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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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    Sean amery, WI, United States 12-23-11
    Sean amery, WI, United States 12-23-11
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    "If only it wasn't so short!"
    If you could sum up Hounded in three words, what would they be?

    Short mythological fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hounded?

    Oberon and his obsessions.


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

    No I have not but he does such a GREAT job in this book.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The single basic concept inherent in this series of books, that all the

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    Cathryn Lane Australia 12-23-11
    Cathryn Lane Australia 12-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it"
    Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

    It's entertaining and very much a keeper


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The story is great and the narrator (Luke Daniels) was SO natural and entertaining to listen to. I listen to many audiobooks (while I am working and also for relaxation) and this book had many characters totally identifying by voice and accent and I loved the hound.

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    jakioh 12-21-11
    jakioh 12-21-11 Member Since 2009
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    "fluffy but good and fun read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. It was fun, the narrator's voice for the dog was hilarious.


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

    Hard to say, the main character was very cool. I liked the little old lady in the village, I could identify with her....


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    Stacey Leander, TX, United States 12-21-11
    Stacey Leander, TX, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2006
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    "I really like this series."
    Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this book again. The dog is the best charater in this series. He is really very funny.


    What other book might you compare Hounded to and why?

    This series is very much of the genre I like to listen to and read. I prefer almost all the books I purchased regarding magic, esp, or paranormal. This book is comparable to the Sookie Stackhouse series and just as funny.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    I think that Luke Daniels did a great job and really brought the charaters to life.


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

    I did listen to this and the other books in one sitting.


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    Vinayak Sydney, Australia 12-20-11
    Vinayak Sydney, Australia 12-20-11
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    "Unexpected gem"
    Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

    Perhaps - in a couple of years. It was immensely entertaining, and the references (although dated) would still make anyone who lived through the 90s and 00s laugh.


    What other book might you compare Hounded to and why?

    Monster Hunter International - Faeries (/Monsters) are real, and they are a real B. That pretty much sums up both series of books, and the humor is pretty congruous.


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

    Oberon the dog. The right combination of lovable and dependable. Perfect.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It definitely made me laugh uproariously two or three times. More than most books, I have to say.


    Any additional comments?

    When first listening to this book, I got about an hour in then put it down for a number of months. Simply put, it requires a leap of faith pretty much immediately, and I sadly wasn't able to make it the first time. Fantasy set in the modern context is very difficult for me to get into, and I suspect it's the same for a lot of other dyed-in-the-wool fantasy lovers.

    The writing, however, which is in many ways a tad unpolished, makes up for itself in its sheer blunt and brutal force. Both combat and comedy are treated with all the elegance of a spaghetti western, and you quickly learn to love it. Definitely an unexpected gem - and to round out the cliches, sets itself up as a diamond in the rough for what is sure to be an enthralling series.

    The narrator, Luke Daniels, although a tad samey in some of his performances, delivers with the level of gusto and bravado essential for this novel. An excellent job all round.

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    frank carthage, IN, United States 12-20-11
    frank carthage, IN, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2011

    Frank

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    "Not a fan"
    What disappointed you about Hounded?

    Just about everything. Poorly written and read.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Jonathan Maberry, Simon R. Green or Jim Butcher


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Maybe added a little more life or spark to the narration.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and boredom


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    Craig A. Mutchler Davis, Il USA 12-20-11
    Craig A. Mutchler Davis, Il USA 12-20-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Moved quickly"
    Where does Hounded rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks around the middle of the pack in my listening experience. It moved quickly and was an entertaining listen. I bought it to try out the series and was priced right.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hounded?

    The final fight scene with the werewolves, witches and Atticus's arch enemy was pretty good


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

    Although I rarely listen to an audio book in one sitting I did go through this one in three days.


    Any additional comments?

    Entertaining short listen

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    Darlene Antinozzi 12-19-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Funny, with great characters from elsewhere."
    What made the experience of listening to Hounded the most enjoyable?

    the characters, the old lady, the dog, their dialog was great!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hounded?

    The casualness of the old lady to what was taking place around her..


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

    He had a young voice of someone the age of the druid. How he made the dog sound was hilarious and of course, the old lady. All of his characters were great. I've already listened to the second one and will purchase the third in the series. I hope they keep coming.


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    Timmy 12-19-11
    Timmy 12-19-11
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    "Awsome, period."

    I always enjoy it when books portray magic in inventive ways, ways that make it believable, but still magical, and the druidic powers and magical lore in hounded fit in perfectly, which is particularly hard to do in an urban fantasy book. Anyway, the story's good, the performance is great, and the jokes are extreamly clever and outright hilarious. This book is awsome, period.

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    Scott Rochester, MN, United States 12-19-11
    Scott Rochester, MN, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great use of humor and sarcasm in a fantasy yarn!"

    Great use of humor and sarcasm in a fantasy yarn!, Well read story, I bust a gut laughing!

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    6/19/11
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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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