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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.
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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.

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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    Mike Murphy Switzerland 05-25-13
    Mike Murphy Switzerland 05-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.

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    "Loved the dog, liked the druid, enjoyed the read"

    Christopher Ragland's reading of this book struck just the right balance between laid back, cool without trying, humorous druid and truly scary, I'll hack you to death with my bare hands and spit on your grave, this is why I've lives so long, druid.

    He also does a great voice for Oberon, the Irish Wolfhound that he wisely chose not to give an Irish accent.

    If you're looking for a light, humorous read, with enough plot to keep you turning the metaphorical pages, enough violence to keep you awake and enough new ideas to keep everything fresh, this is the book for you.

    We have one Druid, a coven of witches, a pack of werewolves, a vampire lawyer (not sure which of those two words is scarier), a possessed barmaid, a "merry on whiskey" Irish widow several Fae, three Goddesses and one horseman of the apocolypse and this is just book one of the series.

    Most importantly of all, we have a dog with a big heart and a dry sense of humor.

    Give this book a try. You won't regret it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rico Yarde Barbados 03-28-14
    Rico Yarde Barbados 03-28-14 Member Since 2013

    I like to listen to books that would keep me on my feet, horrors, suspense, mystery, thrillers, dragons, magic.. lets just say a good read

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    "Awesome"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hounded to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the printed version but audio book is awesome


    What other book might you compare Hounded to and why?

    Eragon, they both have story lines that are similar and they are both fantastic


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

    Read the book? after hearing the audio book i won't read i would listen to it. :)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the whole book, it was just action and suspense from the beginning.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Moorooka, Australia 08-20-13
    David Moorooka, Australia 08-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Epic"
    What made the experience of listening to Hounded the most enjoyable?

    This is a brilliant book especially as there is no monotheism, Oberon is the deepest and funniest character I have read in a long time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Lilian
    Mezieres-Sur-Issoire, France
    6/27/13
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    "Oh no - another addictive series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love Atticus and his friends - escapist adventure story which captured my imagination immediately. This book finished all too quickly for me - so I had to buy the next two right away to see what would happen next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Atticus and also The Widow Lady.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Ragland’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This was the first book I have heard narrated by Christopher Ragland - he captured the characters wonderfully and the different voices match very well - though I did have to stop my sewing machine whenever the vampire voice was on - great sibilant whispery effect, but impossible to hear over the machine - will have to buy good headphones to use for the next book. I would definitely look for books narrated by Christopher Ragland - he absolutely understands the author's expression.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Atticus - last of the Druids - man of mystery and magic - a hero with RED hair??


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Croydon, United Kingdom
    11/4/13
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    "I love finding a great new series"

    I found this by accident, and I've fond a series which is involving, read brilliantly, makes me smile and makes me want to listen whenever I can - the ideas that Kevin Hearne has introduced extends what I thought most of the magic based books cover, but this one really does add new ideas

    The book is read amazingly, adding a new narrator to my "must listen" list, he adds intensity to the characters, really giving each part of the story just the right amount of energy for the action in the story

    If you enjoy well read books that have interesting storylines, then this is definietely a book for you to try, and if you're as impressed as I was, then you'll have found a new series to definiely continue listening to!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Toby
    Nr Dorchester, Dorset, United Kingdom
    7/10/13
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    "Comic fantasy in Pratchett's league!"

    Combine a 2000 year old Druid, coven of witches, a pack of werewolves, a vampire, and a semi-telepathic Irish wolfhound... Mix in a small American town, and toss in a few angry Irish gods.
    This is obviously the recipe that Kevin Hearne followed writing this book, and it's bloody brilliant! (I use the word "Bloody" as an adjective in this case as there are a fair number of sword fights and other violent episodes in this book!)
    The characters are believable (I believe that if I knew a 21 year old who happened to be a 2000 year old Druid, he'd act this way!) and the story keeps clipping along.
    All in all, well worth a read, and well worth 5 stars!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Colette
    Gorebridge, United Kingdom
    6/21/13
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    "Love these books"

    I've listened to the three books in this series available on Audible in very quick succession, enjoying every moment. The stories are fun, the characters compelling and interesting and the narrator brilliant. I came to them via The Dresden file books which are similar but a bit more serious. I loved the regular Star Trek references and agree totally with Atticus that Neil Gaiman in the man. Now I'm waiting impatiently for the rest of the books to be made available here.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    Chester, United Kingdom
    7/9/14
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    "Good, but not great"
    Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

    To be honest I really struggled to get through the story, i dont know if i would do so again.


    Did Christopher Ragland do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    No, the characters are all a little 'kiddy' and over the top. Rather than putting on serious voices for the other characters they feel a bit like Scooby Doo characters. Asides from that the narration is good, the main characters inner monologue sits nicely with the character.


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

    No, in fact often in jarred me out of listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    The actual story line was great, the characters felt interesting and not too 1 dimensional; however the book is full of little back tracks through history that are completely inaccurate (I know this is a fantasy book, but when a character is supposed to have lived 2 millennia then you would like him to actually know what he is talking about during the past- if not you want an explanation of how this world differs from ours). It all just needs a bit more research OR an explanation to why history is wrong.

    I was hoping for something to keep me busy while waiting for the next Dresden Files book, but I think I was setting my scopes to high.

    All in all the book isn't bad, in fact its quite good - but not as good as others in this genre/style.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S. Davidson
    Surrey, UK
    7/8/13
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    "A great start to the series"
    If you could sum up Hounded in three words, what would they be?

    I bought the book through one of the special offers, and absolutely delighted that i did... it's a great book, easy to read with great characters! In fact, I couldn't wait to find a few moments to listen, even while cooking dinner! the characters are likeable, especially Oberon - Atticus's dog, the side kick of the story. I bought the next two within days of starting the first one :) THANKS!


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Ragland’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    this was my introduction to his performance - but would highly recommend him. His interpretation of Oberon was classic!


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

    Definitely - I just wish that I'd started it on a friday evening, so that I didn't have to worry about going to work!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jane White
    Uxbridge, Middlesex United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Hounded - and wanting more"
    What did you like most about Hounded?

    The story line was the best thing about this book. It was easy to listening and hard to turn off.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Each chapter left you wanting to go straight onto the next one. The story flowed not leaving any parts you couldnt understand or feel like you had to rewind.


    What does Christopher Ragland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The feeling and the passion. Christopher Ragland made you feel like you were inside the book. You could hear the detail of where the characters were, the aura around the battles, and the depth of the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the main character save the day for his true love (his dog) ..... dont want to go into to much detail to spoil your listening


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first time I have wanted to list to a druid book much less a triolgy of 6 book, but the first book left me wanting the next one in the series straight away. so much so I have increased my membership subscription.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Sedgefield, South Africa
    6/4/13
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    "Light enjoyable listen"

    Hounded by Kevin Heard introduces a new world of magic creatures. A powerful druid, confusing gods and a stunning wolfhound. A tale of magical weapons, spells and lore. I was captivated . Light, easy and enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daphne
    Herts, England
    2/24/14
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Christopher Ragland’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's not that kind of book. Although Oberon's "Only Five." Comment at the end moved me to laughter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Morhib
    United Kingdom
    1/20/14
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    "Superb Urban Fantasy Book"
    Where does Hounded rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved listening to this book. Definitely one of the best audiobooks I've come across.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Ragland – was your favourite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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