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.
"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)
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.
I liked the scene where Atticus accepts an apprentice, against his better judgement. I also liked Oberon, the dog, in general.
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.
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
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!
Story too short
The dialogue with Oberon is fantastic and hilarious. I had to hit rewind numerous times from laughing so hard.
Oberon. The narrator did a perfect job on the voice.
A tale 2,000 years in the making.
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.
I never read the print version.
No this was my first
I laughed a lot!
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!
Oberon. He reminds me of my dogs. They like apple chicken sausages too.
It makes it difficult to drive when laughing as hard as I was. Great listen.
On the top
I love it when Oberon talks...he makes me laugh out loud.
Yes! I drive an hour to and from work. I don't want the drive to end :)
I would listen to the other 2 book in the series -Hexed and Hammered. They are just as good, if not better, than Hounded.
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.
Fun, Unexpected, mesmerising
The neighbour being willing to bury the dead guy.
Oberon, is a very amusing character.
Where legends come to life
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.
Very interesting look at what it would be like to be a long-lived, modern day Druid
And the day to day challenges
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.
Definately would have given the dog a witty, paeudo-lecherous undertone, as befitting a good side kick
I chuckled in several spots. I enjoyed the Druids subtle ability to see the funny side of combining the ancient and modern day
The characters Mr. Hearne have in this story are unique and refreshing.
Oberon. Read the book and he'll be your favorite, too
The voice of Oberon and the tone of Atticus are spot on.
The last line.
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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