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Hexed

The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2
Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Atticus O'Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn't care much for witches. Still, he's about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty - when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they're badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II.

With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas with their special brand of deadly decadence and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor's rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to sweep the town and show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.

This is book two of the Iron Druid Chronicles. If you would like to hear more, you'll find the first chapter of book three at the end of this recording.

©2011 Kevin Hearne (P)2013 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

" Hexed is an excellent sophomore effort by Kevin Hearne who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. In short, I highly recommend picking up the Iron Druid Chronicles, which just might make you forget about other urban fantasy novels..." ( Fantasy Book Critic)

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I'm loving this series!

Everything about these books are just captivating. I can't put them down.
I highly recommend them.

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  • Racheal
  • 08-11-2013

Why the change in narrator

I heard this book a when it was first released and narrated by Luke Daniels this new guy is just wrong and what has he done to Oberon, Bleerggg.
Otherwise this is a great book I will be changing over to written word for this series

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  • aussieGeorge68
  • 05-03-2014

Great tale, incredibly good narration.

The series has one of the best narration performances I have come across for a while. Christopher Ragland is a contender for the best narrator of audio books.

I recommend this book to anyone that enjoyed book 1. For those who have not read book 1, I recommend starting there first.

Those with rigid religious views should avoid this book. Some references, all with good humor, are made to many religions including christianity. So far in the series the main character has interacted with figures from many religions, including having a beer with Jesus.

The main character can communicate with his dog via some sort of telepathy. Some of the best lines are voiced by the dog. The dialog involving the dog character are very funny, but also convey a child like innocence and the unique quality of K9 enthusiasm familiar to most dog owners. I love the way the narrator voices the dog character.

The author unashamedly borrows from just about every mythology to weave this highly entertaining tale. Witches, Greek Gods and Thor and just some examples of the characters used. In keeping with the humor of this book his layers are Werewolves and vampires.

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  • Ash Banks
  • 03-07-2019

Not bad, not great.

A fun story, but I got a bit fed up hearing about the numerous ladies the protagonist finds sexually attractive and why. The narrator lost me during the action scenes. He reads them the same as he reads all other scenes, with no sense of urgency or excitement, and I found myself switching off.

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  • Christopher
  • 25-03-2015

A light-hearted and enjoyable listen


Story – 4/5

It has been a while since I listened to the first Iron Druid audiobook, and I am not really sure why – it is a very fun series. As the headline says, a very light-hearted and enjoyable listen. The lightness does mean that you never worry for the characters during battles, which is potentially enhanced further by the narration style, but that is fine - as the world and characters are rich with background and humour.

As far as urban fantasy goes, I think Butcher’s Dresden Files beats this due to having more depth, seriousness when it needs it, and I think the wit is a lot sharper. If however you are looking for a good, lighter alternative having already listened to Dresden, then I would recommend this.


Performance – 4/5

Christopher Ragland overall did a very good job. There were a few questionable accents when they were non-American, but it was infrequent and didn’t detract from my enjoyment. His characters each have their own voice, making them immediately recognisable, and he enhanced the light-hearted nature and humour very well. You might argue that he does the latter part too much though, as there was never really a sense of danger in the big battle at the end for atticus, but I think 4 stars is a fair rating for him.


Overall – 4/5

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  • Susie
  • 30-09-2013

The best group of books since Game of Thrones

What did you like most about Hexed?

I love these books, I've tried many chronicle books since I finished Game of Thrones, but haven't found anything!! These books are amazing and can get you very hooked. Strong characters, excellent names wonderful action!!

What other book might you compare Hexed to, and why?

Lord of the Rings meets World of Warcraft

What about Christopher Ragland’s performance did you like?

Christopher is animated, excellent with different voices and reads perfectly!!

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  • rasmus
  • 11-09-2019

I've had enought

I can't remember why I liked the first one. Maybe it was better considering it was all new and I was just learning about this genre of fantasy.
With this second book, however, it stops being charming. The main character constantly comes of as a know it all smart-ass that can overcome just about anything with little to no consequences. When he's not "nerdgasming" (wow I hate that word) over some done to death starwars quote, he's a lawyer genius that can bring forth a loop hole tight proposition or statement that conquers his enemies in an instant; making them either directly trust him or unable to harm him. The guy has no flaws and is overly logical in everything he does.
It doesn't help that there are no female characters in this book that are not an object for his desire, and he constantly reminds us how much it hurts him to hold back those desires. And when he's not, the woman is always out to get with him (for some sinister purpose of course) and he has to do everything he can to fend them off.
He also has all the money and other stuff he would ever wish for, so everything that happens to him just.. happens to him because he's in the wrong place at the wrong time or someone is plotting against him. Nothing seems to drive this guy. He's motivations are purely self-preservation, and this just makes him come of as annoyed and spoiled.

The narrator does a well enough job but I can't shake the feeling that he maybe adds a thin layer of more smugness to the main character with the voice he chose for him.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-07-2019

Heard what ever next

Absolutely rubbish no sense of direction just gibberish had to stop after chapter 2 sloppy mix of clash of the titans and super hero comics

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-2019

Really entertaining

This is another really fascinating story from mr. Hearne. I would, without take any story or line out of the book, recommend this.
Thanks to Christopher for his vivid enthusiasm in making this audiobook, and for making my time off so entertaining!

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  • J. Mountford
  • 16-06-2018

light hearted fantasy

Enjoyable escapism. Well read and gripping. I love the banter with the dog. Learnt a lot about different pantheons of God's, Irish, Norse and eastern religion.

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  • Pam
  • 18-02-2018

awesome!

love it, love it, love it! Kevin Hearne is a genius! On to the next one!

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  • Roobarb
  • 06-06-2017

Book two is just as good as book 1

These books just get better and better. They are gripping as the plot twists and turns. I love how the odd historical facts are just dropped in without forcing the issue.

Great fun.

Now for book 3

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  • Stephanie Paul
  • 22-03-2017

Such great books!

I love this whole series. Chris Ragland is an epic narractor ans sometimes I have to stop listening because I am laughing too much.