Listener of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Intrigue (not romance), Historical Fiction and very eclectic in her literary wanderings.
Story is more of an Young Adult fiction but wouldn't be called that because of the sex and descriptions. It's fun, light and full of action. You as the listener feel a bit pummeled as the character. I heard myself saying, "Another attack?" :) The gods act like gods and the people act like people. The story progresses from the first chapter and is fun to follow.
Loved the use of myths from many cultures and how they interacted with each other.
In characterization, very similar to Dresden Files by Jim Butcher and that was part of the appeal for me.
Added bonus for me was the setting, Tempe, Arizona. Since I live in Phoenix, I know the area very well and it's obvious the author lives nearby. If you were to visit, using the book as your guide, you could navigate the college town pretty well! Though if you're looking for celtic gods, you might want to visit Ireland instead.
I know a lot of listeners are obsessed with male readers being able to sound like females for character voices- Luke Daniels doesn't fool your ears but gets the voice the same every time, so for me it was pleasant to listen to. I love the dog the most!
I've really enjoyed this entire series of books so far. The universe mr. Hearne has built up is fantasticly entertaining, and seems really well-researched. That said I can only vouch for the Norse mythology, but that seemed spot on.
The only reason the performance is 4-star instead of 5-star is my personal preference towards the sidekick's voice, it just doesn't float well by me.
The narration is like listening to a lesson from your average high school teacher; if you struggled to stay awake in class, you'll face the same obstacle in listening to this audiobook. The writing is okay, but there are sections where you see where the writer is focusing hard on inserting alliteration and so it doesn't seem organic and is distracting. The book itself inevitably draws comparison with the Harry Dresden series--and falls short in such comparison.
I am a big urban fantasy fan and I thought I had found all the best stories in the genre. Surprise! The story is very engaging and the main character is very likable. I loved the narrator.
I'm an RN who loves listening to books on my commute in the D.C. area, not too mention at other times if they are really good! There is nothing like a really good book!
When I started listening to the story I wasn't hooked initially. I'm not sure why exactly. Perhaps it is the way the characters are developed... not sure. However, as time went on, I really began to love listening to the story. The narrator does a fabulous job with the accents of various characters, and with Oberon's voice especially. Without this type of narration, I think the story would be good, but definitely missing something important. I think he is able to bring the essence of the author's intent for his story... and now I have bought all three of the audiobooks, and have finished two thus far. I am looking forward to number three!
I listen to a lot of audio books and have found this series (am currently finishing up the third book) to be highly entertaining. The writing is both precise and 'compact' in that there are not a lot of wasted words - every sentence is descriptive and moves the story forward. The main character is interesting, intelligent, witty and very current. Plus, Oberon (his dog) is my new favorite literary character!
I highly recommend all three (if you like this sort of genre).
It's way too short.
What a great book, fast, funny, witty with lots and lots of action.
Loved it, already downloaded the other 2 in the series.
Loved this story! The narrator does fabulously, I don't know how he didn't crack up when he was trying to get through some of the wonderfully witty scenes between Atticus and Oberon, and Atticus and his Irish neighbor lady. Despite the cover art (which looks typical of the recent rash of "romance disguised as supernatural science fiction" books), this is a smart and funny book, lots of world building, and the dialogue shines. Look forward to the next two books.
Loved this one about a modern day druid with a cool dog and attorneys who are a werewolf and a vampire! Can't wait to hear the others in this series.