Hammered

The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3
Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (145 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he's ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he's asked his friend Atticus O'Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare. One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus's home base of Tempe, Arizona. There's a vampire turf war brewing, and Russian demon hunters who call themselves the Hammers of God are running rampant. Despite multiple warnings and portents of dire consequences, Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plain of Asgard, where they team up with a werewolf, a sorcerer, and an army of frost giants for an epic showdown against vicious Valkyries, angry gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.

This is book three of the Iron Druid Chronicles series. If you would like to hear more, you will find the first chapter of book four at the end of this recording.

©2011 Kevin Hearne (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Good book, not great performance

Do make sure you get the versions performed by Luke Daniels who does excellent character differentiation and sounds like he loves each character. Mr. Christopher Ragland makes female characters sound brainless and Oberon the dog sound witless instead of awesome.

This series of books is excellent and I am currently binge listening them one by one. Will make sure to get the ones performed by Luke Daniels though.

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  • K
  • 03-27-14

Great Book

If you could sum up Hammered in three words, what would they be?

Cute
Complex
Enjoyable

What did you like best about this story?

Oberon.

What about Christopher Ragland’s performance did you like?

It goes without saying the best part of Christophers performance is Oberon. If you haven't read any of the books you won't understand but you can feel this character as he reads it.

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

No, I normally limit to hour stints. Although I suppose if you had good stamina, one sitting might be possible.

Any additional comments?

This book has a lot of monologging. While it read well in paperback, in audio it seems to drag on. This is really my only negative on the story.

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  • *Flora*
  • 02-18-20

An Epic Adventure With This Modern Day Druid

I'm becoming a big fan of Kevin Hearne’s stories. I love his writing style, finding it: intelligent, well researched but easy to read. His stories are full of threads but never leave me feeling confused and keep me hooked.There was nothing about this book that I didn't enjoy. I once again downloaded the narration to listen to the story while reading; Christopher Ragland's performance was amazing and transported me into this adventure. The pace at which he read the story and the emotion he added to the different scenes was inspired. Although his female voices aren't quite as believable as his male ones, I love the accents he crafted for each character - his performance bringing each one to life. While I'm talking about the characters, I must say how much I love them all in this series. They are complex beings created with their own tales and histories, making them all feel so real and believable: it's why I became so invested in this band of beings looking for justice and revenge - I cried, laughed and raged with them. But I must say, Oberon, Atticus’ faithful Irish Wolfhound is the BEST, he just lights up my heart in every scene he's in. I think that the story unfolded at a good pace, never giving us any more information than Atticus had, which meant that we journeyed with him, never really knowing when or where the next attack would strike. I loved the action-packed pace of this book, spending most of my time on the edge of my seat.  Although this is the third book in the Iron Druid Chronicles, Kevin Hearne does a good job of weaving in any pertinent information for new readers (or us rather forgetful older readers) into this story without any detrimental effects PLUS there is no perilous life-or-death cliffhanger at the end (woop!woop!) so it could be read as a standalone title, however, I have become emotionally invested and I can’t wait to see what trials and adventures Atticus O’Sullivan and Oberon have to face next!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-20

Hammered

Books get better and better as characters evolve. So as you listen/ or read you feel apart of the film

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  • Hussain
  • 07-03-17

Great

Amazing funky story with amazing Narrating .
If you looking for easy to enjoy and stimulating entertaining sci fi , this is your book .
I would highly recommend C.Ragland narrating , as he brings life abd joy to the story .

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  • EC W
  • 03-12-17

Easy-on-the-ear fantasy

I'm training for an ultra-hike (100KM) so I needed something that was (a) easy to listen too as I'm map reading at the same time and (b) exciting enough to fill in the time when there isn't any decent scenery to look at. This fits the bill. There are some excellent action sequences, the plot isn't too complicated and there are some genuinely funny jokes (very important in 4hrs of walking).

The one thing I would say is that Christopher Ragland's range of female voices is not great. I think that Granuaile sounds a bit like a simpering idiot (and she's meant to be hot, intelligent and spirited, go figure), so I've taken a star off performance. That's my opinion though and it's certainly not enough to put me off. I'm buying the next one.

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  • victoria macdonalf
  • 02-01-17

Easy listening

What made the experience of listening to Hammered the most enjoyable?

I have enjoyed these books, they are quite lighthearted fun capers probably aimed at young adults but still quite fun to break up more heavy book digestion.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The way old gods and legends are woven together. could do without the bloody dog! are at least make him sound less like a 'ickle baby'

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

most were good....................accept for the dog!

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

easy to dip in and out of.

Any additional comments?

enjoy the books, please give the dog a personality transplant.

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  • Pam
  • 11-26-16

Epic

These books are amazing! Kevin Hearne is a genius! You have to read/listen to these! Life will never be the same.

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  • Sean
  • 01-24-16

Gotta love druids.

Love the story easy to listen to,just love the Morrigan & narration was excellent,Kevin RIP.

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  • B Lynch
  • 12-08-15

Addicted after first book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes , well developed characters interesting plot

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oberon gets all the best lines

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

Laughs from interactions between Adicus and Oberon

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  • Christopher
  • 06-18-15

Turned up a notch


Story – 4.5/5

As with Dresden, this series just got turned up a notch, and at the same point as well – book 3. There is not quite as much humour in this one (although still plenty), as it is replaced by a larger, more grand, over-arching storyline, which finishes off with an awesome battle at the end amongst gods and immortals. The episodic comedy-action formula only works for so long, and Kevin Hearne has made a good move here in my opinion.

I think Hearne also did a great job of making Atticus a bit more vulnerable in this one. First person narration can sometimes make us readers/listeners not worry about the protagonist, but that wasn’t the case in this book. There are also plenty of sentimental scenes during the final battle amongst Atticus's allies.

Can’t wait to get into book 4.


Performance – 4/5

Christopher Ragland overall did a very good job. He suits the story’s style and humour of Atticus very well. I have never been sure about his voice for Oberon, who is the funniest character in the story, but it’s not bad enough to detract from my enjoyment.


Overall – 4.5/5

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  • GhostMuppet
  • 03-19-15

Great series getting a little lost with this book

What the hell was going on with this book. The first two were extremely enjoyable, with a lot of humour and action and following a little formula.
This book seemed very disjointed, from the very first chapter.

OK, we know from the last book that Atticus has promised to get some enchanted fruit. So the story starts there. No introduction, just the start of the theft. Once that was done i thought we would get back to the main thrust of the story - which we did - but it was not the story i was expecting.

Atticus leads a group to Asgard to slay try to slay Thor. We have gone from a light hearted series to a fairly serious story about the group ready to kill. We have stories about their past, and big serious fights were a lot of entities (people, supernatural, gods etc) are killed.

This book lacked the satisfaction i got from the first two. Hopefully the next book will be better and back to formula with the right amount of geeky humour back.

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  • Kieren
  • 06-26-15

Continues to impress

I thought I'd be starting to get sick of this series by now... But then the author seemed like I know said that things needed to be changed up! And now the story line progresses exceptionally well! This book was fantastic, I cannot wait for the next one when my monthly subscription renews.

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  • Patricia McLachlan
  • 08-04-16

Fun story... Great performance

A fun next step in the series. After reading the first two went audiobook for the third and will probably do the rest this way, mostly due to the excellent reading and voice work which really bought the characters to life.