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. :-)
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The novel is as expected.....
To download on iPad or iPhone when "Refresh" doesn't do it, go to "My Library" -on the bottom are 5 icons, select Settings
in the settings page select "Refresh Complete Library"
This should do it.
Fix pre order dowloads. I preordered so I could read it ad soon as it came out but nw everyone can download exept me. This sucks guys !!!!!!
Still in the process of reading, but so far it is everything I had hoped it would be. In the mean time, I wanted to post for others who had pre-ordered on iPhone and had trouble downloading. It is possible without any major trouble, don't fret! Simply go to "Settings" (next to stats, on the right at the bottom) and click "Refresh Complete Library". I can't promise it will work for you, but it did for me. I hope this helps, and enjoy.
I've been completely underwhelmed with book 4 & book 5. They don't seem to capture my interest like the first 3 books in the series did.
I waited anxiously for this book. This has been one of my favorite series. The lighthearted and funny demeanor combined with great like-able characters and superb narration more than compensated for the simple plot lines. Overall (up til now) its been great fun listening to this series.
With this book, the great characters (most of them) are gone, and dozens of new characters with unpronounceable names are hurriedly introduced, and they immediately begin trying to lay the ground work for a complex back story by telling lengthy stories about more characters with unpronounceable names in places with unpronounceable names.....all of this being narrated in the same manner as the previous stories, which just doesn't work.
Bottom line: I turned it off after a couple of hours. I would prefer to remember Atticus and Oberon as they were before. Bummer.