Sunday, January 8, 2012

Hounded by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)

Title:  Hounded
Author: Kevin Hearne
My Rating: B+
Narrator: Luke Daniels

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #1
Main Characters: Atticus
Release Date: May 2011
ISBN: audiobook
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
The first novel in an original, back-to-back three-book series The Iron Druid Chronicles—introducing a cool, new, funny urban fantasy hero
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.

My Review:

Okay, if you have been reading this blog for a while, then you know my reading tastes. Hounded is NOT one of those books that falls into my normal sphere of reading. In fact, I own this entire series in print and have tried to sit down and read this first book a couple of times without success. But where this book failed in print, it succeeded phenomenally in audio format. Luke Daniels, the narrator, is absolutely wonderful. His voices stayed on key for absolutely every one of these many, many characters and they were all so wonderfully done. 

This is a fun book...urban fantasy, about a druid who is 2100 years old although he only looks 21. The thing that made this book for me is Atticus' attitude towards life. His somewhat blase attitude is so fun and entertaining. There were comments throughout the entire book from him that were so out of left field that you just have to laugh. This book is so entertaining. My favorite scenes were between him and his vampire lawyer, Hal...the dialogue and snark between these two is just awesome. Actually, the dialogue and snark (most especially the internal one from Atticus) throughout the entire book is just awesome. There are evil witches, insane gods and goddesses, an over-zealous wolf-pack, stoner college kids, attractive bartender, and the wolfhound that has more personality than them all put together...Oberon, Atticus' pet and friend.

I highly recommend this book, most especially in audio format. When I saw that Luke Daniels did the narration for the other two books too, I immediately downloaded book #2 and #3. If you are looking for simply an entertaining story (no romance involved) and like a paranormal twist, this is the book for you. I guarantee that you will be entertained.


Julie said...

I am so glad the audio worked for you Christi! This isn't my usual genre either but, as you know, I loved these books. I never would have thought of trying audio where print didn't click. But it works the opposite way so why not. Smart lady you...

Paperback Daydreamer said...

I guess I never thought about trying a book in audio format if I couldn't seem to get into it while reading! I might have to try that sometime...I really don't like audio books much, but I do think I'm going to try to give them a chance now that I'm going to start working out more again. That's all besides the point, geeze Deanna stay on topic, I'm glad that you liked the book and I hope the audiobooks for #2 and #3 are as good!!