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Audiobook Review: Hunted by Kevin Hearne

Audiobook Review: Hunted by Kevin Hearne
Hunted by Kevin Hearne
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #6
Published by Random House Audio
Published on: June 25, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 9 hrs & 52 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt—Artemis and Diana—for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is . . . run like hell.

Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok—AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living—and still have a world to live in.

Don’t miss Kevin Hearne’s novella “Two Ravens and One Crow” in the back of the book.

Epic Jaw-Dropping topread

I first discovered how amazing this series was in audio at the end of November of last year, and I’ve been listening to a book every two weeks ever since. And, as much as I’ve enjoyed each new installment, I haven’t had the urge to say “holy shit that was good” since HOUNDED, until now. I may even go so far as to say that I have a new favourite IRON DRUID novel! HUNTED took off running (literally—well, Atticus, Oberon & Granuaile did anyway) and continued to gain momentum with every page. The stakes are higher than ever, Hearne continues his indiscriminate secondary character killing spree, and this series receives a fresh injection of intrigue. Ooh how I am going to miss Luke Daniels’ voice in my ear between now and June when SHATTERED hits shelves.

This audiobook has the most “omg I can’t believe Hearne just did that” moments to date. One of the things I love most about this series is the author’s willingness to do the unexpected. He’s not afraid to piss readers off by rocking the boat a little. Of course, my heart breaks every time a beloved side character bites the dust, but I respect Hearne for having the balls to go there. I REALLY want to talk about the who/why surrounding this latest fatality, but it’s a major spoiler so I’ll resist. Atticus’ life is usually on the line as well and even more so in this installment, so hold on to your pants because this listen is seriously wicked!

For the first time, there are some scenes written from Granuaile’s POV, and Oberon is font-and-center more than usual too due to some extenuating circumstances. I’ve been dying for more 1-on-1 with both of these characters, so I was ecstatic that the author delivered on all fronts. Originally I thought that the Forest of Hearne was a clever cameo appearance, but as it turns out, it’s actually an English folklore. As usual, the mythology is rich and varied, and the humour continues to be pee-your-pants funny. It’s ill-advised to listen to these audiobooks in public because YOU WILL laugh out loud.

Luke Daniels’ narration skills are put to the test yet again with a larger number of female scenes, several different languages, and Ahriman’s cackle borderline purr. Every line is read like it’s the most important one, and I’m seriously beginning to think that there’s nothing this guy can’t do audiobook-wise. He’s definitely my favourite male narrator. Daniels remains consistent from book-to-book, is well-suited to Kevin Hearne’s writing style, and brings something extra to this series that’s all his own.

HUNTED’s epic-ness will blow your freaking mind, and have you shouting ATTICUS IS THE MAN! He has a charm for everything, he really does. This is an auto-buy series, by a very talented author, with a superstar narrator; do you need another reason to listen to this audiobook? I didn’t think so.

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  1. Looooove Luke Daniels. And Kevin Hearne. They’re the reason I got into audiobooks!

    • This duo is definitely hard to resist in audio!

  2. Ahhhh! I need to get back to this series!

    • You’d best get on it then. The next book comes out in June. 🙂

  3. Whoop! Yay for another amazing read 🙂 Ha! Atticus reminds me (always and forever) Atticus Finch 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed the new POV scenes and ha! It’s always so awesome when a book provides some LOL moments 🙂 So glad you enjoyed this, Carmel!

    • Hearne actually mentions in the books that Atticus picked his alias because of To Kill a Mockingbird.

  4. I seriously need to start this series. I read the prequels and then never advanced and I just know I will love these.

    • Well, you have a leg up on me in that department. I’ve listened to all of the books, but haven’t checked-out the novellas yet. 😀

  5. I am soooo going to check and see if I can get this series from my library! Sounds awesome.

    • This series as love at first listen for me. SO GOOD!

  6. I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!! And the next Atticus is coming out…end of May, I think? Oberon forever! *hands him a sausage*

  7. Oh look at that, my library does have this series in audio. Perhaps I will read more of it, I only read the first a few years back. God audiobooks have opened up so much more reading, almost wish my commute was longer….no I don’t dont.

  8. I agree that this book put the series back up top for me. SUCH an epic combination on audio!

    • I’d have to re-listen to HOUNDED in order to be able to pick my fav out of the two while this one is still fresh.

  9. ATTICUS IS THE MAN!!! and OBERON IS THE DOG!!! I love, love, love this series. And that moment…the spoilery one…I was screaming at my book when that one happened.

    • OMG YES!! # 1 had already read it, and I was like tell me it isn’t true!!!

  10. I agree with you, this book was non-stop action and even though you enjoyed that part of the story for me it was a bit too much. I wanted Atticus and Granuaile to have a little break, but they couldn’t even eat in peace. The twists Hearne wrote on this one are awesome and I can’t wait to read Shattered.

    • I can definitely understand your complaints about the lack of progression in the romance department. I never really expected there to be much in this series which is why I’m not overly disappointed by it. 🙂

  11. Atticus sounds wonderful and I love looking at that cover.

    • He is pretty to look at. That’s for sure. LOL

  12. What I LOVE in an author is their braveness. It’s the only way I get surprised anymore is when an author takes a risk that might piss off their readers. Like do something totally unexpected bc it’s so emotional and you’d never think they,d actually do that you know. It’s one of the reasons why I love the Feed series by Myra Grant. Authors need to have more balls like her! 😀 The narrator sounds very talented too I listen to audiobooks regularly and they can def make or break a book! Great review I’ll have to add this one on my audiobook wishlist! 🙂

    • Exactly! So many authors are trying not to rock the boat lately that it’s refreshing when you come across one that does.

  13. He sounds like he’s the man indeed! Crap I didn’t realize there were this many of them out already! I need to get cracking! I only just started listening to the first audio a few months ago and then shelved it deciding I might want to read it instead. (I’m so slow with audios sometimes)

    • I used to be super slow with audios, but I eventually got the swing of them. Keep at it!

  14. This is the only one I haven’t read yet but I love this series! I’m excited to hear you say this is the best yet too. I have listened to part of the 2nd book on audio and it was great! But I don’t have enough patience for all of them on audio so I read them.

    • Hopefully you’ll have time to squeeze this one in before June!

  15. So I’ve been selling this series hard to my son & what he did was to ask his school’s library (he’s an assistant, got the book genes from moi LOL) to get it. And they just did! They’ll have all the books by next school year. Yowza!

  16. Love Luke Daniels! I have been doing this series on audio too. So glad you enjoyed this one (I’m not there yet) and I don’t mind laughing out loud. Everyone thinks I’m crazy anyway… 😉 LOL

    • He’s quite the character on Twitter too. You should follow him if you’re not already. 🙂

  17. I do wonder what would happen of I tried book 2 cos book

    • The first book was one of my favs in this series, so I don’t know what to tell ya. LOL

  18. Atticus is my #1 book boyfriend, but I still need to read the 4th book – I’m behind. Does that make me a bad non-fiction girlfriend? lol. I RARELY listen to audiobooks, but this series I actually love to be Luke Daniels does an EXCELLENT job. This makes me want to start the 4th book right now. -sigh-

    • It’s ok IF and only IF you’ve delayed just to be able prolong the experience. 😛

  19. You adore this series…I can totally tell because this review is glowing!!! Woman, you keep me on my toes and my tbr growing! 😉

    • I’m glad. Otherwise I would have had to consider this review a failure. Hehe

  20. I have this one, but I haven’t listened yet. I’m thrilled to hear is awesome 🙂
    Great review Carmel 🙂

    • Wha? I’m ahead of YOU in an audiobook series?? SCORE!

  21. I’m glad Hunted was ‘epic’, Carmel. This is a series I’ve wanted to read since Hounded released. Looks like I better get to it. 😉

  22. aaaah I need to try an audiobook! Really need to! You know I have book 1 in the series but I haven’t read it yet, I think I should because everyone is just loving it. And it’s great to see it’s always that good!

    • If you’re looking for an audio to help get you started, this series is definitely the way to go.

  23. I seriously need to catch up with this series! But I think he is putting these out faster than one a year because I seem to recall just starting these books a couple years ago when book one first came out…and now it’s up to book 6? Book 7? AAHHHHH! Yeah, audiobook’s probably the way to go with this, the last one I read was 2 O_o

    • Yes, he does crank them out fairly quickly. They are short though… and awesome, so it’s ok. 🙂

  24. I don’t actually listen to audiobooks but the guy’s voice here sounds SEXY lol! I’ve heard great things about this series and great to hear another review that confirms it.

    • You should listen to a snippet, Luke Daniels might succeed in bringing you over to the dark side. Hehe

  25. hmmm…I need to give the audios of this series a try. The first couple of books are good but it got on my nerves the way the women were described…it’s not all that offensive or anything, I just kept hearing a fat fan boy in my head as he drooled over hot fan girls and it really turned me off from the books. The characters are great though so maybe if I hear a handsome voice read the books it’ll block out the nerdy virgin I normally hear…

  26. I love audio so I will definitely be checking out this series. I hate that I’m so far behind but I have a lot of walking I need to get in…I should be able to catch up fast. 🙂

  27. Thanks for putting this in my radar, Carmel! Thanks to your reviews, I have a lot more Paranormal/Mythological stuff to check out! This sounds pretty epic by itself ^_^

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

  28. Book 6? eep! I really need to play catch up with this series, I really enjoyed the first two books so might have to get the rest on audio. I’m glad you continue to enjoy this series, Atticus is pretty amazing.

    A great review! 🙂

  29. Lovely review Carmel, I can’t wait for the next book either.