The dialogue. It felt contrived, inconsistent, and unrealistic.
Perfect ending for the story. I smiled.
Lacking voiced plosives.
Not sure I'll continue to be honest. It was decent, entertaining, but it felt like a weak version of The Dresden Files with a squishy mish-mash of world religions. The cast of characters wasn't especially memorable, and their behaviors weren't distinct. However I love this kind of story, so there's always a chance I'll continue on.
It's not a bad story. It's possible that future volumes are pretty awesome, but I wasn't particularly taken by this. If you liked Dresden Files, I would warn you that it feels very similar, but lacks like character development, complexity, and depth. That being said, I wasn't totally bonkers over the first Dresden Files. It took me three books to get hooked. But this lacked the social awareness that I found so engaging in even the first Dresden Files.
Excellent, above average vocabulary by the author. Mythology sounds authentic. BUT..., the story almost comes across as a beer tale told from the end of the bar by a college kid. No real involvement, just a made-for-vicarious-living sort of story. Very similar to a James Bond sort of tale.... You are never really worried that the character will be in any real danger, etc. Again....not bad...but.... A LOT of details from today (music, tv, etc.) ...that will tend to date the story eventually. I got through the two stories that I picked up on sale...but I probably won't be going onwards... The dog is funny. A little forced but... Anyway. There are books that I just COULDN'T finish and these two weren't those sort. Just... eh. Make your own judgement....
This whole series has been a joy to listen to.
The story-line meshed the feeling of several of my favorite tv shows.
The interaction with the dog and the Druid give a light heart at less than light issues,
It has an interesting look at the supernatural world living just below the surface of the mundane one (which is one of my favorite flavors of book.
I am a fan of the Dresdan Files as well as Kim Harrison's Books... This first book was a great addition to that genre. If you are looking for a new series to start, this is a great selection.
The dog Oberon... Good bit of humor to balance the story...plus I figured that is exactly what my dog would be thinking.
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.
This is a great urban fantasy with a hero with a dry sense of humor and a hysterically funny dog. However, the narrator, while he does a decent job with accents, is not a good actor and does not have the depth of emotion in his voice.
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.