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Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3 (Unabridged) [Audio Download]

by Kevin Hearne (Author), Christopher Ragland (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 10 hours and 26 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 29 May 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D2KXM46
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he's ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he's asked his friend Atticus O'Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare. One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus's home base of Tempe, Arizona. There's a vampire turf war brewing, and Russian demon hunters who call themselves the Hammers of God are running rampant. Despite multiple warnings and portents of dire consequences, Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plain of Asgard, where they team up with a werewolf, a sorcerer, and an army of frost giants for an epic showdown against vicious Valkyries, angry gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.

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

©2011 Kevin Hearne; (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep them coming 31 July 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Not my normal cup of tea bought this on amazons recommedation and wow this guy is amazing great story great dog . 3rd in a series of at least 6 and they are all great so far mix of action and laughs must read for all .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good but not as good as the first two 8 Dec 2012
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I will continue reading this seris, however this does seem the weaker link so far in the books, does end on a spooky note and there are some good pieces in it, the part with jesus in a bar and the story telling do stand out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars déjà Dresden Files 23 Sep 2013
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The series so far has kept me reading just to see how closely the plot and characters follow the essentials of the Dresden files books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere as good as the first two 3 July 2013
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Having thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series, I looked forward to this one.
Alas, it was a disappointment.

The once original premise - a 2000-year old druid from the Iron Age lives in modern-day USA, in the role of a young Irishman who runs an occult bookstore - has grown stale. The reading experience was similar to hearing a the same old joke told yet again.

The plot is thin. Because the main story is too meagre to fill a book, there's obvious padding. For example, at one stage, there are a lot of superfluous characters telling each other stories. I got the impression that those characters were inserted purely so they could tell their life stories. The pretext for the story-telling is flimsy... a male male bonding session before they set off on a quest. "Let's each tell a story, this way we'll all be bonded together." Those stories are interesting, but they're not part of the novel plot.

What annoys me most is the info-dumping. The druid delivers lengthy lectures (pages!) to his apprentice. Those are as tedious as lengthy lectures in college, and they serve no purpose other than provide masses of information for the reader. The previous books managed to convey information by weaving it skilfully and unobtrusively into the plot, but in this book, it's boring info-dumps.

Whereas in the previous books, various religions were treated with respect, and the characters from those religions acted in ways consistent with their values, this time, it's plain silly.

For example, Jesus Christ is a character in this book. While I was willing to suspend my disbelief, to imagine what Jesus would do if he visited 21st century America, and to picture him multiplying fish&chips meals, I think Jesus would do that for a reason.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but strange 26 April 2013
By chris
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An interesting take on mythology with a darker turn than previous books but still exciting. It's Definitely worth a read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hammered 25 April 2013
By PBD
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Throughly enjoed the book and the series. I would recommend it to any fan of fantasy fiction. Leaves the reader looking forward to the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammered 16 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Very enjoyable third book in the series! Fast paced and easy read. As good as Jim Butcher, Harry Connolly Ethan al....
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jerkification of a Druid 5 Feb 2012
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Before I get into the review proper, let me just say that this is the third in the Iron Druid sequence. If you've read the first two novels, you'll probably have already decided whether to get this latest installment or not. If you haven't, then I heartily recommend starting with Hounded and Hexed first.

Beginning in media res, Hammered continues one of the plot threads from the last book; Atticus is attempting to steal one of the apples of immortality from Asgard, to pay a debt to his newly rebodied witch ally. Before we know it, however, he's back in Arizona and dealing with his other problems, including an annoyed Roman deity, feuding Celtic goddesses and his nosy neighbour.

The main meat of the book concerns Atticus' vampire lawyer roping the druid into his attempt to kill the god Thor. Despite advice from such luminaries as Jesus himself (in quite an amusing sequence set at the pub), O' Sullivan considers it his duty to go along. This leads to him forming part of a kind of supernatural 'A-Team', including his other lawyer (a werewolf), a Chinese alchemist, a Finnish wizard and a Russian storm god.

There is an interesting change of pace in the second act, as each member of the group shares their particular reason for wanting Thor dead in a series of short stories. With their motivations clear, the group head into Asgard to confront their nemesis... which is where my main problem with the book comes in.

Thor has been nicely set up as the kind of reprehensible figure whose death the reader would welcome, but in trying to end him Atticus and the others also face the other inhabitants of Asgard, who seem mainly just to be defending their home.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Brilliant book, really well written. Well researched and put together, brings a whole new aspect into the attitudes of the gods
Published 10 days ago by Mr Christopher L Derrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic tale
Great characters, good plot and some very funny moments. The dog is amazing! My favourite author/ series of this genre so far.
Published 24 days ago by Ms. L. A. L. Barnes
4.0 out of 5 stars Not enough Oberon
I love these books. I know some reviews have said there's huge info dumps, and apparently pointless story telling and all the rest of it, but I don't care. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Galros
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
Excellent Read, I only wish there was more of Oberon, The Iron Druid Chronicles are great escapism, looking forward to book 4
Published 2 months ago by S. Hulse
3.0 out of 5 stars Jack and the Beanstalk meets Thor and Lord of the Rings!
Well this episode got boring because to me it seemed to unexpectedly almost change style and become very strange. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Hugh Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars Hammered: book three Iron Druid Trilogy
The third book in the series was not as good as the two previous books. If you have read the first two in the series, then you know that the Iron Druid is on the way to fight Thor... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fantasy Fiction Fan
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Bought this on the basis of the first 2 novels (which were great) - however this one severley disappoints and to be honest I couldn't even be bothered to finish it as it seemed to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by P. A. Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars marils
The first of many winners I am sure. Atticus and company entertain. As a hero a 2000 year old Druid takes some beating.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs Marilyn Casford
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