Having migraines means, unfortunately, I can’t always enjoy the reading of a good book to get me over the hump. Reading when you have a migraine doesn’t work remarkably well, as for relieving stress and being able to get somewhere else other than your body, because it’s your head. When you’re trying to escape into your head and your head is the thing hurting…. You get my meaning.
Anyway, enter audio books. Listening to audio books is a wonderful escape when the migraine hits. For me, at least. This is especially good if the narration is good. I have tried to listen to a couple of books whose narrator’s voice feels like nails-on-a-chalk-board to my fevered ear and throbbing head. Now, however, I’ve discovered a)an author I plan on reading when the migraines are more under control; b) a story that keeps me coming back to it eagerly; and c) a narrator I simply love listening to!
What is this miracle, you ask? It is Larry Correia’s Grimnoire series and Bronson Pinchot who gives all these alternate-history people their voices.
Currently, I’m almost finished with the first book in the Grimnoire series, Hard Magic where we are introduced to the Sullivan brothers. One is dead. One is a bad guy. And one, of course, is the hero. Jake Sullivan, hero, doesn’t look at himself as a hero exactly. He needs to make things right for himself, his dead brother, the human race, and his now-zombie girlfriend who is looking to make her last fight on this side of the grave be a good one. In fact – there isn’t a bad character in the entire novel!
The bad guys are nasty. The good guys are just looking to get the job they need to do done. Each one of them is memorable. Each one is someone I find myself caring about – good and bad – and wanting them to succeed, live, and, as far as the bad guys go: die.
The only reason I haven’t put on the headphones and grabbed some knitting is because I wanted to make sure Bronson Pinchot did the narration for the other books in the series, and I simply had to put the next two books into my listening queue before finishing the one. I am not going to complete one novel and then pine for the next one. I just can’t do it right now. Luckily, I don’t have to.
So, if you haven’t read any Grimnoire I suggest you give it a perusal, or a listen to.
On a scale of 5 stars, I give it a 10!