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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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    Nan tucson, AZ, United States 06-14-11
    Nan tucson, AZ, United States 06-14-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring"

    Very predictable, I just did not enjoy the listening at all.
    Narrator mispronounced words. Unneeded cursing.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Burlington, Kentucky, United States 05-29-13
    Michael Burlington, Kentucky, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't get into it."

    I lasted about an hour into this book and I'm afraid it just wasn't for me. I've been looking for a good series ever since I finished with the Desden series but this isnt it. It wants to be Dresden. It wants to be Dresden on caffeine and steroids. However the protagonist feels too powerful, too modern for his age. Hes just not a believable character.

    Maybe its because I got on the train at the first book. It might be a fair mistake on my part. I didn't like the first dresden book either. I might try again sometime with the third or fourth book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    julia SARASOTA, FL, United States 10-31-12
    julia SARASOTA, FL, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2012

    Me? ....... Capable of many moods, and enjoying a vast range of literature. Incapable of uploading a picture and realized none of the Avatars are ......appropriate. That pretty much "tells" it all.

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    "SCARY CAMPFIRE STORY FOR KIDS"
    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this and for the only time was glad a Pendergast story was short. I did enjoy the accounts of a young Pendergast and his relationship with his little brother. Typical boys in extreme situations.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Yellow Spring, WV, United States 08-22-12
    Lynn Yellow Spring, WV, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2007

    Go Lynn

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    "Just couldn't get into the story"

    I thought I would give it a try, but I just couldn't get into the story of Druids...and I did not finish the story. I enjoyed Luke Daniels' reading.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shellee LAKE MARY, FL, United States 06-24-12
    Shellee LAKE MARY, FL, United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2011

    Shellee

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    "There's a difference between a Narrator and. ..."

    .. a storyteller. The computer generated used on a Kindle does better than this guy did at telling a story.. and I didn't get past the first chapter.. Sorry Mr. Hearne, when I have time to read the text. Maybe I will like it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Austin, TX, United States 02-28-12
    Timothy Austin, TX, United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Boring, unconvincing, annoying"

    This is the kind of book that will ruin your month if you're on a one-book plan. Narration, plot, characters and writing are all like a Scooby Doo comic. The author comes across as a sixteen-year-old smartass who's convinced he knows everything but is actually an ignorant and arrogant fool. This book makes Saturday morning cartoons look like great literature. If you enjoy good writers in the genre like Neil Gaiman and Susanne. Clarke you can safely ignore this one.

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    charles Edison, NJ, United States 07-10-11
    charles Edison, NJ, United States 07-10-11 Member Since 2008
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    "fun listen"

    A fun listen, if you liked Dresden you will enjoy this one as well. I am looking forward to the next one.

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    Marty United States 07-26-11
    Marty United States 07-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Move along...There's nothing to see here."

    Here's the stick that broke the camel's back...When the main characters dog called a 2000 plus year old enemy an, "Epic douche." Then went on to tell his owner to, "Testify." Are you kidding me? That's just, well, stupid. It is an adolescent and childish statement that takes 100% of the believability out of the story. What little it had anyway.
    I get that kids today talk in a certain way. Heck, I talk that way sometimes. However, the melding of fantasy with contemporary speech just does not work.

    The main character makes jokes in the face of death. You want to take believability out of a story? Just make your characters crack jokes as they are about to get into a life of death struggle.

    Lastly, the author needs to research what cops and detectives actually do and say, because there are several chapters in the book that are rediculous. I'd say he has a problem with the police in general and used his book to invent an embarrassing situation for law enforcement.

    2 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Vada HUNTERSVILLE, NC, United States 01-02-12
    Vada HUNTERSVILLE, NC, United States 01-02-12
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    "Funny and entertaining not a serious read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hounded to be better than the print version?

    Don't know I didn't read the print version. I prefer audiobooks


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Sci Fi aspect


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Awesome!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really


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    NA

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    Steven ARLINGTON, TX, United States 02-22-12
    Steven ARLINGTON, TX, United States 02-22-12
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Kevin Hearne and/or Luke Daniels?

    I would not try another book by Kevin Hearne. Luke Daniels tries gamely to bring the book to life but is hampered by the wretched prose.


    What was most disappointing about Kevin Hearne’s story?

    The fact that a 2100 year old druid has spent all this time alive and has no wisdom to show for it. The main character is shallow, adolescent, and not sympathetic.


    What aspect of Luke Daniels’s performance would you have changed?

    Luke Daniels is a fine narrator. He reminds me a bit of Fred Berman who narrated


    What character would you cut from Hounded?

    All of them. This book is a waste of time. It's possible that this writer might develop into a decent author but this book is half-baked and that's the nicest thing I can say about it.


    Any additional comments?

    I finished the Dresden novels by Jim Butcher and was looking for something similar. I knew a story about a 2100 year old druid who runs a book store in Arizona had a good chance of sucking but I didn't realize just how bad this book would fail. Jim Butcher certainly has his flaws but they are insignificant compared to

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Kim
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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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