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First Dangle and Other Stories

Written by: Kevin Hearne
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Archdruid Owen Kennedy and his sloth, Slomo, are off to see the world when Coriander, Herald Extraordinary of the First among the Fae, interrupts to ask for the tiny favor of solving a supernatural murder. That sets the pair off on a trail that leads from Granada, Spain, to London, England and then to Austin, Texas. Owen and Slomo will have to outwit an Irish goddess of wisdom, some nasty spriggans, and streak across the Kew Gardens to find the culprit. They're going to see the world after all - just not the way they thought.

This collection also includes other Iron Druid stories. "The Chapel Perilous" has long been a reader favorite and is finally recorded here by Luke Daniels for the first time. "The Naughtiest Cherub" is narrated by Loki and takes place directly before the events of Scourged, Book 9. "The Waters" is narrated by Granuaile and takes place after the events of Scourged. And "Friendly Emily" is a piece of science fiction that appeared in Fireside magazine.
 

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luke Daniels is amazing

this series is absolutely one of my top 5 favorites. another amazing companion to go with the original arc. my favorite thing about this entry is that Loki is a Magnus. real fans of luke daniels will understand lol

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Danglerific

Loved hearing from slomo again. Need more please. More adventures from Iron Druid characters. it is a wonderful world you've written and it's feel mostly good nature helps greatly. Chris and Sarah

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good collection of short stories

a good performance by Luke Daniels and I've always enjoyed the iron Druid series by Kevin Hearn. the first dangle was an entertaining short story is well

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Kevin Hearne and Luke Daniels are Awesome!!

Stories written and told by these guys captured my attention for hours. Anything these guys do should be consumed. Num Num Num!!!

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if you're missing The Iron Druid

Some nice background stories in the Iron Druid world. Kevin Hearne and Luke Daniels are a great team!

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  • Oberon
  • 2020-01-17

Please, please don’t go political!

Love the series! However, I will have to pass on future books if you intend to make them political. The last 20 minutes of this book was obnoxious and felt like a lecture from the uneducated.

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  • Horace J. Garry
  • 2020-02-02

Preachy and “woke”

If you like authors who spend time creating a character you can love to only end the series by vilifying them in a political “woke” style of feminism and all the while be preached to how horrible humans are in every way possible, then this book is for you. Otherwise, you’re better off letting this author fade into the distance.

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  • Rod Z.
  • 2019-08-17

Luke Daniels is far better than the story deserves

The stories are mildly amusing, but Luke makes them better. Without him, it's annoying political monolog. I miss the original Iron Druid that was a fun story. The only reason to get any hearne book is to hear the amazing performance Daniels has to put into them. The guy is one of the best voice actors.

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  • Bill75080
  • 2019-09-23

Slomo Annoying

While I appreciate the literary device being used to rejuvenate Owen's attitude toward life, I do not like the character used to bring this about. Slomo may work on paper, but especially not in audio, at least for me. Owen's transformation from hard-edged, crass, and bitter to one appreciative of everything is too quick. I suppose Luke Daniels did the best he could with the written material but I think this was his weakest effort (on a character) yet. Listening to that slow whinny voice drove me nuts and I could not wait for Slomo to shut up. And for Owen to constantly have to give him energy to get things done faster seems dangerous for him - he might need that extra bit of energy during a key battle. Oberon is an outstanding character and one that still brings a laugh or smile to me when listening to him. Orlah (not sure of this spelling since I listen to the audio books), is a sweet character, befitting of Granuaile (I looked that spelling up), and Starbuck is OK as well, but Slomo, please NoMo. Give Owen a better companion.

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  • Bob White
  • 2019-06-12

Hearne + Daniels == Chapions

any time I listen to Daniels narrate a Hearne book it is well worth the money, and with a sloth as a Batman to Owens robin it's a winning combo!

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  • jarradrvaldez
  • 2019-07-24

Let me say something about Luke Daniels.

So, for starters I’ve picked books to listen to just because this guy is the narrator and Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles are only a drop in the bucket when it comes to the entertainment value this guy has brought to my listening life. I laugh out loud and my heart breaks listening to his performance for Kevin Hearne’s work. I said all that to say this, he must enjoy these titles as much as I do or more just by the voice acting he displays for each of the features in this series. His voices after the last story of First Dangle and Other Stories made me very aware of this. I always look forward to another feature by Kevin Hearne, I hope he continues to write great reads and I hope Luke Daniels continues to perform at such an amazing level.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-21

Thanks for saving money in the future

i have bought many, many of your books both in print and here on Audible. This is the last one. Thanks for politicizing what was something that i really and truly enjoyed once. You screwed that up hard.

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  • Debra
  • 2019-09-11

Too preachy even for this liberal

Loved the Slo-Mo story. Love Luke Daniels narration. But damn, Kevin, back off a bit with the heavy handed environmentalism. I read fantasy fiction to escape reality not be hit over the head with it. Skipped the last 2 stories after the first minute or so. Bummed.

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  • Kelly M
  • 2019-09-01

A Druid, a murder sloth and Herald walk into a bar

NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 First Dangle and other stories is a fun visit to the Iron Druid Chronicles world. A couple of these stories are re-record by Luke Daniels from previous analogies. It was really nice to hear these stories all in Luke’s talented voice. We get a story from Loki, Granuaile and of course Atticus. But the gem of this collection is Owen and Slomo’s adventure. How can you go wrong with a murder Sloth on your side. I really enjoyed this book and I hope that Kevin will give us more stories in the IDC soon. I am excited for the new spin off Ink & Sigil too. But the IRC, Atticus and Oberon will always have a special place in my heart. Plus, I really really want another Atticus and the Morrigan story. As always Luke brings these characters to life in a way that I am not sure any other narrator could. Great job Luke!!! Can’t wait to hear more!!! Disclaimer: I purchased this book from Audible and this review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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  • zogarth
  • 2019-08-19

Chapel Perlious great...The rest meh!

Having read Chapel Perlious earlier and now having Luke Daniels version is awesome. The Owen story... well... 1st the sloth is a worn out modern cliche and reminds me of movie Zootopia and is way to smart for just a short companion time. Next I feel Owen is way too comfortable and "Nice" based on his short time since being woke up. Although now physically young, remember his mind is still that of a crocthy old man whose life experiences stopped many centuries ago. Atticus has had 2000 years to evolve and cope and learn and so his interactions feel believable. Finally Granuaile's new age... people bad bad bad attitude is wearing thin. Atticus and Oberon felt fleshed out and complex, but the new characters and animals feel 2 dimensional. They had a good start but I feel the need to bring them up too speed doesn't feel natural and so less enjoyable. I know this sounds very critical but I have really enjoyed The Iron Druid series, but the recent stories stories....Meh.

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