No. I like the audible version as I can listen on my way to uni.
Just as much fun as the first book. A lot of folks seem to be bothered by the sexism in this series, but oddly...I'm not really. I think I forgive a lot if an author can make me laugh, and honestly, I find him no more sexist than any of the female writers of urban/paranormal fantasies I have read in the past. I also find Hearne's sex scenes sooooooo much less disturbing. Thank you for not including all the nasty minute details, Hearne! Anyway, I am looking forward to the next book, and to meeting Thor and finding out why the heck everybody hates him so much!
I originally purchased this series after reading opinions that "if you like The Dresden Files books, you'll like these"... I agree and disagree simultaneously with that opinion though, mainly because of the difference of the writing style of different authors I suppose..
These are good audiobooks.. Don't get me wrong... There are interesting characters (what you know about them at least), the narrator does a good job, and the world created by the author is full of some interesting people/creatures/gods/etc.
HOWEVER, after the first hour of listening to the first book, I almost felt like I was listening to the 2nd book of the series, and that I had missed all of the character development that would happen on the first book of a series..
I guess I would liken it to going to a party full of strangers where your date knows everybody and is walking around laughing at inside jokes and secrets, and you are just standing around stumbling into conversations trying to learn names and how she knows everyone... BY YOURSELF.
I just felt thrown into the world abruptly and left to figure things out on my own instead of being introduced to it and guided into their lives.. The character development just didn't exist.
Just don't expect Jim Butcher's style and James Marsters' narration on these like The Dresden Files series... In comparison, there really isn't one in my opinion..
HOWEVER (again), these books will stand on their own just fine.. I suppose my love for Dresden Files books made my expectation of this series a bit out of reach.
All in all though, good series, w/ good narration... Just lacking in character development in my opinion..
The narrator does the voices well. The voice for Oberon the dog is great. That is how I think a dog would sound. The voice of coyote was over the top, but I think that trickster coyote would be like that.
Oberon he is a good companion for the druid.
I do not think that the voices I would chose when reading the book would be different. Mr. Daniels has done a great job with the voices. The voices are more then I thought they would be.
Myths brought to life.
I would recommend this audio book to a friend. The narrator, Luke Daniels is great. He really brings the story alive by auditorily making each character distinctly different, and by the feeling he puts into the reading. Kevin Hearne's writing style keeps you wanting to listen to more. I enjoyed his sense of humor, the plot fo the story and the way he keeps things moving at just the right pace.
One of the things that I enjoyed throughout the book was the main character's relationships with his dog, the widow down the street and his apprentence.
Luke Daniels is a master at using his vocal to bring each character alive. You relate to the character in a way that you may not if you read the story yourself.
As I finished this story I could hardly wait to begin the next book so I could see what was going to happen with the characters. Keving Hearne and Luke Daniels is a winning combination.
I am very glad that I tried out this series. I have now "read" the first 4 books (currently all that are available) of the series and enjoyed every one. In my opinion each book has been better than the previous book, perhaps as I relate to the characters better. Each book is Druid vs. some primary antagonist from fantasy, mythology lore or religion plus secondary stories. This book is Druid vs. witches. I really like Hearne's take the power balance between the various beings and their strengths and weaknesses. Our druid, Atticus, hates witches because it is so easy to fall prey to them if one is not very careful. He reluctantly fights them with the help of his allies, primarily a vampire, werewolves, some "good witches" and a goddess. In this universe, none of the fantasy characters have made themselves public knowledge, so some of the suspense comes from the need to battle in secret.
There is a fair amount of comedy thrown into the story, especially during the mental conversations Atticus has with his dog.
The narrator is excellent and very good at identifying the speaker through accent or tone.
I would start at the beginning of the series and look forward to the rest.
Yes, Once again the reading of this book was outstanding. It kept me listening and not wanting to stop
all of the different ascents
Life from a hounds perceptive
I'm listening to the third one now and don't want it to end
Luke Daniels does and excellent job of bringing the various characters to life, various being the key word - everything from a druid, vampires, werewolves, witches, police detectives, to an Irish wolfhound. I always knew who was speaking. He also does a great job of pronouncing all the various druidic and Norse names and places.
The diverse characters and the author's knowledge of the mythologies.
Dynamic storyline which was easy to follow yet has a complex plot with twists.
Fight scenes, witty comments, pop-culture refrences.
Consistent voice, really lures you into the story and keeps you engaged. Never gives off the vibe of being monotone or boring.
Comedy, Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Everything.