Monster

  • by A. Lee Martinez
  • Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer
  • 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Meet Monster. Meet Judy. Two humans who don't like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady - for the future of the universe.
Monster runs a pest-control agency. He's overworked and has domestic troubles - like having the girlfriend from hell.
Judy works the night shift at the local Food Plus Mart. Not the most glamorous life, but Judy is happy. No one bothers her, and if she has to spell things out for the night-manager every now and again, so be it.
But when Judy finds a Yeti in the freezer aisle eating all the Rocky Road, her life collides with Monster's in a rather alarming fashion. Because Monster doesn't catch raccoons; he catches the things that go bump in the night. Things like ogres, trolls, and dragons. Oh, and his girlfriend from Hell? She actually is from Hell.

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What the Critics Say

"Martinez pokes at big-picture questions, like the nature of the universe and the meaning of life, with abundant, zany humor in this charming tale." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Entertaining, but Overly Rushed

First, I want to say the book, on the whole, is really pretty good. It was entertaining and engaging. The concepts that are discussed and played with towards the end are extremely interesting.

However:

It was incredibly rushed past the initial set up. By rushed I don't mean 'fast paced' but rather too much crammed into too little time. He delves into the massive concepts in the last three hours of the book, really only the last hour and a half. The ending seems forced and, honestly, like Martinez got tired of writing the book.

All in all, I would give it a listen but it's certainly not in my top 10.
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- Charles

Not as good as it could have been

While Monster was a fun listen, this book was a little too cute for its own good (Demons use "Blessed" as a curse word! Even ethereal beings have to deal with paperwork! Our hero's name is Monster, and he catches monsters for a living!). There were some good ideas, and human existence was at stake, but the ideas weren't fleshed out enough and the fate of the universe never really seemed in doubt. It felt as though the author was thinking, "Wouldn't it be clever if I threw this in?" as he was writing it, but never stopped long enough on an idea to give it weight. Our protagonist is an overall unlikable guy, and we never really get a good sense of his back-story. The main villain's motivation seemed to be "Just because," which is pretty weak.

The narrator does a pretty good job with the different characters, and he keeps the book moving at a good clip. The 8+ hours absolutely flew by, which makes it great for a week's worth of driving to work. The story is straightforward and uncomplicated, though I'm a little disappointed because it had a lot more to offer and never really got there. Overall, I'd say this is a light, fun book with some very forgettable characters.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-12-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios