I'm an avid reader who loves having my hands free to work or engage in other projects.
I have to admit that I was initially very interested in the concept of the series, being a fan of the Harry Dresden books, by Jim Butcher. However, shortly into the first book, I found myself getting a bit annoyed, and by the end of the third book, I felt like kind of cheated.
There are a great many things that I want to address here, but I will keep this short and bitter-sweet. I feel like the first book in the series sets things up pretty well, but I feel like everything was far too easy.
Atticus O'Sullivan, a twenty-one-hundred years young druid, seems to have a very easy manner with the modern world, while his lawyer, a vampire half his age, struggles with the simplest of colloquialisms. I didn't get a sense that anything was hard won for our protagonist.
Many of the characters, while interesting, bounce in and out of scenes so quickly, that they tend to feel superficial. I felt that I was given too little time to get to know them, and I was not able to really develop much of a connection to them.
Thanks to the voice talents of Luke Daniels, Atticus' faithful hound Oberon is one exception to this, but I am still trying to justify Oberon's grasp of the english language.
With such a rich history of Celtic mythology to play with, I expected there would be a little more mystery to the magic. It seemed that power and longevity were too easily obtained, and thus seemed trivial. And, magic was used far too readily in front of mortals, like the police, and just as conveniently dismissed.
It seemed that no matter how grievous the battle, that Atticus never seemed to be in fear for his life, or the lives of his mortal friends. Although, it is a simple thing to give him very few mortal friends to deal with, and give them something to do, so they will be out of town during times of trouble.
Atticus seemed to be far too cavalier with his mortality, even though he was able to set up a deal with the Morrigan, that is frankly, far too easily given, and too good to be true.
I will say that although the book is enjoyable, it is kind of hard to figure out who the target audience is. Sex, is presented in a moderated fashion, but violence is graphically described.
I find myself wanting the author to step back and take a look at how he is presenting magic and mythology, and how he represents the passage of time between books. There is a more happening in the first three books, representing just a few months time, and it just feels poorly paced.
There are a few good chuckles and bad puns, and a couple of touching parts, but I found the issues I had with the story, tended to pull me out of it and distracted me from enjoying it more.
this book has so much that is unexpected that it is a must read for anyone who enjoys a bit of mythic fantasy. Great reader brought out the characters with good humor. Protagonist is a likeable character who brings constant chuckles with his observations.
the humorous look at myth and fantasy
those relating to the dog/human communications- as well as the vampire & werewolf attorneys.
Meet the reluctant Ghostbuster
My son and I both enjoyed listening to this entertaining first book in the trilogy, which plays fast and free with cultural myths. Highly recommended.
I was very suprised. This is a book with all kinds of cursed creatures but it was funny and light and made for an excellent listen. Oberon is hallarious!! The narrator does a great job and really draws you into the story.
Liked the depth of the characters, and the humor that crept in even when the action was serious.
Hail Oberon! Everyone needs a 4 legged side kick to protect you and keep you from getting to serious about yourself. Oberon had me laughing like a loon on more than one occasion.
Absolutely! I usually listen to books during my 2 hours of daily commute, but found myself
I picked this book up on the $4.95
Hounded is a fantasy/fiction book, the type i've been reading since I was a kid, and you probably have been too. It is short, and I didn't expect much from it, so I was pleasantly surprised with its refreshing humor and laid back characters.
It begins differently than many books that I have read, coming in 21 centuries into the 'hero's' life. Atticus, our hero for the purpose of this book, is a well established adult after so many centuries. This is no coming of age tale, nor a personal identity crises and growth story. It is more as if the author has a whole life written out in his mind, and chose a random, but interesting, section of it to share in this book. Because of that, there aren't a whole lot of details or character development. You have no idea, for instance, what the 'bad guys' look like, or what their exact motivations are. You more just get to hang out with Atticus, and his (surprisingly funny) dog Oberon, for a week and watch things unfold from his perspective.I found that the lack of the villains character depth gave the book a lighthearted air, and not much of the seriousness commonly found in the fantasy/fiction genre. There is no fear of the world ending here, just the mild question of whether Atticus will survive the week.
In summary, it was brief, but enjoyable, and a somewhat refreshing change of pace for a worn out fan/fic reader.
Yes, I would definetly listen to Hounded again. The story was well written and I enjoyed the performance of the Luke Daniels.
All the pop culture references and the dog Oberon. What a wonderful character, extremely funny!
No, but I really enjoyed his reading
I've recommended this book to everyone I know. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this series has it all. I bought the next two books in the series before finishing the first one. When the last line of one book was spoken, I started the next one immediately. The performer is perfect in his presentation and reinactment of characters, each already so well developed by the author, disbelief is instantly suspended and we're drawn into the story hook, line, and sinker. Atticus, the Druid, and Oberon, his faithful (and telepathic) Irish Wolfhound, will be your friends forever. After all, it's not everyday you hear wolfhounds quote lines from "Star Trek" or tell Atticus in spooky situations this would be a good place for some Danny Elfman music. The humor in situations and conversation comes naturally, it's not forced, and that's why we find ourselves laughing out loud when we're alone in a room in the dead of night with only the sounds of Atticus and Oberon on another Kevin Hearne adventure.
Just a little bibliophile! ;)
I highly recommend this listen. The writing is excellent, with intelligent humor and many references to literature and mythology. The main character is completely charming, as he's witty and never treats anyone with undeserved disrespect, even when in battle for his life. A totally heartwarming relationship with his also-humorous hound is a big factor in his life, and they are a joy to "spend time" with. The narration by Luke Daniels is spot-on for the character and sounds just like you would imagine he does. He is also talented with the varied accents of supporting-cast characters. This story is a bargain at the price (I bet you'll listen more than once!) in fact worth paying cash for and saving your credit for another great story that's priced higher.