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The Wolf of the North, Book 1 Audiobook

The Wolf of the North, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

It has been generations since the Northlands have seen a hero worthy of the title. Many have made the claim, but few have lived to defend it. Timid, weak, and bullied, Wulfric is as unlikely a candidate as there could be.

A chance encounter with an ancient and mysterious object awakens a latent gift, and Wulfric's life changes course. Against a backdrop of war, tragedy, and an enemy whose hatred for him knows no bounds, Wulfric will be forged from a young boy into the Wolf of the North. This is his tale.

©2016 Duncan M. Hamilton (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    Simon Waterlooville, UK 17/05/2017
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 17/05/2017 Member Since 2017

    A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin

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    "Hungry Like the Wolf"

    Our hero Wulfric treads a path familiar to anyone who has read much of this genre. He follows a tough course through his "coming of age" which is populated by rivals, enemies and naturally a love interest too.  The building of his world is not hugely detailed but interesting nonetheless including some of the customs of Wulfric's village. Magic is there but handled with a light touch.  It's all told in a direct and straightforward approach making this easy listening fantasy.  The narration by Simon Vance is very good with a wide variety of voices though some of them sounded a bit weak and wheedling to me.

    Even if it isn't going to set the genre alight this book made for a pleasant read.  It ends this first part of the story with a good setup and it did actually develop the politics of the village and those it interacts with in an interesting way.  If what I've written sounds in any way dismissive it's not meant to be.  This was an enjoyable audiobook and I'll likely follow the series as more is released.  It's just not one I would place alongside a Sanderson or Abercrombie though to be fair there aren't many that I would!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    HAVERHILL, MA, United States
    22/05/17
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    "Great opening to a series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wolf of the North, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    The print version was good but it is always better to listen so you can get subtle nuances that you can miss when reading the print version. I love print but an really learning to love unabridged audio versions lately.


    What other book might you compare The Wolf of the North, Book 1 to and why?

    I am just getting into this genre and this 1st book rivals Bernard Cornwell's The Last Kingdom. I have listened to the entire series and it was a great series so Mr. Hamilton is off to a great start.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to The Millennium Series (Lisbeth Salander) by Stieg Larsson, V for Vendetta by Alan Moore, and Daniel Silva's Portrait of a Spy all of which he was great in.


    Any additional comments?

    Only comment I would make is I beg please, PLEASE don't make the same mistake so many audible authors make and change the narrator. Simon Vance is a phenomenal narrator and now he is the voice of the series. I know it may seem a small thing but it throws the listener, or at least it does me, off when a different narrator is reading the story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick Van Lee
    22/05/17
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    "Can't wait for the next."

    This book was great. I am ready for the next one to come out. The story was great and the performance was done by one of my favorite narrators.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • VJG
    Boston
    22/05/17
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    "Classic epic tale"

    I felt like I was part of the crowd around the fire listening as the storyteller enthralls his audience with a tale of a young lad who'll become a great warrior and all the people who will help or harm him along the way. Simon Vance is perfect as the storyteller and all the characters he portrays - I loved his rendition of everyone from the world-weary speaker (who knows how to spin a yarn) to Wolfric who is figuring out his place in the world. Have already recommended this to friends who love epic fantasy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pen Name
    26/05/17
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    "amazing"

    awesome story and the narrator told it perfect. I can't wait for book two to come out

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hiruu
    All around the World, baby!
    26/05/17
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    "Ok story..."

    This was a good take, enjoyable and fun. The ending was a actually nice, even if sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P.
    24/05/17
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    "Enjoyed it very much!!"

    I can not wait to start book two. I strongly recommend tjis to anyone interested in the search for meaning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • EvaPhiletaWright
    USA
    24/05/17
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    "What a voice, what a voice"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. Unbelievably good reading, regardless of the value of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pacing was very good. The story never got bogged down in gore or lust. Great editing, but even better reading. That reader would have made even rough spots sound good. I had no one favorite part.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    He's a magician. I can't really tell how good the story was, he read every bit so well.


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

    I do have to sleep sometime, but I re-listened to many parts too. The sound of that voice is what I want to go to sleep at night listening to.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry it was all over so son.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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