Audiobook Review: Trapped by Kevin Hearne

Posted April 4, 2014 by Carmel in Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 57 Comments

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 Dรฉ 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 Oโ€™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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57 responses to “Audiobook Review: Trapped by Kevin Hearne

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  6. I love a novel with some humor and sharp writing, add in some Norse mythology and it sounds like I should check it out ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 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. “didnโ€™t have to read from a giant squirrelโ€™s POV or sing one of the wolfhoundโ€™s silly songs.” WHAT? There have been things like THAT? Haha. These books seem like a blast to liste to ๐Ÿ˜€ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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? ๐Ÿ˜€

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

  15. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. Christy

    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.

  21. I haven’t read this series yet, but I guess I have to get started, eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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

  22. 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.

  23. Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    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!