I listened to this book at work and I couldn't stop laughing! The entire book was a huge pleasure to listen to. I loved every minute of it and spent most of the workday pounding the keyboard and listening to this book. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series. Definately a great book to listen to!
The story line is not the most original (the literary world seems flooded with witches, wizards and vampires lately) but Kevin Hearne manages to write a novel which is both entertaining and interesting thanks to his references to many old and oft overlooked Gods and Goddesses. I know I'll be listening to this book again in the future.
Despite numerous interesting characters in this novel I have to be honest and say that my favourite is Oberon; I live with a Labrador named Finnegan and I swear that was his voice I heard in the character, especially the parts about the pooodles and sausages. The addition of Dog Logic in the story is unusual and very welcome.
Luke Daniels does a great job narrating the story and his interpretations of each character are distinct enough that the story line is easily followed and you don't find yourself replaying portions of the book trying to figure out who just said what. I don't think many other narators could have brought to life an old Irish widow, a wolf hound, a centuries old Druid and assorted werewolves, Gods & Goddesses as well as Luke Daniels has done it here.
I bought this book out of curiosity and after listening to it have already downloaded
I loved the story! I also loved the tiny bits of humor that were interjected to make me smile!
I stumbled onto this looking for something new. I literally logged on and bought the next two books in the series after finishing the first one and am already queuing for the fourth due in March 2012.
This series really has a little of everything. The characters are relatable and the momentum of the story just keeps flowing so well that I wanted to finish this in a single sitting. You don’t need to be a hard core fantasy fiction fan to enjoy this one.
Topped with a great sense of humour this series often had me laughing out loud.
I definitely haven't read anything like this before.
I am not sure. The performance is excellent! It’s just more convenient for me to just switch on and listen than find the time to properly settle down to read.
Auberon (the dog)'s chirps had me snickering a few times.
Thoroughly enjoyed it! Can’t wait for the next one. Definitely a new fan!
I Love reading books, My Job makes that difficult, so Audio Books have re-opened the Universe to my Soaring Imagination!
Kevin does an awesome Job, continuing the storyline, and Luke has totally captured the main characters. I highly recommend you read this series in Order.
If you like Irish / Scottish folk tales or better yet are into Druids, you will enjoy this book. At first it is wierd that the author includes many references to things a college age person of our current age would be into and say, but get past that and you will really enjoy this book. Don't expect a Morgan Llywellyn style reallistic approach to history. The author plays with the Celtic gods and they make very believeable villians and love interests for the main character. In addition there are werewolves, vampires and witches (oh my!), which of course are living amongst us, but we mere mortals just have no idea. The narrater does a good job of capturing each character's personality, especially the hound! By the end you will wish it was longer, even though at first listen it is a bit contrived. I plan to continue with the rest of the series, gotta see what happens next.
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.