Mr. Hearne has managed to combine humor, history, magic, and characters to care about in the Druid Chronicles. His books aim to entertain and he hits the mark. Each new entry is welcomed like a visit from an old friend. Mr. Daniels as narrator portrays the characters in just the right way, such that you could not imagine another voice telling the story. The Druid chronicles are not going to bring us world peace or end hunger, but they do guarantee a few hours of companionable entertainment, and that is definitely worth the investment.
The performance was great, the characters really came alive. The ancient mythologies crashing into the modern world is handled very well and very entertaining. I am fallowing the full series. For my tastes, the story is a bit hevy on the fighting and conflict, I would have enjoyed seeing more of the main characters at rest, learning, growing, succeeding, as well as learning more detail about druid knowledge.
The growth of the relationship between atticus and his apprentice
all of them are top notch but i am a dog person and really enjoy the parts where oberon is involved
too long but yes
hope this series keeps going for a long stretch
I really liked the way Luke Daniels performed this book. The way his voice changed and the way he changed the rhythm of his speech really made it feel like not only could I pretend there was more than one person I was listening too but I really felt like I understood the different characters in the book.
Some of the great action scenes, having been very well written, were read aloud in a way that gave the actions weight and the movement speed.
The opening scene was a perfect set piece that made me like the main character right away and set the tone for the book.
It was so good that if I hadn't started listening to this book during a school day I would have listened to it from end to end.
Loved it and will be picking up the next one!
I was audible before it was cool. Love to listen to books as I have no time to read these days. Love all genres - just about the story.
I actually would not compare any other book to Hounded as it quite original.
Oberon - if my dog could talk she would sound like that although not as poodle obsessed.
Even though a peaceful Druid spends 2000 years avoiding avoiding a fight, when they come between him and his dog. That's it heads will roll!
Atticus is an original character and all the blend of personalities in this book are awesome. The gods are full of human foibles, the immortals blend normal and supernatural and do it well and the communication between Atticus and Oberon is just endearing.
Yes, I've listened to it 3 times already. The narrator's performance is perfect for the book.
The voice for his conversations with his dog Oberon are very funny!
I think it's hard to know how funny the book is based on the cover art. It is not just a book about a warrior with a sword. It is a very smart and witty book.
Just Read Baby!
The writing was very good. Hearns shows an attention to detail and authentic feel about how people think, speak and react to things. The dialog was never boring and quite humorous. I liked the different characters...the Fae', talking dogs, werewolves, witches, police... a great mix. I read a lot of this genre and the book has such a different feel to it...very unique, not dark. Good narration!
Atticus is a great character, a complex character. He is very likeable and engaging but when you review some of the dialogue, he shows a very ruthless, cold, pragmatic side.
The climax was great, and I loved the dialogue with the Goddesses.
no clue what I would call it, but it would make a good movie.
You cannot say this is a "great" book, but it is very good and fun to read. I can't wait to get the next one.
This was recommended by a friend who has steered me to several books I have enjoyed, but I didn't like this one. The way this story is told, with the main character as narrator, there really can't be any suspense about outcome. He is a mostly bored and unimpressed by current events type of narrator by reason of his 2100+ years of existence. I found it hard to take interest in the fates of his friends either, even his best friend, the dog. I mostly just wanted the dog to shut up because of the way that character is voiced.
If the interest of the story is not whether the Iron Druid can survive, or how he does, which he is boredly yet exhaustively explaining after the fact, the interest might be his quest to discover/ unravel exactly what is going on. Mostly the other characters just stand there and tell him, leaving little space for mystery. It isn't suspense or mystery, so it might be action and comedy. There is plenty of fighting, blood and description of bodily injury, and there are some jokes. That might work on screen with a good soundtrack.
I would absolutely recommend these books. The dialog was very smart, very real. Either the author did his homework or he's great at making up history - either way, the detail was outstanding.
The obvious choice is The Dresden Files; they are both written in the first person perspective, they both are urban fantasies, they both stare a witty and sarcastic magic user, etc. But how they are different is important too. The tone of this book was lighter...more of a high urban fantasy where Dresden is a dark urban fantasy, if you will. I am sure many will call this book derivative but I wouldn't. There is enough freshness here to warrant reading them. The familiarity only increases their accessibility.
Great with voices. The engineer screwed up a some point because the recording changed drastically for about the halfway mark to the three quarters mark. It almost sounded like it was recorded in a different studio - but I suspect the mic levels were changed and not corrected until later. It doesn't affect you ability to listen/hear, it is just odd when the transition occurs.
I laughed a lot with this book. That surprised me.
Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories
The plot was fun and the details given about the author's take on druidism helped with the suspension of disbelief.
It rolled. There was always a draw onto the next scene, a what-happens-next??? feeling that made the listening time too short.
I probably wouldn't have heard Scooby-doo in the wolf hound's voice :)