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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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  • Morhib
  • 01-20-14

Superb Urban Fantasy Book

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

Loved listening to this book. Definitely one of the best audiobooks I've come across.

What did you like best about this story?

The story kept you hooked, and the pace of it was such that you're mind never wandered off - like what you're having for dinner. I've read a quite a few urban fantasy novels, and this is easily one of the more entertaining ones.

Which character – as performed by Christopher Ragland – was your favourite?

Admittedly, I haven't listened to many audiobooks, as I'm still kind of new to it, but from the dozen or so books I have gone through, by far Christopher Ragland was the best narrator. The broad spectrum of tones he could encompass was amazing.My favourite character was Oberon, the irish wolfhound. Every-time I heard Ragland do Oberon's voice, I couldn't help but smile.

Any additional comments?

The main reason why I decided to write this review was because of Christopher Ragland performance. It's worth buying just because of him alone.

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  • stuart
  • 12-11-13

Romping adventure full of action.Great characters

What did you like most about Hounded?

Kevin Hearne takes you to modern day America where a 2000 year old druid is selling books.books. Atticus is the Iron Druid ,he gets an apprentice called Granuaile and has a mind speaking dog Called Oberon. Confused? Don't be, this is a great romp across the universe where you meet an assortment of vampires, Greek and Roman Gods and a smattering of people like the Red Indian god Trickster and even Jesus will make an appearance. Kevin has a way of telling the tale that is a delight. Reading this will make you want to read the whole series

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oberon is my favorite as he has a wry sense of humour a great wit and he does love his sausages

Have you listened to any of Christopher Ragland’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to all the series. Christopher Raglands performance is always great, well paced and the type of voice which does not tend to make me sleepy.

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

I think that this book is a rollercoaster of fun and excitement and full of adventure, there are lots and lots of moving moments

Any additional comments?

This book made me wonder about tha characters and their names. Some are obviously named from characters from history and legend,but Granuaile I had to look up and found her to be real. She was an 18th century witch who was a member of the aristocracy.Please write faster Kevin.

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  • Keith
  • 12-08-13

Fantastic series of books

Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

I downloaded this book for my holidays thinking it might be an interesting read, I could not turn it off. I loved the characters, the style of writing and the action. I will probably listen to all the books in this series again at some stage.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Is it a bit sad when a grown man says his favourite character is Oberon the Irish woofhound! I loved listening to his view of the world and the conversations he has Atticus. I like a book that makes me laugh out loud and all of Kevin Hearnes books have given me great pleasure to read.

Have you listened to any of Christopher Ragland’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This was the first time i had listened to Christopher but by the time I worked my way through all six books I had never tired of his excellent narration. He managed to get excited, angry, and knows how to swear well! He really brought the books to life which is so important and plays a talking dog fantastically .

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  • Claudia
  • 09-12-13

A witty delight

This book was a serendipitous. It is not really a story but a sequence of incidents all described with wit by somebody who does not take himself of his writing too seriously, yet plays with language and preconceived ideas so that the listener/reader laughs out loud. Hearne amusingly lampoons the New Age, and I am straight on to "Hexed".

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  • Brenda
  • 09-10-13

Smashing!!

What made the experience of listening to Hounded the most enjoyable?

Brilliantly read, great performance!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Oberon like a cheeky scooby doo!

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

Lots made me laugh!!

Any additional comments?

This is seriously addictive!!

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  • Nadina Vasileva
  • 08-24-13

A hard slog

All the good reviews and upbeat opinions about this book compelled me to give it a go. Oh my goodness, did I suffer! After about a quarter of the book I started checking compulsively how much more is there and kept doing it until the blessed end. Shallow characters, silly storyline and horid performance are the major features of this book.
Atticus, the protagonist, is one of the most annoying and painfully cheesy characters to date. His irritating side-kick, the hound Oberon, can make you lose your will to live. The story will leave you slack-jawed as to how such a literary achievement ever passed the scrutiny of editors and publishers. To top it all off, the performance will make you wince, especially at the interpretation of the voice of Oberon.
I will most certainly not be trying to listen any more of the books in this series (6 of them in total!!!!!!!!) out of fear that my brain will go completely numb and will be damaged irreversibly.

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  • Mr. R. Chvapil
  • 08-03-13

Delightful art of storytelling

What did you like most about Hounded?

refreshing story, plenty of clever and funny exchanges.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hounded?

goddess of hunt learning how to make smoothies

Which scene did you most enjoy?

absolutely, all of them

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

kickass druid

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  • 07-16-13

An unexpectedly fun listen

Am not really a 'wizards and warlocks' reader (apart from the Ben Aaronovitch series) but thought I would give this a try and was pleasantly surprised. The story is fun and the narration pleasing. The dog is a pure delight. I enjoyed this so much I have downloaded the next in the series and as there r 6 in total to listen to ..I am a happy camper :)

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  • Tomas
  • 07-10-13

The book is pretty great

Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

yea i would listen to hounded again because i enjoyed it very much.

What did you like best about this story?

The focus on magic.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Atticus told Angus that he had broken druidic law and he sentences him to death.

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

It excited me at times.

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  • Jane White
  • 07-08-13

Hounded - and wanting more

What did you like most about Hounded?

The story line was the best thing about this book. It was easy to listening and hard to turn off.

What did you like best about this story?

Each chapter left you wanting to go straight onto the next one. The story flowed not leaving any parts you couldnt understand or feel like you had to rewind.

What does Christopher Ragland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The feeling and the passion. Christopher Ragland made you feel like you were inside the book. You could hear the detail of where the characters were, the aura around the battles, and the depth of the characters.

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

When the main character save the day for his true love (his dog) ..... dont want to go into to much detail to spoil your listening

Any additional comments?

This is the first time I have wanted to list to a druid book much less a triolgy of 6 book, but the first book left me wanting the next one in the series straight away. so much so I have increased my membership subscription.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful