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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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By Line on 05-14-16

Start of a fantastic journey

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

There is not enough praise to give for this series. Beginning with this book you are inserted into Atticus life beeing turned upside down. from the first page you get sucked in and you wont regret it. In addition to the great stories in this book and the rest of the series you chuckle and laugh of Atticus and his dog Oberan wich he have learned to mindspeech with him. Oberan is a king of fun and mischeif his terories and thought about life and whats important just makes my day any day. Let there be sausage! You will soon know the understanding of the expression. And with doing so you will never regret it.

What other book might you compare Hounded to and why?

Comparing the books in this series is not nessisary. They all are linked into a huge story, a fun and thrilling exating rollercoaster you never want to get of.

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

Christopher Ragland is the best narrator of this series. Luke daniels do a good job later on but still it all comes down to the voice of Oberon. He just rocks it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Cant sleep dont have time to eat. etc. yep!

Any additional comments?

What to say here. It is fun exiting,sometimes a bit sad, enjoyable, easy to listen to and in all Kevin Hearne's story you get fed by some amazing talent of decribing things, his knowlegde. man that man must use isane amount of research time to collect all the information you get in these books. Book 1 as this is is a start on a epic journey in vbery many ways. Fantastic!

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By Rico Yarde on 03-28-14

Awesome

Would you consider the audio edition of Hounded to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the printed version but audio book is awesome

What other book might you compare Hounded to and why?

Eragon, they both have story lines that are similar and they are both fantastic

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

Read the book? after hearing the audio book i won't read i would listen to it. :)

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

the whole book, it was just action and suspense from the beginning.

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By Sam on 07-09-14

Good, but not great

Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

To be honest I really struggled to get through the story, i dont know if i would do so again.

Did Christopher Ragland do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

No, the characters are all a little 'kiddy' and over the top. Rather than putting on serious voices for the other characters they feel a bit like Scooby Doo characters. Asides from that the narration is good, the main characters inner monologue sits nicely with the character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, in fact often in jarred me out of listening to it.

Any additional comments?

The actual story line was great, the characters felt interesting and not too 1 dimensional; however the book is full of little back tracks through history that are completely inaccurate (I know this is a fantasy book, but when a character is supposed to have lived 2 millennia then you would like him to actually know what he is talking about during the past- if not you want an explanation of how this world differs from ours). It all just needs a bit more research OR an explanation to why history is wrong.

I was hoping for something to keep me busy while waiting for the next Dresden Files book, but I think I was setting my scopes to high.

All in all the book isn't bad, in fact its quite good - but not as good as others in this genre/style.

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By Lilian Crossley on 06-27-13

Oh no - another addictive series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I love Atticus and his friends - escapist adventure story which captured my imagination immediately. This book finished all too quickly for me - so I had to buy the next two right away to see what would happen next.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Atticus and also The Widow Lady.

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

This was the first book I have heard narrated by Christopher Ragland - he captured the characters wonderfully and the different voices match very well - though I did have to stop my sewing machine whenever the vampire voice was on - great sibilant whispery effect, but impossible to hear over the machine - will have to buy good headphones to use for the next book. I would definitely look for books narrated by Christopher Ragland - he absolutely understands the author's expression.

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

Atticus - last of the Druids - man of mystery and magic - a hero with RED hair??

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By Kieren on 04-24-15

Great book some LOL moments

Enjoyed it immensely, I'll be continuing the series. Such loveable characters! Especially oberan the dog. I highly recommend this book. I hope the next ones are as good as this.

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By Amazon Customer on 05-17-15

Interesting take on Druid vs God vs Beast vs ALL

As an Irish Australian I have grown up with the legends of the Tuatha De Danaan and the times of the Druids, but not being able to accurately visualise the country they originated in.
Hounded takes the reader on a journey through time, a journey full of one man's memories and colourful recollections.

This is not a book of folk lore from the time before time, it is a living story of a Druid in the modern days, fighting for his right (and the rights of those on his side) against a variety of Gods, Beasts, Other Worlders and Many other characters.

Atticus O'Sullivan is an ordinary man, like all others in a secluded area of America, except that he is 2100 yrs old, covered in tattoo's which tie him to the earth and all that worries her, and the worlds Gods either love him, hate him, or wish to use him. We hear the story through both his and his Wolfhound, Oberon's perspective, and at times you wonder how a dogs analogy of the "right of the sausage" can be so spot on.

This book is a tragedy, a comedy, a folk tale, a fairy tale, and a downright bizarre mix of all -that works. You will find yourself completely immersed in the world of the last living Druid and at times you will be cheering him and Oberon on.

This is the first book in a very entertaining series by Kevin Hearne. Pick it up, listen to a sample. I can assure you, if you enjoy the Irish sense of humour, and to read about legends of old, this book is for you.

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