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Review: Hammered (Audiobook)

By Bookaholic @BookReflections
Review: Hammered (Audiobook)
Hammered by by Kevin Hearne
Iron Druid Chronicles #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 9 hours 40 minutes
Narrator: Luke Daniels
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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.

My Rating: Review: Hammered (Audiobook) My Review: Things take a darker twist in this next installment of the Iron Druid Chronicles.  Atticus has made a promise to Leif and even though everyone warns him that consequences would be dire if he were to proceed, he does so to protect his good name.  Everything is such a whirlwind affair as Atticus must get to know some new supernatural buddies and discover more about those he thought he new.  While Atticus has been quite lucky (to a certain extent) up to this adventure, Thor proves to be a very worthy opponent.  Atticus only wants to get back to Oberon and plan the next 2000 years of his life.  Things just don't look so good.
This was my favorite installment yet!  I was sitting on the edge of my seat, gripping the steering will, all with my mouth wide open almost the entire time.  I had gotten accustomed to Atticus' narrow escapes but I learned pretty quickly that this new task wasn't going to be like the others.  I love that Hearne can keep me guessing even in book 3.  In addition, the reader really gets a look into the background of some of the characters that have shown up in the previous books, giving some of the side characters a spotlight and more depth.  There were some sad moments but mostly tons and tons of action.  I want to know so many things after finishing this thing.  Unfortunately, my library doesn't have Tricked yet.  For the first time in my life, I'm considering buying an audiobook.  We will see.  
On the narrator... I've come to think of Luke Daniels as a good old friend right about now and I know that he doesn't disappoint.  In fact, I continue to be amazed at how many different distinguishable voices he can manage in one book.  I wonder how he remembers them all!  I love Luke Daniels as I did in the previous installments.  He does a fantastic job here as well.  I could continue the next book in paper form, but I'm just not ready to give up Mr. Daniels.
I'm still amazed at how much I'm enjoying this series.  This is definitely a book that I really wouldn't have picked up.  I'm not sure I would have looked twice.  Which books did YOU read because of a friend or blogger that you would have never chosen for yourself?  Any regrets?

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