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Hounded by Kevin Hearne Audiobook {4.5 Stars}

Hounded by Kevin Hearne is a book I’ve been told I must read for over two years, so I finally downloaded the audiobook and I’m so glad I did! The narration by Luke Daniels is one of the best I’ve heard, the urban fantasy world of Hounded is fresh and full of true Celtic origins, and the characters are wonderful and include a very smart Irish Wolfhound that regularly made me laugh while I was driving ;-). If you like audiobooks and urban fantasy, do yourself a favor and get all six currently available Iron Druid Chronicles now!

Hounded by Kevin Hearne Audiobook {4.5 Stars}

Hounded by Kevin Hearne
Narrated by Luke Daniels
(The Iron Druid Chronicles #1)
Published by Del Rey on May 3rd, 2011
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 304 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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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 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.

4.5 Stars

Strengths:

  • As I mentioned above, the narration of Hounded by Luke Daniels is phenomenal. Normally I’m quite picky about male narrators, but I loved Hounded and am probably going to go see what else Luke Daniels has narrated! He gives wonderfully distinct voices for the many characters, including a very convincing Irish Wolfhound-who-has-been-taught-to-mindspeak voice, hehe.
  • I was very impressed by how much of the traditional Irish lore Hounded incorporated as well as myths from other cultures. Hounded works on the general idea that all deities and magical things exist and can take form if enough humans have thought about them, so all the old gods still exist along with the god-like Tuatha Dé Danann and Atticus has met a fair number of them.
  • The secondary characters really make Hounded as fun as it is. Oberon is the wonderful Irish Wolfhound I previously mentioned and he is just so wonderful. Listening to Hounded made me really want to get an Irish Wolfhound if only I could get one that can mindspeak…. Atticus also has a strange relationship with the Morrigan and several other old gods, all of whom are pretty entertaining when they are forced to deal with modern life ;-).
  • I really liked Hounded’s main character, Atticus. Normally I have a harder time getting attached to male MCs, but Atticus pulls off being both badass and sweet to nice old Irish ladies. His narration is often entertaining since he is actually over 2000 years old and lived through many of the great events of history. I had no trouble believing he really was that old and rooting for him to keep on keeping on, ha.
  • Since Hounded is urban fantasy, sexy times are required right? There is no romance, but that doesn’t stop Atticus from having a good time from time to time. I found those scenes to be a nice balance of detail to be obvious about what is going on without making me blush too much, hehe.

Weaknesses:

  • After the amount of build-up throughout Hounded, the final big battle ended up feeling a bit anti-climactic. I had kind of expected some things to be drawn out into subsequent books, but everything seems quite conveniently tied up at the end of Hounded.
  • Hounded might have a few too many secondary characters, since I found myself struggling to keep straight who everyone was. Some of this is of course the format that I was reading in, since driving tends to distract from listening sometimes. However, I can imagine not knowing how to pronounce half the names would lead to a similar problem in physical book form too.

Summary:

Hounded is a wonderful start to a series I wish I had gotten to a long time ago. I’ve gotten pretty worn out when it comes to urban fantasy, so I’m quite pleasantly surprised to find a new series that I’m already in love with! I’m also very excited for the narration to be so strong since I’ll now have lots of listening material for a while in order to catch up :D. If you like the idea of urban fantasy but are tired of the same kick-butt heroines being tough and falling for the bad boy, check out Hounded for sure!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Hounded by Kevin Hearne

© 2014, Anya. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. This one has been on my list for a while now. I’m curious about what you didn’t like as much about the sequels, but I appreciated the spoiler warning. The characters and magic sound really great! Thanks for the warning about the sexy scenes. I always skim those. That’s too bad that the big battle was anti-climatic. It must be hard to pull that off, because I’m often disappointed after all of the build up.

    • The sequels just weren’t as funny and fresh feeling I guess. There was a lot of formula and Atticus being kind of annoying without Oberon D:

  2. I got a free paperback of this at BookCon, but haven’t gotten around to it yet, though my mom stole it and said it was good. I am glad to see the opinion seconded and glad you have plenty of listening material to look forward to. Great review!
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  3. I’ve read the first two books in this series and like them. Oberon is a great character. The narration sounds great. I like when the narration really works.

  4. I like the narration too just not some of the way he does Atticus’ voice
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    • Hehe, I guess it just seems normal to me for some reason. In the second book there is a girl from Wisconsin though and omg I hate how he does that accent, it’s so painfully stereotypical of our region and we don’t sound nearly that bad! D: He made her sound like Sarah Palin!

  5. I haven’t read this one, but you’ve made me excited to give it a try. I never listen to audiobooks, but he sounds like a good narrator and he probably has an adorable accent too! hehe

    • Sadly no accent ;-). Atticus has to sound like a normal American twenty something to blend in after all hehe

  6. Glad to hear the audiobook of this is so good. I’ve thought about reading it, and will be much more likely find time if I can do it as an audiobook. :)

    • Oh yes, absolutely amazing narration! I can’t imagine reading the series physically now since I love the voices so much :D

  7. Yay Oberon! He’s probably one of the best doggy characters in fiction. I also, like you, loved Hearne’s approach to mythology; as the series goes on, more and more cultures get incorporated, so it becomes very colorful and hectic and fun. I hope you like it! #3 is probs my most favorite of the series (so far)—it was freaking hilarious and super action.
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    • Oh definitely! The narration of him is just so much fun too! I really wish I had a talking Irish Wolfhound now D: I’m on the second now and am loving the inclusion of Jewish and native American mythology :D I’m excited to get to three now!

  8. I love this series and have read all of them except the latest but I’m getting it from the library later this week. I’m not a bit urban fantasy fan but Hearne keeps me interested with his take on all the mythology.

    • That’s awesome! I have a few select series I love in urban fantasy and otherwise am pretty unimpressed with most of the genre so it was great to find another series to love and catch up on!

  9. I read Hounded this summer and really liked it, too! Oberon and his obsession with French Poodles just kills me. Completely agree on how well researched it was: Kevin Hearne obviously put a lot of effort into the mythological aspects. And I really appreciated the pronunciation guide included in the print version of the book…otherwise I NEVER would have gotten “Granuaille” right!

    • Haha, I was a bit disturbed by the imagery of the backyard filled with French Poodles and what they would end up all doing, but it’s still funny ;-)

      I’ve loved listening to the audio for that reason, but now I don’t know how any names are spelled!

  10. I haven’t started this series either, but I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit lately. It seems like a lot of fun.
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    • So much fun! It’s nice a fast too so that’s been a relief when I’ve been running around and haven’t had time to read as much!

  11. Yay, glad you enjoyed this book Anya! It’s been on my radar for ages, and recently I finally bought it. I’ve heard great things about Oberon and the other secondary characters.
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    • Wow, what perfect timing :D. It is so so much fun. I’ve already started the second one because I couldn’t resist ;-)

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