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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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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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    rlafaz 02-01-12
    rlafaz 02-01-12
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    "Great Fantasy Read"
    What made the experience of listening to Hounded the most enjoyable?

    I liked the story right away but wasn't to sure of the reader, but the more I listened to it the more I liked the reader. I thought this was a great fantasy read. The main character is great a modern day druid through and through. It's a fun and lively time I highly recommend it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The druid and of course his friend and pet.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    Yes.


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    Jill 01-31-12
    Jill 01-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book"

    Both I and my sixteen-year-old son loved this book. We listened together in the car and laughed out loud in many places. The narrator's character voices and inflections are great. I love Oberon the wolfhound! There are many recent/current pop culture references in this book, which I think some readers may miss. We were listening to it on a road trip and had to download the second book immediately when we were done because we wanted more.

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    Elise Emmett, ID, United States 01-31-12
    Elise Emmett, ID, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Narration, narration, narration"
    Where does Hounded rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have never listened to an audio book twice... until Hounded! It is undoubtedly the best narrator I have heard so far. This book made me truly laugh out loud while driving to work. It's got a fantastic storyline and I couldn't wait to get my ears on the next book in the series (Hexed). Definitely worth a listen!


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    Donna Canada 01-30-12
    Donna Canada 01-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "WONDERFULLY WRITTEN!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book and series! The characters jump off the pages for you! A face paced extremely entertaining story line combining so many different mythological beings that you can't put the story down!


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Luke Daniels brought this story to life for me. LOVED his narration of this series! He enhanced an extremely well written story with his rendition!


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    Cheyenna Barron, WI, United States 01-30-12
    Cheyenna Barron, WI, United States 01-30-12
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    "Amazing"
    Where does Hounded rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hounded (as well as Hexed and Hammered) were amazing books! A few months ago I put a few things in my wishlist, and when I finally went through it at least half of the books were narrated by Luke Daniels, and I'm glad for it. He's wonderful! Not only does he smoothly voice Atticus but he brings to life each of the main characters masterfully. The writing was keen, funny, had just enough details and action, and kept me coming for more (all three books worth!). I highly recommend this (and the other two) novels to anyone who like a bit of harder-campy-type fun with action and a bit of mythical adventure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Amazing, funny, quick-witted writing in all aspects.


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

    Leaf was the best, mainly because of the writing, but he does such a wonderful job (even) on a secondary character.


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

    YES! Each book in the series too. I can't wait for more!


    Any additional comments?

    I don't delve into stories this deeply but it's hard to wait for more. Wonderful book.

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    K. Culleton San Angelo Texas 01-27-12
    K. Culleton San Angelo Texas 01-27-12 Member Since 2014

    Avid Biker - RAGBRAI rules

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    "Mediocre urban fantasy"
    What could Kevin Hearne have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book presumes too much by introducing fantastical elements that make it impossible to take seriously. Teenagers may like it but it is not written for mature readers.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hounded?

    It just needs more gritty reality and less of the overly-fantastic.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Austyannie 01-23-12
    Austyannie 01-23-12
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    "Light entertainment, very well read"
    Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

    I thoroughly enjoyed both the story, which was original and humourous, and the narration. The words and delivery of the thoughts of Oberon (the Irish wolfhound) had me chuckling in the middle of a crowded train! A definite keeper, and looking forward to the rest of the series.


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    Jeroen Keijenborg, Netherlands 01-22-12
    Jeroen Keijenborg, Netherlands 01-22-12
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    "Average but fun."
    Where does Hounded rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say it ranks at about mid level.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting was by far the authors take on druidic mythology. The least interesting where the side stories that lead the protagonist to the final conclusion.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not.


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

    I dont think there could be any better name for it then Hounded, it just describes everything perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an easy listening story that does not involve a lot of thinking. The plot is by no means complicated but its not razor thin either. For those who have enjoyed stories like Urban Shaman or The Dresden Files this will be a great listen, although simplistic. I would like to add that in the second novel the writers talents greatly improved.

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    Amber Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-21-12
    Amber Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-21-12

    A simple girl that likes fantasy, mystery, and horror. She loves Doctor Who and The Southern Vampire series. A very open minded individual who can step past the boundaries of her favorites into new, unfamiliar waters. Also, she's willing to give any well-written book a chance. :)

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    "Luke Daniels is AMAZING!"

    I loved this! The premise sounded cool and when I listened to it... Well, it wasn't just cool. It kicked ass!

    The main draw for me was the narrator. He had me going through many emotions and facial expressions as the story progressed. His emphasis on swear words are brilliantly done. Women aren't squeaky or breathy. Slight quibble with the Tamil (?) Accented character. Sounded like a dude, but forgivable. She was an old soul. Pun. ;)

    The voice of Oberon (?) Always had me cracking up and was perfectly doggy! The narrator has a wonderful grasp of dialogue and turn of phrases. There's a one-liner he says at the end of one of the late chapters that I had listen to three times!

    Notable mention has to also go to the narrator pronouncing words and names that sound difficult to pronounce once, let alone many times. He just make every sound so easy. Just rolls it off the tongue.

    Now the story. It gets right into the plot and it's easy to follow. There aren't many deviations from the main story and some back-story of the world's history are in appropriate places. There's a lot of action and I also enjoy the mythology of druids and their powers. It's a solid story. But I feel like I ended up liking the character interactions more than the main story. Not by much, the every time Atticus and the Widow are speaking I grin. They have great moments together amid the chaos going on in the story.

    The action scenes will have you listening with baited breath. It's feels less like book and more like Atticus relating what happened during battle. Some times during this time Oberon keeps a amusing commentary.

    Slight quibbles are Oberon's extensive pop culture knowledge. I feel like I'm being hit over the head with three music and movie channels nearly every time he speaks. But there's a reason for it in the story and I can't really blame the poor thing for relating everything to TV. There are also some things you have suspend belief for, especially regarding people not smelling or seeing things Atticus has cloaked. Also, I started to tire of how much Atticus's age and youthfulness was mentioned. Though his often wise and older-beyond-years insight balanced this out a bit.

    Overall, kick ass narrator, great story, and funny dog! Well worth the money/credit. I look forward to the rest of the series.

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    Rancher5 CALHAN, CO, United States 01-18-12
    Rancher5 CALHAN, CO, United States 01-18-12 Member Since 2009

    Rancher5

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    "Started kind of slow than wham into the story ,"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this to any friend, very entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great set of characters, set in a modern time with very ancient people


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

    Dog


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

    Don't hurt me if you can.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story , at the beginning I was concerned the reader was going to be a let down as the story evolved it went very smoothly and ended to quickly.

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