Hounded : Iron Druid Chronicles

  • by Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by Luke Daniels
  • Series: Iron Druid Chronicles
  • 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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Customer Reviews

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Given the amazing number of rave reviews written for this book, it has obviously provided a lot of people a great deal of pleasure. That is pretty hard to argue with but, even though I enjoyed the book well enough, I did have a few problems with it. I have to admit that, though I love many of the books in the high fantasy tradition, for whatever reason I am just not much of a fan of the very popular urban fantasy genre. So Atticus the contemporary druid probably had a bit of a hard nut to crack in me. Still, I think that there was more to my objections than just personal predilection.

First--I was never really able to buy into a 2500 year old druid who had all the sensibilities, maturity and perspective of a member of Generation Y. I understand that he is masquerading as a young, single, new age guy, but his interior voice is identical with his ruse, and this was not helped by the fact that Luke Daniels delivered the 1st person narration without any of the color or texture which might give us a sense of those 2500 years. There should be a serious and hard won understanding of the world there, and we need to hear it.

Second--Oberon the dog was often amusing and consistently cute. Cute is nice in children's literature, but it is a serious drawback when it becomes the entire raison d'etre of one of your two central characters. The reader did not help in this regard either, though his endearing, dimwitted voicing of Oberon seems to account for at least half of the rave in the reviews. Don't get me wrong, I think Oberon is a lot of fun and he often made me laugh while he was undercutting my belief and commitment to the story as a whole.

Finally, the tone of the book was just too light for me to be able to accept the graphic nature of much of the violence. The whole thing seemed to be caught between gory realism and just kidding, never really integrating the two. As a result, the juxtaposition was often jarring and a little unpleasant. I have read only one of the Dresden books, but my sense is that this is something Jim Butcher handles more successfully.

None of which is to say that this was not a fun listen. It was. Just not satisfying enough to move me to use a full credit to try another in the series.
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- David "Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike."

Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the

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

Very high on the list. The perfornance was admirable and the tone and inflection of voice gave a emersive experience. The book scratched an itch I didn't even knew I had.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hounded?

The conversations with the protagonist and his dog. It gave me a real Scooby Doo for adults feel and the comic relief was great for spacing the drama.

What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Each character got their own unique voice and they sounded in pitch in tone the same way they behaved. It was truly theatre of the mind and I wallowed in it.

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

I laughed many times during this book and immediately purchased the subsequent books in the series and finished them within 48 hours. I was smiling the whole time and nearly destroyed my penchant for overbearing cynicism.

Any additional comments?

My hat is off to the author for somehow convincing his publisher to let the book go to press without a clear romantic interest for the protagonist. It took me nearly a week to realize what was different about it and I appreciated the subtlety. There is an easy manner to the story that really lets you kick your feet up. It's not boring or a rip roaring ride. It just feels good like sitting at the ocean and feeling the gentle breeze cascade over your skin while the waves crash against the surf. It promotes a catharsis while discussing violence in a sinister way. Words fail so I will say this. I have been a member for over a year and I have never even considered writing a review until now, even for some of my favorite authors. This is truly a buried treasure that shouldn't be missed for any modern fantasy fan boy.

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- Chris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio