Oberon's Meaty Mysteries: The Squirrel on the Train

Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 8.75
Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
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Oberon the Irish wolfhound is off to Portland to smell all the things with canine companions wolfhound Orlaith and Boston terrier Starbuck, and, of course, his human, ancient Druid Atticus O'Sullivan. The first complication is an unmistakable sign of sinister agendas afoot: a squirrel atop the train. But an even more ominous situation is in store when the trio plus Atticus stumble across a murder upon arrival at the station. They recognize Detective Gabriela Ibarra, who's there to investigate. But they also recognize the body - or rather that the body is a doppelganger for Atticus himself.

The police, hampered by human senses of smell and a decided lack of canine intuition, obviously can't handle this alone. Not with Atticus likely in danger. Oberon knows it's time to investigate once more - for justice! For gravy! And possibly greasy tacos!

Alongside his faithful Druid, Oberon and the other loyal hounds navigate by nose through Portland to find a bear-shifter friend with intel, delicious clues at the victim's home, and more squirrels. Always more squirrels!

But will our hungry band of heroes be able to identify the culprit before someone else is murdered? Will there be mystery meat in gravy as a reward or tragedy in store for the world's (or at least the Pacific Northwest's) greatest dog detective?

Like its predecessor The Purloined Poodle, the latest of Oberon's Meaty Mysteries novella, The Squirrel on the Train, is not to be missed by fans of Kevin Hearne's New York Times best-selling Iron Druid series.

©2017 Kevin Hearne (P)2017 Kevin Hearne

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too short

I cant resist the anything Iron Druid and especially love Oberon but its just so disappointing when it's over

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A Goofy Pooch

This is the first time I have read a story by Kevin Hearne. This novella is number two in the Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries. It apparently is a spin-off of the Iron Druid Chronicles. The book works well as a stand-alone story.

Oberon is an Irish Wolfhound and is the doggie protagonist. His human companion is a druid called Atticus O’Sullivan. Oberon’s canine companion is an Irish Wolfhound bitch called Orla and Starbuck a Boston Terrier. Apparently, Oberon thinks all squirrel are evil and must be chased.

In this story Oberon and companies are taking a train trip to Portland, Oregon. A man looking like Atticus is murdered. Atticus decides to investigate.

The book is well written. Hearne does a good job putting the reader inside his canine characters’ minds. I just love the doggy quips. They made me laugh out loud. My great grandmother raised Boston Terriers and Starbuck reminded me of her dog, Lady. The story is told by Oberon and is completely from his canine viewpoint. This novella is a lighthearted diversion and I found it great to wind up the year with.

It is three hours long. Luke Daniels does a great job narrating the story. Daniels is an actor and has won thirteen Earphone Awards and three Audies for his narration of audiobooks.

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The ending was rushed...

A little too neat and quick at the end. It all wrapped up without mess or fuss. That's nice and all, but it's not Atticus O'Sullivan's way, at least not from the previous chronicles in this series.
On the other hand, I love Oberon!
Luke Daniels, as always, is masterful in his characterizations. Fully entertaining to listen to.

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Credits voiced by Oberon!!!

I love this entire series and the ones from Oberon’s perspective are especially funny. I laughed out loud in the grocery store while listening. The cherry on top is that the opening and closing credits are in the Oberon voice.

I would recommend listening to the main series before this and also the previous Oberon one.

Luke Daniels rocks, as always.

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Oberon is the best

Kevin hearne’s Oberon is the best talking dog ever. But it’s Luke Daniel’s voice and personality of Oberon that makes him truly amazing. Highly recommend this short story. without knowledge of the iron Druid chronicles it might be a little strange at first. Simply a 2000 year old Druid who looks like an average 20 something hipster/hippie to blend into modern times can communicate with his dog via a mental connection. This story is a dogs POV to a murder investigation.

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Fun story! ((Oberon rocks))

This story was short and super fun, especially if you love Oberon. It’s a fun mystery and kept me laughing and interested throughout.

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I love Oberon but...

Sadly, this story got tooo cute. I'm about halfway through the novels (this is a short story) and I'm hoping those don't go downhill as well.

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We have proof the Squirrels are evil

REVIEW PROVIDED BY: Kelly
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 1/2
Another fun adventure with Oberon, Orlaith, Starbuck and Atticus. Squirrel on the Train takes us back to Portland for a grand adventure that takes an unexpected turn in the form of a murder. But never fear detective Oberon is on the case!! We get to travel from Portland to Eugene back to Portland again before we solve the mystery. We also get a lesson on why squirrels are so evil.
This was a fun quick listen with the help of the amazingly talented Luke Daniels. I always enjoy having Luke read Kevin’s stories to me. I am looking forward to the next installment by Kevin and narrated by Luke!!!


Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Subterranean Press in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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All your nuts belong to us

This book was great fun. And an excellent short story in the iron Druid series.

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I love Oberon

This is a funny little story. Oberon alwas has a interesting way to view the world.

Luke Daniels is one of the best narrators ever.

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  • Tod Werewolf
  • 12-04-17

Oberon is back on the case

Amusing and riveting story of the world's greatest canine detectives and their human assistant. Oberon and team solve the case of the mysterious squirrel on the train and a murder that baffled the police in their own magnificent way.
A great story that is over too soon. But is still wonderful.

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  • Karen
  • 01-22-19

Oberon

I just love Oberon et al. Very funny and entertaining. As good as the previous story.

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  • Daniella
  • 01-06-18

Not a good recording

Great story and narration, but a bad recording as it wouldn't play past half way through the first chapter

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  • carl watkins
  • 12-08-17

relly good

enjoying book so funny and not to long a book hope to hear more from them

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  • Bridget
  • 12-07-17

Can’t get enough of Atticus and Oberon!!!!

I love all iron Druid books. I was disappointed in the ending here. It felt like he just suddenly decided to stop writing so had the detective wrap up the questions of the investigation.

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  • Sophia
  • 12-03-17

Oberon delights

Another great performance by Luke Daniels. Kevin provides a humorous doggy perspective to his Iron Druid universe, in man's best friend Oberon. Solving mysteries and mixing pop culture references this is a good quick listen.