The reason I purchased this book was that it was compared to the Dresden Files by other reviews. This book is nothing like the Dresden Files. Hounded is a so-so story that starts off with potential, but quickly falls apart. The device the author uses to make his protagonist more witty/clever/capable/etcetera than everyone else is to completely dumb down every other character. It's to bad, I wanted to enjoy this book.
I need more ears!
I really love this series. It's fast, funny and fresh. Just what I needed. Oh, and it has a talking dog. You're going to LOVE the talking dog.
I listened to both Hounded and Hexed of the Iron Druid Chronicles. They were both action packed and at times very funny. I did agree with one of the characters who wondered how Atticus (the Druid) could have lived so long and attained so little maturity.(this is my interpretation, not an exact quote.)But he did remind me me of a 13 year old at times. I decided in a pinch he was able to muster up a great deal of wisdom and exceptionally good judgement and having not met any druids who can count their age in the thousands I think he basically came together as uniquely beliveable. Oberon, his dog was my favorite character. He was also the smartest.
The plot in this story has potential, but stays determinedly forgettable. The narrator could not sound LESS like a 2000 year old Irish druid if he tried - and when he does try it's just sad. His take on the women's voices was almost insulting to women, he made dogs sound like a cross between Scooby Do and Goofy. Save your money.
This was a fun listen, I look forward to the rest of the series. Excellent reader.
I would recommend this book.
I was into the book from the first sentence. It was fun, interesting, and has a great foundation for more books. I'm happy I have this book a shot.
I liked the narrator very much. Great voices, especially for Oberon.
when I was about 14 I fell out of reading really. this book however was able to.hold my attention from the start, have snappy yet not cheesy dioloug and gave just the right amount of lore and charter devolpment.
Story was awesome but mostly laid ground work through the book which was understandable ans enjoyed. highly recommended.
I haven't read a print version of the first book in the series. In general, the narration of the book is superb. Luke Daniels can voice many characters so differently that you forget it's a singular narrator (something that can reduce the enjoyability in the hands of a less-capable narrator) One thing that you miss in the audiobook is the spelling of the ancient celtic words, but I only noticed that when I read the 3rd book in the series.
The protagonist, Atticus (his modern name) is definitely a fascinating character with druidic powers that, in Hearne's universe, make a great deal of sense. He and the universe are strong enough that I've gone all in and am currently finishing up the 8th (and currently final) book. Oberon, the Irish Wolfhound, is a great sidekick/comic relief. I love Daniel's performance of Oberon.
Yes, Luke Daniels is The Man. I noticed that the performer of another favorite series (Off To Be the Wizard, by Scott Meyer) was the same, but the voices were different enough that it wasn't instant recognition. The Iron Druid series has more characters, and so I'm sure it's pushing his boundaries doing soooo many accents and characters. Here in book one, I enjoyed every voice, so I'd say this one he's at his best.
Yes, if I were to have that many hours available, this is one I would listen in one setting. I was captivated, listening to it even during gym workouts, even though I generally prefer music at the gym.
If you think you would enjoy a modern fantasy, in a world where magic might actually exist, you'll like this. It's clever writing by an author who clearly does his research and can craft an enjoyable story and universe. I would be tremendously happy to see this brought to life as a show or movie. (Are you listening, NetFlix, Amazon or HBO?)