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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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    Eugene MERAUX, LA, United States 01-01-12
    Eugene MERAUX, LA, United States 01-01-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great audiobook"
    Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

    I would listen again. It not for the great story then just to here the voice and toughts of a Irish wolf hound. Love it


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    The dog voice


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I would buy it again if I had the chance.

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    Donna Panama City, FL, United States 01-01-12
    Donna Panama City, FL, United States 01-01-12 Member Since 2013
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    Reader was great for this book. I enjoyed this book because it was fast paced and easy to listen to. I like the idea the main character is immortal because I will definitely listen to the next book in the series.

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    Edward United States 01-01-12
    Edward United States 01-01-12
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    "A have to own book for those who love myths!"

    This series of books concernning the last remaining druid is great. I love reading all books concerning different myths. This series utilize the Celtic mythos. If you love Riodan's books with Percy Jackson and the Kane children. Then you will love this book. I grew up reading fantasy. I had noticed that true fantasy has fallen to wayside, as Urban fantasy has gain in popularity. This book is the reason Urban fantasy has grown. The greatest part of the whole series are the interaction between the druid and his wolfhound!! The author has a winner series here along the lines of Harry Dresden, and I look forward to more books!

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    Shelley 12-31-11
    Shelley 12-31-11
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    Good easy-listening fantasy. I bought the book based on the fab reviews, and while I wasn't bowled over, it grew on me. I think I'm a little old to be swayed by Atticus' hip-dude charms, but Daniels' narration is spot on and enjoyable. I'll order the next in the series.

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    Gavin Smith Seattle, WA USA 12-31-11
    Gavin Smith Seattle, WA USA 12-31-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Not Into "Witches Among Us" Etc But This Was Great"
    Where does Hounded rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've tried a number of books that feature modern witches, vampires, etc. and usually find them too goofy or too harsh or unbelievable and stop reading partway through, but this I really enjoyed. The central character is a 2000-year-old Druid who looks and sounds like a thoughtful young man. He has had to be clever and resourceful keeping alive that long, and this book features his toughest challenge yet. It's light in a good way, great writing, great narration. I'm on to the next book in the series...


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    Lynnellen Neosho, WI, United States 12-30-11
    Lynnellen Neosho, WI, United States 12-30-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome Story, Hilarious and informative."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would gladly recommend this book to a friend. It was great listening and instantly went out and bought the next one to continue with the story. The person reading is awesome, his voices he used and the tones were great and kept me


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor, the story itself, the person reading it. Hard to pinpoint just one thing.


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

    If that was the person reading it then excitement, believability and the ability to lose myself totally in the listening instead of growing tired from eyestrain.


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

    A modern Merlin for real??? not sure, I'm lousy with that kind of thing


    Any additional comments?

    absolutely would go see it in the movies but not sure that a movie would be as good as the person narrating it made it....

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    teresa 12-30-11
    teresa 12-30-11
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    Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

    I would listen to this story again and again because it's that good. I know a lot about Celtic myth/legend and am often disappointed because the author messes it up somehow. For instance, they will give grossly incorrect pronunciations for names of Gods/Goddesses, place names, or phrases commonly used in the Gaelic language. In this story, the main character is interesting, but not a pompous ass; the Sidhe are accurately portrayed, and the relationship the main character has to his dog is worth the read alone. The voice performer is right on target each time and the entire feel of the story is not only intriguing, but appropriately entertaining and funny in all the right places. This is a great read (listen) and I would recommend it to anyone regardless of genre preference.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the supernatural characters were portrayed, and the main character's outlook/point of view.


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

    Oberon


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

    This story makes True Blood seem stale.


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    S. Smith Memphis, TN 12-29-11
    S. Smith Memphis, TN 12-29-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story - fun listen!"

    I really enjoyed this book (and I'm enjoying the 2nd one as well).
    The story grabbed me from the start, the characters were interesting and, on occasion, I actually laughed out loud at some of the dialog.
    I also really like the performance. Mr. Daniels does a great job of bringing the characters to life. I'll definitely look for other book narrated by him.

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    ahintz17 12-29-11
    ahintz17 12-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this book!"

    I was looking for something different besides the mystery/thriller/espionage that I usually read and after reading some reviews I decided to download this book and I was not sorry! I loved the characters and the story. It had both humor and suspense and by humor I mean laugh out loud funny! I will be reading the rest of the series and maybe anything else by this author. Also to be noted, the narration was most excellent including all the different accents and each different character, above all though, like many others Oberon is my favorite! Get the book, you won't be disappointed...!

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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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    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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