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Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1 | [Kevin Hearne]

Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....
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Publisher's Summary

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power - plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish - to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

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

What the Critics Say

"Hearne, a self-professed comic-book nerd, has turned his love of awesome dudes whacking mightily at evil villains into a superb urban fantasy debut.” (Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review)

“A page-turning and often laugh-out-loud funny caper through a mix of the modern and the mythic.” (Ari Marmell, author of The Warlord’s Legacy)

“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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    Erin 01-14-12
    Erin 01-14-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting idea"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend that was perhaps an adept reader, as there are many different characters and strange names that take some getting used to. An interest in mythology would certainly help.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the scene where Atticus accepts an apprentice, against his better judgement. I also liked Oberon, the dog, in general.


    Any additional comments?

    There were times when the story seemed stilted, and dragged just a bit. I couldn't tell if it was the narrator, unsure of the intonation/inflection needed at that point, or if the author had gotten bogged down on details we didn't really need to move the story forward. I am planning on reading/listening to the next book in the series, but I have a feeling this is one novel I'd prefer to read from now on, rather than listen to.

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    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 01-13-12
    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 01-13-12 Member Since 2012

    I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.

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    "read it two years ago almost and loved it again"

    Letting some time go by do I didn't recall every little thing I read it again this week and I think I enjoyed it more than the first time. What a book!

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    John Sherman Maine 01-12-12
    John Sherman Maine 01-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Modern Day Fantasy"
    If you could sum up Hounded in three words, what would they be?

    Story too short


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hounded?

    The dialogue with Oberon is fantastic and hilarious. I had to hit rewind numerous times from laughing so hard.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Oberon. The narrator did a perfect job on the voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A tale 2,000 years in the making.


    Any additional comments?

    It does remind you of the Dresden Files only in the fact that it is a lone male fantasy character living in modern times. The characters and plot are completely original and the narrator does an excellent job on all the accents, in particular giving new life to the dog dialect.

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    Amazon Customer United States 01-12-12
    Amazon Customer United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2010

    austen fanatic

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    "Very Entertainint indeed!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hounded to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this was my first


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

    I laughed a lot!


    Any additional comments?

    It was by a total accident that I happened upon this one and it was one of the best accidents ever! I have to say this is one of the best books I have ever listened to!
    Luke Daniels does a terrific job as the narrator. Love him. Many times I found myself laughing out loud! I give it 5 stars and 2 thumbs up!

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    Erin Fort Vermilion, AB, Canada 01-12-12
    Erin Fort Vermilion, AB, Canada 01-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Listen!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oberon. He reminds me of my dogs. They like apple chicken sausages too.


    Any additional comments?

    It makes it difficult to drive when laughing as hard as I was. Great listen.

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    Lisa 01-10-12
    Lisa 01-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I would definately listen to this book!!!"
    Where does Hounded rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On the top


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hounded?

    I love it when Oberon talks...he makes me laugh out loud.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Oberon


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I drive an hour to and from work. I don't want the drive to end :)


    Any additional comments?

    I would listen to the other 2 book in the series -Hexed and Hammered. They are just as good, if not better, than Hounded.

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    Clare Doncaster, Australia 01-09-12
    Clare Doncaster, Australia 01-09-12 Member Since 2015

    I'm 40 something female and like to escape into a book. I listen in the car and like a story that either business related or pure escapism.

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    "Great Escape"
    If you could sum up Hounded in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Unexpected, mesmerising


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hounded?

    The neighbour being willing to bury the dead guy.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Oberon, is a very amusing character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Where legends come to life


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    Kelly 01-09-12
    Kelly 01-09-12

    I am a hopeless bibliophile and audiobooks are perfect for me. I get to read and keep my hands free. Perfect for a busy mom/ nurse.

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    "A Good listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very interesting look at what it would be like to be a long-lived, modern day Druid
    And the day to day challenges


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog was very funny. I didn't especially care for the voice the narrator gave him
    Because his comments were wittier than the voice made them sound.


    What aspect of Luke Daniels’s performance would you have changed?

    Definately would have given the dog a witty, paeudo-lecherous undertone, as befitting a good side kick


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

    I chuckled in several spots. I enjoyed the Druids subtle ability to see the funny side of combining the ancient and modern day


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    Chris McMillon Dallas, Tx 01-09-12
    Chris McMillon Dallas, Tx 01-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful Story with Great Characters"
    What made the experience of listening to Hounded the most enjoyable?

    The characters Mr. Hearne have in this story are unique and refreshing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oberon. Read the book and he'll be your favorite, too


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice of Oberon and the tone of Atticus are spot on.


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

    The last line.


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    Lyssa Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-07-12
    Lyssa Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "pretty entertaining"

    Kevin Hearne writes a pretty entertaining story here with creative use of the ancient gods of many cultures. The interaction between the main character and his pet wolf hound is really funny. Oberon was my favorite character.

    I have only two complaints: the performance - the narrator could not pronounce 90% of the foreign words in the book (and there were quite a few). It was very distracting. Otherwise his reading was fine, a little dull, but fine. My second issue was with the author's reliance on tired and hackneyed stoner jokes and trite description of the goddess Morrigan as looking like a Victoria's Secret model. Really? She is the Irish goddess of goddess of battle, strife, and fertility, I just cannot picture her as emaciated with fake breasts.

    Overall, a good read but the author needs to work on making his character sound more like a 2,000 year old druid and less like the ASU frat boys he often pokes fun at.



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