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.
“Kevin Hearne breathes new life into old myths, creating a world both eerily familiar and startlingly original.”(Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest Rising)
My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.
Still liking the Iron Druid. Must have read or listened to the first two to understand this one. That being said, I loved this book and can hardly wait for the next one in the series. Write faster Mr. Hearne!
I loved the book and the whole series. I don't know how I stumbled onto this series, because it's not within the genre I usually prefer, however, the story was so engaging I found myself making excuses to be able to listen to all the book(s). I don't know why it took so long for Kevin Hearne to become "fortnight success" but I can't wait for him to write more books. Kevin is an author I'll keeping searching for. The story is clever, witty and action packed. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the scenes (which was embarrassing at times) and I love the relationship between the druid and his dog. Luke Daniels is a great narrator with a good reading style and timbre in his voice. He's made the books come alive. Well done. I can't wait for the next book -Tricked.
I'm an avid reader who loves having my hands free to work or engage in other projects.
In this third installment, I found a much darker theme, and a greater sense of loss for our hero, the snarky two millennia old druid. Teaming up with his friends a werewolf and a vampire, as well as a trio of godlike heroes, in order to take out the Norse God of Thunder, Thor.
Mr. Hearne seems to be getting better at presenting magic, in my opinion. There were fewer instances of Atticus pulling a magical 'fast one' in front of police officers, which got a little old in the first book.
I found myself liking this book a lot more than the first two, though. Perhaps it was the fact that a majority of the book takes place in Asgard other than Tempe, Arizona.
I have always preferred the tragic hero, and in this book, I get a little more of what I hoped for, although I still want to see how our hero is going to respond to the great cost of his assistance in this escapade.
I still think Mr. Hearne's pacing needs improvement, but overall, this has been a much more satisfying offering.
Every one of the Iron Druid books has been enjoyable, and this one is easily as entertaining as the preceding two. I'm now eagerly awaiting the fourth in the series. Luke Daniels facility with accents fabulous, though I was a tad disconcerted by the ice giants speaking with what sounded to me like a weird cross between East London & Australian accents. Especially since Australia is the last place an Ice Giant would likely come from! Nevertheless this is another fabulous performance and it makes a good story a great listen. Bring on Tricked!!!!
Hammered, along with the other Iron Druid books are great. This gives a fresh view to some classic character types. It also gives some humor that will cause you to burst out in laughter at times. This is written well, narrated well and I wouldn't mind if there were 10 more books in the series.
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
Kevin Hearne has the most amazing sense of humor. My fiance loves this series and he doesn't like anything.
My favorite was the opening paragraph.
Oberon ! He makes me want my own Wolf hound! His wise cracks are unexpected and hilarious
Who knew going green was so dangerous? The last Druid alive has been drawn into a vendetta war with Thor. Who will feed his dog if he doesn't come back
An author to watch
I had both and I like the narators voices. I makes it enjoyable hearing the voice of Addicus. he comes up with some good voices.
Addicus the Irish wolfhound
when Addicus gets the girl/poodle
I've already listened to it twice.
I love Oberon's nonfat 5 cheese bacon latte monologue
He is a fantasic narrator. Individual voices, accuate accents, nuf said.
Thor is a giant asshat and deserves to die!
The Iron Druid series is one of the best urban fantasies ever. Kevin Hearne is second only to Jim Butcher.
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
It easily in the top 3. I would have put it at 1st but the 1st two books in the Iron Druid Chronicles were also superb. If Kevin Hearne can keep up this caliber book then the Iron Druid will surpass all of the greats, easily.In all honesty, because only gushing all over a book is almost as useless as saying nothing at all, I do have one bad thing to say about the storyline. Atticus can make snap decisions and sometimes they do seem hasty and rash, but more often then not they pan out to be the right thing. Having said that, and trying to word this carefully so as not to reveal any spoilers, I have an issue with one of his decisions. Now, Atticus decided to go after Thor and as the story develops it becomes clearer as to why Thor should be cranked in the side of the head with a big stick, but it seems to me that he made the decision rather, well, quickly. I don't know how to explain it better without giving away the storyline so I will have to leave it at that, but it was surprising to me that Atticus would decide to do something as huge as going after Thor without more.....what's the word, convincing? I don't know. When you read the book you'll understand what I mean. This is by no means reason enough for me to suggest skipping this book, not by a long shot.
Leif Helgarson, his Vampire Attorney. We learn more about him and he's not so much an enigma by the end of the story. I am also liking the werewolf alpha more and more but Leif is growing into more of a well rounded character. He is by no means someone you'd want to be best friends with, at least not yet, but he is interesting.
The character interaction. I've never heard another narrator do it as well as he. Luke Daniels does Oberon to perfection I think. I have also developed more of a mental picture of Atticus because he puts the right amount of feeling and expression into the reading, so much that he makes you believe he really is Atticus O'Sullivan. I read the first book Hounded before getting the audiobook and at first, when I started listening to it and to Luke Daniels reading it, something felt odd. Atticus seemed, a stranger almost. I can't really explain it, but it was almost as if it was a different Atticus character. Not quite Bizzaro World but you get the idea. Maybe 5 minutes later, Atticus felt.....well, like Atticus. Mr Daniels forces you to believe he is the real Atticus. I hope that makes sense as it is not very easy to explain. All that said, not just the series but the narrator in my book are among the best. Once..sure, could be luck. Twice, you have to think. By now I'd say their kudos are well earned!
Yes. That 's an easy one. YES.
Yes. Thank you Mr Hearne and Mr Daniels, as well as everyone involved in bringing this book to my home. I am much the richer for it.
I have enjoyed this series so much. I just can't quit listening! I think my favorite character is Oberon, the dog. Love the stories. Love the sense of humor. Great series. Hope the author continues to write more.
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