Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge : Monster Hunter Memoirs

  • by Larry Correia, John Ringo
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman
  • Series: Monster Hunter Memoirs
  • 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two multiple New York Times best-selling authors team up to expand Larry Correia's Monster Hunter universe!
When marine private Oliver Chadwick Gardenier is killed in the marine barrack bombing in Beirut, somebody who might be Saint Peter gives him a choice: Go to heaven, which, while nice, might be a little boring, or return to earth. The Boss has a mission for him, and he's to look for a sign. He's a marine: He'll choose the mission.
Unfortunately, the sign he's to look for is "57". Which, given the food services contract in Bethesda Hospital, creates some difficulty. Eventually it appears that God's will is for Chad to join a group called Monster Hunters International and protect people from things that go bump in the night. From there, things trend downhill.
Monster Hunter Memoirs is the (mostly) true story of the life and times of one of MHI's most effective - and flamboyant - hunters. Protips for up-and-coming hunters range from how to dress appropriately for jogging (low-profile body armor and multiple weapons) to how to develop contacts among the Japanese yakuza to why it's not a good idea to make billy goat jokes to trolls.
Grunge harkens back to the Golden Days of Monster Hunting, when Reagan was in office, Ray and Susan Shackleford were top hunters, and Seattle sushi was authentic.

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This is barely an MHI story

The protagonist is one of the most annoying characters I have read since Holden Caulfield; every chance he gets we are reminded that he is a genius and really likes sex ... Whether it serves the story or not.

I haven't read any of John Ringo's stories (and I most likely won't after this) but I wonder if he has a fetish? The character "Iron Hand" is a braggart and comes of like a sad little man embellishing stories for the kids he hangs around to make himself feel cool.

I also wonder if Mr. Ringo's read any of the other MHI stories; there is a disturbing lack of evidence that he has. Earl Harbinger would punch "Iron Hand" in the mouth and then fire him.

I love being back in that work I just didn't care for my guide.
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- J Gibbens

Torn on this one

As a fan of the RPG I really loved the additional background information about the world of Monster Hunter that was found in the book. I assume that this material that was created by Mr. Correia. Unfortunately again and again throughout the book the character of Oliver Gardenier ruined much of my enjoyment. Mr. Ringo's character is a poorly conceived, 2 dimensional Mary Sue that was bluntly boring. It doesn't help that Garenier is constantly interacting with a lot of Mr. Correia's well developed characters and always comes off looking second best.

I applaud Mr. Correia's decision on allowing others to play in his fantastic world. Certainly there is a lot of room for this to happen. It's just too bad that this first attempt had such a poor designed main character.

As for Mr. Wyman's performance: He does an excellent job as always with the material. I was easily able to follow flow of the story based upon character accents alone. Just one minor quibble; Spokane is pronounced Spo-can not Spo-cane. In this the Google age I was surprised that such a mistake made it through to the final copy.
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- Sandy Addison

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-02-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios