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Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge Audiobook Review *Spoilers*

Jan 2, 2021 0 comments

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge

Monster Hunter Memoirs book 1

Written by Larry Correia and John Ringo

Performance by Oliver Wyman 

Length: 12 hrs 21 min 

Audiobook Review *Spoiler Free*     

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Performance and Production

Oliver Wyman continues to do an excellent job in the MHI series, the trickiest part of this book would have been creating a unique main voice that would differentiate from Earl, Franks (Easy enough), and Owen Pitt. Oliver nailed it again convincingly showing his range and makes him easily one of the best narrators performing today. MHI benefits from his great performances, the production is also spot on with no noticeable errors. MHI Memoirs performance and production gets 5 out of 5. 


Chad strikes me as unbelievably cocky and wants everyone to know how great he is and is petty enough to self-sabotage himself if it is worth getting revenge or scoring points against those, he has grievance against. He is funny and smart that makes him very charismatic but all that does is cover up some character flaws, but Chad puts those same qualities to productive uses throughout the book series and that is a sign of a man of character, flaws, and all. 

Oliver Chadwick Gardenier, Chad, grows up hating his parents who are both professors his mother who is a communist and father was a womanizer who gets his students in bed. Chad does everything he can do to spite his parents. Chads parents also do everything they can to be self-aggrandizing figures in his life and belittling anything he wants to do because his mother hates everything male and resents the fact that she has a son. Chad eventually in rebellion joins the Marine Corp due to the influence of his “foster” family and early into his career his platoon is in the embassy and barracks bombing in bruit and dies. During this time, he is sent back with a heavenly mission and to be on the lookout for a sign 57. Chad is eventually discharged from the Marines, deciding to drive home he runs into a tent revival that is his introduction to the monster world. Then learning the basics from the local MHI crew, Carlos, Chad believes his duty is to hunt monsters and all he needs to do is rehab. 

Chad eventually rehabs and prepares for MHI training camp, where he skips over all his actual training and focuses on the girls he was banging and how he invited all his friends over to watch him prove he was right about what was the best blade to cut off a head. Then Chad arrives at MHI boot camp where he skips over most of the boot camp but does go into a few highlights of him impressing everyone with his sword and how he fixed his Uzi so that it would shoot better and impressed Ray and Milo. At the end of MHI boot he is offered to be on Ray’s team, the Happy Face team and he turns it down to because he does not like the heat, and he is sent out to Seattle where he learns the ropes under the Doctors Nelson are his team co-leads.  

This starts what are short stories on Chads rookie year in Seattle, his first call on a werewolf hunt with the team, Microtel is humorous if not very suspenseful, and the first time Chad really gets injured in a fight against a nest of trolls. One of my favorite part of this book series is that you get the perspective of a talented hunter going through everyday life in MHI. In the main MHI series following Owen and the other champions it is the main team going out to complete missions. Chads memoir sometimes He is in a library or he is in the office just answering the phone when it is his day in the office. Pay periods and how much was paid out of PUFF and the forms necessary for receiving PUFF 

In some of the more interesting chapters in the book are when Chad gets injured, during these times he on goes monster related research and eventually politics and this gives a better insight into the world of monsters and how things that have only references in the main MHI storyline. Monster right advocates, the Van Helsing Institute, and the congressional subcommittee that over sees MCB and STFU. This is where you get a lot of detail into the secret world of monsters in the MHI universe and a low-level course on how politics works. This also breaks up the short stories of werewolves, zombies, and vampires are good but as the memoirs progress tend to get less and less detailed and the detail of the overall universe and interactions between Hunters and MCB and the Subcommittee view each other and their reasoning behind those views. 

Another item I really enjoy about the memoirs that you do not get in the main series is a heavy amount of detail on the monsters and the weaknesses of each one, and in the case of vampires you get a breakdown of the individual classes of vampire each class weaknesses and strengths. Then Chad breaks it down into the differences in classes. This is a running theme of chad personality that he is highly analytical and shares his thinking for every action that he takes. That personality quark sometimes gives great insight into the MHI universe other times it just comes off as bragging and can get annoying. John Ringo does a great job of not often repeating the same reasoning for actions and this severely cuts down on the annoyance factor. If in every one of the three books he repeated the same explanations this would a painful series to get through 

This also starts the beginning of the story line of coordinated zombie attacks and with the creation of Whites, or daytime guardians through trade of virgins. These attacks can be mostly characterized as raids on small towns or isolated houses for teenage girls of various ages to be traded for money or to be exchanged for the creation of supernatural creatures. This story line in Seattle culminates in the battle against a lich that requires the Happy Face team and Earl Harbinger to come to Seattle to take care of the situation and is a good battle but is still a sort story. 

The first book closes with a story that has been referenced in the main MHI series about how MHI made deals with the Fay courts in the past. Chad is the one that pulls that off and the story is enjoyable, good change of pace, and funny. Afterwards is a story of incompetence and how the system of secrets cost lives in the MHI world when an experienced sheriff retires, and a new sheriff is elected in Portland. Not knowing the supernatural world, this sheriff tries to handle things in his own way costing many lives. A good short story but also showing how the bureaucracy and secrecy can cost lives even if you think it is for the right reasons. Finally, emphasizing the MHI motto of flexible minds is not universal and how it can be costly. 

John Ringo and Larry Correia combine for a great start of a trilogy and add so much depth to the world, although this is a novel it comes off much like a series of short stories. Since the series reads like Journals that were written before the trilogy ends but after the last entry in the story. The reliability of the accounts is in question seems to take away from the trilogy, but this was a great start to a spin off trilogy. I am giving MHI Memoirs four out of five.


In the end I am going to give MHI Memoirs a 4 out of 5, I really enjoyed the book, and I could not wait to start the next book in the trilogy. 


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