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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.

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

©2011 Kevin Hearne (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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  • Ozzymandias
  • 01-09-16

Brilliant start to a great series

The Good

I enjoyed Kevin Hearne's writing style, it was funny, clever, and entertaining. As an author, he is very knowledgeable on his subject matter and you realise that he has either done a mass of research or is already an enthusiast in Fae lore and various mythologies. With this in mind his writing style is effective in that it uses his knowledge to enrich his story weaving an interesting tapestry of characters and interactions. His love of literature also shines through which he peppers his story with and this also enriches the flavour of the tale and allows the listener to become immersed; his writing has the flavour of authenticity that is all too often missing from many such tales.

In the hands of a less skilled writer, the lead character Atticus would be overly aggressive, unlikeable, intellectually challenged, and "obvious" as too many heroes are. However Kevin Hearne is a great story teller and manages to create a many faceted character. The comedic nature of Kevin's writing also shines through, and he manages to give Atticus a robust sense of humour which only seems to add some realism since humour would probably be important for a person to live as long as he had and still be thriving.

The Bad

As with many (all?) fiction/fantasy stories there are some inconsistencies, but these were not so great as to jar me from the tale.

Atticus may have been given too many powers; if you make your character pretty much invincible its hard to really fear for his safety unless you ramp up the danger factor to incredible proportions but on balance the great danger factor does make things more interesting and is done in such an entertaining and dramatic way that I love it all the same.

This book is also not sexually explicit or lurid which is good, I have read too many fantasy books that triggered a gag reflex. However Atticus's taste in women is that of a teen describing pin-up models which I found a little bit facile and lacking in depth for a 2000 year old druid.

The Narrator

Christopher Ragland's reading was great. Not only clear but also giving brilliant performances for each character in keeping with the style and tone of the tale. I enjoyed his portrayal of Oberon. As a character Oberon provides much mirth and jocularity in the tale.

Summary

If you are looking for a substitute for the Dresden Files, this is not it. This book is light hearted, funny and very entertaining.

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  • Carl D.
  • 12-02-15

Not quite Dresden.... but good effort!

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With regards to this, I was after an alternative Urban fantasy after reading all of the Dresden files and SImon Greer. It started slow with regards to plot, and a quick introduction of characters but at about the half way point the story unfolded into something I had to continually listen to so a pleasant surprise! I would recommend it as a jumping of point into Urban fantasy but would like more back story of the main character in the next book. It should also be noted that the speech of Oberon is hilarious :-)

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  • William
  • 09-21-15

A book that wants to run with the big boys

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

yes and no, again i find in many books these days that authors are feeling there way out in the world and that for the most part i hate being the experiment that is used as the bouncing bored for world development.

Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin Hearne? Why or why not?

yes i did and all, while lacking the wit of other urban fantasy he tries his best. Oberon makes these books and thats the truth.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

the narration was adequet

Was Hounded worth the listening time?

yes

Any additional comments?

there is a part in the book where the young man who is irish has just killed a man. an old irish lady goes protests untill the man says he's british. he mistakes the english octupation of island as the british. two very diffrent things as the irish have nothing against the scots or the welsh. just a small annoying bit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-21-15

Not quite as good I'd hoped.

Was hoping to find a good replacement until the next Dresden file, this wasn't it.

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  • blackteaandmilk
  • 03-07-15

loving it :)

What did you like most about Hounded?

I love the story, it revolves around the main character who happens to be a really really old druid called Atticus, which is refreshing, having been overloaded with vampires, witches and the fae these days.
Having said that though, we do encounter these sub cultures.
the story is told in modern day but deals with age old problems of the old Gods and such like. The narrator performs really well and make the story even better.

What about Christopher Ragland’s performance did you like?

i liked the narration, his voice worked well with the story and uses different tones, some audiobooks are read by someone monotone and its really boring, but Mr Ragland works a treat :)

Any additional comments?

I work really early in the mornings and this story and Mr Ragland have kept me company!

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  • Alex Hodgson
  • 03-04-15

Awesome a wonderful set of books .

I Loved all of the books he makes them all alive epic! !!! I have laughed out loud and cried with this sett of books I love the world that Kevin has created.

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  • Jaspal
  • 03-04-15

More Dora the explorer than Dresden

The story is actually ok and entertaining. What ruined it for me I s the narrator's voice when he's doing the dog, Oberon's, voice. He sounds just like scooby-do.

If you think you might like the book try and listen to a sample that includes some dialogue from the dog.

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  • Karlis
  • 03-02-15

Enjoyable fantasy

The story mixes lots of fantasy and myths in a way that seem to coexist together very well. The main character, Atticus, is likable and has a good sense of humour. The story has a good pace but is nothing entirely new. This doesn't stop if from being an enjoyable listen and i recommend it to anyone if you like other urban fantasy books.
I would have preferred an irish narrator due to the characters origin but he does a good job.

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  • Derek
  • 09-17-14

Surprisingly excellent

I was prepared to be disappointed when I chose this book but it was surprisingly excellent. First time I had heard anything read by Chrstopher Ragland but really enjoyed his voice characterisations....if that is a word!!

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  • Daphne
  • 02-24-14

Entertaining

Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

Yes. Hounded was a romp of a tale. Many of the minor characters are well drawn, especially Oberon, and the gods are as egocentric and unreliable as you'd expect them to be. Atticus is likeable and I quickly got drawn into the story and wanted to know what happened next. I've already bought the next book in the series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This would have to be Oberon. He was funny and smart and yet still doglike. How you imagine a dog might be if he could really communicate. He was also narrated particularly well, better than the women in the story.

What about Christopher Ragland’s performance did you like?

His interpretation of the male characters was very good and Oberon a delight, but I did feel he struggled a little with the female characters, although it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book at all.

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

It's not that kind of book. Although Oberon's "Only Five." Comment at the end moved me to laughter.