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Shattered Audiobook

Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed author Kevin Hearne spins a new novel in his epic urban fantasy series starring the unforgettable Atticus O'Sullivan.

For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O'Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he's been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he's got company.

Atticus' apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What's more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy.

And Owen has some catching up to do.

Atticus takes pleasure in the role reversal, as the student is now the teacher. Between busting Atticus's chops and trying to fathom a cell phone, Owen must also learn English. For Atticus, the jury's still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki - or merely a pain in the arse.

But Atticus isn't the only one with daddy issues. Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer's spirit that is possessing her father in India. Even with the help of the witch Laksha, Granuaile may be facing a crushing defeat.

As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they're hoping that this time, three's a charm.

©2014 Kevin Hearne (P)2014 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Clever, fast paced, and a good escape." (Jason Weisberger, Boing Boing)

"[Atticus is] a strong modern hero with a long history and the wit to survive in the 21st century.... A snappy narrative voice." (Library Journal, on Hounded)

"Superb...plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting." (Publishers Weekly, on Hounded)

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    Valerie FRESNO, TEXAS, US 02-03-16
    Valerie FRESNO, TEXAS, US 02-03-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Another masterpiece"

    I've been reading and loving The Iron Druid series since Kevin Hearne first introduced Atticus O' Sullivan. I wasn't as fond of Granuaile, her emoting and preaching get really irritating, but she redeemed herself a bit in this book with her fierce fighting style. And I must say I do love Atticus's arch Druid. A wonderful read, or if you listened to Luke Daniels magical performance on audio as I just did...it's a marvelous listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Wadsworth 07-07-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Big Message In This Book"

    “… I was sure Manannan felt it too—the crushing questions of how we got to this place and whether we could have avoided it, where we went wrong, and whether we would ever learn how not to cock up other people’s lives in the course of living our own.”

    Most of the books in the Iron Druid series have been pure entertainment for me; I’ve not thought much about any major theme the author might be addressing. But Shattered is different; its theme hit me very hard, making it the most emotional book of the series so far for me.

    The the quote above summarizes the message I’ve taken from this book: how do we live our own lives while doing as little damage to others as possible. Though Atticus is a good guy – for the most part thoughtful, kind, and generous – he occasionally does some stupid things that have big negative consequences for other people. Sometimes he doesn’t have to do anything at all to bring pain or death to those he knows and loves; who and what he is endangers anyone he’s close to.

    It’s not just Atticus who brings bad things to those he loves; in this book, we are shown several examples of the unintentional impact many characters have had on others.

    There are unintended consequences for everything we do; if we are lucky, those consequences are neutral or even good. Many times, they are bad and do something to insult or damage someone else. We may not even be aware of what we’ve done. Is it even possible to live in such a way that minimizes these consequences? Some forethought and impulse control would certainly go a long way, but I don’t think we can ever avoid negatively affecting others. If one tried, one would be totally incapable of acting, imagining all the things that could possibly go wrong for someone else. The only way not to impact someone or something is to not exist.

    Which brings us to the idea that all people and all things are interconnected. That seems a very druidic way of thinking, and thus appropriate for this series. If we go one step further, I imagine we would have to consider how many of the bad things in our lives are the unintended consequences of the actions of others. And since we can’t avoid those consequences ourselves, we should probably learn how to forgive others and live in a state of grace.

    Ug! This sounds so heady and mature for something I intended to “read” for escape and entertainment. But apparently this student was ready for the message, and the teacher appeared in the form of this book.

    Speaking of the book, you probably want to hear something about it rather than about my personal challenges. ;) As always, kudos to Luke Daniels for some amazing narration. Dude, I can NOT imagine how speaking like Owen didn’t damage your voice. Were you hoarse for days? The addition of Orlaith, Granuaile’s new hound, is beautiful and touching. And thought it might take a while for the reader to figure out why Atticus, Granuaile, and Owen seem to be telling three different stories, it will make sense in the end. Shattered is an appropriate title for this book in many ways.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joan 05-31-15
    Joan 05-31-15 Member Since 2015

    Audio book lover, wife, mother to three boys. I listen whenever I'm alone and can put headphones in.

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    "couldnt stick with this one...."

    I am not sure what made this story so hard to sticky with. perhaps ALL the characters made it hard to follow. I can appreciate the Granuile bits but it kind of was a distraction to me. i found myself rewinding and relistening and even stopping and going back to later. Perhaps it was me. I will say I never really gave up......just couldn't all at once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana 12-12-14
    Diana 12-12-14 Member Since 2013

    Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)

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    "Witty, Funny, and Hip fantasy series"

    Lots of smiles and laughs in this series. Especially fun are the current references tied to books, tv shows, and recent movies - such as Star Trek, Dr Who, even the most recent version of Sherlock for example. This last book had me racking my brain for where I had heard the name Jon Snow before . . . and the references are just part of the action or conversations and could easily slip by someone . . . for example someone who has no idea what a Dalek is (as used when describing a dress that flared out like a Dalek . . . )

    Luke Daniels is great as the narrator - I really enjoyed his narration of a book called 600 Hours of Edward - and didn't realize it was the same narrator until reading some feedback. He is very talented and has a broad range. The only accent I had question about was the Scandinavian or some type of Northern, Snowy region accent that sometimes sounded like an accent of Pakistan or India. But I love his version of the Irish Wolfhound Oberon. I know people have commented that it is somewhat Scooby-Doo-ish but it is perfect for the series.

    I'm really looking forward to more books in this series. They are written smart and manage to lighten the heart.




    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Toronto, ON, Canada 08-19-14
    Ian Toronto, ON, Canada 08-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Shameful pop culture pandering"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who thinks that pop culture references are hilarious will probably enjoy this because it's full of them. Think bacon is hysterical,


    Has Shattered turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I won't be reading any more Iron Druid books. The series started out well with a fresh take on contemporary fantasy, but has devolved into non-stop pop culture references that won't be funny or make sense to future readers in a few years. Sad, because the Iron Druid universe is a rich one, exploring interesting adaptations of many mythologies, and still has a lot of untapped potential. Avoiding all the pop culture could have kept these a lot more timeless.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator does his best with the material provided, but he struggles to make most of the "humour" work. The dog's goofy voice has become increasingly irritating as his amount of dialogue has increased throughout the series.


    What character would you cut from Shattered?

    Mute the damn dog. He used to be a good device for hearing the main character's inner monologue. Now he's 100% filler. We get it, the dog likes to eat.


    Any additional comments?

    Filling your book with pop culture references feels like pandering; As if the author is desperate to target the ComiCon crowd and make the same awkward jokes-by-reference they do. This winds up giving the book a very short shelf life because most of the references won't make sense to future readers; The earlier books are already showing their age just a few years later.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lahey 08-17-14
    Lahey 08-17-14
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    "... a miss!"

    I've enjoyed the series in the past... but not this one. It seems that Kevin Hearne was really struggling to come up with something entertaining in this book #7.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    rambler-6 08-09-14
    rambler-6 08-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Ho hum."
    Would you try another book from Kevin Hearne and/or Luke Daniels?

    Luke Daniels does a great job. Hearne's Iron Druid series started off great but has been going down hill since the 2nd book. The main character, Atticus, seems to be getting progressively dumber. In the first book, he was great, but with each progressive book, he has been more and more of a screw up. By this the seventh book, Atticus seems like a pathologic blunderer. I think it was a big mistake when he took up an apprentice. The dog was funny in the beginning, but now he is just getting annoying. Nevertheless, I keep listening because they are easy listens and I keep hoping that Hearne will turn this thing around and make it fun again. The addition of Owen was good. Granuaile, I have never liked, and like less and less as the series goes on. Can't he kill her off and let Owen be Atticus' side kick.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kevin Hearne again?

    Probably.


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

    Owen was great.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 06-21-14
    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 06-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "More Oberon please"

    Kevin does it again. This time though we have 3 key points of view rather than just Atticus. I especially love the voice work by Luke Daniels. This feels like a full ensemble and not just one narrator making funny inflections and ruining the story (Michael Page - this is how its done)

    The story was much as I would have expected of the Iron druids antics, and I was very pleasantly surprised at the different plot lines involving his protege and his own original teacher. The way the story coalesced into the final showdown, while still leaving enough questions for the next book was also well done and clearly keeping with Mr. Hearnes style.

    I personally get the books just to hear Oberon's musings. And I very much enjoy the way the author employs pop culture references and classic literature. Good stuff, well worth the point.

    I will be getting the next story as soon as its ready.

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    Robert 06-20-14
    Robert 06-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Less of a story, more of an interlude"
    Any additional comments?

    In many ways, this book felt more like a couple of short stories which bridge a couple of novels instead of a complete novel itself.

    I enjoyed the introduction of Owen as a narrator, and there was less Oberon. Don't get me wrong, I love Oberon's comments and contributions, but sometime the interruptions just took too much flow from the stories of late. Less is more.

    I'm really looking forward to the next book, which should be out next week, right? :)

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Katana Rogue Studio City, CA United States 06-20-14
    Katana Rogue Studio City, CA United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I <3 Atticus"

    I am a huge fan of this series and have hung on every word with great delight and relish and I look forward to any new stroke of Kevin Hearne's pen.

    That said, this book, while enjoyable, took too long to get started and while I think Owen and Granuile are wonderful in their own rights, their new viewpoints in this book are a big break from the previous installments and honestly, took over way too much of the story. I missed Atticus. It hardly felt like he was in the book at all. I'd totally read the Arch-Druid or the Apprentice spin-offs but wanted more of the Iron Druid I fell in love with.

    Luke Daniels shines like the superstar he is.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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