This is my second favorite adventure/magical/humor book that I've listened to this year, second only to Christopher Moore's "Lamb" (only because Lamb made me laugh AND cry).
Once the story starts, the action jumps out at you and never really slows down. You get just enough of a breather to appreciate the virtues of a fine glass of Irish whiskey or sitting on a rocking chair with a friendly neighbor before the next Hell-acious calamity is breaking down or melting the door. The pacing was great, and the narrator kept me right at the edge of my seat the whole time. On the flip side of the action was the humor that kept just the right edge of sarcasm and wit without being corny or over the top.
I won't say that I have a favorite scene, however, I will say that Oberon is definitely my favorite character. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that as a confirmed cat person, Oberon won my heart and made me wish I had an Irish Wolfhound too.
There were lots of "catch your breath" moments and just as many chuckles. This isn't your touchy-feely romance novel disguised as a mystical adventure. This is a pure hold-onto-your-girdle magiky, fun, romp in the burning desert. I finished listening to the novel today, and I've already downloaded book 2 to start tomorrow. If #2 is half as good as #1, then I will be a happy little commuter for another week.
I enjoy, epic and modern fantasy, science fiction, business, historical mystery, and technology books. Fav. series: Game of Thrones, Vampire Earth, Dresden, Iron Druid, Falco mysteries, Chris Anderson titles, Peaceful Warrior, and the Way of Kings (and more, of course;)
Well-rounded, engaging characters with a unique concept. The individual stories are strong with a steadily building story arc throughout the series. Lots of fun moments & excellent narration with a range of characters (men, women, gods, monsters, and a dog!)
Who wouldn't want to read about a world in which everybody thinks Thor is a jerk!
Funny, entertaining, Depth
It is a different approach, refreshing. my wife and I laughed a lot but the story has a surprising amount of depth as well.
I can't even begin to say hot great this book was. Not only was the story entertaining and well thought out, but the conversations were hilarious. The characters were good, the villains sufficiently evil.
My only caution to those who are just starting out, learn some things about druids and mythology before you start or some of the characters won't make much sense to you.
My only complaint is that this book would have been nice to be much longer.
I wouldn't say the audio edition is superior to the written version. It certainly helps to hear all the old Gaelic pronounced out loud, and Luke Daniels is a great performer who manages to give each character a different tone, but the written version is just an overall great book. But it's most definitely the equal of the written book.
Most people will probably say Oberon was their favorite, but some of his scenes got very grating after a while. My favorite was probably Hal. The image of a long suffering werewolf lawyer who is doing what he can with what he's got is just too great for words.
The final battle. Awesome.
I laughed a lot at parts of this book. Some of the lines in it match anything I've ever read in a book.
I like mysteries, suspense and thrillers. Occasionally I will listen to some scifi or fantasy.
I really liked the main character but I didn't like that there were so many characters.
There were too many characters for me and the storyline got a little complicated. Typical for the first in a series, I haven't decided if I will continue with the series yet.
Yes, pretty well, kinda of a surfer boy type vocal, I find it relaxing and enjoyable.
I originally bought this book because of the setting of Tempe Arizona, I'm from there and thought it would be fun to be able to truly visualize the surroundings. The writer described it well and I enjoyed that aspect.
Definitly going to follow the story. Might even have to read up on the mythologies and gods again.
Since I listen to the books when I walk, I probably could have walked quite a while longer than normal. Yes, I would have loved to listen to it all in one go and I can see this becoming a re-listen and favorit.
Very entertaining story. Lots of history and humor. I will listen to the whole series. The narrator did a lovely job .
Loved the narration of this story. Very entertaining, with a modern twist on some ancient lore.
Really enjoyed the dialogue between the main character and his pooch. Good stuff.
Hillarious, Geeky, Fun
I don't think I can compare this book with many out there. It's like porn for geeks.
Haven't listened, but want to.
Yes, and I almost did.
Read this book.. and ALL of the rest. It's worth it.