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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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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Intriguing book, imaginative story line, not a page turner but kept you wondering. reader did a good job articulating the roles of the characters.


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    Amazon Customer so.plymouth, NY, United States 01-16-12
    Amazon Customer so.plymouth, NY, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    What made the experience of listening to Hounded the most enjoyable?

    the way the reader used inflection of his voice to bring the characters to life


    What did you like best about this story?

    storyline


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

    of course oberon


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    Anthony WA 01-16-12
    Anthony WA 01-16-12 Member Since 2013

    Audible has opened up a whole new world of reading that I could not make work in the traditional page turning world. I am on a mission to listen to a wide variety of adventures, mysteries, thrillers, classics, etc. Thank you Audible!

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    Simple put this is an excellent read. I found it fun and entertaining. Mr. Daniels voice for the dog in the story alone is worth listening to the book! I found myself laughing out loud several times. I just wish the book was longer as I found myself wanting more. I will for sure be getting the next two books in this series and hopefully they will be as fun as this one was.

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    Connie 01-16-12
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    Yes. This is a fresh voice. I love the interpretation of the Gods and Druids.


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

    Oberon of course!


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    Erin 01-14-12
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    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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    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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    If you could sum up Hounded in three words, what would they be?

    Story too short


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    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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    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!


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    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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    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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