I could not drink anything while listening to this because there was great danger of uncontrollable explosive laughter at any given moment during this story. I am not sure why it tickled my funny bone so much since the Apocalypse is a very serious subject, but this cast of characters and the things that happened to them or because of them was like no other story ever encountered in my extensive reading history.
The very names of the characters elicited gales of laughter, especially in the beginning scenes at the Burning Man contest in the Nevada desert. The law enforcement officers present at that, uh, "contest" , personify every redneck cop ever written about or known personally, but still fresh and new. And what they did there....oh, my!
The book description gives a pretty good overall rundown of how the story progresses and there is little I can add without giving away more than I should. The story progresses at just the right speed.
The narrator, Guy Williams, contributed a lot to my sense of hilarity. This was an excellent job of fleshing out characters with voice and tone. Kudos to Mr. Williams on this. I am still wondering how he managed to narrate this without breaking into laughter himself, so he must be a real professional.
This book contains a lot of profanity and sex of all kinds while making a complete fool's game out of the Apocalyse. It is a satirical farce on a grand scale. People in the Bible Belt and those with no sense of humor should probably avoid it. Also not for children under, oh, twenty-something. Otherwise, have fun.
Seems simple enough. Pick a god from an online list, pay tribute, reap the benefits of your god. Whether you need more money or greener grass, there is a god for you. Easy-peasy.
Not so fast. While most humans have baggage, we don't usually think about gods with baggage. Some of them have lots of it and when humans get into the mix, chaos and smiting can ensue. Lives can be lost and empires fall while the gods hash out their own petty differences among themselves. Unfortunately, gods are not required to disclose their baggage to their followers and ignorance is definitely NOT bliss!
This lighthearted little story contains many, many laugh out loud moments. (Beware of drinking coffee during your commute lest hilarity erupt in the story causing you to spatter your windshield in a fit of irrepressible laughter.) This is not high literature and will not reveal the mysteries of the cosmos, but it may help explain some of "those days". You know, the ones where everything just seems to go wrong for no apparent reason...the gods just might be quarreling again.
Fred Berman's performance is excellent and adds much to the telling of this tale. He is a great voice actor and seems that he and this story are very compatible. I wonder, is there a god for voice actors? Mr. Berman must be on the good side of that god ;-)
I have always thought of this series as a "Five Star" winner...until this installment.
All the things that made me like Atticus so much in the beginning of the series are gone. I miss the tipsy Widow MacDonagh railing against the British and Mr. Semerdjian with his nosiness and hatred of doggy doo. I even miss Helgerson and Hauk. Those people (I use that term loosely as all were not "people" per se) in that neighborhood rooted Atticus in place and and humanized him. They gave the series cohesiveness in the beginning.
I realize that story must move forward, but this whole book was like a long, long LONG roller coaster ride with Atticus, Oberon and Granuaile sort of hanging on for dear life. All of them were moving very fast, rushing headlong toward....? Home? There is no home anymore. Family? There is no family other than themselves. Friends? They keep being killed off. Like all roller coaster rides, for all the speed and hair-raising loops the ride always ends right where it began.
I really didn't feel like this installment moved the story along too much. Something is just "off" about this one. I fear the dreaded "storyline degradation" so common in long series may have taken root, replacing Atticus' roots with its own.
Luke Daniels delivered his usual stellar performance. Thank goodness for that. It was about the only thing that kept me from crying in disappointment at the end of this one.
This is an entertaining story with the modern day premise of filming a reality show. The plot twists and turns, seemingly random characters enter the story at what feels like odd times, but in the end the dénouement wraps everything up in a glittery bow and hands it right to you. Every character has his place and actions and they all fulfill their roles superbly.
Bad ghosts, ruined lives and grisly deaths abound in this novel. A haunted house extraordinaire, pleasing to the eye but dangerous to the minds, bodies and souls of those who enter. What more could be asked from a novel about a haunting? The ending was a shocking surprise; I never saw it coming, even though clues abounded.
Jeffery Kafer has a pleasant voice (except when he is shouting "THEY'RE MINE!" -really, really creepy, that line delivered as it was.) The last word or syllable of every sentence is spoken with a change of inflection. At first it was like listening to a singsongy jump-rope rhyme where the rhythm is the important thing and words are only secondary. I realized I had gotten caught up in the cadence while missing the narrative.
I re-listened to the beginning pages and focused on the words while ignoring the narrator's "rhythm" as much as possible. It became much easier later on. I seem to be about the only person who found this distracting, which probably means I jumped rope way too often as a child or have a deep longing to jump rope again as an adult, lol.
The narration is far from a deal-breaker. By the end I was used to it and thoroughly enjoyed the hair-raising ending. If you like stories about hauntings, this book is a winner.
"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 loved the pure unexpectedness of events as they unfolded. Getting "into" the story took a little bit of time, but once immersed I was HOOKED.
I drove with this book playing. I walked with earbuds and rode my bicycle while this book played. I chopped vegetables for salad and cooked entire meals with my speakers plugged in and this book playing. I folded laundry, vacuumed and dusted while listening. I turned the TV off in favor of listening to this book.
When the end of the story came, I was toned, exercised, well-fed and the house sparkled. All my errands were done. I realized that I had unconsciously been doing a lot of things that are not normally too enjoyable just because it allowed me to listen a few minutes longer....now, that is a sign of a great book in my world.
Now that the book has ended, it is almost like a friend has moved away. But I know I will be going to visit that friend again in the future. I will listen to this one again.
Ray Porter gave each character in this book life and personality. His performance was excellent.
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