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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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    Travis Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-18-11
    Travis Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-18-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Dresden files meets American Gods, brilliant!"

    Truly entertaining and wonderfully narrated. I seriously laughed out loud several times, drawing stares from the customers at work.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Iantorno Denver, CO, United States 06-12-11
    Suzanne Iantorno Denver, CO, United States 06-12-11
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    "Loved it!"

    This book was just great. Great story, great characters, great narration. Another reviewer compared it to the Dresden files, which is a good comparison. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeph2005 06-11-11
    Jeph2005 06-11-11
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    "Great fun"

    A fun, easy read. Atticus is a great fellow to follow and he is surrounded by amusing characters. You won't find any deep meanings in the text, but if you want a fun urban fantasy you won't be disappointed by this book.

    If you enjoy Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden novels, you will enjoy this book.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jenniferk sc 06-07-11
    Jenniferk sc 06-07-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Smart, fun and entertaining"

    I picked up this one just on the description not expecting alot but hopeful. I love all of the paranormal and magical themed books, so I gave it a shot. I am so glad I did. Not only does Hearne write an engaging tale, he also makes it fun and full of mythic characters in modern times. I love the character, the plot and the writer. I hope he has many more stories to come in this series or any others. Hearne is one to watch for. Just Awesome!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Liapis Vancouver, BC, Canada 05-26-11
    Liapis Vancouver, BC, Canada 05-26-11
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    "Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1"

    Excellent listen! I couldn't stop listening and awaiting the time I could get back into the book.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    barbara livingston, TN, United States 04-24-11
    barbara livingston, TN, United States 04-24-11
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    "Great listen!!"

    I loved this book. Loved the reader. Can't say enough good things about it. Can't wait for the next book in the series to come out on audio.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Guy 06-27-11
    Guy 06-27-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent Book"

    I loved this book. It has great characters and a storey line that never gets boring. The main characters sense of humour and his dog oberon had me laughing out loud. I highly recommend this book.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    KTeaX Madison, Wisconsin, United States 05-10-14
    KTeaX Madison, Wisconsin, United States 05-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining, but felt a little forced"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The dialogue. It felt contrived, inconsistent, and unrealistic.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Perfect ending for the story. I smiled.


    What three words best describe Luke Daniels’s performance?

    Lacking voiced plosives.


    Do you think Hounded needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not sure I'll continue to be honest. It was decent, entertaining, but it felt like a weak version of The Dresden Files with a squishy mish-mash of world religions. The cast of characters wasn't especially memorable, and their behaviors weren't distinct. However I love this kind of story, so there's always a chance I'll continue on.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not a bad story. It's possible that future volumes are pretty awesome, but I wasn't particularly taken by this. If you liked Dresden Files, I would warn you that it feels very similar, but lacks like character development, complexity, and depth. That being said, I wasn't totally bonkers over the first Dresden Files. It took me three books to get hooked. But this lacked the social awareness that I found so engaging in even the first Dresden Files.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 02-07-13
    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Not horrible. Ok. No real depth but..."

    Excellent, above average vocabulary by the author. Mythology sounds authentic. BUT..., the story almost comes across as a beer tale told from the end of the bar by a college kid. No real involvement, just a made-for-vicarious-living sort of story. Very similar to a James Bond sort of tale.... You are never really worried that the character will be in any real danger, etc. Again....not bad...but.... A LOT of details from today (music, tv, etc.) ...that will tend to date the story eventually. I got through the two stories that I picked up on sale...but I probably won't be going onwards... The dog is funny. A little forced but... Anyway. There are books that I just COULDN'T finish and these two weren't those sort. Just... eh. Make your own judgement....

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    Michele B. 02-14-12
    Michele B. 02-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I'm a Fan Already"
    Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

    I am a fan of the Dresdan Files as well as Kim Harrison's Books... This first book was a great addition to that genre. If you are looking for a new series to start, this is a great selection.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog Oberon... Good bit of humor to balance the story...plus I figured that is exactly what my dog would be thinking.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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