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.
This is book one of the Iron Druid Chronicles series. If you would like to hear more, you will find the first chapter of book two – Hexed – at the end of this recording.
©2011 Kevin Hearne (P)2013 Hachette Audio
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"More Dora the explorer than Dresden"
The story is actually ok and entertaining. What ruined it for me I s the narrator's voice when he's doing the dog, Oberon's, voice. He sounds just like scooby-do.
If you think you might like the book try and listen to a sample that includes some dialogue from the dog.
The story mixes lots of fantasy and myths in a way that seem to coexist together very well. The main character, Atticus, is likable and has a good sense of humour. The story has a good pace but is nothing entirely new. This doesn't stop if from being an enjoyable listen and i recommend it to anyone if you like other urban fantasy books.
I would have preferred an irish narrator due to the characters origin but he does a good job.
I was prepared to be disappointed when I chose this book but it was surprisingly excellent. First time I had heard anything read by Chrstopher Ragland but really enjoyed his voice characterisations....if that is a word!!
Yes. Hounded was a romp of a tale. Many of the minor characters are well drawn, especially Oberon, and the gods are as egocentric and unreliable as you'd expect them to be. Atticus is likeable and I quickly got drawn into the story and wanted to know what happened next. I've already bought the next book in the series.
This would have to be Oberon. He was funny and smart and yet still doglike. How you imagine a dog might be if he could really communicate. He was also narrated particularly well, better than the women in the story.
His interpretation of the male characters was very good and Oberon a delight, but I did feel he struggled a little with the female characters, although it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book at all.
It's not that kind of book. Although Oberon's "Only Five." Comment at the end moved me to laughter.
"Superb Urban Fantasy Book"
Loved listening to this book. Definitely one of the best audiobooks I've come across.
The story kept you hooked, and the pace of it was such that you're mind never wandered off - like what you're having for dinner. I've read a quite a few urban fantasy novels, and this is easily one of the more entertaining ones.
Admittedly, I haven't listened to many audiobooks, as I'm still kind of new to it, but from the dozen or so books I have gone through, by far Christopher Ragland was the best narrator. The broad spectrum of tones he could encompass was amazing.My favourite character was Oberon, the irish wolfhound. Every-time I heard Ragland do Oberon's voice, I couldn't help but smile.
The main reason why I decided to write this review was because of Christopher Ragland performance. It's worth buying just because of him alone.
"Romping adventure full of action.Great characters"
Kevin Hearne takes you to modern day America where a 2000 year old druid is selling books.books. Atticus is the Iron Druid ,he gets an apprentice called Granuaile and has a mind speaking dog Called Oberon. Confused? Don't be, this is a great romp across the universe where you meet an assortment of vampires, Greek and Roman Gods and a smattering of people like the Red Indian god Trickster and even Jesus will make an appearance. Kevin has a way of telling the tale that is a delight. Reading this will make you want to read the whole series
Oberon is my favorite as he has a wry sense of humour a great wit and he does love his sausages
I have listened to all the series. Christopher Raglands performance is always great, well paced and the type of voice which does not tend to make me sleepy.
I think that this book is a rollercoaster of fun and excitement and full of adventure, there are lots and lots of moving moments
This book made me wonder about tha characters and their names. Some are obviously named from characters from history and legend,but Granuaile I had to look up and found her to be real. She was an 18th century witch who was a member of the aristocracy.Please write faster Kevin.
"Fantastic series of books"
I downloaded this book for my holidays thinking it might be an interesting read, I could not turn it off. I loved the characters, the style of writing and the action. I will probably listen to all the books in this series again at some stage.
Is it a bit sad when a grown man says his favourite character is Oberon the Irish woofhound! I loved listening to his view of the world and the conversations he has Atticus. I like a book that makes me laugh out loud and all of Kevin Hearnes books have given me great pleasure to read.
This was the first time i had listened to Christopher but by the time I worked my way through all six books I had never tired of his excellent narration. He managed to get excited, angry, and knows how to swear well! He really brought the books to life which is so important and plays a talking dog fantastically .
"A witty delight"
This book was a serendipitous. It is not really a story but a sequence of incidents all described with wit by somebody who does not take himself of his writing too seriously, yet plays with language and preconceived ideas so that the listener/reader laughs out loud. Hearne amusingly lampoons the New Age, and I am straight on to "Hexed".
Brilliantly read, great performance!!
I loved Oberon like a cheeky scooby doo!
Lots made me laugh!!
This is seriously addictive!!
"A hard slog"
All the good reviews and upbeat opinions about this book compelled me to give it a go. Oh my goodness, did I suffer! After about a quarter of the book I started checking compulsively how much more is there and kept doing it until the blessed end. Shallow characters, silly storyline and horid performance are the major features of this book.
Atticus, the protagonist, is one of the most annoying and painfully cheesy characters to date. His irritating side-kick, the hound Oberon, can make you lose your will to live. The story will leave you slack-jawed as to how such a literary achievement ever passed the scrutiny of editors and publishers. To top it all off, the performance will make you wince, especially at the interpretation of the voice of Oberon.
I will most certainly not be trying to listen any more of the books in this series (6 of them in total!!!!!!!!) out of fear that my brain will go completely numb and will be damaged irreversibly.
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