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Hounded Audiobook

Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

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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.

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

What the Critics Say

"Hearne, a self-professed comic-book nerd, has turned his love of awesome dudes whacking mightily at evil villains into a superb urban fantasy debut.” (Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review)

“A page-turning and often laugh-out-loud funny caper through a mix of the modern and the mythic.” (Ari Marmell, author of The Warlord’s Legacy)

“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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    Brian 11-29-11
    Brian 11-29-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic fiction"

    Well written and read, very cool how the mythologies of many different cultures come alive in a modern setting.

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    Patrick Von Raven 11-28-11

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    "Suffers from poor narration"

    The narration is like listening to a lesson from your average high school teacher; if you struggled to stay awake in class, you'll face the same obstacle in listening to this audiobook. The writing is okay, but there are sections where you see where the writer is focusing hard on inserting alliteration and so it doesn't seem organic and is distracting. The book itself inevitably draws comparison with the Harry Dresden series--and falls short in such comparison.

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    ar83 Fitzgerald, GA, United States 11-25-11
    ar83 Fitzgerald, GA, United States 11-25-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Surpirse! Its GREAT!"

    I am a big urban fantasy fan and I thought I had found all the best stories in the genre. Surprise! The story is very engaging and the main character is very likable. I loved the narrator.

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    Susan SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 11-24-11
    Susan SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 11-24-11 Member Since 2017

    I'm an RN who loves listening to books on my commute in the D.C. area, not too mention at other times if they are really good! There is nothing like a really good book!

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    "Great Story!"

    When I started listening to the story I wasn't hooked initially. I'm not sure why exactly. Perhaps it is the way the characters are developed... not sure. However, as time went on, I really began to love listening to the story. The narrator does a fabulous job with the accents of various characters, and with Oberon's voice especially. Without this type of narration, I think the story would be good, but definitely missing something important. I think he is able to bring the essence of the author's intent for his story... and now I have bought all three of the audiobooks, and have finished two thus far. I am looking forward to number three!

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    Mike 11-20-11
    Mike 11-20-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Clever, interesting and engaging - a great listen!"

    I listen to a lot of audio books and have found this series (am currently finishing up the third book) to be highly entertaining. The writing is both precise and 'compact' in that there are not a lot of wasted words - every sentence is descriptive and moves the story forward. The main character is interesting, intelligent, witty and very current. Plus, Oberon (his dog) is my new favorite literary character!
    I highly recommend all three (if you like this sort of genre).

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    Andre 11-14-11
    Andre 11-14-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Just one problem with this book"

    It's way too short.
    What a great book, fast, funny, witty with lots and lots of action.

    Loved it, already downloaded the other 2 in the series.

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    One voracious reader Idaho 11-14-11
    One voracious reader Idaho 11-14-11
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    "Finally! Ripping good yarn without bodice ripping"

    Loved this story! The narrator does fabulously, I don't know how he didn't crack up when he was trying to get through some of the wonderfully witty scenes between Atticus and Oberon, and Atticus and his Irish neighbor lady. Despite the cover art (which looks typical of the recent rash of "romance disguised as supernatural science fiction" books), this is a smart and funny book, lots of world building, and the dialogue shines. Look forward to the next two books.

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    Dennis Spring Hill, TN, United States 11-12-11
    Dennis Spring Hill, TN, United States 11-12-11

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    "Great! Wish it was longer!"

    Loved this one about a modern day druid with a cool dog and attorneys who are a werewolf and a vampire! Can't wait to hear the others in this series.

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    Tamara 11-12-11
    Tamara 11-12-11

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    "Luke Daniels is the best voice actor on audible"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Great story wonderful characters and Luke Daniels made the characters come alive, I am going download everything he voices.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I love the magical aspects and the character interactions.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Every one with Oberon in it. He is the coolest dog ever.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    It made me laugh out loud on the drive to work in the morning


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Luke Daniels rocks!

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    Michele Brier, WA, United States 11-08-11
    Michele Brier, WA, United States 11-08-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow"

    If you want a totally engaging and entertaining read, look no further. The characters are well developed and the story is a fun and exciting ride from start to finish. It has been a long time since a book has so engaged me that I found myself lost in the story, rooting for Atticus, laughing outloud at him and his dog (especially his dog) and looking forward to the next book on pins and needles... I listened to all 3 books in as many days and am now going back to start them all over.

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    6/19/11
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    "Another totally 'awesome' urban fantasy!"

    In short if you liked 'Rivers of London' then you will really enjoy this too!
    Hounded is a witty, funny steeped in mythology fast listen. The main character, Atticus is totally beleivable set in modern day USA, and his dog, an Irish Wolfhound called Oberon, is so full of life and funny, but without being naff!
    Luke Daniels characterisation is amazing, I gave this one 5 stars, as I loved it, but would have given Ben Aaranovitch if I could have! Enjoy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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