In this novella there are two stories and an excerpt for book 6 hunted (about 8 minutes). Both stories have a little of Oberon in them in case you ar..Show More »e wondering. They take place before Granuaile as well.
The primary story involves an ancient book in Atticus's collection that leads him on a journey to Egypt. Here he must deal with Bast, God of cats, Sobek, God of crocodiles, evil wizards, and demons. This one was a lot of fun and anything that involves Oberon and cats is always a good fit.
Next, a short chapter presenting a preview of hunted is given. Then the last story is about clan Rathskeller, which takes place ten months before the book hounded. This one is about gnomes and fairies and is about fifty minutes long.
This may not be the best value for your buck on audible, but well worth it if you enjoy the series thus far. I liked this novella better than his last. Again, these are prequels to the current book and I hope Kevin Hearne in the future makes more of these side adventures.
The narration is always excellent. I don't think we could stand for having anyone else but Luke Daniels for the voice of Oberon.
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 ..Show More »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.
Authors often use Celtic/Druidic/Pagan ideas, beliefs and characters in their writing as merely functions for a broader story manipulation, paying no ..Show More »attention to the actual mythological history of these characters and concepts. Mr. Hearne is one of only two authors I have discovered who has succeeded in bringing these elements together with authenticity, humor and plain ol’ excellent writing. (I guess that’s what happens when you have a degree in English Education!) And hats off to Luke Daniels for almost perfect pronunciation of those almost impossible-to-pronounce Irish names!
Speaking of Mr. Daniels, his dexterity with dialect is delicious. Through the first two books in this series, he accomplishes Irish (Southern), Tamil, Polish, Russian, American South Western, Scandinavian, “Dude”-ian, and Dog! I don’t know that there has been such a good of a match between author and reader since Jim Butcher and James Marsters.
This would be a mildly entertaining story if not for Mr. Hearne’s exquisite sense of humor. As it is, the book (and series) is an extremely effective, enjoyable, addictive and yes, entertaining, experience. There is a scene in this book where Oberon is trying to impress Atticus with his use of language in order to get a treat. It is brilliantly written and brilliantly performed, and I can’t remember the last time – outside of actual live theatre – that I have been so tickled with hysterics. It is classic, intelligently written, and truly comedic – an almost impossible task that has been achieved by Mr. Hearne. Two other humor points to mention: what Oberon learns from the story of the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and the author’s hysterical use of the word “ass” in many different contexts, will be burned in my Funny Bone Memory forever.
The last time a book made me randomly and breathlessly burst with laughter was David Sedaris’ “Me Talk Pretty One Day.” Expect the same thing to happen with you with this book.
The series has one of the best narration performances I have come across for a while. Christopher Ragland is a contender for the best narrator of aud..Show More »io books.
I recommend this book to anyone that enjoyed book 1. For those who have not read book 1, I recommend starting there first.
Those with rigid religious views should avoid this book. Some references, all with good humor, are made to many religions including christianity. So far in the series the main character has interacted with figures from many religions, including having a beer with Jesus.
The main character can communicate with his dog via some sort of telepathy. Some of the best lines are voiced by the dog. The dialog involving the dog character are very funny, but also convey a child like innocence and the unique quality of K9 enthusiasm familiar to most dog owners. I love the way the narrator voices the dog character.
The author unashamedly borrows from just about every mythology to weave this highly entertaining tale. Witches, Greek Gods and Thor and just some examples of the characters used. In keeping with the humor of this book his layers are Werewolves and vampires.
I really love this series. These books are great for my short attention span. They're full of action, comedy and more than a little bit of danger. I'l..Show More »l keep listening as long as Kevin Hearne keeps writing. The ending was a wee bit irksome but I'll patiently wait for the next book and an explanation :)
With the exception of 2 other authors, I stay away from short stories written in between full length novels. They're never very good and I almost alw..Show More »ays walk away feeling hosed. They gloss over plot points and just aren't enough to satisfy. Thankfully this one was different. This was pretty good. It gives an explanation as to what happened to Odin after the last book. I was surprised that they recorded an audiobook over what was a 60-ish page short story. Surprised but not disappointed as I am going through Atticus withdrawal. They added the preview of the next book with this as well, I'd heard it before but listening to it again makes November seem like its so far away. Luke Daniels did a nice job. The first few minutes were weird because he was a little too dramatic, but it got better.
It’s been a long 12 years, but finally Atticus O’Sullivan is finished training his druid apprentice, Granuaile. ..Show More »Atticus and Granuaile faked their deaths and have been living in a trailer under the names Sterling Silver and Betty Baker, hoping they can get the training done before the gods find out they’re not really dead. (Kevin Hearne doesn’t tell us much about what happened during those 12 years, but he did write a novella, Two Ravens and One Crow, about an adventure that Atticus and the Morrigan had at about the halfway mark. You don’t have to read Two Ravens and One Crow before reading Trapped, but if you plan to read the novella anyway, it would work best to read it first since the adventure told in Two Ravens and One Crow is relevant to the plot of Trapped.)
For the reader, it doesn’t really feel like 12 years has gone by because Atticus, Granuaile, and Oberon don’t age (thanks to Mortali-Tea). Probably the most significant aspect of the 12 year interlude is that all this time Atticus and Granuaile have been pining for each other, but their master/student relationship has, at Atticus’ insistence, remained strictly professional.
Now it’s time to bind Granuaile to the earth. This involves a weeks-long tattooing binge during which the earth will instruct Atticus about which forms he will need to ink all over Granuaile’s entire body. Sounds like fun. The problem is that just about this time the gods, who are out to get Atticus and to stop him from training an apprentice, discover that Atticus and Granuaile are not only alive and well, but are about to create a new druid. They do not want that to happen. Also, Atticus finds out that he must go to Mount Olympus to do the binding. What luck. So now our two favorite druids and Oberon, their trusty Irish Wolfhound, are in danger again and may be walking into a trap. Can they stay hidden under the gods’ noses long enough to complete the binding ceremony? Also, does the appearance of Loki mean that Ragnarok is right around the corner?
There’s lots of action and intrigue in Trapped as the druids and their dog visit the faery court (which is a big disappointment to Granuaile), travel to Mount Olympus, and then spend a lot of time hiding, sneaking around, running away, and fighting Roman, Greek, Norse, and Celtic gods, as well as vampires, dark elves, and even clowns. It seems like every dark supernatural creature has a reason to want Atticus and Granuaile, Earth’s last two druids, to be definitely dead this time. Some readers will probably think Hearne threw in too much at this point (where’s the kitchen sink?), and I would tend to agree with them, but others will, no doubt, find it amusing.
The main reason fans love THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES is the characters, and they’re in fine form, as usual, in Trapped. Atticus and Granuaile are terrific heroes, as always, and their bacon-loving sidekick Oberon provides some intelligent humor. In this installment, Oberon is working on his own writing career. Very cute. I love Kevin Hearne’s sense of humor (which means that his books automatically go on my TBR list forevermore).
At the end of Trapped it doesn’t feel like much got resolved. Compared to the previous installments, there’s very little closure in Trapped, and there’s even a cliffhanger. Readers will be glad that the next book, appropriately named Hunted, has just been released. I’ve been listening to this series in audio format which is brilliantly narrated by Luke Daniels. I highly recommend this version. I’d also like to say that I think the cover of Trapped is the best cover yet. I wish I had a poster version to hang up in my bedroom. (Except, I don’t do that anymore.)
What do you need to survive two thousand years being chased by an assortment of gods from across the mythological spectrum; humor. In “Hunted,’..Show More » the Iron Druid chronicles, book six, Atticus and his merry band are on the run across Europe being chased by Artemis and Diana, the Greek and Roman goddesses of the hunt. Loki, one of the Norse gods is still after him ready to begin Ragnarok, and to make his life even more interesting vampires and a group of dark elves are also trying to eliminate the Iron Druid. With a surprisingly insightful and humorous canine philosophy delivered by Atticus’s Irish wolfhound, Oberon, my favorite character in the series, Kevin Hearne writes some of his best lines. Luke Daniel, the narrator, does another great job and his rendition of the wise cracking canine cracks me up.
Please bring back Luke Daniels! No offence to C.R. but LUKE DANIELS IS ATTICUS! And don't get me started on Oberon! Please Audible I will happily pay ..Show More »for another audiobook if you release one narrated by Luke. I'm actually considering buying it in paperback and just imagine Luke's characters' voices.