Genre fiction, trashy to literary--mystery, action, sci fi, fantasy, and, yes, even romance. Also history. Listener reviews help a lot!
Yes, this book absolutely lives up to every one of the great reviews it has received. Yes, it is full of humor, adventure, fights, love, friendship, and great characters (and--bonus round-- if you want Google many of the characters' names you'll get a good, fun upgrade to your mythology trivia skills). Yes, the writing is fresh, clever, unique, and pulls you in from page 1. Yes, Kevin Hearne is a really good writer and Luke Daniels is the perfect narrator. And, no, this is not just another grind-'em-out entry in the paranormal sweepstakes that has saturated the publishing world to the point of boredom. Get it, listen, and enjoy!
I was very pleasantly surprised with this book. The story was engaging and the characters very different and fun. Urban fantasy is my favorite genre and this author is a great addition to my library. Anxiously awaiting the next two in the series, due out this summer according to Amazon. Oh yes, I really enjoyed the narrator too, his voice was perfect for the lead character.
I'm an inventor and author, living in Seattle; an old man, living a full life with Kathy, my first and only wife.
Very like the Dresden Files, but much more fun. Dresden fans will like this a bunch.
This is one of those series that you just can't stop listening too. I plowed through all of them and I just finished Staked and now I am re-listening to them again. Luke Daniels is Amazeballs!! Love the accents and different characters voices. Other audiobook narrators have a new standard to reach for.
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Two books is usually my average for becoming hooked on a series so the fact that Kevin Hearne did it in one is definitely impressive. I absolutely loved everything about Hounded; from the male POV, to the phenomenal narrator, to Oberon, the wise cracking Irish wolfhound. The story is a nice blend of old Celtic mythology and modern adventure which proves to be an incredibly addictive combination.
I always enjoy reading Urban Fantasy novels written by male authors; they are few and far between so I find it refreshing when I get to experience a story that’s told from the opposite sex’s perspective. Hearne does a fabulous job of developing Atticus’ character. I loved the contrasts between his ancient druid past and his 21 year old occult shop owner reality. New and old comes together seamlessly to create a very unique world that’s overflowing with Celtic gods, fascinating mythology and epic battles. I thoroughly enjoyed Hearne’s keen sense of humour and there’s a nice sprinkling of fun pop culture references as well.
I don’t think Brilliance Audio could have picked a better narrator than Luke Daniels for this series. I loved his reading of Atticus’ POV and thought that he really succeeded in capturing the essence of The Iron Druid Chronicles. I especially adored the dialogues between O’Sullivan and his Irish wolfhound, Oberon; Daniels really brings Hearne’s characters to life and delivers more than a few laugh-out-loud moments. The only thing that frustrated me about his narration was his ability to effortlessly pronounce mouthfuls like “Tuatha Dé Danann” but butcher household names such as Roosevelt.
The plot is complex and engaging thanks to its multifaceted Celtic mythology; there’s a stream of big bads that get progressively worse as the story unfolds. I enjoyed learning more about the various gods and goddesses and, found it hilarious every time one of them hit on Atticus. This lowly druid sure does get around! There’s definitely more action than sex in this tale but there’s enough of the latter to help make things extra interesting. I’m not sure if Hearne will be able to top this stellar first installment but I’m definitely sticking around to find out.
Hounded was love at first listen! I highly recommend this audiobook; it should be at the top of everyone’s must-read list.
It probably makes sense that a 2000 year old demi-god would be difficult to relate to, but I never found myself rooting for him.
Genre no, series yes
Extremely well done, hate to give the book a bad review since it might reflect badly on the reader.
I picked this one up for a car trip because I wanted something that could be started and finished by the time I returned home and this was the perfect length. I also enjoyed the short lived Dresden files TV series and was looking forward to experiencing some more urban fantasy.
This book exposes the listener to beings from many mythologies and they come with some complicated and unfamiliar names. This would have been fine if I was reading the book and was able to see how the names were spelled but as a listener I found it hard to keep it all straight especially with a gap in my listening in the middle of the book. I love listening to books with tons of characters but I think it was hearing all these names without ever seeing them that muddied the waters a little for me. A lot of these characters are introduced with little depth to them and it takes the whole "powerful beings secretly living among us" concept way too far.
On the positive side, as mentioned by almost every other reviewer, Oberon (the dog) is laugh-out-loud funny. Luke Daniels does an excellent job on the voices, especially Oberon, and he definitely made the experience more enjoyable.
I think this book has received the high ratings that it has simple because of the dog. If you want a short listening experience that will make you laugh a number of times go ahead and pick this one up, but if you look past Oberon the rest is mediocre. If you are into various mythologies that will be a plus and your enjoyment of this book will likely go up.
I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
I'm not opposed to fantasy and I'm not opposed to light reading. Sometimes you want a fun, distracting book that doesn't ask too much of you. That wasn't my problem with Hounded. My problem was that the author created a world, but no story to go along with it.
This is a tale of a 2,000 year old druid living in Arizona. He can communicate with his dog, he has gods over as house guests, he's constantly fighting with witches and a god of death is really on his case. Overall, it seems like he has a lot going on. So when an old enemy from another reality decides it's time to die, you'd think there would be some real action happening.
That's where you'd be wrong. See, this book is ALL about creating the atmosphere and explaining, explaining, explaining the details that we already understand. No one told him that you don't have to convince us to believe in the supernatural when writing a fantasy book. But he goes ahead and does it anyway. In the meantime, nothing is happening. I mean nothing. Sure, once an hour there might be a new plot point, but in the end, this has a short story's worth of plot and its dragged out for 8 hours. The characters are okay, the world is fun and once in a while there's a good joke. But this cannot hold your attention.
Keep an eye on the author, and don't dismiss this narrator. The first has potential and the second is just waiting for material worth his ability. Don't hold this book against either, but don't buy it either.
I never thought you could cram so much paranormal into one book and still have it worth reading. Hounded is a smorgasbord of paranormal. There are witches, werewolves, vampires, faeries, demons, shape shifters, gods, goddesses, and I have a feeling there will be even more thrown in the upcoming books in the series. On top of that, the main character is an ancient Celtic druid and, despite his grand old age, looks like he’s a wee 21 year old. He also lives in Arizona. Rather than being overly paranormal and ridiculous, Hounded is perfectly balanced with humor, action, lore, and romance.
Basically, Atticus, the main character, is a bad ass who tries to live out his humble druid existent blending in with modern society. You see, ever since the battle several centuries ago, he’s had this magical sword, Fragarach, that supposedly belonged to a god. Well, that god has been hunting Atticus ever since, and not in a very nice way either. Atticus ends up fighting off faeries, furbolgs, and daemons. On top of that, some other gods have decided to pay him a visit as well. Some morbidly terrifying, some violent, and some a little more playful. Atticus calls on his vampire and werewolf friends, who are also his lawyers, for help. Some witches join the fight too. He’s a pretty popular guy if you can’t tell. All of these visits lead Atticus to believe that something troubling is going on in the world of the gods.
Combine all that with witty references to Star Wars and countless other science fiction movies and books, and Hounded is every urban fantasy fan’s dream. Author Kevin Hearne delivers such a fun, fast read that it is sure to have readers of all types loving this book. I could tell this was the first book in the series because there was so much character development but it was still good.
If you are looking for a great road trip book, look no further. My husband and I really enjoyed listening to Hounded on a 10 hour road trip. The audiobook’s length was just right. The narration was also well done. Luke Daniels performed great voices for all of the main characters and the book’s many other bizarre creatures.
Overall, Hounded is a fun read, or listen. I highly recommend it!
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
Stopped, restarted, stopped again --- after a few couple of weeks --- started again! And this time decided to try “POR” --- Press On Regardless! I failed!
Just could NOT get into his “seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys” & the “goddess bartender” no matter how hard that I tried! I’m sure others enjoyed the book…!
But “PRO” does not always work!