Voracious reader/listener: I usually have one ebook and one audiobook going at a the same time. I'm a very eclectic reader so I tend to switch genres after every book. I'm open to most genres but my favorites in audio are mystery and fantasy (epic and urban both).
As usual, this was an exciting book, full of interesting action and unexpected twists but I got mad by the way the business with Atticus and Granuaile got resolved. When I read a book in the first person I expect to know something about that person's emotions but the author spent more time on wisecracks that on really revealing Atticus' feelings.
I don't know why I keep getting disappointed with the continued lack of emotional disclosure by Atticus. It's clear that the author is just not going there with him. At first I thought the author didn't want to alienate the male audience by getting "mushy" but now I'm starting to believe the author is just not capable to take his characters in that direction. Please note I'm not upset because the love scenes were "fade to black" but because there wasn't any discussion about his feelings. If you've loved a woman for a long, long time and you finally get to be with her, I expect to hear at least a "Yay!!" to convey how you feel about the situation. Atticus has tons of potential but I feel as if there's a wall between this inner core and the way he behaves in public that not even the reader can see.
One thing I liked about their relationship was that once he wasn't her instructor, he treated her like an adult and allowed her to make her own decisions. He didn't go all caveman or pretended that he had all the answers. He gave her the lowdown and once she made her choice, there wasn't any boorish behavior (see why I say he has potential?)
Right now I'm feeling like giving up on the series but I know that once it gets closer to the release of the next book, I'll be sure to change my mind.
yes, listend 3 times when I bought it
roger zelaney amber series it connects you to the character and their story
He is great a bringing the Emotion out of the book and making you feel apart of the story
I brought you through a range of emotions from feeling the love of atticus and grenueal grow to laughing your @#$ off.
Start with a different Iron Druid book, but worth a read if you're moving through the series. Bits and pieces are typical of Hearne's brilliance but overall this one didn't hold together or flow as well as the others. Luke Daniels is a great narrator, but his voice sounded bored at times during this book.
Great series, great author, great narrator . . .strangely boring audiobook
This book was very similar to its predecessors and therefore well worth the time and money. The newness of the premise and characters is beginning to wear off, now, though. Still a good read.
I've loved all the previous books in the series, so I eagerly awaited book 5. I'm not completely sure what it was, but I wasn't as thrilled with book 5. I found myself getting bored with the story. I like the story of Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon, but I find Hearne goes off into so many tangents and sub-plots that at some points I no longer know (or care) what the main plot of the novel is. I think he needs to think about his story development and pacing. Oberon was in this novel probably more than all the others, which was fun.
I hope book 6 is able to re-capture my interest in this series. I'll listen to this one again and see if it might have been my mood at the time? This wasn't bad, just wasn't the same experience for me as the others.
Atticus fights gods.
Atticus; he is consistently himself (bad and good), his arrogance and bravado.
Atticus and The Morgan (battle crow)!!
The battle for the Dwarf Realm.
I know a lot of people really enjoy Oberon; however, I'm getting a bit weary of "canine" humor. I don't want to read an entire book from the point of view of a dog. Just wish Oberon was a "tad" less prominent in this one. It's like listening to a five year old making "fart" jokes". Got it the first time....move on.... Too YA in this one. LOVE the Luke Daniels narration. Absolutely perfect for ALL characters (and there are many).
Say something about yourself!
I seriously love this series. But I suppose if I am writing a review for the 5th book in the series that goes without saying.
I found this book to be reminiscent of book three. That is to say, it isn't my favorite in the series. But it is interesting nonetheless. It was very political and a lot of games were being played. Who was betraying who, who was in league with who? Although some things left me frustrated and confused...like why didn't he just take conventional methods to get to places he wanted to go, like a car or plane. It also left a lot of things unresolved.
I hope the next book ties up some loose ends. But it was an interesting listen all the same.
IDC... great entertainment. And, another book that's hard to put down. SnugglePumkin rocks. He almost, makes you want to run out and get an Irish Wolfhound of your own, then you remember that their minemum weight is 150 lbs. That's alot of puppy to snuggle with. And agian I'm counting the days to the next release of the series. Hearne has baited the IDC with the news he plans to release 3 more books in the series. Thank you Mr. Hearne. That's a positive note for the new year.
"Trapped" is another action-packed chapter in the Iron Druid Chronicles filled with angry gods, drunken gods, evil clowns and crazy elves who want Atticus destroyed at any cost. Never make deals with dark elves (or even think about them too much) and, above all, do NOT molest the forest dryads! Don't ask for recipes just after enraging your host and don't eat the beautiful too-good-to-be-true steak that just fell from heaven...don't even look at it too long.
This is another home-run hit (baseball analogy pun intended because Atticus thinks of baseball whenever...well, followers of the series will "get" this). The action moves from hilarious to deadly serious and back again pulling me right along behind it, a willing servant to the plot.
Granuaile's training is complete which removes student/teacher ethical reservations harbored by Atticus. This allows the story to move forward on an emotional level as well as a practical one. Now Granuaile can be bound to the earth, but the undertaking becomes quite problematic for all concerned and more of an ordeal than Atticus ever thought possible.
Atticus and Granuaile have finally admitted their affection for each other and taken steps toward a relationship, despite Oberon's vehement objections. Oberon thinks humans have ridiculous mating rituals (a wise dog is Oberon). The story has not turned into some sort of a sappy sloppy romance, just naturally followed the storyline as it has been developing lately. It is good to see Atticus feeling less alone now. While Oberon is no doubt a wonderful companion sometimes humans need other humans..or is that "Druids need other Druids"?
(Maybe we'll be introduced to some "little Druids" in the future??? It is nice to speculate, but there is still plenty of serious business to be addressed fairly soon, so little Druids are just my own little fantasy.)
This is an excellent addition to the Iron Druid Chronicles. Hearne masterfully avoids the feared storyline degradation as the series progresses; he keeps it fresh and moving right along. The story remains strong and dynamic. I enjoyed this installment as much as the first book in the series. That is a rare and wonderful thing and much appreciated by this reader.
Luke Daniels is as amazing as ever. I can almost see Oberon begging for sausage.....or bacon....and thanks to Daniels, I can certainly "hear" him!
Kudos to both author and narrator. Whatever lucky quirk of fate brought the two of you together created a perfect match...or maybe it really was magic?
I just enjoy listening to the further adventures of Atticus and Oberon.
Haven't met a character yet that wasn't interestingly portrayed. Much thought seems to go into both the main and side chararcters.
I've listened to Luke's performance for the previous books in this series and have enjoyed each rendition. He pulls off some wicked pronunciations as though they are "everyday" words heard at Walmart :)
And, like others have mentioned - love Oberon's voice.
Not giving anything away here - buy the book and listen!
Start with the first book... you will get hooked... and I'm now waiting for the next one... I think next June sometime.