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Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3 | [Kevin Hearne]

Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....
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Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.

One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona. There’s a vampire turf war brewing, and Russian demon hunters who call themselves the Hammers of God are running rampant. Despite multiple warnings and portents of dire consequences, Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plane of Asgard, where they team up with a werewolf, a sorcerer, and an army of frost giants for an epic showdown against vicious Valkyries, angry gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.

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©2011 Kevin Hearne (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Kevin Hearne breathes new life into old myths, creating a world both eerily familiar and startlingly original.”(Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest Rising)

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    Leslie Sausalito, CA, United States 02-27-12
    Leslie Sausalito, CA, United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great main character, Excellent narration"

    I just finished this 3rd book in the series. I find myself missing the story. The main character is charming and funny and his dog Oberon is great. The story meanders around a lot, but there's lots of action.

    Luke Daniels is one of the best Narrator's I've ever listened to. He really brings the character to life. He has voices for all the characters even with different accents. Oberon is maybe a little too Skooby Doo, but it's also charming.

    I'm looking forward to the 4th in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tim TEMECULA, CA, United States 01-16-12
    Tim TEMECULA, CA, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Too many Gods"

    The third book in this series was a bit of a disappointment. The performance is just as good as the other episodes but the story weaker in a crucial way. The reason the first two books work as well as they do is the contrast between the druid magic and the modern age. It’s funny and clever and quite compelling. However most of this book is set in mythical realms of Asgard where our hero and his Demi-God buddies do battle with an obnoxious bunch of Norse monsters and their sidekicks. The problem is that in a world where everything is completely imaginary and there is no context and apparently no meaningful rules it all ends up a bit like a dungeons and dragons tournament in somebody’s parents’ basement. You can almost hear the dice rolling and cries of “my ice giants have greater killing power over magical cats than your spooky ravens…even though they may be the eyes of Odin.” My hope is that the forth book in the saga will get back to 'earth based' action.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 09-13-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2015

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "Thor gets the Hammer dropped on him."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hammered to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narrarator adds to the quality of the series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hammered?

    The final fight in Asgard.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final fight in Asgard. (is it just me or are some of these questions a bit repetitious?)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene when each person in the quest told their stories about why they are there.


    Any additional comments?

    Each book in the series seems to improve on the previous one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 09-19-12
    Melissa 09-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Hooked"

    I won't go into much detail because, if you've read the others you'll likely keep going with the series and if you haven't, talking about Jesus, a giant squirrel, and a naked Druid and vampire riding a hammer is just going to confuse you. I will say I might have given this one only four stars because Oberon couldn't go on the adventure, but it was right for him to stay home and I always give bonus points for books that teach me new dirty words, so five it is.

    And now, I'm on to Tricked.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Waimanalo, HI, United States 07-03-12
    Amanda Waimanalo, HI, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2010

    I have a 40 minute commute each way and with out Audible, I'd go crazy! My fav genre is fantasy and I love a great series!

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    "Keeps Getting Better..."

    Entertaining, humorous, a fun read! If you liked the first 2 books, this one will be right on par! Oberon continues to be my fav character! The narrator tells a really good story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren Victoria, BC, Canada 06-12-12
    Lauren Victoria, BC, Canada 06-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Didn't live up to the last two."
    What would have made Hammered better?

    I don't think I've ever said this about a book before, but it should have been shorter. The story started to drag, I really really don't care how much of a dick Thor was, for hours, I want to hear what Oberon has been up to.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Oberon!


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J. Hall Los Angeles, CA 04-20-12
    J. Hall Los Angeles, CA 04-20-12 Member Since 2007

    prplhart

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    "Unexpectedly Disappointing"

    Wow, was I disappointed with this book. I loved books 1 and 2 and was looking forward to this one. The last thing I expected was to be bored.

    The first major problem with this book for me was that it was heavily plot driven but there was no through line to that plot. It was a set of sequences that didn't feel like they tied together. The sequence where Atticus stole the apple. {A sequence that I found completely uninteresting. I began to wonder if all my favorite characters (Oberon and Mrs. MacDonagh in particular) were going to appear at all.} The sequence where Atticus prepared to abandon Tempe. {My favorite sequence because of time spent with the above mentioned favorite characters.} And finally the sequence where Atticus led a bunch of people to attack and try to kill Thor.

    The second major problem was that there weren't any real stakes for Atticus. This section should have been heavily character driven...we were told that Gunner and Lief had very strong personal reasons to try and kill Thor and we should have felt it. But the story was told first person by the one character that had zero personal stakes in the outcome.

    Atticus was like the only guy in the group with a car that promised to give his buddies a ride so they could rob a bank. He promised to 'give them a ride' (so to speak) and that's what he did. He never really seemed to care about what he was walking into, so why should I?

    Jesus and The Morrigan both said....killing Thor is a bad idea, but there weren't any immediate consequences set forth for Atticus himself. The warnings didn't matter to Atticus enough for him to try to *do* anything to change the outcome. There was a lame discussion discussion with Lief, but that was it. "Hey, lets not do this. " "No, I have to" "Okay, fine we'll do this." Then the author stopped the story. He literally parked all the characters by a fire so he could introduce us to three brand new characters we'd met a page or two previously. At a point where the story should have been steam rolling in to a battle that had me on the edge of my seat and unwilling to put the book down I got several chapters, told in an emotionally detached way, telling us why these guys were there. It killed the momentum of the story and killed what little emotional connection I had begun to build with the story. Sadly the biggest joy to listening to this book in audio format was the fact that I could hit the fast forward button.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 02-22-12
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2015

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.

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    "Yep, Thor needs to die"

    Yep, Thor needs to die. Atticus and friends (2 & 4-legged), new & old, make a formidable team as well as a fascinating storyline.

    This is definitely one of my favorite series. It is a great mix of humor, mythology, sarcasm, friendship, loyalty, action, and the little things in life that make it worth living. It is also a really nice change to not have the main line center around romance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Denise shadow hills, CA, United States 02-08-12
    Denise shadow hills, CA, United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Kevin Hearne is the Bomb!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Totally! This book made me laugh out loud. I found myself rewinding to repeat certain lines that just cracked me up.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hammered?

    Love the dialog between Atticus and Oberon.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Luke Daniels is so good at making the story come alive. I can't imagine any other Narrator making Atticus and company come to life like Luke.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ben United States 02-02-12
    Ben United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2015

    Sci-fi/Fantasy fan with a library-worth of reading behind him

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    "Each book manages to be better than the last"
    Would you listen to Hammered again? Why?

    Yes, I undoubtedly will in a few months. It was one of my first audiobooks, but certainly the best. The book itself is amazing, and the narrator does it full justice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hammered?

    A toss-up between characters telling stories around a campfire and the inevitable climax.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book definitely made me laugh, and often. I quickly realized that I couldn't listen to it on headphones at work, because it distracted my coworkers when I cracked up every few minutes. It managed a few moments of pathos as well, though they didn't stick with me the way the humorous scenes did.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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