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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 plane 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.

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©2011 Kevin Hearne (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Kevin Hearne breathes new life into old myths, creating a world both eerily familiar and startlingly original.”(Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest Rising)

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  • robert
  • BEAVERTON, OREGON, United States
  • 01-11-13

Irreverence

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. Despite the pop culture references and the always enjoyable banter between Atticus and Oberon, the competent reading by Luke aside, this book was poorly developed.

What was most disappointing about Kevin Hearne’s story?

The fact that the rest of this book was tarnished by the author and the characters irreverence for the gods....All of them. Thor dead at the hands of a Vampire? Not even interesting, the reasons behind the characters reasons were not compelling. Even the long awaited story of Leif was not enthralling nor interesting. Sorry to say I will no longer ne reading this series and will recommend that no one else does either.

Did Hammered inspire you to do anything?

This review and write an original Druid story that does the culture proud

Any additional comments?

Yes. Mr. Hearne has great potential as seen in the Atticus Jesus, Mary, Morrigan, Oberon and Coyote interactions but his arrogance and his characters arrogance are not earned and therefor not respected.

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Love The Iron Druid Series!

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

Surprisingly Excellent Series

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oberon is a funny character and I love all the goofy things that he comes up with, it makes me wonder what kind of things my dogs would say to me if we could speak to each other!

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

Luke is hands down the perfect voice for Atticus. He does a great Oberon and I wouldn't have found a better voice for Oberon just by reading the book on my own.

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

I do a lot of laughing aloud while listening to this book while I am at work. People turn and look at me and start laughing too, even though they have no idea what it is that I am laughing at! When I explain to them why I am laughing they laugh even harder, especially when it is something that Oberon has said.

Any additional comments?

I am surprisingly very happy I decided to read this series. It constantly has me writing down notes to myself to look things up. I have a list I have to sit down with on my computer sometime to look up, such as, is Coyote really a sort of god, what is a druid, and all sorts of other things that I want to Google when I have the time.
Kevin had to do some serious research on a lot of the dated information that the characters speak of, and those are the kinds of things that have me wanting to sit at my computer to research for myself.

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  • clint
  • greenbrier, AR, United States
  • 01-06-13

AWESOME....

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

This is a awesome series...

What other book might you compare Hammered to and why?

the entire Iron Druid series

What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

I must say that Luke Daniels is one of the best narrators I have heard. I have listened to several series simply because he was reading them and found them all equally as good as the iron druid. He has a incredible range of abilities.

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  • Dana
  • ypsilanti, MI, United States
  • 01-03-13

We Should All Get Hammered!

This was my favorite of the first three books in the Iron Druid series. I'll be starting the next book right after this.... so I'll make it short.

If you are brand new to this series then I urge you to, by all means, get Hammered... but you REALLY want to listen/read the books in order.

As to how this book stacks up to the two books preceding it, I seem to differ in opinion from many. I very much enjoyed this story and the new characters introduced. I can see how the mythology might be much for some if that's not their thing and this book is heavy on mythological characters; but I found most of it to be quite facsinating. I loved bonding with the new cast of characters (and some familiar ones) over the campfire as Atticus solidified his bonds with them as well.

As much as I love Oberon, I didn't miss him. He is not featured as prominently in this book so if Oberon is your favorite character and the reason you read the books, then you might be disappointed. I found that there was still an enormous amount of humor in this book. I especially enjoyed the banter between Jesus and Atticus and Leif and Atticus.
My deep love/appreciation of Atticus(and Kevin Hearne) grew with mention of his love/appreciation of Neil Gaiman and with his playful jabs at It's a Small World and Budweiser/American beer.

The epilogue is a diabolical teaser, however, and if the fourth book wasn't already available I might have been just a tad irritated. I cannot wait to find out the fates/futures of many of the characters.


Once again... kudos to Luke Daniels' narration. His narration and Hearne's writing make for a wonderful combination.

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  • John
  • Skaneateles, NY, United States
  • 12-21-12

Don't mess with a Druid!

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

He does them all well. His Russian accent is awesome so I would say Perun, the russian god of thunder.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Gods, watch ye back. There is a Druid on the loose.

Any additional comments?

Great great series. So much fun. If you like mythology of all cultures mashed together into modern pop culture then these are your books. Suspend belief and just role with it. It is a fun ride. I'm on to the next in the series. TRICKED!!

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I love the Hearne, Daniels & Druid series Trifecta

Would you consider the audio edition of Hammered to be better than the print version?

Oh yes, Daniels sees to that!

What did you like best about this story?

Oberon the Dog.

Which scene was your favorite?

Any with Oberon the Dog.

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

Yes and tried to.

Any additional comments?

Cannot wait until the next book.

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  • john
  • lufkin, TX, United States
  • 12-01-12

Asgaurd Beatdown

Where does Hammered rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book takes the series to a whole new level of fun and crazy.

What did you like best about this story?

Oberon's commentary are always a crazy. and fun.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the Druid and company are in the woods telling their stories. It gives a lot of insite to why the want to kill Thor.

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

The vamps story was a real tear jerker.

Any additional comments?

Keep the fun and craziness coming.

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Continuing the tale of the Iron Druid

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

Hammered is a quick, fun fantasy read. It's especially good for people who enjoy reading mythology, as Hearne seems determined to explore and humanize each pantheon. Witches (very dodgy), werewolves (very legal), and vampires round out the cast.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are delightful. In this book, figures from Navajo belief are added to the Celtic and Norse deities that were introduced in "Hexed" and "Hounded".

Which scene was your favorite?

The interaction between the central characters of the druid Atticus, his initiate Granuaile, and his Irish Wolfhound Oberon is always fun. The story relies heavily on dialogue, which makes it a great audiobook.

Any additional comments?

Luke Daniels does a fine job of voicing the many characters, and I'm particularly fond of his rendition of Oberon.

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  • Carol
  • Saint James, New York, United States
  • 11-18-12

Liked the first one

Would you consider the audio edition of Hammered to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version so I cannot compare the two

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hammered?

he ending was excellent and the way the story developed

Which scene was your favorite?

Any with the dog

Any additional comments?

Narration quite good in this book not so in the subsequent books

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wow. I loved it.

Absolutley great. I loved leading the back story of some of the characters. The way the narrator is able to convey the perfect amount of sarcasm is just great.