Just another special snowflake in the drift.
I thoroughly enjoy Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles. I've read them all in print and listened to them (repeatedly) as audio books. They are fun, fast, and full of interesting twists and turns. It has a bit of everything that makes a book good. Trapped carries on the story after a 12 year (6 year if you count the novella Two Crows and One Raven) break for the characters, moving everyone into the future and to the beginning of new obstacles and the re-emergence of old problems.
The only thing I've not enjoyed so much is the change in reading style from the Brilliance Audio productions (Hounded, Hexed, Hammered) and these. It started in Tricked, continued in Two Ravens and One Crow, and here it is set -- Luke Daniels is still a great reader, but I suspect he's been directed to read differently.
Atticus's voice is deeper (possibly done through digital means) and the reading is more pointed and snarky, underlining the emotional and humorous parts of the text just in case the reader can't figure it out. The voicing puts me in mind of many a cynical private eye story, a sort of vocal stereotype, which gets annoying in these stories. The original voicing of Atticus-- lighter, friendlier, more even, less exaggerated, and certainly less cynical -- seemed more appropriate to the tone of the writing. By the time we get to this novel, Atticus has his snark on, Oberon has become a Scooby Do caricature, Leif has abandoned his cool, calm control for out-and-out drawling douche, all werewolves gargle gravel, and the Morrigan has a permanent sore throat. Even Granuaile loses some of her lightness.
Daniels didn't start out like this and was pretty consistent through the first three books, so I'm putting the blame on the producer/director. The change hasn't stopped me from listening to the series, but it does draw my attention away from the story and toward the voicing, whereas the original reading style felt proper and natural and didn't get in the way.
It's 12 years later and the repercussions of the iron Druid's actions are coming to roost.
The only knock I would give this performance would be Oberon's voice given by the narrator.
Luke Daniels did a great job on the previous books, but WHAT HAPPENED in this one? He turned into some middle aged gentleman with a monocle. I could not get past the first chapter and gave up. I have already read the books but am saddened that I will not be able to finish this audio book. So weird.
It's more of the same from the Iron Druid, which is totally fine by me. Yet if you haven't enjoyed the previous, you won'τ λικε τhis either.
I'm not usually a fan of this genre but a friend recommended the series. I was surprised at how quickly it hooked me. I love the combination of historical reference and intelligent pop culture call outs. The narrator does a fantastic job on the entire series. He is now in my top two favourite Audible narrators. He does an amazing job of bringing the characters and and cultures to life. I'd write more but I have to get on to listening to Hunted. I can't wait to see what happens next!
listened to the books 1-7 about 4x now, still not tired of it. Kevin Hearne is quite funny. Luke Daniels got skillz, his voices and accents are off the chain! I just wish audible made the in between books cheaper
Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.
Yes, it was an amazing story and I loved the whole thing
Dresden as He is always the under dog but finds a way to come out on top while digging himself into a deeper whole
Granule finally becoming a full druid.
This series is awesome. I love Atticus and Granuaile together. They make a good pair and I look forward to seeing them work together in the future books. Oberon holds his own and brings lots of humor. This is a must read series.
Love to read and I am really enjoying audible. Fantasy and sci fi are my faves but I also enjoy period novels and historical fiction.
Luke Daniels and Kevin hearne are a performer and writer who were made for each other. Luke brings the well written, numerous, witty and thrilling story to liFE!! I want more!
I love the Iron druid Chronicles. They are all interesting and fun to listen to. This is my second run through of the book and it is just as engaging and interesting as the first time.
Any other of the Iron Druid Chronicles are similar in one way or another. But the feel of the books is unlike anything I've read before. It is kind of like the hunger games or divergent, but not quite.
Atticus or Oberon (I assume I spelled those right)
Atticus has this witty and funny but realistic and wise sense to him and even though those seem like a lot to shove in a character, it works really well.
Oberon is funny and can break tension when it is needed. I love his one track mind
I had several. Though I didn't laugh or cry. People would stare at me and I don't need that when I'm at work. But you get a sense of attachment to these characters and its hard not to care for them
Great book! Love the series!