Thursday, May 9, 2019

#AUDIOBOOKREVIEW: Hounded by Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) narrated by Luke Daniels #WyrdAndWonder

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Hounded by Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles)
Publisher: Brillance Audio
Release Date: May 3rd, 2011
Format: Audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N TBD
The first novel in 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 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.
Kevin Hearne writes with Delilah S. Dawson in the Tales of Pell fantasy parody series that I like, so I was very curious about his solo projects. So I decided to use one of my audible credits to check out the first book in his urban fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles. I was really glad I did!

I think urban fantasy is a genre I am quickly starting to really get into. (see also the Mercy Thompson series), so I thought the concept of a very old druid living in modern times was pretty cool. Atticus is kind of the chillest of dudes, but he gets into a lot of trouble in this novel because the people around him seem to use him for their own gains. He kind of gets that later on, but it was interesting how he was able to completely outsmart everyone in the end.

Luke Daniels is a pretty well known audiobook narrator, and I've listened to him before, but I have to say I don't think he's my favorite. I think he does a good job, but sometimes I find myself nodding off. Does that just mean his voice is so smoothing it puts me asleep? I'm not sure. I don't mind him, and he does all right with female voices, but he's not perfect. I would still listen to him narrate another book.

As a person with Irish ancestry (I mean please look at my very pale face), I'm super interested in Celtic folklore, so I was pleased to see all the Celtic stuff in this novel. I loved seeing The Morrigan in this, and she appears exactly how I expected. It was also cool to me to see all the different types of non-humans that Atticus comes across (witches, vampires, etc).

I think my favorite side characters in this book are Oberon, Atticus' wolfhound who he communicates with. His dialogue is so very doglike that at times it was comical, but I really enjoyed it. The other side character I really enjoyed was Atticus' Irish neighbor. She was this sweet old lady, and she kind of lets everything roll off her back. I liked that she trusted our protagonist enough to not question anything.

I am definitely intrigued by this series, so I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I think I might try the next one in print and see if I feel differently about it.

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