The story itself is fantastic. Deservedly hailed as one of the greatest stories ever told, sci-fi or otherwise. A fully realized and richly detailed alternate universe filled with science, religion and political intrigue. A must read.
Unfortunately, the audio recording does not fulfill expectations. While far better than the original single reader audiobook (be glad you didn't spend 25 hours listening to THAT) the 2007 version is marred by the bizarre decision to have each reader read a chapter or section rather than have each reader read a character's part throughout the book. In other words, the voices for each character change throughout the book!!! Why? Baron Harkkonen's voice suffers the most. At one point it sounds like Michael Clark Duncan is voicing him and others it sounds like a sleepy Orson Welles.
It's a shame that one of the greatest books ever written has never received a proper translation into another medium. David Lynch's movie was stylistically and visually fulfilling, but the story edited and changed dramatically. The Sci-Fi channel's 3 part miniseries held more closely to the original plot, but the budget and casting left alot to be desired. The original 1997 audiobook was read in a horrible monotone and finally the 2007 version's inconsistent readers. Hopefully someday Dune will receive a treatment that it deserves.
Yes. If they were interested in a modern urban fantasy, this is an entertaining book that shows signs of producing a promising series. The lead character is well conceived and the sidekicks, cohorts, magic system and lore are developed sufficiently to create a believable universe. There are some good laughs and action too.
Oberon, of course.
Atticus's initial conversation with the Hindu witch.
I hate to do this, but there is no way I cannot bring up James Butcher's Dresden Files series when discussing Hounded. The two are very VERY similar, however, I don't think Hearne handles the melding of magic and modern worlds as well as Butcher does. Too many non magical people know of the magical world in Hounded and the consequences of performing magic in front of non-magic users are not nearly severe enough. Some people are memory wiped and others are just very accepting of it.
The use of "nerd" pop culture references is prevalent in both series as well, but Hearne's handling and use of them is a bit clunky and not always appropriate. Butcher's use is much more subtle and inventive. It flows better in the Dresden Files books.
Lastly, the pets. [SPOILER ALERT] Oberon is really funny. Genuine laugh out loud moments. However, I do think there's some inconsistency in how much he understands about humans and the world. At times he seems really oblivious and others he seems too perceptive. Mouse, the Fu Dog from the Dresden Files doesn't speak at all, he communicates his intelligence and intentions non-verbally, but I don't find him any less endearing and well rounded as the verbally gifted Oberon.[END SPOILER]
All that said, I really enjoyed Hounded. Even though I cannot help to compare the Iron Druid Series to The Dresden Files series, I'll be the first to admit it's a bit unfair. TDF is up to book #14 (and I"ve read them all) and this is just my first book in TID series. And anyone who's read TDF all the way through, knows full well that the first books weren't anywhere near as good as the later ones. Based upon the strength of Hounded, I'm more than willing to stick with TID series for at least a few more books.
The narration is excellent. Good job with the accents and rhythm.
The book was great. Excellent chapter to the overall series. But having John Glover read it just isn't the same. After 12 books, James Marsters IS Harry Dresden. It's not really fair to Glover having him step in like this. It's like following Led Zeppelin on stage.
I already own the physical book and I wanted to pick this up so I could "re-read" it in the car. What a treat. I don't think I've ever heard a reading done this well. The voices she successfully pulls off in this book range from 4 year old Nell to a Brooklyn accented Confucian judge to an elderly Scottish warrior and everything in between.
TDA is one of my favorite Stephenson novels, and hearing it done just great justice by Jennifer Wiltsie was a pleasure.
I only wish she would read more books that I would be interested in listening to.
Very Michael Crichton like in that it exposes and explains a technology and creates a story to show it's dangers. Some familiar archetypes are here as well. Grizzled cop, sexy female scientist, man with a checkered background etc. etc. The core technology it exposes and Suarez's depiction of the frailty of our current society were the highlights, however, these are hampered near the end by stretching believability and asking us to buy in. Nonetheless, I found it really entertaining and listened to it in just a few days.
Also, any comparisons of Daemon to Neal Stephenson's works are laughable. This is much more mainstream and pulpy. Dan Brown and John Grisham's works are more appropriate comparisons.
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