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Hounded Audiobook

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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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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    L.C. Hoogvliet, Netherlands 03-21-12
    L.C. Hoogvliet, Netherlands 03-21-12 Member Since 2011

    Listens to audiobooks while travelling to and from various countries in Europe.

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    "Not the druid, the dog is the real star."

    This is one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I have listened to. The story is okay but no award winner by any stretch of the imagination. Still the story is entertaining enough.

    The narration of Luke Daniels and humour in this audiobook really sells it. On the basis of this audiobook I've listened to the other books as well, and though they are also very good, this book is the best of the series so far. The dog was without a doubt the real star of the book.

    The book is well paced, very clear, very easy to listen to when travelling or at home. As a fan of the genre I'd say this is one of the better books you can buy.

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    Kyle Winston Salem, NC, United States 03-20-12
    Kyle Winston Salem, NC, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful!"
    Where does Hounded rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very humerous and action packed! A great listen for any audience...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oberon the dog - His thought process is simple like that of a dog but also complex and humerous!


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    Lea Long Beach, Australia 03-19-12
    Lea Long Beach, Australia 03-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "fabulous story, wow"
    What made the experience of listening to Hounded the most enjoyable?

    This series is just excellent! I loved the narrator and the story especially the dog!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Atticus is such a great guy and I love the dog Oberon, the whole tale was excellent.


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

    All of the characters were excellent, but I think Oberon was the best.


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

    I really enjoyed listening to the story and loved the reader Luke Daniels


    Any additional comments?

    I want to hear more of these ones!

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    Edward BOONVILLE, MO, United States 03-19-12
    Edward BOONVILLE, MO, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Laugh out loud funny"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, already have recommended it to several of my friends. Great story, perfect timing, and read beautifully.


    Which scene was your favorite?


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

    Had to laugh every time his hound spoke.


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    leonie Australia 03-19-12
    leonie Australia 03-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Celtic gods in modern America."

    The writer has used celtic history and modern slang in such a way that it continually surprizes and delights. A druid that is over two thousand years old has a "new age" shop in a college town in America. From the first chapter where he feeds a couple of fairies to an elemental you know this isn't going to be your average fairy tale. (The fairies were attacking him.) I love the voice of the dog, an Irish wolfhound, in this book. The narrator gets the voices of all the characters so distint and perfect. I don't think I'd enjoy reading this book, but I loved listening to it.

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    Charles Hanover, PA, United States 03-19-12
    Charles Hanover, PA, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am always on the hunt for new fantasy series authors to listen to, this is a good one. The Irish theme and crossover is very interesting. I must admit Oberon, the Irish Wolf Hound is my favorite sidekick!


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    Theresa 03-18-12
    Theresa 03-18-12
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    "Really enjoyed this book."

    Great story and great narration. I got all books in the series on audible.

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

    Ideal for a road trip, or another activity that doesn't need full, deep concentration. This is a really fun book, and teens/adolescents/young adults will like it.


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    Erin Calabasas, CA, United States 03-13-12
    Erin Calabasas, CA, United States 03-13-12

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    "Fun! Humorous! and Excellent Narration"

    Great opening to the series. The author and the narrator do no take themselves too seriously which allows this book to be fun and memorable.

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    Maurice FARMVILLE, NC, United States 03-12-12
    Maurice FARMVILLE, NC, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Hilarious, exciting light-reading!"
    What did you love best about Hounded?

    This book is hilarious. Let me say that again, hilarious! It's a light-hearted tale of swords and sorcery set in modern day Arizona that pits a two-thousand year-old druid against a Celtic God who's out for revenge. The premise may be incredible, but the characters and plot are not. Atticus' voice is snarky and humorous and combines the mundane and the magical in a seamless blend. Bonus points for the narrator who makes the characters and story come alive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Atticus' dog Oberon was easily my favorite character. He was so expressive and funny.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Luke Daniels makes the dog, Oberon come alive in such a way that I never would have reading the book on my own.


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

    A tale for the ages.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're in doubt, get this one!

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    6/19/11
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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