I have never listened to an audio book twice... until Hounded! It is undoubtedly the best narrator I have heard so far. This book made me truly laugh out loud while driving to work. It's got a fantastic storyline and I couldn't wait to get my ears on the next book in the series (Hexed). Definitely worth a listen!
I highly recommend this book and series! The characters jump off the pages for you! A face paced extremely entertaining story line combining so many different mythological beings that you can't put the story down!
Luke Daniels brought this story to life for me. LOVED his narration of this series! He enhanced an extremely well written story with his rendition!
Hounded (as well as Hexed and Hammered) were amazing books! A few months ago I put a few things in my wishlist, and when I finally went through it at least half of the books were narrated by Luke Daniels, and I'm glad for it. He's wonderful! Not only does he smoothly voice Atticus but he brings to life each of the main characters masterfully. The writing was keen, funny, had just enough details and action, and kept me coming for more (all three books worth!). I highly recommend this (and the other two) novels to anyone who like a bit of harder-campy-type fun with action and a bit of mythical adventure.
Amazing, funny, quick-witted writing in all aspects.
Leaf was the best, mainly because of the writing, but he does such a wonderful job (even) on a secondary character.
YES! Each book in the series too. I can't wait for more!
I don't delve into stories this deeply but it's hard to wait for more. Wonderful book.
Avid Biker - RAGBRAI rules
The book presumes too much by introducing fantastical elements that make it impossible to take seriously. Teenagers may like it but it is not written for mature readers.
It just needs more gritty reality and less of the overly-fantastic.
I thoroughly enjoyed both the story, which was original and humourous, and the narration. The words and delivery of the thoughts of Oberon (the Irish wolfhound) had me chuckling in the middle of a crowded train! A definite keeper, and looking forward to the rest of the series.
I would say it ranks at about mid level.
The most interesting was by far the authors take on druidic mythology. The least interesting where the side stories that lead the protagonist to the final conclusion.
No I have not.
I dont think there could be any better name for it then Hounded, it just describes everything perfectly.
This is an easy listening story that does not involve a lot of thinking. The plot is by no means complicated but its not razor thin either. For those who have enjoyed stories like Urban Shaman or The Dresden Files this will be a great listen, although simplistic. I would like to add that in the second novel the writers talents greatly improved.
A simple girl that likes fantasy, mystery, and horror. She loves Doctor Who and The Southern Vampire series. A very open minded individual who can step past the boundaries of her favorites into new, unfamiliar waters. Also, she's willing to give any well-written book a chance. :)
I loved this! The premise sounded cool and when I listened to it... Well, it wasn't just cool. It kicked ass!
The main draw for me was the narrator. He had me going through many emotions and facial expressions as the story progressed. His emphasis on swear words are brilliantly done. Women aren't squeaky or breathy. Slight quibble with the Tamil (?) Accented character. Sounded like a dude, but forgivable. She was an old soul. Pun. ;)
The voice of Oberon (?) Always had me cracking up and was perfectly doggy! The narrator has a wonderful grasp of dialogue and turn of phrases. There's a one-liner he says at the end of one of the late chapters that I had listen to three times!
Notable mention has to also go to the narrator pronouncing words and names that sound difficult to pronounce once, let alone many times. He just make every sound so easy. Just rolls it off the tongue.
Now the story. It gets right into the plot and it's easy to follow. There aren't many deviations from the main story and some back-story of the world's history are in appropriate places. There's a lot of action and I also enjoy the mythology of druids and their powers. It's a solid story. But I feel like I ended up liking the character interactions more than the main story. Not by much, the every time Atticus and the Widow are speaking I grin. They have great moments together amid the chaos going on in the story.
The action scenes will have you listening with baited breath. It's feels less like book and more like Atticus relating what happened during battle. Some times during this time Oberon keeps a amusing commentary.
Slight quibbles are Oberon's extensive pop culture knowledge. I feel like I'm being hit over the head with three music and movie channels nearly every time he speaks. But there's a reason for it in the story and I can't really blame the poor thing for relating everything to TV. There are also some things you have suspend belief for, especially regarding people not smelling or seeing things Atticus has cloaked. Also, I started to tire of how much Atticus's age and youthfulness was mentioned. Though his often wise and older-beyond-years insight balanced this out a bit.
Overall, kick ass narrator, great story, and funny dog! Well worth the money/credit. I look forward to the rest of the series.
Our hero, Atticus, doesn't have a shred of Harry Dresden's personality or complexity, and all of the other characters are likewise paper thin, completely undeveloped. The character of Oberon, the dog, is idiotic.
The story also lacks the, oh, intellectual depth of a Dresden story, which often wrestles with the ideas of right and wrong. Atticus seems relatively amoral, and demonstrates an indifference to the implied deaths of two humans at the hands of an immortal towards the beginning of the story. I almost stopped listening after that.
The story doesn't really build any suspense as it moves towards the climax, so there isn't much satisfaction afterwards, particularly since it's difficult to care much about Atticus or his stupid dog.
Yes I would recommend this to any friend, very entertaining
Great set of characters, set in a modern time with very ancient people
Don't hurt me if you can.
Great story , at the beginning I was concerned the reader was going to be a let down as the story evolved it went very smoothly and ended to quickly.
This is part one of an unusual fantasy series. Unlike my usual tastes in epic fiction (Song of Ice and Fire, Mistborn trilogy, etc), this series is contemporary and much shorter. The reader does a great job of pronouncing semi-unpronouncepable Celtic and Norse names, increasing my appreciation of legends from those areas.
The Iron Druid series features more humor and many contemporary references that may not allow it to age well, but make the books feel more as if a storyteller is relating the tale today. The characters are interesting and, in the case of Oberon, endearing. My only complaints are that the books are too short and the next books in the series aren't out yet.