Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
I've dutifully dropped credits on all the issues of this series so far and been generally satisfied. The action has remained strong, the magical intrigue among the various pantheons is getting stronger and the the story, as always, is well paced.
I plan to keep reading this series, but I am noticing a growing problem with Atticus, the main character. Hearne is trying hard to drive the quips and jokes through pop culture references mostly told by the Iron Druid himself. This is getting more and more forced and I think it is starting to eat the core of the main character.
Atticus is supposed to be a 2000+ yrs. old druid with the wisdom of years and a pressing concern with preserving the health of the earth, self-preservation, and passing his knowledge on to his protege, not to mention spending quality time with his dog. He has a lot on his mind. He (including his internal monologue) talks like an idle twentysomething who spent the last three years in front of his computer all day ritualistically refreshing buzzfeed and quickmeme. Up to now, I had generally liked the way he had made such references, but now it's getting too thick. It's fantasy, and it's ok for a character from a different era to dig Coen Brothers' movies. Just don't overdo it and it will be fine.
The only bad thing about these books are that we have to wait for the next book. I am out of stuff to listen to until August for Warbound and the next Dresden Files.
This is my favorite series right now. I cannot wait to see what Ragnarok and the Norse pantheon will throw at our heroes. I am saddened by the death in the beginning but excited by the two new characters introduced at the end. The bit where Granuaile gets her own chapters is a little weird, but I get why. I wonder if it will be the same in the next book. Luke Daniels is the perfect narrator for these books. He is pretty much spot on all the way through. Awesome addition to the series, but it just makes waiting for the next installment that much harder.
It was very well done by the narrator. I hesitate to say it was better than the print edition but Mr Damiels narration was very good indeed.
The race of the the 2 druids and Oberon to the English channel. The book is good after that, but this is the highlight of the book.
Yes in this series. He does a great job.
Hearn always manages to mix in humor, especially with Oberon.
I've been enjoying all of these books, as far as what especially makes them the most enjoyable has to be the narrator.
Its a solid enjoyable novel as enjoyable as the first 5.
Oberon. Always Oberon.
After the last several years Atticus has left a trail of pissed of gods. He has a whole pantheon of gods determined to end his long life. It's no fun being chased by the hounds and huntresses.
Atticus, Oberon and Granuelle run across a continent trying to escape the wrath of the gods.
I know it's only "sort of" killing off a character, but its' annoying. I was really enjoying the series. It's very well written, exciting and has all the elements of my version of perfect fiction. But now I've abandoned it mid-book.
entertaining, engaging, non-stop-action
Luke Daniels is amazing. His voice is incredibly well suited to playing Atticus and his voices for the other characters are also expertly done (especially Oberon!). I'm often annoyed by male narrators' voices for female characters, but I have never once run into that problem with Daniels. I love his narration so much that I'm searching for other fantasy novels narrated by him (and I've never before sought out books based solely on the narrator).
This whole series has been amazing and I never want it to end. I wish each book was longer but their brevity is part of their appeal. I typically prefer to delve into epic fantasy series, but I gave the first book in the Iron Druid Chronicles a try because I was looking for a light, quick "read" to give me a break from the emotional investment that comes along with being wrapped up in a long, heavy epic fantasy story. Each installment in this series has been fun and generally light, and I always enjoy listening to them. I usually don't like stories that take place on modern-day Earth because I prefer being transported to entirely new fantasy worlds. But these stories have enough magic to keep me satisfied, and the way Hearn interweaves gods from a variety of cultures and times into the plot is intriguing and compelling. In the sixth book, I started to miss some of the characters from the earlier books that have necessarily (based on where the story-line has gone) taken on smaller roles. These books are just serious enough to put me on the edge of my seat with anxiety for the fate of the main characters, but the overall tone of the books is still light enough that I always come away from them in a better mood than when I started listening.
I love this series. I have had a really great time listening to the story develop and this last installment is just as good as the first. The characters and story line have fully developed and the action is really quite enthralling. Often with fantasy books they are just brain candy and that's it, however you might find that you actually learn a few tidbits of history. I find that with this series the author mixes Irish Faerie Lore, Norse Mythology, Roman/Greek Pantheon and other realms quite believably without going too far off the rails as far as written history and lore are concerned. This helps with the suspension of disbelief and creates a rich and interesting mindscape that any listener can escape to. I highly recommend starting at the beginning of the series so that the book is understandable, however the author does keep the reader aprised of previous events so one could read this without the others.
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).
Hunted was a definite treat. Fast paced and incredibly exciting, it’s a great addition to the series.
The plot was very exciting, with several twists that were freaking unbelievable. I promise you’ll be at the edge of your seat while reading/listening. The beginning was one of the best in the whole series and I teared up by what happened at the beginning and around 1/3 in. I’m glad we were able to see some emotional pain from Atticus. Don’t get me wrong, I love that the series is lighthearted, but you cannot live 2000+ years without some pain and I’m glad we saw some of that.
I think the book had problems with pacing though. There was so much running around at the beginning – I was so tired on their behalf…I just kept thinking ‘can you please rest a bit?’ – that the end fell a bit flat. I did like it better than the last one because we saw some two very emotional scenes and I think that’s been missing from the series.
It was great to have Granuaile’s POV. It gave me a different perspective on Atticus’ character and it was interesting to see her take on being a Druid. Also, I loved how kick-ass she’s become! She’s definitely holding her own. One thing that bothered me about her character was her penchant to play the disapproving Mommy when men were making off-color jokes. None of the jokes were malicious so I didn’t like her role as ‘defender of womanhood.’ It made her seem like she had a stick up you know what.
As usual, Luke Daniels was awesome. He can do the accents, women’s voices, the serious parts, the funny ones. This is definitely one of the best series in audio out there. If you’ve never listened to an audiobook and are curious, please try this one out. You will thank me for the recommendation.