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Gray Wolf: A Legends of Ansu Fantasy

By: J.W. Webb
Narrated by: Andrew McDermott
Series: Legends of Ansu, Book 1, Mercenary Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
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Summary

Raiders stole his childhood. It's time Corin made them pay.

When his parents are murdered, and his sister taken by raiders, Corin's world crashes in on him. Wild and willful, he joins the elite Wolf Regiment but swiftly falls foul of its swordmaster, the brutal Taskala.

The regiment becomes embroiled in a vicious civil war between the sultan of Permio and rebel tribesmen. Corin, caught in the treacherous power play between rival factions and corrupt leaders, struggles to survive. Torn between his quest for vengeance and growing hatred for the sadistic Taskala, Corin has to intervene when the woman he loves becomes the latest target of Taskala's wrath.

Gray Wolf is the first book in a trilogy featuring Corin an Fol, a man chosen by the gods to walk a dark path. The novel forms part of the Legends of Ansu, a spellbinding fantasy series. If you like tough action featuring gritty characters set to a vivid fantasy backdrop of war, and vengeance, then you are going to love this new tale by JW Webb.

Get your copy of Gray Wolf to beginlistening to this exciting series today!

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Fabulous fantasy adventure

Fabulous fantasy adventure. Andrew McDermott does a superb job with the narration and it adds a greater depth to J W Webb’s excellent descriptive writing. Looking forward to the next instalment of this trilogy.

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Engaging

Engaging fantasy story. Well narrated. Good example of the genre. Some of the characters felt like they lacked some depth, but I feel like there is more to come in the next book. Well worth a listen.

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Stellar book!

What an adventurous beginning to a totally stellar series!!! Listening to the book was as incredible as reading it! Well done Andrew you rocked it!! This is an incredible fantasy adventure series and I can't wait to hear the rest of them! J.W. you're a fabulous author!!

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Old school fantasy

This is the first Legends of Ansu book I've listened to, and it's been quite a pleasant surprise. Nothing earth-shatteringly original, but the story motors along nicely, and shoehorns a lot of narrative into a fairly short book. It's refreshing to not have to commit to a 25 hour plus story that might have been told in 12 hours. Here is a story told in under 7 hours, with admirable economy. Andrew McDermott's narration is for the most part excellent, although there is only limited differences between most of the characters, making it hard to tell who is speaking in passages with lots of dialogue. I'm very keen to get onto the next book in the series.

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Interesting story line

Interesting story line but I dont think this book was for my though because I kept getting distracted and couldn't really get into the book itself. It took me ages to get through the book, I actually went and read some others in between listening to this one.

Narrator has such an Irish accent that doesn't seem like it belongs to this book, though it was still somewhat enjoyable to listen to.

I know many people will enjoy this book, and some friends I know will so I will be telling them they should check this book out for themselves (never go by just what people say, cause everyone has their own tastes and styles whether it is books or movies).

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving am honest review.

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  • MR
  • 14-01-20

A great story

I really enjoyed this story, set in an interesting universe the main characters are likable and the story seems to move along at a nice pace. My only little niggle is that he seems to get very good with the sword very quickly but it doesn't take away from the story in any way. The narrator does a great job at bringing the characters to life and I am looking forward to the next installment.


Please be aware that I was given a free copy of this audiobook to provide a non-bias review.

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Intriguing

He wants revenge for his lost childhood and is on a quest to get his vengeance.
Andrew did a wonderful job narrating this fantasy tale.
Looking forward to the next release.

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  • Va
  • 30-10-19

Gray Wolf : A legend of And I Fantasy.

I enjoyed this story once I got used to the accent of the narrator. Thanks

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  • Diving Blue Bonnet
  • 19-09-19

New Author + Favorite Narrator = Great Book!

JW Webb is a new author for me. The writing is so vivid and the imagery makes the characters and scenes jump off of the page.

Andrew McDermott does an excellent job giving each character a distinct voice. You can really tell he has such passion for his work. His accent is a perfect fit for this story. Looking forward to the rest of the series!

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  • Brandy Dalton
  • 18-09-19

Accent

I love the narration and accent. It helps me to envision a different land as I drift away on Corins adventure. The high emotional moments blend well in this surprisingly good discovery of self and realistic new world.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 30-10-19

Interesting book

I enjoyed this book a lot. The narrator was great also. I'll definitely check out the rest of the series.

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  • Candie
  • 22-10-19

Grey Wolf

I found myself enjoying this book. The story line was interesting and a little mysterious. The characters were vividly detailed. I would have liked a little more detail regarding surroundings but other than that the story on the whole was good. Choosing McDermott for the narrator was a very good choice his voice is clear and strong. I also love his accent.

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  • Al
  • 15-10-19

An entertaining pseudo-Celtic fantasy

A highly entertaining pseudo-Celtic fantasy in which a young boy, who sees his father killed and his sister taken by raiders, chooses to become a warrior so he can exact revenge and perhaps save his sister. While the plot isn't overly complex and it's not really anything we haven't read before, it's a lot of fun. Corin is well-drawn, the gags come thick and fast, as does the action. It's like a Marvel movie - it won't win any art awards, but we'll still all line up to see it. Kudos to the narrator, whose Scottish accent adds an authenticity to the whole shebang. You can tell he's enjoying reading it as much as we are listening.

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  • Anna O
  • 01-10-19

Grey Wolf - the forging of a warrior

I really enjoyed this fantasy medieval adventure. Grey Wolf describes the growth of Corin an Fol from an aimless, belligerent and lazy teen who was orphaned by pirate raiders to a battle hardened warrior in the elite Grey Wolves Regiment. Corin has promised himself that he will avenge the slaughter of his family and the abduction of his sister, but makes no plans for this future. Then the massive blacksmith Polin, himself a retired member of the Wolves, sees something in his sullen and shiftless apprentice that prompts Polin to leave Corin in a village to seek out the Wolves. Great atmospheric writing, great battle scenes and a very unlikable protagonist in Corin an Fol who is totally self centred, lacks any true curiosity and has a real attitude problem. Corin's personality doesn't endear him to the reader but that doesn't detract from this amazingly good read.

The narration by Andrew McDermott is superb. The right Celtic accent and the brilliant characterisation make this a truly unstoppable audio experience.

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  • Tim Williams
  • 01-10-19

A Grand Adventure

Just finished listening to this book. Andrew McDermott brought this Grand Adventure to life. There were unexpected twists and turns wending through to spike my curiosity. I enjoyed the action and intrigue scenes and am looking forward to the next book.

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  • H. Bane
  • 23-09-19

Enjoyed

I enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator did a great job on the character voices. The author did a great job on the story and characters. The storyline kept me interested throughout. Different from my usual genre but I really enjoyed. Looking forward to the next book. I highly recommend listening. (I received this audible book free and am leaving a voluntary honest review)

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  • Peachesnbeal
  • 22-01-20

A splendid tale

Overall, a splendid fantasy tale. Set on revenge Corin* sets to right wrongs. Good world building. Enticing characters. Somewhere in there either I lost the time line or it wasn't spelled out just so. He leaves home at said age, but yet along the way this story spans 10 years? There is not 10 years explained in this tale. The last reference of age only covers 2 years. I accidentally started the 1st book in the next series and it states it's been 14 years since he has been home, yet one of the main time lines in the next series is referenced in the middle of Gray Wolf. I will keep note of this and change this review if the timeline somehow matches up when I am all through with reading/ listening.

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  • Chris C.
  • 21-01-20

Epic Fantasy

The story took a few chapters to get into, but once it had its footing it moved along quite nicely.

This tale follows Corin an Fol. It begins with a raid on his village and the slaying of his parents and the kidnapping of his sister. And continues up through his time as a soldier.

Corin was a lot like James Bond or Will Riker because he was always shacking up with the ladies. I felt this detracted from the overall story and thus deducted a star. The rest of the story was quite good. The fight scenes were vivid. And there is a splash of supernatural.

Loved the Irish narrator.