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  • Hunted

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6
  • Written by: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)

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Hunted

Written by: Kevin Hearne
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
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For a 2,000-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.

©2013 Kevin Hearne (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"An exciting mix of comedy, action, and mythology... [Atticus] is one of the best main characters currently present in the urban fantasy genre." ( Fantasy Book Critic, on Tricked)
"Superb...eminently readable...plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting." ( Publishers Weekly, on Hounded)

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Awesome!

This was my favorite book in this series so far. It was written well and the voice actor did a spot on job too.

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Fantastic

Great book. keep reading and enjoy the rest of the series. you wont regret it

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I love this series of stories.

I enjoy every second of this book and now going to listen to the next one.
I wish that audible put the book # in place so it would be easier to find the next one in the series.

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Can’t wait to begin the next book in the chronicle!

I really enjoy the intelligence and research Hearne has invested in his Iron Druid works. I love Luke Daniels work also! He is capable of performing voices and personalities for so many different characters! Totally impressive! I love Oberon!

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  • Don Gilbert
  • 2013-06-25

Another Serving of Hilari-tea

What do you need to survive two thousand years being chased by an assortment of gods from across the mythological spectrum; humor.
In “Hunted,’ the Iron Druid chronicles, book six, Atticus and his merry band are on the run across Europe being chased by Artemis and Diana, the Greek and Roman goddesses of the hunt. Loki, one of the Norse gods is still after him ready to begin Ragnarok, and to make his life even more interesting vampires and a group of dark elves are also trying to eliminate the Iron Druid.
With a surprisingly insightful and humorous canine philosophy delivered by Atticus’s Irish wolfhound, Oberon, my favorite character in the series, Kevin Hearne writes some of his best lines.
Luke Daniel, the narrator, does another great job and his rendition of the wise cracking canine cracks me up.

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  • ShySusan
  • 2013-07-09

Couldn't force myself to finish it.

It is my understanding that the first three books in this series were already written before Hearne found a publisher. So who knows how long it took him to actually write them. For all we know the first three books could have taken him five years or even longer. Time to develop the plot; time to fiddle with them and rewrite. But the first book made such a big splash that the publisher went crazy. More! they shouted. Write more. Write quickly. Faster, faster, faster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And now it has come to this.

I really liked the first few books. But I didn't like Book 5 much. And I couldn't finish this one. I literally kept falling asleep during it. Or my mind would wander. I've tried three times, starting up from where I left off, but it is just so incredibly dull. A paragraph or two to introduce some new supernatural creature I never heard of before, two more paragraphs of Oberon jokes, a bare mention of Granuale, a page or two of battle to destroy the supernatural creature that we barely know and do not care about (some of them come back for seconds and thirds), they run a bit. Then repeat. Over and over and over.

What I'm saying is that it DIDN'T take five or more years to write the last three books, and it shows. There was no time to develop a plot or revealing information about a few major characters because Hearne's publisher had given him a deadline. I hope that Hearne will take a deep breath, slow down and think hard. And then resist that handful of poisoned candy the publisher is holding out to him. The first three or four books show that he has talent. I hope that his needy publisher will not ruin any hope for him to develop into the writer he could be by pushing him too hard too soon.

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  • John
  • 2013-07-05

Jumped the shark

Read all the previous books in the series and enjoyed them enough to keep coming back. This will be my last. It was not good at all. So much worse than the previous installments.

**SPOILER ALERT**

There is no story here. He is chased across europe by a a pair of olympic gods who are beaten and respawn multiple times. Various other enemies randomly pop up for battles along the way. They get where they are going take a vacation and it's over. Nothing much happens. Nothing is resolved. We don't even find out who is the mastermind behind it all. It was boring , though short, and extremely disappointing.

Oberon has become nail gratingly annoying and now in about every scene. I used to like the small bits of dog comic relief but in this book Oberon just irritates. I was hoping he would get killed off.

Speaking of, the best character in the series does get killed off in a very sudden and unspectacular manner. Why? Don't get it.

There is just no reason to read any more of these for me. Another reviewer was correct, Dresden is a far superior series. Those books just keep getting better.

The Iron Druid books are out of gas as far as I'm concerned.

Sorry.

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  • Hassan
  • 2013-06-26

This Is The Best So Far

This one was really amazing... the start the middle the end all were great, although the ending was a bit slow and not full of action, still it was really good.

This book had the best beginning in my opinion, it started with a joke and damn funny joke too. but then the whole book was a mixture of emotions and that was a great thing here.

having a new druid is a great thing, and clever girl is making a really god druid. and don't forget our funny dog, he is damn damn funny in this book. i'm not going to say what jokes he kept on saying, but they were amazing.

This book was better than the one before, and i can't wait to get the next one.

Thanks to Kevin for this amazing series.

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  • Joe
  • 2013-06-26

A series that keeps it's steam

Some series start off strong, then get weaker - not this one. Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid continues to bring great enjoyment. The story remains fresh and entertaining. I cannot wait for the next installment.

I am sorry to see the death of one of the major characters in this installment; I am curious to see the contributions of the new character introduced at the end of this installment.

I agree with the readers that give this installment 5 stars. Luke Daniels narration is just perfect! Oh, there are a few things I could complain about, but they are so small as to be insignificant. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the other installments in this series. If you haven't read those yet, start there.

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  • Melissa
  • 2013-07-03

Now with more Oberon

So, you know how you wait and wait for a book to come out, only to be slammed with the realization that you now want the next book even more than the one you just finished? Yeah. That.

I've enjoyed this series immensely, everything from the fresh characters and interesting plot to the epic narration. (yes, epic) This installment takes Atticus, Granuaile, and Oberon on a run for their lives as Artemis and Diana seek revenge in typical Hearne style. And all the while, Loki and Hel are working up a good Ragnarok (the burning of the world) in the background. Granuaile is not my favorite character, so I wasn't in love with the fact that she has her own first person chapters in this book, but it was nicely done and I got used to it pretty fast. Oberon, however, is one of my all time favorite characters, so I was thrilled he got to come along in this adventure. He was actually a huge player this time, and though I was right there with everyone else yelling "more Oberon," when I listened, I was seriously worried that too much of a sidekick, comic relief (and let's face it - dog) character would be too much and ruin it for me. But that wasn't the case, because all I found myself doing was laughing. I can honestly see how an Oberon led short would work now. (hint, hint)

This series gets better and better. Had I any doubts about continuing the series, the epilogue would have crushed them, promising nothing but awesomeness for the next round.

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  • CrunchySocks
  • 2013-12-10

Filler between books?

Almost dropped this to a 3 star. Good ending and a few good parts between, but this book seemed like a link between two stories more than anything else. Like he took a couple chapters and stretched them into a whole book. The ending was a very nice setup for things to come, but you could read the beginning and the last couple chapters and not miss much. Still love Oberon.

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  • Katherine
  • 2013-07-09

running out of steam

What did you like best about Hunted? What did you like least?

I loved Luke Daniels' narration. It was PERFECT! Flimsy plot/storyline. same old , same old. We've seen this in EVERY book of (Iron Druid). No character development AT ALL!! I just don't care about them anymore.

Has Hunted turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. Just this series.

What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I would NOT read these ; only listen to with Luke Daniels.

Was Hunted worth the listening time?

Yes, it was quite short. However, I certainly do not think it's worth the $19+

Any additional comments?

Very disappointed. It's like the author just gave up! And so will I.

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  • Brian PDX
  • 2013-06-29

Battle after battle after battle

Not a book that could stand on its own, I felt I needed to go back and listen again to #4 and #5 in the series in order to make sense of why the heck everyone was after the two druids.

I really enjoyed the first few books in the series, but by book 4 was starting to have doubts as to the legs this story arc might have. Sad to say that, as talented as Kevin Hearne is as a writer, Book 6 left me...well...bored.

A primary sub plot character is killed off early in the book-no spoiler here..I won't name names. This character is a real loss to the series. s/he was a spark that livened things up.

If you absolutely love The Iron Druid series, you'll buy it but perhaps be prepared for disappointment - and maybe relisten to 4 & 5 prior to Hunted.

The dogs part is a bit smaller-thanks Mr. Hearne. I, for one, was a bit tired of his slobbering Scooby-Do voice and continual whining....reminds me of my daughters needy black Lab.

It's a Meh of a listen...

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  • Mike
  • 2013-07-24

Not the best in the series

I enjoyed the book well enough, but mostly because I have enjoyed the series and characters. Oberon was a fun comedic relief tool in many of the earlier books. In the last two books Oberon has taken a main character role and is constantly interjecting. I don't need a reminder that dogs like sausage, bacon, and bitches every few minutes for an entire book's worth of content. The books are enjoyable because Atticus is so witty and fun himself, there isn't a need for a constant comedic relief, especially if it is the same tired joke that got a few snickers. This book was light on the drama and lore that made the first few books in the series so engaging and fun.

This chapter in the Iron Druid Chronicles seemed a little like a check the box chapter. I don't know that I will continue with the series if there is another book in this vein that goes away from the fun and vibrant characters that are the gods and the engaging recipe that was used in the first few books. If I want to listen to a story that is one third dedicated to the simple mindedness of dogs I would avoid a series that purports to be about gods among us and search out something that is about dogs.

The performance was excellent. Luke Daniels has a good voice spot on emotion and makes the book easy to listen to.

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