This was an amazing story line with a witty main character, and terrific supporting characters. There are many such series with female mains, but few male, and this one hits it right on. Unlike some urban fantasy which tend to tote magic and end up with straight combat and only a one or two magical displays this is rife with combat and magic throughout.
The hound of the main character delivers some of the best one liners in this book, making the supporting characters just as engaging as the main.
The narrator puts just the emphasis and gives perfect sub tones to match the sarcastic flare of the main character.
Though the third in the series leaves a little hanging, the first and second books both end the plot line making the reader still interested in the characters and their future but not leaving you with the incomplete emptiness that some series books do.
I haven't read the print, but the narration is half of what made this book so great. I couldn't imagine the print being better.I couldn't even imagine another narrator being better, Luke Daniels makes these books come alive in a fun and creative way.
Besides the story being so good in itself, Kevin Hearne took a look at god, mythology, religion and the supernatural from what I consider to be a imaginative new perspective. I loved what he did with the historical mythology. And of course the relationship between Atticus and Oberon.
He brought so much energy to the book. He made the story his to tell. I loved the laughter, it seemed to real, especially when he was talking to Oberon. He really brought a mood setting while narrating. (If that makes sense). This are one of the best series I've ever listened to.
The tag line would be- STAY HOME AND LISTEN TO THE AUDIOBOOK- I hate books made into movies.
I highly reccommend this series.
A very clever book with great characters. Full of humor, including a few groan worthy puns. An entertaining read that might just give you some enlightenment in unexpected ways. One of my favorite characters is the wolf hound, Oberon. You will just have to listen to a book (he is in all of them) to appreciate him. All the characters are interesting and continue to develop through the series.
I would definately listen to another book by this author. I thought it was very inventive .
I loved the Druid but found all the characters were good. The Druid was a regular person with amazing abilities.
This is the first one
I loved the references to hospitatlity even to people that were trying to kill you.
Yes, I would read the whole series again and again. The story is so exciting and fun.
It's hard to choose. I love Oberon, but it's hard not to love him. I really like the main character. His personality and his magical abilities are well developed. The mythology in the book is great.
I can hardly wait for the next book in the series!
Off the wall
Plenty of pace
The Russian Thunder God
Yes, but it was too long to do that so I heard it in parts on drives.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt The narrator is amazing. I've come to learn the narrator is the one who makes or breaks it. I'm no longer following a book or a series...
I will look for THIS narrator. He is amazing, I'm pretty sure i'm in love with him. But as far as the story goes, It is a good one, but again Luke Daniels is why I fell in love and no, I am NOT an ugly ,fat woman looking to escape. I just admit his narration id outstanding.
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Bought for myself
Overall Rating 4.50
Audio Rating 4.50
Story Rating 4.75
Humor Rating 4.25
NOTE: Hammered is the 3rd book in the Iron Druid Chronicles. This is definitely the most emotional of the 3 books with the humor taking a slight back seat. I highly recommend the audio version as Luke Daniels does a great job with the narration.
What I Loved: Hammered is a hard story to review without giving away spoilers, which I refuse to do. Where Hounded and Hexed were very fun almost light reads, Hammered packed a wallop of an emotional punch. It is my favorite entry in this series. The introduction of some new characters and the journey of some of the old characters were so well done that I was on the edge waiting to see what is going to happen to next. My favorite part was learning about everyone's back stories through their own words. The camp fire bro-bonding was just by far the best emotional storytelling that Kevin Hearne has written. That being said, Jesus probably had my favorite moment in the book!
What I Liked: I really like how Kevin Hearne is able to balance humor and emotional wallops in Hammered. Plus, I know I have said this before but could he have gotten a better narrarator for the audio book than Luke Daniels? I think not! He really did manage to pull off all the many voices needed for Hammered.
Complaints: Not enough Oberon and a small cliffhanger! Both of those are just because I love Oberon and I have zero waiting patience!
Why I gave it a 4.50: This has been my favorite book in the series to date! Overall this is a series I didn't expect to like and yet I fell in love with! Now if I could just get my hands on book 4: Tricked
This series is just awesome -- I struggle with how to expand on this cogently when there are so many well-written reviews. The feature of Hammered that I'd like to praise especially is that in the beginning of the story several chapters are dedicated to the back-story of "minor characters." I don't want to give anything away but some of the grudges against Thor are fairly typical reasons for seeking revenge: he killed my family, stole my goat, etc. But the emotion and superb storytelling that goes into these minor character back-stories could be plot teasers for books in their own rights. One of them brought me close to tears and all of them engaged my mind and bonded me to the characters (in much the same way they're meant to bond them to Atticus.) The author, Kevin Hearne, truly understands the craft of writing and storytelling and in these small ways he crafts an urban fantasy novel (and series) that is head and shoulders above many similar works in the genre.