight scenes were interesting, but I found the narrator to be at little too melodramatic and slow for my taste.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • webempress
  • 13-12-16

Hoping the series improves

Would you try another book from Larry Correia and/or Oliver Wyman?

I purchased the 2nd book in the series before listening to the first, based solely on Audible ratings. Not sure I would have purchased it if I waited until after listening to the first.

Would you recommend Monster Hunter International to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend it to those that have a great interest and knowledge of weaponry...for me the amount of the story spent on describing, in detail, the weapons made my brain tune out.

Any additional comments?

While listening to this title I frequently realized it had become background noise and I wasn't really listening. Sometimes I rewound. Sometimes I didn't rewind and I didn't feel like I missed anything. On the plus side, he characters were engaging and I was very interested in their stories and rooted for their survival.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Hosen
  • 27-10-16

Just Ok! Credit cant be spent more wisely

Any additional comments?

This book was just ok. I dont even know why i bought it. It was somewhat entertaining but the last 4 hours dragged like crazy; and were so boring for me.
Lord Machado?? really?? this is the worst name for any character in any book ever.
The second book is way over-rated. If you found this one to be just OK, then don't even bother with the second one.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • 18-11-15

Not his best.

I love Larry Correia's other series, Grimmnior Chronicles, however, this one for me, fell short of his genius. It had a wonderfully intriguing start and then it became too descriptive. The story all in all was interesting but was drug down with gun obsession and long fight scenes. The characters were relatable and could have carried this book fine without about half of the battles.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful