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)
This is an enjoyable, energetic series with all the fun magical characters in a modern setting. It is the rare audiobook i carry into the house with me after my commute, but i kept on listening at home and would have been sad to reach the end if i had not already purchased and downloaded the next two books in the series.
What really makes this such a treat is Luke Daniels' narration. His characters are colorful and unique, his accents are fantastic, and the real test for me is his reading of the numerous FEMALE parts. I hate when men try to do women and end up with that insipid, distracting, and what comes off as insulting attempt at a high, weak sounding Tootsie impersonation. Mr. Daniels totally rocks it, so much so that I forget a man is reading the part. Each voice is distinct enough to keep characters straight, and who doesn't fall in love with Oberon, the Irish Wolfhound? So fun. Get this book! Worth not only the credit, but the full price as well.
This was a great listen. Light and very entertaining. Oberon, the Irish Wolf Hound is by far my favorite character. The narrator did a very good job esp with Oberon.
Finally, a fantasy series that doesn't take itself too seriously. The action will keep you turning the pages, with a smartass modern reference to Star Wars periodically to make you laugh out loud. Oberon the dog needs a nomination for best written dog character ever. I haven't looked at my own dog recently without imagining Oberon's excited voice and one track comments coming out of his mouth. Luke Daniels does an outstanding job with the different accents and characters. This series makes me want to plan long car trips so I'll have time to listen!
This book was among the better fantasy books I've listened to, good story and not a romance.
I haven't listened to this reader before but I thought he interpreted the character quite well. His voices for the other characters were also good, especially the dog. Loved the dog!
Overall, I enjoyed this book enough to look for others in the series.
The performer was great and the story was unique. It made me want to buy the next one! Wish it were longer...
I just finished all three of the books in this series, and, I have to say, I flew through them. The stories contain just the right mix of humor and message (think the ethics of keeping the earth) with a deft dash of sarcasm and sex to keep things moving.
Not on the list of classics, but such a good way to listen as you drive -- I want the next installment soon!!
His voice was varied and subtle, and he handled the various accents well. But how could I not also mention his interpretation of
No, because I didn't want it to end too soon!
Thanks and let's get that Book 4 on its way.
Only be cause Luke Daniels really captured the characters' essence.
Waking the witch by Kim Harrison is comparable because I love the supporting characters as much as the main character. It's a fun and exciting read as well.
The fun of Oberon's chatter just can't be captured by ink.
I loved the whole thing.
Excellent and fun story with a unique twist to perspective. Presentation was excellent, performance was spot on. The writing isn't deep or horribly complex but that enables it to come across as very refreshing and fun.
Oberron, the perspective of life from an Irish Wolfhound was inspired. I die laughing every time I come across a part with the dog.
Consistent attitude and accenting differences between each character presented so matter-of-fact that I had trouble NOT instantly visualizing every character.
Absolutely. Was so fun and paced lightheartedly.
A good pairing of books for people also into the Dresden novels. The Iron Druid Chronicles are nowhere near as dark or gritty as and are a perfect counterpoint for enjoyment.
Enjoyable, fun, easy
Laughed out loud a couple of times
This book has a terriffic reader. You forget there is a reader and see the picture in your head instead. I bought all three of these books because the stories are fun and the reader is so good. It is too bad the Harry Dresden books don't have this reader. Only thing wrong with this book is the way the reader pronounce Saquarro. If you like wizard, druids, witchs, gods, werewolves, vampires and big dogs that talk, you will love these books
Top 3, loved the book and the different voice characters.
Oberon and Atticus's relationship...the dog's point of view is great!
The final battle at the end with the gods, werewolves, whitches and Atticus.
"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.
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