I'm 40 something female and like to escape into a book. I listen in the car and like a story that either business related or pure escapism.
Fun, Unexpected, mesmerising
The neighbour being willing to bury the dead guy.
Oberon, is a very amusing character.
Where legends come to life
I really enjoyed Hounded for a lot of reasons. It was light and fun with a lots of action, mythology, characters (some old some new) and plot twists without being overly complicated and dramatic and falling into the usual plot devices.
Atticus is a 2,000 year old Druid, who is really cute, who swaps from old vernacular into modern English in a blink. As I enjoy Shakespeare I liked a lot of the references he made to his verse and other classics. His world is made up of almost every paranormal and mythological world there is. Viking Vampires and werewolves, fae and gods, witches, demons and Death himself. But the favourite is Oberon, his familiar.... a huge Irish Wolf hound with some very good one liners and a very bizarre though train. Neither Atticus nor Oberon take themselves too seriously which gave this book a light feel and allowed you to breath and run barefoot with them wondering how they would get out of the next sticky situation but knowing they would. Atticus' interactions with his lawyers is superb..... well beyond the bounds of even the Lincoln Lawyer's relationships.
It has the Young Adult feel from the point of view that there is no graphic sex or violence on a par with Gail Carriger in some ways. There is enough to entertain you with the story line and learning the powers and personality traits of all the characters. I am still wondering who his stoic little old Irish lady neighbour really is.
My one and only peeve is I listened to this on audio, the narrator was great but why did Atticus have an American accent as he is Irish. I know he has travelled but should then end up sounding more like Christopher Lambert that Percy Jackson. My spleen... is now vented :)
Got to go and start Hexed now.... hope you enjoy Atticus at least as much as I did.
I am a hopeless bibliophile and audiobooks are perfect for me. I get to read and keep my hands free. Perfect for a busy mom/ nurse.
Very interesting look at what it would be like to be a long-lived, modern day Druid
And the day to day challenges
The dog was very funny. I didn't especially care for the voice the narrator gave him
Because his comments were wittier than the voice made them sound.
Definately would have given the dog a witty, paeudo-lecherous undertone, as befitting a good side kick
I chuckled in several spots. I enjoyed the Druids subtle ability to see the funny side of combining the ancient and modern day
The characters Mr. Hearne have in this story are unique and refreshing.
Oberon. Read the book and he'll be your favorite, too
The voice of Oberon and the tone of Atticus are spot on.
The last line.
Kevin Hearne writes a pretty entertaining story here with creative use of the ancient gods of many cultures. The interaction between the main character and his pet wolf hound is really funny. Oberon was my favorite character.
I have only two complaints: the performance - the narrator could not pronounce 90% of the foreign words in the book (and there were quite a few). It was very distracting. Otherwise his reading was fine, a little dull, but fine. My second issue was with the author's reliance on tired and hackneyed stoner jokes and trite description of the goddess Morrigan as looking like a Victoria's Secret model. Really? She is the Irish goddess of goddess of battle, strife, and fertility, I just cannot picture her as emaciated with fake breasts.
Overall, a good read but the author needs to work on making his character sound more like a 2,000 year old druid and less like the ASU frat boys he often pokes fun at.
I'm not sure if it was the narration or the characters but for me this was good story potential poorly executed. I won't go any farther into the series.
Fun Breezy Engaging
He did a great job bringing out the characters with this voice, both male and female.
The narrator did a great job of a believable druid. Ilistened to it twice just because the narrator was so good
I like druids. Enjoyable story that yo could pretty much guess what was going to happen next. Not for those who want to think and ponder, just a nice, delightful plot. Characters were very well described both in appearance and personality.
The main character is
As someone who has an amateur interest in Druidry and Celtic mythology, I wondered if I would be irked by the author's treatment of these subjects. No worries there, this book was great fun and the lighthearted nature put my original fears to rest. The narration is fantastic and had me laughing out loud multiple times. Definitely get this book in audio format instead of paperback. Luke Daniels brings it to life.