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Audiobook Review: Trapped by Kevin Hearne

Audiobook Review: Trapped by Kevin Hearne
Trapped by Kevin Hearne
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #5
Published by Random House Audio
Published on: November 27, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 9hrs & 2mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O'Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he's still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave.

Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he'll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief, who all seem to have KILL THE DRUID at the top of their to-do lists.

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This was probably my least favourite installment to date; that being said, I’m still giving it four stars because Kevin Hearne’s humor and sharp writing continue to dazzle me even though in this particular instance the story did not. TRAPPED felt like a segue book; it’s twelve years later and the time has come for Granuaile to become a druid, but in order for that to happen the author had to tie up a few loose ends and introduce new plot threads. I still found it to be an enjoyable listen; Oberon always manages to bring a smile to my face, and Luke Daniels is an incredibly talented narrator who could make algebra sound interesting.

All of the previous novels in this series have revolved around a particular lore whether it is the Tuatha Dé Danann or Thor the thunder god. This installment introduces Olympian mythology which I’m assuming will be the main focus of HUNTED and dabbles in Norse a bit as well, but otherwise it’s mostly about Granuaile. When she first showed up in THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but her character has grown on me over the last few novels, and she really shines in this latest one. I like how she challenges O’Sullivan at every turn and yet is still the yin to his yang. I was so happy with the turn their relationship takes in TRAPPED.

I continue to consistently laugh out loud whenever I listen to these audiobooks. Oberon’s up to his usual antics except this time it’s a new religion called Poochism, and he now gets double the attention because Granuaile can speak to him too. Atticus’ “Nigel from Toronto” identity makes another appearance along with a fun (and accurate) pop culture reference about the Leaf’s hockey team and their penchant for suckage (fyi I’m a Habs fan). In fact, this novel is full of Canadian Easter eggs because the gang even hides out in good ol’ Manitoba for a stint. O’Sullivan’s fifteen centuries of blaming the dark elves for EVERYTHING finally comes to bite him in the butt too when they decide that enough is enough.

Luke Daniels continues to hold me in thrall with his infectious energy and authentic narration. His enactment of Oberon is always good for a chuckle, and he makes a splendid Atticus O’Sullivan as well. Heck, even his rendition of Granuaile is good! I don’t think I’d be finding this series nearly as entertaining as I am without his voice in my ears. Daniels is equally as skilled at delivering punch lines as he is upping the pace during the action scenes; although, this installment was a little tamer that its predecessors because he didn’t have to read from a giant squirrel’s POV or sing one of the wolfhound’s silly songs.

I gave my guy book 1 for Christmas, and at the time of this review’s writing, he’d jumped ahead of me and had already started reading HUNTED; I’m told that it’s his favourite installment so far. Now, coming from a man who normally reads only a couple of novels a year read, six in two months is a testament and a half to this series’ awesomeness. TRAPPED is the worst of the best and when you’re talking about Kevin Hearne’s writing that still means that it was pretty darned good.

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  1. I have to agree though it is my 2nd least favorite installment. I just didn’t feel like anything happened. I mean there was action but the point was? LOL I am like you though I was still entertained and Luke was amazing 🙂

    • This one felt a bit like a “filler” installment. Still great writing and narration, but otherwise, there wasn’t much to it.

      • I think that was my thought too. I admit when I really like a series I hold it to higher standard LOL 🙂

  2. I forgot about this series!! I loved book 1! Kevin is such a great writer. I’m definitely going to give the audiobooks a try. Lately I’ve been listening more books than reading books. I just love that I can do multiple things (chores & work) at a time and still feel entertained.

    • Kevin Hearne and Luke Daniels are a winning duo! There’s no way I could ever read this series after listening to ’em.

  3. I read the prequels to this series and really enjoyed them but I have yet to pick up the first book. I have heard great things about it though.

    I am sorry this one didn’t live up to the greatness of the others but that you still really liked it.

    • I’ve finished listening to book 6 already and it’s a strong contender for my fav in this series, so I’m ok with this one only being so-so.

  4. Definitely agree about this feeling more like a segue book. I didn’t really like Gran and Atticus’s relationship and, well, this wasn’t my favorite book in the series. At all.

    • Hammered was my least fav, this one ranks slightly above that one. Oh well, you can’t love ’em all.

  5. I totally get you! Even when the story is the best, a great narrator can make you enjoy it just by being around the charters that they so vividly portray.

    • There’s no such thing as a bad Iron Druid audiobook; there are just some that are better than others.

  6. I tried book 1 but I just got annoyed :/

  7. I love a novel with some humor and sharp writing, add in some Norse mythology and it sounds like I should check it out 🙂 I haven’t heard of this series before, I’ll pop round and check out your review of book 1.

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

    • Kevin Hearne writes very “smart” Urban Fantasy; I enjoy his keen wit. And, I don’t read nearly enough male POVs, so double bonus!

  8. This was also my least favorite installment in the series… until Hunted was published, then that one became my least favorite. I hope this trend doesn’t continue with Shattered, I’ll be sad to give up on this series.

    • Oh no! I actually really liked Hunted. Hopefully you’ll be wowed in June. 🙂

  9. Poochism? *dies* I NEED TO READ THIS SERIES CARMEL! I’ve been meaning to start it for a long time, I even have book one, but for some reason I always end up picking up something else. Fail. These books sound hilarious and so well-written. Any series that inspires a non-reader to read all six books in two months is clearly a winner. Can’t wait to try these!

    • Haha yes, you have to be a dog person to be able to really appreciate this series.

  10. While this one wasn’t my favorite installment…you can never go wrong with an Iron Druid book. I’ve just read the books and not listened to Luke Daniels perform them, but I’m going to have to try it with Shattered…if nothing else to see how he does Oberon…I just love that dog! Shhh…don’t tell Chess!

    • LOL I knew you were an in-the-closet dog person Traci!! 😉

      • LOL! Oh if only Chess knew…I have 5 (yep 5) dogs in the real world…and we’re expecting puppies! *looks pleadingly* Anyone want a puppy?

  11. I love this series and I agree Luke Daniels is the man. I adore is voice renditions. I can’t read this series since I started listening to it. I liked Trapped because the romance finally took off, but for me, Hunted was my least favorite in the series.

    • Luke Daniels is awesome! He’s my new Twitter buddy. LOL He’s going into the studio soon to record Shattered. SQUEE!

  12. This is one of those series I have heard only amazing things about it because it has so many sequels I never really tried it. I have to and I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Luke sounds like someone I need to meet. Great review, Carmel 🙂

    • I was a late comer to this series as well Tanja, but look how quickly I caught-up. Once you start, you won’t be able to stop; I’m telling you!

  13. I’m sorry it wasn’t all that you expected it to be, but I’m glad that the author’s writing suits you like a glove. “Luke Daniels is an incredibly talented narrator who could make algebra sound interesting.” Ha! I wonder what else has he narrated *goes to look* “Poochism” BHAHAHAHA. Ok. This series sounds like tons of fun. “didn’t have to read from a giant squirrel’s POV or sing one of the wolfhound’s silly songs.” WHAT? There have been things like THAT? Haha. These books seem like a blast to liste to 😀 Ha! I love the last paragraph. At least now I know which books to recommend when one of my guy friends happens to ask for book recommendations. I’m glad that even though it wasn’t your favorite you still enjoyed it. Great review, Carmel! 🙂

    • This series has so much to offer! You never know what you’re gonna get when you pick-up an installment, other than that it’s going to be awesome. I hope you bump these books to the top your wishlist.

  14. The smart and funny sounds great and like something that I need in my life right now

    • Me too. My current read doesn’t have much of either. 🙁

  15. aaaaaah book 5! I have book 1 and I know everyone is just loving this series but I still need to get into it. I’m glad it’s always that goos, I’m so curious to disocver the characters and the world!

    • Take the plunge Melliane, 5 books just fly by when they are by Kevin Hearne!

  16. I’ve only read the first two books, I can’t believe how far I’ve fallen behind! I’m not sure I really took to Atticus’ character though, it’s like you’re a 2000 year old druid and of all the things you could have been you chose to look/act like a frat boy? 😀

    I did Hexed as an audiobook though, and thought Luke Daniels was great.

    • In the first few books that’s his “identity”, but that changes as this series progresses. You should give it a second chance.

  17. I’ve had to travel so much for work in the past year that I feel I’m either on a plane or in a car!!! I have more incentive to pay the monthly fee for the audiobook plan on amazon. This series sounds like one I would enjoy and thanks for posting so many audiobooks for me to pick from! 🙂

    • It took me a while at first to get into audiobooks, but now I don’t know how I’d be able to stay on top of my reading pile without them.

  18. I’ve heard the same thing from others, but so glad to hear that the next rocks (it’s sometimes more compelling to hear from a former non-reader!). I have this one next but I haven’t been thinking this would be great so I don’t think my expectations are as high. 🙂

    • It’s hard to NOT have high expectations when a series is this far in and continues to be awesome, but I get your meaning. Happy reading! 🙂

  19. I have book one and have been thinking about just doing the audio. Despite this being your least favorite I am glad you enjoyed the series so much. Happy Weekend Carmel!

    • Thanks Kimberly! I hope you decide to listen to ’em instead of reading ’em. The audiobooks are SO worthwhile!

    • Listen to them instead!

  20. This definitely wasn’t my favorite of the series, but like you said, it’s still really good. I kind of miss how things were though. The first book was my favorite. I like his shop and stuff. But still, love this series!

  21. I’ve been bugging my kid to read this series with me coz I’m sure he’ll like it as he’s a big fan of pantheons and magic. There’s nothing like an awesome series to bond with!

    • It’s true. # 1 and I have bonded over this one.

  22. I do feel like I give more leeway to books in a series that aren’t so great compared to standalones that are not so great. Because in a series, even if there is a ‘bad’ book, you still love the characters and the authors writing style.

    • Agreed, and they can always make it up to you “next time” while as a stand alone only has one shot.

  23. Great to read that even your husband reads and loves this series. I only wish I could make my boyfriend read …

    • I read 100+ books a year, and this is the first time I’ve EVER convinced him to read a series, so don’t feel too bad. LOL

  24. Atticus is my #1 book boyfriend, so I feel like a jerk for being behind on this series. I rarely listen to audio books, but I LOVE listening to these.

  25. I haven’t read this series yet, but I guess I have to get started, eh? 😉 Even though it’s your least installment of the series thus far, I’m glad you still managed to enjoy it as much as you did! Thanks so much for sharing Carmel, and, as always, brilliant review! <3

  26. Great review Carmel, I’m a new visitor to your blog and now following via Bloglovin! I’ve heard a lot about the Iron Druid chronicles and it sounds like there’s a lot of wit and snark here! Thanks for the lovely review.

  27. It definitely says something if this is your least favorite and it still merits four stars! A sign of a great series, for sure. Can’t believe I’ve never heard of these!

  28. I really have to start this series soon! I’ve heard such good things. If it’s this late in the game and this is your least favorite book and you’re still giving it four stars, it’s gotta be an awesome series!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden