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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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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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    Amazon Customer Crestview, FL, United States 06-18-12
    Amazon Customer Crestview, FL, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2005
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    "I enjoyed this book very much."
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oberon was my favorit character. If only I had a dog like that. If only I could talk to my dog in my head!


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    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 06-18-12
    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 06-18-12 Member Since 2004

    I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)

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    "Attempting to balance new age and old myth"

    This is one of the immortal of the ancient world attempting to make the best of it in the current one. The story starts out rather unimpressive immortals hidden in the South United States, a little mythology and the main character running a new age shop as a cover for the real magic. The story warms up and while not original in the gods chosen to cause trouble the author warms up to him material and provides reasonable excitement and warm characters you can root for.

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    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 06-08-12
    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2008
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    I just could not get into it. I listened to maybe half an hour and had to quit. If you are male and maybe in your ealy teens, go for it. When the main character has his third interaction with a gloriously hot female within the first chapter - sorry, the third gloriously hot female - I can't keep my eyes from crossing.

    The writing is almost 'there' in parts but it just asked for more of a stretch than I was capable of making.

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    Leslie McFarlane 06-05-12 Member Since 2006
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    I love the humor, wrapped up with the bits of mythology. Luke Daniels is an awesome narrator.

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    Circe 05-08-12
    Circe 05-08-12 Member Since 2010

    I spend three hours in the car each day. I would have died of boredom months ago if not for audiobooks. I especially love a good series!

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    "Bought this on a whim, and I love the series!"
    What did you love best about Hounded?

    I really like the characters, especially the dog, Oberon. The story is engaging and there is a witty humor in the characters that I really enjoy.


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

    I think Luke Daniels is the perfect narrator for this book. He does a great job conveying the wit and sarcasm that the characters possess.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a bit like Dresden, though much less dark. However, the dark comedy is similar and the main character is as likable as Harry and seems to have the same "bad luck" as Harry. I refer to this series as "dresden-lite". It definitely has its own merits and is a great read or listen.

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    michael easton, MD, United States 05-07-12
    michael easton, MD, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2007
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    the story really got me involved with the characters. And, you got you love this guys dog. Aticus steals the show


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    Burt Berkeley, CA, United States 04-30-12
    Burt Berkeley, CA, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2005
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    Not sure why others liked this, but I found the story massively boring! And yes, I do like vampire, werewolf, etc stories that are well done. I just found myself so bored that I finally stopped listening at around 2 Hr and moved to the next book in my library.

    Life is too short for poor writing like this...


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    Marissa CLAREMONT, NH, United States 04-19-12
    Marissa CLAREMONT, NH, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wish I was a Druid"
    If you could sum up Hounded in three words, what would they be?

    Hot diggity dog!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth of the characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ohmygosh.....too hard to pick one. So I guess any scene that Oberon is in.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Listended to all three of the books back to back. Can't get enough!

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    Brenda Midland, Tx, United States 04-16-12
    Brenda Midland, Tx, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    I bought this book not knowing what to expect and almost stopped listening just a few 'chapters' in..but..the story hooked me and the narrator actually fit the story well. I'm not that familiar with Celtic mythology but there was enough background worked into the story that it wasn't a problem.

    The main character was charming and I loved his dog, Oberon..most of the characters were well delineated and the story moved along well.

    Overall it was a fun read but I don't know that I would bother with any more of the series. There would be a lot of potential story lines to work with but it isn't the kind of story that left me craving more.

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    Craig Katy, TX, United States 04-16-12
    Craig Katy, TX, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    Where does Hounded rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The only problem I have this series is that I have finished them all. More please! This should be a continuing series.


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