Hexed Audiobook by Kevin Hearne (REVIEW)

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Review of: Hexed Audiobook
Kevin Hearne

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On May 16, 2016
Last modified:May 20, 2016


Hexed Audiobook

By: Kevin Hearne

Narrated by: Luke Daniels

Published by Brilliance Audio 06/07/11

Hexed Audiobook by Kevin Hearne

4.5 stars rating

The Iron Druid Chronicles #2

8 hrs and 52 mins

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Hexed Audiobook

4.5 Hearts

The second installment of The Iron Druid Chronicles was just as much fun as the first book. I can still see why everyone raves about this series. It is full of action, humor and wonderful characters.

Atticus O’Sullivan just wants to live his life, train his apprentice and work on fixing the land that will destroyed in the first book. But will people let him, nope. Everyone is coming out of the woodwork trying to get him to deal with their own gods. His own Viking vampire lawyer Leif, wants him to take on Thor. But there are other problems first. He has one problem after another, which of course brings the cops back to his doorstep. Atticus tries to talk himself out of the situation as much as possible, but the cops know something is quite as it seems.

I love the group of secondary characters in this series. Not only do we have the Viking vamp, Leif, there’s his werewolf partner, Hal. Also the Sisters of the Three Auroras (what’s left of the friendly witches from the first book), Granuaile, Atticus’s trusty apprentice and you can’t forget Oberon, Atticus’s everloving Irish Wolfhound. There are also some other great characters that are known characters from mythology that Hearne has added his own touches too like, the Morrigan, the Virgin Mary and Coyote. I love how he takes these characters and makes them his own.

Atticus has a great ability to transform himself to his needs. When talking to the cops, he puts on a geeky gamer t-shirt and tries to talk like he is a dumb kid just trying to make his way through college as best he can. Then he talks to Coyote and becomes a completely different person. I also love watching as he tries to teach Leif modern phrases. Leif has a really hard time fitting into today’s society.

Oberson continues to be the life of this story. Even though he is an ordinary Irish Wolfhound, who is long lived because of his tie to Atticus, he can also talk to Atticus mind to mind. He is hilarious. He always thinks he is deserving of treats. He’ll use a big word and think he deserves and treat. Then pronounce something correctly and deserves another treat. The dog loves sausage.

“You killed my father,” he snorted in a basso profundo rumble. “Prepare to die!”
“Inigo Montoya? Is that you?”

“Douglas Adams was right: There is nothing so massively useful in the universe as a towel.”

“She thinks petting me is an honor. This is an unexpected position to take for a goddess of slaughter, but I applaud her defiance of convention.”

Hexed Audiobook Narration

4.5 Hearts

Luke Daniels once again nails the narration of this series. I love everything about it. I can’t say anything bad about it. I love his voice for Oberson. I think he really brings out the enjoyment that a dog would have about everything. I also thought he did a great job with Coyote and his Southern accent along with Atticus when he changed his voice to match it. This is a series I highly recommend trying on audio.

Kevin HearneKevin is the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles, an urban fantasy series published by Del Rey Books. The first six books of the series are now out as well as a novella that’s book 4.5 and some other short works. The seventh book, SHATTERED, will be released June 17.

Narrator: Luke DanielsLuke Daniels was born into a family of actors. Both his father and mother have been performing and teaching for almost five decades. It is because of their influence that, from a very young age, Luke and his two brothers often found themselves in rehearsal halls at repertory theatres all over the country; watching innumerable productions of Much Ado, Julius Caesar, and Midsummer’s.

Luke’s first theatrical role came at the age of 5 as Fleance in a production of Macbeth. He immediately loved the creativity and camaraderie of the theatre. (It also didn’t hurt that he was allowed to miss school for certain performances.)

Over the years Luke has performed at many repertory theatres across the country, including the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Connecticut Rep., and Hope Summer Rep. in Holland, Michigan. Luke has his Bachelor’s from Western Michigan University and his MFA in performance from the University of Connecticut.

Luke has worked professionally as a director, teacher, audiobook narrator, voice-over, commercial, and industrial actor.

But he maintains that the greatest role he has ever played is that of a Father to his daughter.

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ML Simmons Reviewer

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. Aaargghhh So late so late! I need to read book1!!!

    • I feel the same way, just starting this series. It is so much fun.

  2. I hadn’t heard of this series before but it sounds really interesting. I like the idea of the protagonist being a bit of a chameleon.

  3. Everyone rants about this series and I really need to get on it. It sounds like it has a fun, comical feel to it. I love those. Melanie, you kill my TBR.

    • I completely get it, my TBR is getting bigger and bigger. Not a horrible problem to have.

  4. As soon as I finish my current audios, this is going on the list!

  5. YAY! Glad you listened to book two and enjoyed 😀 I think I’ll need to revisit the series in audio since you’re having such a good time with it. 😀

  6. Melanie this sounds really good, thanks for putting it on my radar!

  7. Damn it, Melanie, stop tempting me to discard my tbr and binge on this!

    • You know how hard it is for me not to binge the entire series right now. The only reason review books are getting listened to is because I’m on the waiting list for book three at the library. LOL 🙂

  8. Oh I’m gonna have to see if our library has these. I love a good set of secondary characters.

    • I’m on the waiting list for book 3. It is the only reason review books are getting done. LOL

  9. I really need to start this series! 🙂

    • I highly recommend you listen to the audios when you try it. Luke Daniels is amazing.

      • Oh then I must listen to them as I love Like Daniels. 🙂

  10. I have no idea how I loved the first book and didn’t keep going with the series. Your review reminds me of the things I loved about it.

    • I would be binging this series if I didn’t have to wait on the library. LOL I hope you pick this series back up. So much fun.

  11. Haha – yeas, I love Atticus’ chameleon skills. Oh man, I need to listen to the … I think 5th or 6th book. I miss these guys. Glad you’re loving the series.

    • I do love this series. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to start.

  12. I really will try this series some day. Maybe this summer? Anyways, great review for this, you do have me excited to see what it is all about.

  13. Wonderful review. It looks and sounds great. I’ll have to look into this series.

  14. It sure sounds like a good series! I heard a lot of good things about this series. Sounds like there’s a lot going on in this book. The group of characters and side characters sounds great, I love it when the characters are well developed and you grow to like them. And I am really curious about the dog, he sounds fun! Great review!

    • This series is so much fun Lola. I’ve really enjoyed it. I hope you get a chance to try it and meet Oberon.

  15. Since I’m like kind of going in and out of book slump every now and again, it’s super awesome to see that you really enjoyed this book! It gives me a little bit of hope to know that I’ll be out of this slump soon (eh.. I hope?) teehee! All of these characters sound super interesting and I love when friendships are involved in stories! I love the bonds they form and all that.


    • This is a great series to pull you out of a book slump. It is so much fun. I hope you try it soon. **Hugs**

  16. I just got the first book in this series on audio and I can’t wait to listen since I’ve been reading some great reviews (yours included) about this series.

    • You’ll probably get through this series faster than me. You are flying through books. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it.

  17. I could pull favorite quotes from Hearne’s books for days! They are like Monty Python movies in that respect. BTW, Jesus Christ was in this one, right??? I laughed so hard when he walked into the “scene”… tee, hee!!

    Thanks for the awesome memories/review!!

    • Yep. I agree. I love this series. The only reason review books are getting done is because I’m waiting for book three from the library. As soon as the next one comes in, I’ll be listening.

  18. Christy has been after me to read this and I actually own book one, but seeing you review then on audio is making me think that is the way to go.

    • I can’t recommend the audio enough Kimberly. Luke Daniels as so much to the story. I’m sure the story is a lot of fun to read, but narration is one of the best out there. I can’t imagine not listening to it. I hope you get a chance to try it soon.

  19. The book sounds interesting, but that narrator is just not appealing to me at all. Could be crappy speakers in my laptop, dunno, but yech. The audio quality sounds flat.

    • Really? I loved the narration. I wonder if our recording isn’t working well for you. I would try listening to a sample on Audible before you give up on Luke Daniels. This is a series I would highly recommend on audio. If it is our recording, please let me know and I will look into it.

  20. I just heard about this book on the tweeter give away area. Did not find a give away, but the book sounds like something I could really get into.

    • This series is so fun. I hope you get a chance to try it. Sorry you didn’t find the contest. I’m not sure where that is.

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