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Bad Wolf Audiobook

Bad Wolf: Bad Wolf Chronicles, Book 1

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Detective Lara Mendes's hard work finally pays off when she gets the chance to join the homicide detail. There's only one catch; she has to partner up with a cop no one wants to work with.

John Gallagher is a veteran homicide detective who loves stomping bad guys and hates partners. When the Lieutenant saddles him with this green kid named Mendes, his first reaction is to ditch her but a call comes in about a body on the river bank and the rotation says they're up.

What they find are human remains, mutilated and partially devoured. Their investigation reveals a killer stalking the city with a pack of vicious, feral dogs. And the suspect believes he is a werewolf.

But this is Portland, where crazy bastards outnumber normal ones ten to one. Except there's another catch. The crazy werewolf guy? He isn't crazy...

©2012 Tim McGregor (P)2015 Tim McGregor

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    Deedra United States 28/08/2015
    Deedra United States 28/08/2015

    I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol

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    This book was really good!I enjoyed Bob Bartons narration.He was a pleasure to listen to.Detective Gallager is not well liked by his co workers.He loses partners all the time and wants to work alone.When Lara finally makes it to Homicide,she gets partnered with him.It's a good match and things go well aside from the band of stray dogs that are terrorizing the town.Their elusive leader doesn't seem quite a dog...so what is he and who will be next?
    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast or MalarHouse dot com"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Natalie @ BookLoversLife
    16/06/15
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    "A thrilling read."
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    Detective Lara Mendes is thrilled to be given the chance to be part of homicide. Though when she is partnered with the bad tempered John Gallagher she isn't too sure. Never the less, she throws herself into their first case, and it's quite a doozy. They are called to a scene where some kids came across a body partially eaten by dogs. But some of the wounds inflicted seem to be done by a human and some by a yet unidentified beast, thought to be a wolf. From then on, both John and Lara are thrown into an unbelievable situation.

    This was such a great read and I'm glad I gave it a chance. I always love a good werewolf book but when you incorporate detectives, then it's just a win win situation.

    Both characters were well written and developed. Lara was pretty kick ass and well able to handle herself, though I did like the fact that she was afraid of dogs because it brought her down to earth and made her more relatable. Then we have John. He was grouchy, bad tempered and rude most of the time but there is so much more to him. He hates seeing his partners hurt so is more abrupt with new ones. Mendes comes on the scene and then they are thrown into a horribly brutal case, he doesn't know what to do. I really liked the dynamics between both of them and seeing their relationship grow.

    Plot wise. It was slow enough at the start but definitely not boring. There is so much to the story that at no stage does it feel like nothing is happening. The idea of the werewolf using a pack of dogs was, for me anyway, unique and a great touch. I loved finding out about the person behind the wolf too!! Won't go into details for fear of spoiling it though!!

    In all this was a scarily addictive read. I started it and didn't want to take out the earplugs because I needed to see what happens next. It was a dark and delicious read and I can not wait to read (or listen) to the next book in the series. I really enjoyed it and think that the audio helped a lot with that!

    While listening I could picture this as a movie. Everything played out so well in my head and that's thanks to the narrator. He did an amazing job with the wolf and with the characters. He gave each character their own voice and he was easy to listen to.

    *I received a copy of this for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • joerizzi1
    17/06/15
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    "great story"
    If you could sum up Bad Wolf in three words, what would they be?

    couldn't put down


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    did not like narration


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    not necessarily, but I could and would have if had the time


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • AudioBook Reviewer
    Madison, WI, United States
    30/12/15
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    "essentially a mystery with paranormal twist"

    Detective Lara Mendes, a by the book and new homicide cop, gets partnered with John Gallagher, the bad boy of the department. Their first case involves a woman killed and eaten by dogs. All the pieces do not fit; one bite is identified as a large wolf, not a dog, and one DNA sample is identified as not human and not canine. Lara and John try to solve the crime without actually working together in a stereotypical dysfunctional police partner relationship.

    This book is essentially a mystery with paranormal twist. The paranormal ingredient is no surprise based on the title. The not human-not canine DNA belongs to a werewolf. He is on a mission of revenge. To stop him, Lara and John first have to identify him. Next is wrapping their heads around the fact that such a thing as a werewolf can exists. The werewolf does have the ability of changing forms at will, not tied to the moon.

    The story progresses on a predictable path. Lara and John never break out of the run of the mill cop molds. The backstory on the werewolf does not make me have any feelings, either positive or negative, for him. The book ends abruptly. The reader would have to purchase the next book and the final in the trilogy to get the whole story.

    I was not impressed with the narration by Bob Barton. At points it sounded as though he was reading through the book for the first time. When John’s character reacts to Lara with a “sinister grating chuckle like some vaudeville diablo”, it just falls flat. It doesn't sound sinister but is definitely grating.

    At timestamp 2 hours, 20 minutes and 52 sections, the narrator does flub a line, stops and repeats it. It sounds like this: “A hack job shelf. Filed into it (throat cleared then percussive sound, like a movie clapperboard). Filed onto it were more of the same cheap notebooks.” I consider this to be an error on the part of production values. This should have been caught and edited out before it was released.

    I do not understand why there is not a “proof listening” step in the production of audio books. Authors should insist on it because it affects the reader’s perception of their work and whether the reader will try them again.

    I did not find the story compelling enough, either as a mystery or a werewolf story, to continue with the second book in the series. At same point I hope to hear another narration by Mr. Barton and see if it is just this title that is lackluster.

    Audiobook provided for review by the author.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Shannon Dee
    Augusta, GA USA
    28/07/15
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    "Very entertaining Wolf Pack Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I enjoyed the fresh take on the genre


    If you’ve listened to books by Tim McGregor before, how does this one compare?

    First book from the author I enjoyed the word usage and the mixing of humor with suspense


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    Stuart, VA, United States
    22/06/15
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    "Action Packed!"

    This is my first Tim McGregor story and I really enjoyed it. It was filled with action from start to finish. This is a horror story but when it's about werewolves I'll take the thrill on. The authors details of the places and the characters were perfect. I loved the journeys this story took me on and it made me feel as if I was actually there. I really liked Amy and some of the other characters in the story. McGregor has created a fantastic story and I really enjoyed learning about Portland, Oregon. The details aren't boring either and went perfect with the story.

    Bob Barton did a great job with his telling of the story. As I set back and listened to him tell this amazing story I visualized that I was there so Bob most definitely brought this story to life. I didn't have any trouble with identifying the characters in the story and that's always a HUGE plus. I can't wait to listen to the second story. I received this audio from the author/narrator in exchange for an unbiased review through Audiobook Blast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bmac
    11/06/15
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    "Where Wolf? There Wolf."
    What did you like best about Bad Wolf? What did you like least?

    I liked the characters the most. Gallagher and Mendez were deep with multiple layers and even the ancillary characters were given enough personality to remain intriguing.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I thought it was really interesting how the wolf managed to keep adding to his pack and kept a disparate group under his control throughout.


    What does Bob Barton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gives everyone extra character that, while written in, would be lost if only reading it. He also manages to give them all the respect they demand in writing.


    Do you think Bad Wolf needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It definitely does, because there's a cliff-hanger and everyone needs closure once in a while.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. I really appreciated the police and character focused sides of this story moreso than the overarching plot. It's a pretty good story, there were just parts about it that took me out of it mentally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lupine Smile
    Maryland
    11/06/15
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    "Good Audio Version"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Overall, I thought that the characters were well developed and the plot moved along at a fast pace. There were a few plot issues that I had involving Lara and John. Namely, they had intimate knowledge that their safety was at issue, but they still investigated alone. The cliffhanger ending was a highlight for me, as it leaves the possibilities open for the next book in the series. I would recommend this book to readers who are a fan of police procedural thrillers with a paranormal twist.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Personally, I am a fan of a cliffhanger ending as it lets your mind go to the possibilities.


    Which character – as performed by Bob Barton – was your favorite?

    John Gallagher


    Was Bad Wolf worth the listening time?

    Yes, it was entertaining and a good way to spend my time.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book to be interesting and entertaining, although I did have some issues with plot choices. I am curious to see where the author takes John Gallagher into the future, as his character continues to grow and change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ed
    Somewhere in TX
    09/06/15
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    "Where'd she go?"

    3 1/2 Stars
    This was a pretty good book. I would've loved for there to have been more werewolf action, but the action I got was good. I thought it was interesting that a pack of dogs followed the wolf. I will be checking out the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Country Bookworm
    Dallas
    01/06/15
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    "Good book"

    3 1/2 Stars
    This was a pretty good book. I would've loved for there to have been more werewolf action, but the action I got was good. I thought it was interesting that a pack of dogs followed the wolf. I will be checking out the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kenna
    Brentwood, CA, United States
    29/05/15
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    "Not the traditional wold pack"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story was good, however the dog fight scene was too graphic for me. I have no issues with blood and gore, but when it involved dogs, it just got to me. I would recommend the story, but I would give warning to my friends and let them be the judge.

    I did like the twist used for the "pack" in this story. I've only read a few werewolf stories and this was the first one that went in this direction.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Take the one dog fighting scene out


    What about Bob Barton’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed Mr. Barton's performance, he does rough-gruff detective very well!!


    Did Bad Wolf inspire you to do anything?

    Not get bit!!


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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