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)
loved it perfect mix of the modern and the mythical. the reader is steady and does the best dog voice I think I have ever heard. if you like unban fantasy then I think yiu will find this series great.
I'll assume that if you're considering this book, you already enjoy the fantasy genre. This book fits into this category, but is set in the modern era.
Of course, this leads to some great opportunities for story building, and the author does so in a most entertaining fashion. Witches, Vampires, Werewolves, Gods, and Druids, but by far the best character for me was the dog, who brought many smiles to the story throughout. With a cast of characters such as this, you have to have a good imagination.
This leads me to the narrator. Luke Daniels does a superb job in this series. He nails pretty much every character and brings much to the enjoyment of the story.
Of course, if you like things explained in a logical fashion, this may not be for you, but I'm betting if you like the fantasy genre, then this may the start of a series for you.
nice story, great humor, and fantastic attention to detail and hospital accuracy.
not exactly thrilling, no real tension but still fun to read.
the performance was brilliant and believable.
After reading some of the reviews I did not consider buying "Hounded". I completely skipped over this book and bought another author's book. Then I am ashamed to say it was on sale so I thought "why not?".
This book is freaking awesome, I even went on Facebook and liked the author and told him so.
NARRATION COMPLAINTS: Luke Daniels has a dry voice. If I had not heard him narrate a previous book I would completely understand how people are put off by his voice. TRUST ME when I say just push past it. It is like dry humor. It will grow on you and you will be rewarded with a story that keeps you hooked by moving modern day with all folklore characters. Vampires, werewolves, gods, goddess, and last but not least by any means...his dog (Odeon)!
This book had me cracking up that the people around me gave me the "Are you crazy?" look several times and not to say I woke my son up laughing at 1 o'clock in the morning.
This is the second time I have ever wrote this long of a review on a book. That should tell you something right there.
On to the next book!
Truly a wonderful read it kept me engaged and I didn't put this away until it was finished. Concentration was at an all time high so intriguing that the author developed a story so modern and full of history! I loved Oberon and the final moments of the book are worth the entire reading alone.
Don't know. Never read the print version.
Loved the dog. Funny, hungry, and horny. What a great combo.
Don't want to spoil things, but the end battle was great.
I was laughing at the dog parts. I thought it was going to be a little silly, but it was pulled off as being really funny. I liked that.
Please give this audio book a try. I know there's more in the series and I hope the remaining ones are just as good.
I really liked this book. I just downloaded #2 in the series and re-listened to this so I'd be up on the story. The plot was engaging, the orator was excellent, the characters weren't super predictable, and occasionally I snickered out loud at one of the quips in the book. I do believe I'll pickup #3 while the Christmas sale is on.
"Another totally 'awesome' urban fantasy!"
In short if you liked 'Rivers of London' then you will really enjoy this too!
Hounded is a witty, funny steeped in mythology fast listen. The main character, Atticus is totally beleivable set in modern day USA, and his dog, an Irish Wolfhound called Oberon, is so full of life and funny, but without being naff!
Luke Daniels characterisation is amazing, I gave this one 5 stars, as I loved it, but would have given Ben Aaranovitch if I could have! Enjoy.
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