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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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    Deborah 12-28-11
    Deborah 12-28-11 Member Since 2011

    I love to read sci-fi and thrillers. Will read anything that gets good reviews. I hear a lot of good books that way.

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    "very good book"
    Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

    I will listen to this book many times. it was very funny


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oberon the dog was the best part of the book. Do you ever wonder what a dog thinks?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    all of it


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

    how much do you know about the Gods?


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    christina United States 12-28-11
    christina United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Absolutely! It was a very good book. Kept me entertained and intrigued throughout.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Any of the exchanges between Adicus and his dog Oberon. There wasn't a moment between their conversing, that I wasn't laughing out loud!


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    No, first time for me.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I would speak of it, but it was part of the ending. I wouldn't want to give the story away.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    To anyone who likes fantasy stories. Try this one. I promise it won't disappoint!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise 12-28-11
    Denise 12-28-11

    It is up to you to use your powers for good!

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    "You will love this story and it's delivery!"

    This story is addictive! What a clever tale. The accents and voices were fantastic too. When I do read it in print, I will forever hear Luke Daniels visual painting of my favorite characters, Oberon and the widow. I laughed out loud on several occasions just because of Oberon alone. I know for certain that I would have stumbled over and over again had I tried to read this book in the traditional sense - strange names of gods and celtic references. With an engaging narrator like Luke Daniels I couldn't put it down. Kevin Hearne spins a wonderful yarn and he found (or someone did) the perfect narrator for this work. Can't wait to listen to his next books. Being set in Tempe and other parts of Arizona that I know quite well made it even more entertaining for me. You will love this story and it's delivery!

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    Brian United States 12-27-11
    Brian United States 12-27-11
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    "Fresh Concept"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Fresh concept for urban fantasy. It is hard to find urban fantasy that is not completely wrapped around vampires and werewolves.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character is, of course! But I have to say, I liked the dog too. I can see many listeners on the fence about the dog, but my opinion was he was great comic relief.


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

    Yes. Luke always does a nice job.


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    A. Newman 12-27-11
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    "Good story with some annoying parts"
    What did you like best about Hounded? What did you like least?

    I loved the mix of all mythologies together. Essentially they're all true except many have been mis-remembered over time. Also a re-imagined druid main character was something new to me.

    The worst part of the book, and it is peppered throughout the entire thing, is his stupid dog. It is a cross between Jarjar Binks and Tex Avery's Willoughby the dog though smarter than both, equally annoying. Always ready to punctuate every scene with his perspective on what just happened. Usually misunderstanding or joking about it. So every somewhat serious thing was either followed by stupidity, a (usually bad) joke, or a Scrappy-Doo style aggression.

    My wife and I listened to this while driving around to various relatives for Christmas. Audible is great for this BTW. We kept groaning and looking at each other or replacing Aticus' response to the dog with our own


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Could you see Hounded being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. Get a few teenie bopper heart throbs and crank up the special effects. Go full Twilight on this one and replace vampires with druids and really every mythology ever.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was entertaining and we made it through the whole thing. That damn dog really ruined a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Penticton, BC, Canada 12-27-11
    Tina Penticton, BC, Canada 12-27-11
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    "Fun read with very likeable characters!"

    Hounded is a witty fast-paced adventure filled with a mixed bag of mythological characters. The main character Atticus is a down to earth (pun intended!) ancient druid. He's definitely the kind of guy you'd like to share a pint with in a pub, while you laugh yourself silly to the tales he tells you! The humour ranges from ancient celt 'shite Kine' to modern avuncular. You will enjoy this audiobook :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen Roseburg, OR, United States 12-27-11
    Gretchen Roseburg, OR, United States 12-27-11
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    "Excellent stories. Lots of humor. Love these books"
    What did you love best about Hounded?

    Lots of good druid info. Enjoy the fey characters. Lots of great humor. I lived where books are located so I know exactly where the author is talking about


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hounded?

    The Morrigan in the book shop


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

    No


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

    Sure


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait till the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wolf Roseburg, Oregon, United States 12-27-11
    Wolf Roseburg, Oregon, United States 12-27-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Excellent stories. Lots of humor. Love these books"
    What did you love best about Hounded?

    Lots of good druid info. Enjoy the fey characters. Lots of great humor. I lived where books are located so I know exactly where the author is talking about


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hounded?

    The Morrigan in the book shop


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

    No


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

    Sure


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait till the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda El Paso, TX, United States 12-26-11
    Amanda El Paso, TX, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2015

    Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.

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    "Oh my! I have found a new must read author"
    Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

    Absolutely this book is exciting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hounded?

    Ack! I hate this question! There are several moments that are memorable I just don't wanna spoil it.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Good characterization and emotion


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

    Yes.... =~P


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read addition to any Paranormal collection I forsee great things from this author

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    D. J. Katz 12-26-11
    D. J. Katz 12-26-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Magic in the Present"

    If you like the idea of magic in the present day, then this book is for you. Really great story and characters. I went and got the other two books in the series right after finishing this one. Just the right amount of everything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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