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)
Kevin Hearne writes a pretty entertaining story here with creative use of the ancient gods of many cultures. The interaction between the main character and his pet wolf hound is really funny. Oberon was my favorite character.
I have only two complaints: the performance - the narrator could not pronounce 90% of the foreign words in the book (and there were quite a few). It was very distracting. Otherwise his reading was fine, a little dull, but fine. My second issue was with the author's reliance on tired and hackneyed stoner jokes and trite description of the goddess Morrigan as looking like a Victoria's Secret model. Really? She is the Irish goddess of goddess of battle, strife, and fertility, I just cannot picture her as emaciated with fake breasts.
Overall, a good read but the author needs to work on making his character sound more like a 2,000 year old druid and less like the ASU frat boys he often pokes fun at.
I'm not sure if it was the narration or the characters but for me this was good story potential poorly executed. I won't go any farther into the series.
Fun Breezy Engaging
He did a great job bringing out the characters with this voice, both male and female.
Good story, good premise, I'm looking forward to the next in the series. Wished it had gone on longer - only eight hours of listening enjoyment for my credit.
I love reading books, I never thought I'd enjoy audio books like the one I downloaded!
I never owned an audible book before but I have listened to TED talks while working on my spreadsheets (does that count as an audible?). Anyway, the Iron Druid was the best companion ever during the tiring end of the year when deadlines left me too tired to read. This ebook was a good companion while I was relaxing. I had it playing in a Kindle and my daughter sat near me and we shared the experience of being read to.
I love the way Luke Daniels lent his voice and cadence to each character's words. I went through a lot of audibles and chose the one with his voice because it's his voice and his easy-going style that made it easy to understand.
When I read books, I often fall asleep. With the Iron Druid, I made sure I didn't miss out on the action and stayed wide awake.
I stumbled on these books and bought the first because it was on sale. I listened to a 1/4 of the book before running back to buy the other two. They are well written, funny, have great characters and frankly just a sheer joy to listen to. The narrator is fabulous but he has great material to work with. I have to say that Oberon, the dog, is my favourite, although Atticus is a close second. The easy relationship and banter between Atticus and Oberon makes the characterization in these books sing. I'm a lover of myth and history and Hearne has woven both seamlessly into his well written story.
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
The dog voice
I would buy it again if I had the chance.
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.
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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