Audiobook Spotlight: Hounded


houondedThe Iron Druid Chronicles; Hounded, Kevin Hearne (2011)

Goodreads Rating 4.11
Audible Rating 4.5

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’ve been on a huge urban fantasy kick lately.  Seriously.  I’ve finally got around to catching up with Lost Girl, I’ve started Haven, and another month means another Dresden Files book.  So, when it came time to spend my latest Audible credit, I picked this one up.  The story was great, I loved the different creatures that made an appearance and the main character was pretty cool, too.  Druids aren’t something you see every day, and even more rare are 2000-and-something year old druids wielding giant swords.  My only problem was with the narrator.  His Atticus voice was fine, and his accents (Polish and Tamil, I believe) sounded pretty authentic to me but his female voices were horrible and breathy and grating all at the same time.  And don’t even get me started on his Dog voice.  I couldn’t take it seriously, and it was a shame.  If I continue with the series, it will be through reading the books for myself.



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