From the New York Times best-selling author of Hounded comes an Iron Druid Chronicles short story in the captivating Carniepunk anthology.
The ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan gets more than greasy corn dogs and flat soda when he visits a carnival in Kansas to which his apprentice, Granuaile, drags him. He runs across a barker with a strange power over the crowd: attractive women leave their men and disappear into an unmarked tent, never to be seen again, and the men wander away, forgetting that they ever had girlfriends or wives. When Granuaile falls under the barker’s influence and enters the tent, Atticus isn’t about to forget it and move on. He and his Irish wolfhound, Oberon, pursue her and discover the horrifying secret to the carnival’s success.
©2014 Kevin Hearne (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio
“A superb urban fantasy debut” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
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The story itself is ok but the narration KILLS it. Why Kevin? Was Luke busy?
The narrator for this is not the typical for the Iron Druid series. It's also part of a larger collection narrated by Kirby. That being said, I was still hopeful he could pull it off. I was wrong, very wrong. Oberon goes from being charming and funny to perv-y and weird - what a difference a narrator makes.
Luke Daniels - all the way.
"Not sure why he did not use Luke Daniels"
If they had never listened to the series, yes. If so, no.
Not sure...was not impressed, but I am judging because the story usually has Luke Daniels.
Think it was a mistake not to use Luke Daniels. Felt like all different characters. They didn't even try to do Oberon correctly...
"OMG the narrator"
I have listened to every single Iron Druid book that Mr. Hearne has released and I think that the absolute worst thing that could have happened was to change the narrator. I understand that it was originally part of an anthology with a bunch of different authors but this really saddened me. However, the story was just as good as all the other books in the series. One last thing, the narrator absolutely destroyed Oberon's voice, so if you love the mangy mutt then be ready to feel cheated on his voice.
"Hate the narrator!"
I love the Iron Druid Chronicles. I've listened to all of the books. I can't comment on the story because I couldn't get past the reader. Horrible.
In spite of the reader I love the series
After listening to the entire Iron Druid Chronicles with Luke Daniels as narrator Kirby Heyborne is like listening to melba toast. Simply awful. Luke Daniels brings so much more
variety to the characters. I hated everything about Kirby's performance as a narrator.
If you like the series, then read this one and avoid Kirby Daniels. I'm returning this book!
"Serious let down..."
I would definitely read another Kevin Hearne book, he is a brilliant writer.
I love all of the Iron Druid characters, though Oberon is definitely the gravy of the series...not necessary but deliciously rewarding.
The narrator was horrible, mispronounced several key terms in the story and his voice was all wrong for the story. The narrator from the actual Iron Druid series is perfect for the part...no clue whose idea it was to pick this guy but if it's not broke, I say don't fix it.
The story was a great short story, however I would rather read it than listen to it simply because of the narrator.
All in all, I can't say I'd recommend this as an audible title, though I would certainly encourage everyone to by the ebook version.
"Not the Same without Luke Daniels"
No, because without Luke Daniels it is not the same.
Not the same without Luke Daniels doing the narration.
"Good short story. Different Narrator."
I love all the Iron Druid books to one degree or another. A specific voice for all the characters has been established in my mind. A new narrator is an adjustment. He does a good job. It's just different. Overall a worthy listen.
"Brilliant Story.... Narrator is beyond bad"
The story is one of the (if not THE) best short story so for in the Iron Druid series. However the narrator is so bad I had to stop listening after 5 minutes, which I have NEVER done before. Why did you not stick with Luke Daniel who has done every other Iron Druid book?
Kirby Heyborne is so bland there is next to no inflection in his voice. At times you don't even notice when he switch from narration to character dialogue. Sarcasm sounds just like describing the environment. And unless you catch identifying pronouns you can go minutes without knowing a character has started talking, or even worse, who the hell is talking to whom as every single voice sounds exactly the same.
I am going to get the Kindle version instead as the story itself was (so far as I was able to stand to listen) excellent. Kirby's horrendous delivery just made it un-listenable and painful.
Awesome, plot and as usual very well written. Love the Iron Druid.
Luke Daniels, who else!!! He has been the voice of this series from the beginning. If it's not broke don't mess with it!
"A decent addition to the iron Druid universe!"
This short story takes place somewhere in the middle of the iron Druid universe! Although it was a bit grizzly and somewhat out of his usual depths,it's still made for a decently entertaining iron Druid story. If there was a downside to the story, it is the narrator. Hello he does a decent enough job, he simply does not compare to Luke Daniels – the usual voice Atticus O'Sullivan, oberon, Granuweul, and the rest of the characters in the universe! If you are an Iron druid Fan, it's not a bad addition, but the narrator simply just does not do a decent enough job to Bring the characters to life.
"still a great story from Kevin hearne but....."
still a great story as with all of the iron druid chronicles but, as the reader is not that from most other books in the series, it just sounds wrong with the pronunciation of words and names sounding butchered in comparison.
"should have stuck with Ragland for narrator"
For those who know the 'Iron Druid' series, Chris Ragland was better, especially his portrayal of Oberon - Oberon was hilarious with Ragland but sounds like a twit with the new narrator
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