I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.
After reading some of the audible listener reviews and catching it on sale, I decided to give this book a try. I'm certainly glad that I did. I tend to listen to romance and paranormal romance. I was reaching slightly out of my comfort zone when I bought this book, so I was pleasantly surprised.
Hounded is the first book in a series, but it can easily stand alone. It has a clear plot and a satisfying ending. It leaves you wanting to read the next book, but not feeling forced to. The world building is brilliant and effortless. The details of the reality the book portrays just seem to flow naturally into the narrative. There's comic relief in the form of his dog, which is truly chuckle-worthy at times.
This truly is a brilliant book, and Luke Daniels delivers a flawless performance. I didn't even ponder my rating. Five stars across the board. Well done!
Good writing has ... a balance and a rhythm. You can feel that much better when it's read aloud. --Laura Hillenbrand, author of Unbroken
Yes, this book absolutely lives up to every one of the great reviews it has received. Yes, it is full of humor, adventure, fights, love, friendship, and great characters (and--bonus round-- if you want Google many of the characters' names you'll get a good, fun upgrade to your mythology trivia skills). Yes, the writing is fresh, clever, unique, and pulls you in from page 1. Yes, Kevin Hearne is a really good writer and Luke Daniels is the perfect narrator. And, no, this is not just another grind-'em-out entry in the paranormal sweepstakes that has saturated the publishing world to the point of boredom. Get it, listen, and enjoy!
I was very pleasantly surprised with this book. The story was engaging and the characters very different and fun. Urban fantasy is my favorite genre and this author is a great addition to my library. Anxiously awaiting the next two in the series, due out this summer according to Amazon. Oh yes, I really enjoyed the narrator too, his voice was perfect for the lead character.
Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.
Amazing! Thats the simplest thing to say. I ran across this book by chance and it blew my mind. I listened to all 3 every hour of the day except to sleep. I listened in the shower, eating breakfast, driving to work, at work, dinner, then until I went to bed. Once in bed I dreamed of this book all night. dreaming of what i think might happen next or just going over the detail of what i had heard already. It was Audio Crack. I am currently recovering while I wait for book 4, but the twitches will have me listen to them again.
HBO Needs to make this into a series like Game of Thrones. If they don't they are full of Shite as Atticus would say. Get this book and when your done and think its the best book you have ever read, then i will call you a fool and hand you book 2. Then your hooked like me on the crack and devour book 3 and chew off your nails while waiting for book 4 in April 2012.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - Hounded was not at all what I expected. It is a modern, clever, humorous spin on a story filled with ancient druids, goddesses, fairies, witches and werewolves. It is told from the perspective of Atticus, a druid who despite being 2100 years old, speaks and acts like an irreverent 21-year-old owner of an alternative book store. There is quite a bit of action, blood and killing, but the attitude of Atticus and the antics of Oberon (his dog) keep the violence light-hearted. The best part of the book is definitely Oberon. His doggy perspective and humor will crack you up every time he appears.
NARRATION - Love the narrator. He should win an award for "Best Dog Voice." Seriously! Every time Oberon speaks, I can totally picture a wolfhound bounding along, talking to his master with his tail wagging. The narrator does a good job with multiple foreign accents as well.
OVERALL - This would be your typical good-versus-evil story with supernatural characters, but its clever storytelling and great narration make it special. I recommend for everyone (except children because of some questionable language). The story concludes well, so the book can stand alone.
It probably makes sense that a 2000 year old demi-god would be difficult to relate to, but I never found myself rooting for him.
Genre no, series yes
Extremely well done, hate to give the book a bad review since it might reflect badly on the reader.
Oberon. How can you go wrong with a wolfhound as one of your main characters? Especially when he gets invested in a different historical figure in each book?
As much as I enjoy these books for being set in my hometown, and wish to support the local author, the books seem to convey a lesson that women are all evil and dangerous. Every female character we come across (with one exception so far, and I have not yet read Tricked, though I have a really bad feeling) is untrustworthy, manipulative, looking to further her own agenda by illicit means. Too bad.
I picked this one up for a car trip because I wanted something that could be started and finished by the time I returned home and this was the perfect length. I also enjoyed the short lived Dresden files TV series and was looking forward to experiencing some more urban fantasy.
This book exposes the listener to beings from many mythologies and they come with some complicated and unfamiliar names. This would have been fine if I was reading the book and was able to see how the names were spelled but as a listener I found it hard to keep it all straight especially with a gap in my listening in the middle of the book. I love listening to books with tons of characters but I think it was hearing all these names without ever seeing them that muddied the waters a little for me. A lot of these characters are introduced with little depth to them and it takes the whole "powerful beings secretly living among us" concept way too far.
On the positive side, as mentioned by almost every other reviewer, Oberon (the dog) is laugh-out-loud funny. Luke Daniels does an excellent job on the voices, especially Oberon, and he definitely made the experience more enjoyable.
I think this book has received the high ratings that it has simple because of the dog. If you want a short listening experience that will make you laugh a number of times go ahead and pick this one up, but if you look past Oberon the rest is mediocre. If you are into various mythologies that will be a plus and your enjoyment of this book will likely go up.
This is probably the most engaging new series I have picked up in a long time. Several times I've caught myself laughing out loud while driving or walking down the sidewalk, which earns me quite a few odd looks, but well worth it!
My favorite character is Oberon. His outlook on every situation, not to mention his fascination with French Poodles and tendency to fixate on historical figures, makes him a great counterpoint to all the drama going on around him.
His rendition of the characters is fantastic -- I can see them just by the way he portrays their voices.
The main character, Atticus O’Sullivan, is someone I wish that I was friends with. Very funny, wry and wise. Also, the author does a great job of blending many traditions of folk lore into an engaging contemporary story. This series is great and this first book is the best of the bunch.