It was great to see the first fight scene with our newest Druid. It was a great way to show the work of 12 years not written. Perhaps though my favorite woment was when she first went hunting with the boys. My three favorite characters, humor, and both Kevin and Luke Daniels really allow you to feel like you are there with the charecters.
Contact with Gear and when they are working on finishing the tattoos. She wants to drop the facade but he asks, "please, just wait until I finish" (paraphrased). It's not that he didn't love her, it's that their love was strong and they needed to wait just a little longer, finish this one tough task, ensure her safety before he could risk feeling those feelings. And they did wait. Passion is great, but when circumstance force you to hold it in, to wait, that's when you feel everything. The anticipation, the love and concern leading up to the final release.
Not my favorite "Iron Druid" book and it still gets 5 stars. If that doesn't show a great series I don't know what would
First, I hate you Kevin for leaving such a cliff hanger ending!
Second I wish the books were like 16 hours + long; it's such as kick ass series.
Aside from my whining, the book is go go go from the start and loved it because of that.
I want more damn it and now I gotta wait till Spring!!!
As an artist I find Audio books to be a great way to mulit-task!
Laugh, laugh, laugh, Oberon is a hoot. I love the voice of that dog. He has the best one liners and I like the way his mind works. His relationship with Atticus is fun to listen to and even better now that Grommuel (sp?) is apart of it.
I want more of Oberon!!!!!
Love sci-fi books, romace books. I love to get lost into a good book.
I CAN'T COMPARE HIS BOOK TO ANOTHER BOOK. I LOVE THE WHOLE SERIES. I WISH THEY COME OUT FASTER, AND NEVER STOPPED.
MONSTER HUNTER SERIES
BOTH AUTHORS HAVE GOOD SENCE OF HUMOR, AND WONDERFUL IMAGATION.
MYTHS ABOUT DIFFERENT GODS
OBERON CRACKES ME UP, MAKE ME WANT IRISH WOLF HOUND
IF YOU BUY THIS SERIES YOU WILL LAUGH, AND BE TRANSFORMED TO ANOTHER LEVEL OF THINKING.
Best So Far
The whole thing
Why does it take so long to get the next volume? lol
I'll have to listen to Trapped again because I feel like I didn't follow everything terribly well. Hearne delves into so many different myths and religions that I had a hard time keeping it all straight. Perhaps if I had read the book instead of listening, the names wouldn't have gotten so confused for me.
The sexual tensions between Atticus and his apprentice has been building so delightfully throughout the IDC books and Hearne (and subsequently Oberon and Daniels) couldn't have handled it better.
If Luke Daniels read a book on how to watch paint dry, I'm pretty sure I'd still want to listen over and over again.
I feel like Mr. Druid (What the Native American trickster god dubs Atticus O'Sullivan) is an old friend. I'm fond of his demeanor and "iron age world view". That being said, I also disagree with a few of the choices he is starting to make. This causes a new and refreshing development at this phase in the relationship. Sometimes I feel he lets a bit of socialization from the modern age seep into his decision making process too much and I want to slap my forehead while at other times I feel he's a bit more callous than I feel he has any right to be. Regardless I imagine myself (quite reflexively) reacting to his decisions in my mind as if I were there and part of his little circle. Not only am I now questioning certain decisions as he makes them, but I'm revisiting past actions and wondering if maybe they weren't quite the best options WE could have taken. I feel even more part of the group, still deeper connected. Maybe in spite of this questioning, but most probably due to it.
The only reason I didn't find the performance to be on par with previous Luke Daniels/Iron Druid readings lies in Daniels' slight alteration in pitch and tone for our hero. It grated on me for the first couple hours of the reading (and is solely responsible for the loss of a star in my rating). After that, however, I didn't even notice the difference and all was well. Daniels emotes with his voice. This is a very difficult feat and I've not often stumbled upon it whilst listening to my 100-odd audio books. That he can nail a few accents and passably imitate others is a sweet, sweet cherry on an already luscious cake.
The reason I took a star off for story and overall ratings is simply that the book felt rushed to me. Hearne has gotten to the point in this series where he has so much going on he really needs to write more per novel or try to accomplish less with each novel. He spent the first seven hours of a nine hour recording setting things up and breezing through a few not entirely trivial matters that were made to feel trivial. I would say it feels like the first half of what should have been a two part novel, but it actually feels more like two thirds of a full novel that had random pages of nearly-but-not-quite superfluous bits ripped out.
In conclusion, I enjoyed the continuation of the series greatly and I still enjoy Luke Daniels' narration. I will keep supporting both this author and this talented reader. It's not often you find such a great duo.
I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.
I love Kevin Hearne's writing, and Luke Daniels delivery. The voice of Atticus sounds a little different, but Daniels' delivery is spot on, his pacing is good, and this is his best rendition of Oberon to date. A lot of people compare Atticus O'Sullivan with Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden, but Atticus EARNS his ire, pulling grandiose pranks, deceptions, and misdirections, with no consideration for long term consequences besides, "probably want to avoid that area for a while." Or "That's probably bad."
Dresden also doesn't have Atticus's survival instincts in a crush. Atticus shows easy deference to the religious pantheons when necessary, despite his ego. I'd see Dresden throwing his beliefs in the deities faces, automatically challenging their superiority, enemy and ally alike, and earning his running man status in that way, when they choked on the disrespect. Dresden isn't, in a direct fashion, one for authority, where Atticus is a champ at sort of creatively sliding around it.
The story initially leads us through the druids' confrontation with all the mythological revenge closing in on Atticus, not least of all, Loki. It sounds SO promisingly exciting, and it's written SO well, and fun. And it veers off, to cover the story arc about Granuaile's progression into her druid training. Still fun, and worth the wait. Then it curves sharply back, and kind of drops us there.
The whole story ends on a cliffhanger. An extremely fun to read, fast-paced, chaotic, cliffhanger. I was so frustrated when I realized I was listening to the Audible end message. Book 6 can't come out fast enough.
I've been waiting eagerly for this latest installment in the adventures of Atticus, and this book did not disappoint in the least. I particularly enjoy Kevin Hearne's clever melding of so much interesting history, mythology and folklore with the best of modern pop culture references, while simultaneously managing to strike the perfect balance between humor and action. Atticus, Granuaile, and the irreppressible hound Oberon rapidly climbed to the top of my favorite fictional characters list with Hearne's first release, "Hounded," and I am hoping we'll be following their adventures for a long, long time.
If you haven't yet had the pleasure of reading this series, I envy you. I think I am now on my fourth time through "Hounded" -- listening to it with my teenaged son and his friend in the car in five minute increments -- and it clearly holds up well to frequent rereads. I was a little startled when first listening to "Trapped," though; it sounded like the awesome Luke Daniels -- who is the voice of Atticus like James Marsters is the voice of Harry Dresden -- had some sort of voice makeover. Maybe I am just more sensitive to the differences, since I have been frequently switching back and forth between listening to the first and the fifth book in the series. I finally got used to it, but I did notice a change. Seems like the passing of a mere 12 years would not have affected the voice of a 2000 year old druid in any noticeable way. :-)