Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Audiobook Reviews - Hounded and Hexed by Kevin Hearne @KevinHearne

Hounded by Kevin Hearne
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #1
Publisher: Brillance Audio
Publication Date: April 19, 2011
Date Read: April 18, 2018
Length: 8 hours 11 minutes
Source: Purchased - Audible
★★★★☆
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.
I buddy listened to Hounded with Lexxie from (un)Conventional Bookviews. We had a lot of fun discussing this book as we both listened. We had a lot of really similar thoughts and both of us fell in love with Oberon. Make sure you check out Lexxie's review of Hounded!

My Review

What a fantastic start to the series!  I have been wanting to read this series for a long time and it turned out to be just as good as I had hoped it would be.  The book's excitement started at the very beginning and never really let up.  I wanted to listen to this one for hours at a time simply because I didn't want to step away from the story.  I had such a good time listening to this book.

The characters in this book were great.  Atticus is a Druid.  He looks like he is 21 or so but he is actually over 2,000 years old.  He has discovered quite a lot during his time and I had a fantastic time learning about some of his abilities.  He is a very smart man that is able to reason things out very quickly and seems to always stay very calm in any circumstance.  I thought that Atticus would be my favorite character in the book until Oberon made an appearance.  Oberon is an Irish Wolfhound that can communicate with Atticus.  I fell head over heels in love with Oberon.  I didn't expect to laugh over this book but Oberon had me laughing out loud several times during the story.

The book had a lot of action and a rather complex mystery at its core.  There are several characters that seem to be out to get Atticus in one way or another.  It seemed like he had a whole lot of tricky situations to juggle at the same time and as the book progressed things only became more intense.  This book really had a little bit of everything.  There are fight scenes and enough strange characters to keep things very interesting.

Luke Daniels did such a great job with this book.  I am so glad that I decided to go the audiobook route with this series.  He really was able to make scenes a bit more exciting through his narration.  He does a great job with all of the character voices but I really loved how he represented Oberon.  I really feel like Mr. Daniels brought this story to life.

I would recommend this book to others.  I thought that both the story and narration were very well done.  I can't wait to listen to more of this series very soon.


Hexed by Kevin Hearne
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #2
Publisher: Brillance Audio
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Date Read: April 30, 2018
Length: 8 hours 52 minutes
Source: Purchased - eStories
★★★★☆
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II.

With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas with their special brand of deadly decadence, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor’s rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to sweep the town and show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.
My Review

I liked this one but not as much as the first book in the series.  This one really falls somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me but I have decided to go ahead and round up.  I was really excited to get back to the series after enjoying the first book in the series.  This is definitely a series that needs to be read in order since this book picks up shortly after the events of the previous installment.  This ended up being another enjoyable listen.

One of the things that I loved the most about the first book was the characters.  I was really happy to see all of the key players back for this installment in the series.  There were a few new characters that were rather impressive as well.  I really like Atticus.  He is incredibly patient and able to determine the best course of action in most situations.  I love that he has adapted to the present time better than most of the other that have lived a very long time.  Oberon is such a wonderful character and anytime he was a part of a scene I usually had a big grin on my face.

This book has all of the excitement that I had hoped to see.  Atticus has to team with the local witch coven when bad things start happening.  Atticus has several problems that he is juggling during the story and somehow he makes it all seem easy.  This book balanced the action very nicely against some of the lighter moments in the book.

Luke Daniels continues to do a fantastic job with the narration of this series.  He does such a great job with all of the character voices and adds a lot of emotion to story.  His portrayal of Oberon is simply outstanding.  I couldn't imagine an intelligent Wolfhound sounding any other way.  I had not problem listening to this one for hours at a time.

I would recommend this series to others.  It is a very unique series that contains the perfect combination of humor, action, and thought provoking mystery.  I can't wait to read more of this wonderful series.

About the Author

Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty idea. He is the author of A Plague of Giants and the New York Times bestselling series The Iron Druid Chronicles.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

22 comments:

  1. I really must try again! I failed once, but I listened to 1x and that was the olden days ;)

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    1. I don't know how you are able to listen to audiobooks so fast. I always use 1x unless the narrator talks really slow or really fast.

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  2. I love this series so much. I've been tempted by the audio cds and might consider as it seems he does Oberon well.

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    1. Luke Daniels does such a great job with this series and his voice for Oberon is perfect!

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  3. I haven't read this series but both of these books sounds really good.

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    1. I am so excited to get started with this series. I have most of the others ready to go and hope to read the whole series this year!

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  4. I need to read this series. It's been on my wl ever since Chuckles first mentioned it. I'm glad you enjoyed it too :)

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  5. Yay! Another fan. I stalled out after book three and need to get busy and finish the series. I adore Oberon, too.

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    1. I am going to try to listen to one or two of these every month until I finish the series.

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  6. I've been hearing fantastic things about this series and I was really glad to see you had enjoyed the audio. It's a little outside of my usual so I prefer to go audio and I love Luke Daniels. I'll definitely give this series a try.

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    1. The audiobook is really well done, Katherine. I am glad that I decided to go that route.

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  7. I enjoyed the first book but Idk if I'm able to make the commitment to read the series.

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    1. These were perfect books to listen to at work. The workday went so much faster :)

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  8. I'm reading the first book now. Kim at Caffeinated Book Reviews got me started on this series. I have high hopes for the rest of the books.

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    1. I had a lot of fun reading all of Kim's reviews. I have a feeling that this series will get better and better!

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  9. *bounces* I am so thrilled you are enjoying this and yes Luke rocks these characters on audio.

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  10. I'm so glad that you started this series. It is a series I really love. Luke Daniels really brings all the stories to life. The stories get so much better as you get deeper into the series. I can't wait to read all of your reviews.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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    1. I do get the feeling that I will like these characters more and more as the series progresses.

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  11. I haven't read too many books featuring druids. I love the sound of this series. Complex mystery and lots of action--sounds like my type of books!

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    1. Wendy, the audiobooks are very well done if you decide to go that route.

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