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.
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.
There are interesting ideas a plenty throughout the story, but the situations and characters that present them are dull, predictable, and two dimensional. To write about such a grand setting, you need a grand imagination, and sadly I didn't find the immersive experience I was looking for in this book.
I'd never heard of this book or author and I am happy to say I'm glad I picked this book up! The story is easy to get into, the characters are great (Oberon is my fav) and the narrator did a really wonderful job! I'm looking forward to the next in the series! you will not waste a credit on this book!
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!
The Iron Druid will fall in my top 25.
This is my 1st Luke Daniel performance and he did an amazing job. From accents to voice changes all went beautifully with the story.
This was a fun story. i was a little disappointed with the iron druids cavilier attitude toward protecting us meer mortals and the commentary on religions in general was very "new age" and could be scary if someone was weak in their own beliefs. But all in all...great fun.
This book is excellent
The wolfhound. He was full of humor and didn't mind saying so
The voices were well fitted to the characters.
We got this book by accident(slip of the fingers) but enjoyed it so much we are going to get the rest of the series.