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First Dangle and Other Stories

Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
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Summary

Archdruid Owen Kennedy and his sloth, Slomo, are off to see the world when Coriander, Herald Extraordinary of the First among the Fae, interrupts to ask for the tiny favor of solving a supernatural murder. That sets the pair off on a trail that leads from Granada, Spain, to London, England and then to Austin, Texas. Owen and Slomo will have to outwit an Irish goddess of wisdom, some nasty spriggans, and streak across the Kew Gardens to find the culprit. They're going to see the world after all - just not the way they thought.

This collection also includes other Iron Druid stories. "The Chapel Perilous" has long been a reader favorite and is finally recorded here by Luke Daniels for the first time. "The Naughtiest Cherub" is narrated by Loki and takes place directly before the events of Scourged, Book 9. "The Waters" is narrated by Granuaile and takes place after the events of Scourged. And "Friendly Emily" is a piece of science fiction that appeared in Fireside magazine.
 

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Excellent return to the world of the Iron Druid.

I finished this anthology within a couple of days. I couldn't put it down. It's wonderful to experience the viewpoints of so many of my favourite characters and some who haven't had their POV narrated. What really makes this a five star anthology is the authors notes at the beginning of the stories to give some insight into the inspiration for them. All I can't say now is, more please!

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  • Rod Z.
  • 17-08-19

Luke Daniels is far better than the story deserves

The stories are mildly amusing, but Luke makes them better. Without him, it's annoying political monolog. I miss the original Iron Druid that was a fun story. The only reason to get any hearne book is to hear the amazing performance Daniels has to put into them. The guy is one of the best voice actors.

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  • Bob White
  • 12-06-19

Hearne + Daniels == Chapions

any time I listen to Daniels narrate a Hearne book it is well worth the money, and with a sloth as a Batman to Owens robin it's a winning combo!

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  • Bill75080
  • 23-09-19

Slomo Annoying

While I appreciate the literary device being used to rejuvenate Owen's attitude toward life, I do not like the character used to bring this about. Slomo may work on paper, but especially not in audio, at least for me. Owen's transformation from hard-edged, crass, and bitter to one appreciative of everything is too quick.

I suppose Luke Daniels did the best he could with the written material but I think this was his weakest effort (on a character) yet. Listening to that slow whinny voice drove me nuts and I could not wait for Slomo to shut up. And for Owen to constantly have to give him energy to get things done faster seems dangerous for him - he might need that extra bit of energy during a key battle.

Oberon is an outstanding character and one that still brings a laugh or smile to me when listening to him. Orlah (not sure of this spelling since I listen to the audio books), is a sweet character, befitting of Granuaile (I looked that spelling up), and Starbuck is OK as well, but Slomo, please NoMo. Give Owen a better companion.

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  • jarradrvaldez
  • 24-07-19

Let me say something about Luke Daniels.

So, for starters I’ve picked books to listen to just because this guy is the narrator and Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles are only a drop in the bucket when it comes to the entertainment value this guy has brought to my listening life. I laugh out loud and my heart breaks listening to his performance for Kevin Hearne’s work. I said all that to say this, he must enjoy these titles as much as I do or more just by the voice acting he displays for each of the features in this series. His voices after the last story of First Dangle and Other Stories made me very aware of this. I always look forward to another feature by Kevin Hearne, I hope he continues to write great reads and I hope Luke Daniels continues to perform at such an amazing level.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-06-19

Thanks for saving money in the future

i have bought many, many of your books both in print and here on Audible. This is the last one. Thanks for politicizing what was something that i really and truly enjoyed once. You screwed that up hard.



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  • Lindsey Choi
  • 13-06-19

SloMo and Oaken!! <3

I absolutely enjoyed the stories. Chapel Perilous was really cool. Loki's was the weirdest to me. But of course the most interesting was the 3rd story with Owen and our favorite sloth. I just want to hug trees and appreciate the pick me up that these animals offer these druids. And I needed more time with Oberon but I'll settle for Applejack happily. Granuaile's story is the last. Can't wait til the next book in this 'verse, Ink and Sigil!! Thanks so much for the pick me up stories! MOAR please and Thank YOU! But negative points for your cruel usage of the spiders, really nightmare material ugh. No bueno, muy mal. Toucan.

Uh the only thing that sucks about the audiobook btw is guessing at how to reproduce slothian(?) words. I'm sure I could spell them out if i stopped and replayed but can you stop Luke?? I don't really want to, I simply have to replay the whole story. Thanks for the awesome narration!

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  • Catalina
  • 10-12-19

Good Iron Druid Stories

With the exception of the last 2 stories, I have read all of these. As always they are superbly narrated by Luke Daniels.

I hope to see a future Scifi from Kevin Hearne on the very last tale in this book.

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  • Ken
  • 12-11-19

Another Great Kevin Hearne collection of stories.

This collection of stories is very enjoyable and have Kevin speaking about each one is very cool.

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  • Michele Poynter
  • 06-11-19

Perfection!

Kevin Hearne's writing style and Luke Daniels array of voices are a match made in Audiobook Heaven. I can hardly wait until the next coupling!

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  • Mark Amaral
  • 14-10-19

loved it!

all the stories were great even the last one. I so want to own a murder sloth now. I would love to have more stories or even a spin off following granya and orla, and more from owen and slowmo.