Grunge (Monster Hunter Memoirs Book 1) by Larry Correia and John Ringo

Posted October 28, 2016 by Nathan Tullis in Reviews / 0 Comments

Grunge (Monster Hunter Memoirs Book 1) by Larry Correia and John RingoMonster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge by John Ringo, Larry Correia
Narrator: Oliver Wyman
Series: Monster Hunter Memoirs #1, Monster Hunter
Published by Audible Studios on 02 August 2016
Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
Genres: Paranormal, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Werewolf
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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.

©2016 Larry Correia and John Ringo (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Having heard all the Monster Hunter International books previously released, I was curious to give Monster Hunter Memoirs a shot. I’ve never read any of John Ringo’s work so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

This is the memoir of Oliver Chadwick Gardenier, a self obsessed know-it-all with the worst mommy issues I’ve ever seen. The first quarter of the book is nothing but Chad droning on about his mother and how unfair it was for him growing up because his parents were “academics” and his brother was following in their footsteps. However, he constantly reminds you that he is actually a genius and how much harder it was to purposefully earn straight C’s all the way through high school, just to spite his mother. The remainder of the book was filled with much of the same self congratulatory nonsense, spattered with a couple entertaining anecdotes from his past. There is a story about the Fae that was rather entertaining.

Oliver Wyman took on narration duties and, truth be told, he saved this audio book. Wyman is a fantastic narrator and without his performance this story would have been either; a) waiting for months to be finished, or b) not finished at all. The production quality was fantastic and added well to his wonderful array of voices for the characters, all of which had individual sounds and cadence.

All in all this was barely an MHI book. Aside from a few cameos from some familiar faces, this story lacked any of the excitement or depth the original stories deliver. I can honestly say I do not recommend this book unless you are heavily invested in the Monster Hunter lore, or just wanted to hear solid voice talent. As stated previously, Wyman delivered a superb performance, and the writing itself was well done, it was really the protagonist that brought the story down.

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About Larry Correia

Larry Correia is hopelessly addicted to two things, guns and B-horror movies. He lists his occupations: gun dealer, firearms instructor, accountant, and writer, and was until recently part-owner of a company specializing in firearms and movie props. He shoots competitively and is a certified concealed weapons instructor. Larry resides in Utah with his very patient wife and family.

About Nathan Tullis

After getting a job working in a cubicle in 2012, I quickly discovered I had hours o dead air consuming me. Fearing I may go insane at the monotony of it all, and having a love of both storytelling and voice acting, I developed a love for audio books in 2012. I have a beautiful wife and a spectacular daughter with whom I spend as much time with as possible. Any extra spare time I may be able to find I spend reading comic books or playing RPGs.

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