I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
I'm not opposed to fantasy and I'm not opposed to light reading. Sometimes you want a fun, distracting book that doesn't ask too much of you. That wasn't my problem with Hounded. My problem was that the author created a world, but no story to go along with it.
This is a tale of a 2,000 year old druid living in Arizona. He can communicate with his dog, he has gods over as house guests, he's constantly fighting with witches and a god of death is really on his case. Overall, it seems like he has a lot going on. So when an old enemy from another reality decides it's time to die, you'd think there would be some real action happening.
That's where you'd be wrong. See, this book is ALL about creating the atmosphere and explaining, explaining, explaining the details that we already understand. No one told him that you don't have to convince us to believe in the supernatural when writing a fantasy book. But he goes ahead and does it anyway. In the meantime, nothing is happening. I mean nothing. Sure, once an hour there might be a new plot point, but in the end, this has a short story's worth of plot and its dragged out for 8 hours. The characters are okay, the world is fun and once in a while there's a good joke. But this cannot hold your attention.
Keep an eye on the author, and don't dismiss this narrator. The first has potential and the second is just waiting for material worth his ability. Don't hold this book against either, but don't buy it either.
I never thought you could cram so much paranormal into one book and still have it worth reading. Hounded is a smorgasbord of paranormal. There are witches, werewolves, vampires, faeries, demons, shape shifters, gods, goddesses, and I have a feeling there will be even more thrown in the upcoming books in the series. On top of that, the main character is an ancient Celtic druid and, despite his grand old age, looks like he’s a wee 21 year old. He also lives in Arizona. Rather than being overly paranormal and ridiculous, Hounded is perfectly balanced with humor, action, lore, and romance.
Basically, Atticus, the main character, is a bad ass who tries to live out his humble druid existent blending in with modern society. You see, ever since the battle several centuries ago, he’s had this magical sword, Fragarach, that supposedly belonged to a god. Well, that god has been hunting Atticus ever since, and not in a very nice way either. Atticus ends up fighting off faeries, furbolgs, and daemons. On top of that, some other gods have decided to pay him a visit as well. Some morbidly terrifying, some violent, and some a little more playful. Atticus calls on his vampire and werewolf friends, who are also his lawyers, for help. Some witches join the fight too. He’s a pretty popular guy if you can’t tell. All of these visits lead Atticus to believe that something troubling is going on in the world of the gods.
Combine all that with witty references to Star Wars and countless other science fiction movies and books, and Hounded is every urban fantasy fan’s dream. Author Kevin Hearne delivers such a fun, fast read that it is sure to have readers of all types loving this book. I could tell this was the first book in the series because there was so much character development but it was still good.
If you are looking for a great road trip book, look no further. My husband and I really enjoyed listening to Hounded on a 10 hour road trip. The audiobook’s length was just right. The narration was also well done. Luke Daniels performed great voices for all of the main characters and the book’s many other bizarre creatures.
Overall, Hounded is a fun read, or listen. I highly recommend it!
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
Stopped, restarted, stopped again --- after a few couple of weeks --- started again! And this time decided to try “POR” --- Press On Regardless! I failed!
Just could NOT get into his “seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys” & the “goddess bartender” no matter how hard that I tried! I’m sure others enjoyed the book…!
But “PRO” does not always work!
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
What a surprise! This book is much funnier, much more mature, and much better written than I had anticipated. The cover makes it look like a young adult title (it is not) and made me think of those series books where one young stereotypical man battles the world with a chip in his shoulder. This is definitely not the case.
The story has many laugh-out-loud moments (particularly concerning Oberon the dog) but ultimately is not a humorous novel - it's a (almost) man versus evil with a pantheon of gods around. Very cool concept, very well written, and contained very believable and consistent characters. I am starting the next in the series right now, though I can't see how it can be as good as this one was!
The narration was superb.
avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
This book was great. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Atticus and Oberon. The whole thing was action-packed and full of bitingly witty banter between characters. Definitely worth my time.
When I started listening to the story, I felt like I started in the middle of the book. The storyline was confusing and so were the characters. I couldn't grasp the names of the antagonists perhaps because I'm not familiar with Celtic Mythology, Celtic lore or Celtic gods & goddesses so it was hard to follow the story and the pronunciations of their names. I felt that the narrator was wrong for the main character's voice. It sounded like he had a stuffy nose whenever he read and I felt that he didn't know when to pause or when the sentences had periods because it felt like one run on sentence after another. Plus he was reading too fast for me to follow.
I felt he was just reading the words not like James Marsters( voice of Harry Dresden ) who could do voice acting and put nuances and depth to the characters voices. I mention this because there is a parallel to Jim Butcher's storyline because both storyline have the fae as adversaries and both characters have friends in werewolves and vampires, both have apprentices and both have dogs for pets, although Harry's dog can't talk to him telepathically they still could understand each other, but here's where they differ in their characters attitudes and about their lot in life. whereas dresden's character is full of angst and guilt and self-doubt, indecision and wrong decisions plus despite the fact that he's got his own business,he's poor as a church mouse, Atticus is the exact opposite, he's got self-worth and self-confidence and have a healthy self-esteem, plus he's well-off because of his business and he doesn't carry baggage like Harry does which is what drew me to the iron druid's story. even though I didn't really like the narrator's voice, I grew to tune out the stuffy nose sound and just listened to the story itself, once I got used to the name pronunciations and the storyline, I finally got into the book during the last three chapters before the ending.
I'll be listening to the next book to see if I still like this series.
I would say that listening to this book was time that could have been better spent on another story. Hounded was, for me, the equivalent of walking into the living room and watching whatever happened to be on TV at the moment. I probably should have changed the channel to something better, but decided to just keep watching until it was over. As good as the reviews for this series are, I expected to like Atticus and the world of gods-made-real much more than I did. I was disappointed to find the whole thing so hard to like.
Clearly this is just the first book in a series, so the ending is not really an ending at all. You know there will be more, so the climax is somewhat diminished. Ultimately, I never felt much investment in Atticus and his troubles with the gods, so the ending was as unaffecting as the rest of the story.
Daniels gives a clear, articulate performance, and I wasn't bothered by his narration at all. But it's also very blasé. He affects a half-hearted, monotonous pacing for Atticus, which makes the protagonist seem very uninteresting. Daniels' range isn't broad, so female characters sound alike and the male characters are mostly indistinguishable. Only Oberon has a truly distinct characterization, and that's due as much to the dialogue as to the reading. Perhaps the most obvious shortcoming is that Atticus is a Celtic Druid -- he's Irish. And his dialogue is clearly written with an Irish lilt. But Daniels gives him a dry, midwestern American voice, which robs the story of some of its most interesting linguistic flavor. If I could change anything about the performance, it would be to inject more energy and life into the characters. Maybe it's just me, but the whole performance felt like it was on auto-pilot ... just cruising along at a constant, uninspiring pace.
The Iron Druid Chronicles actually reads very much like a TV series in the Buffy/Angel/Smallville vein. With a good adaptation, it could definitely make for good episodic television.
You'll find me chattering and chasing shiny things.
This book (and the series in general) remind me of a good beer. It's unlikely to change your life, but an enjoyable way to spend some time away from your everyday.
What really *makes* this book though (aside from the interactions between Atticus and Oberon) is Luke Daniels' narration. Does passable accents, smooth reader and characterization of the Widow McDunnah and voice for Oberon is flat out fun. Takes the book from a drinkable Corona to a flavorful microbrew..
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.