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The Rise of Wolf 8

Witnessing the Triumph of Yellowstone's Underdog
Narrated by: Geoff Sugiyama
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Non-fiction, Biology
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Summary

The astonishing true story of one of the first wolves to roam Yellowstone in more than 60 years.

Book One in The Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone: A Trilogy

Yellowstone National Park was once home to an abundance of wild wolves - but park rangers killed the last of their kind in the 1920s. Decades later, the rangers brought them back, with the first wolves arriving from Canada in 1995. 

This is the incredible true story of one of those wolves. 

Wolf 8 struggles at first - he is smaller than the other pups, and often bullied - but soon he bonds with an alpha female whose mate was shot. An unusually young alpha male, barely a teenager in human years, Wolf 8 rises to the occasion, hunting skillfully, and even defending his family from the wolf who killed his father. But soon he faces a new opponent: his adopted son, who mates with a violent alpha female. Can Wolf 8 protect his valley without harming his protégé? 

Authored by a renowned wolf researcher and gifted storyteller, The Rise of Wolf 8 marks the beginning of an original and bold new trilogy, which will transform our view of wolves forever.

©2019 Rick McIntyre (P)2019 ECW Press

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“[McIntyre's] greatest strength is the quiet respect and wonder with which he regards his subjects, a quality clearly informed by decades of careful watching.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Rick's book [The Rise of Wolf 8] is a goldmine for information on all aspects of wolf behavior and clearly shows they are clever, smart, and emotional beings.” (Psychology Today)

“Yellowstone’s resident wolf guru Rick McIntyre has been many things to many people: an expert tracker for the park’s biologists, an indefatigable roadside interpreter for visitors, and an invaluable consultant to countless chronicles of the park’s wolves - including my own. But he is first and foremost a storyteller whose encyclopedic knowledge of Yellowstone’s wolf reintroduction project - now in its 25th year - is unparalleled.” (Nate Blakeslee, New York Times best-selling author of American Wolf)

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  • Tonya Plank
  • 07-01-20

Amazing story, excellent storytelling

This book was mesmerizing. Hard for me to believe it wasn't fiction, the "characters" were so real, so human! I cried at the end. McIntyre is an amazing storyteller. I can't wait for the next book in the trilogy!

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  • Pamela Child
  • 05-01-20

For the love of canines

After hearing Rick McIntyre on NPR, I wanted this book. I look forward to the series. It is with wonder that I have come to understand just a little of bit of the complex and courageous lives of these wonderful animals.

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  • Cynthia Hardy
  • 30-11-19

Fall in Love with the Wolves of Yellowstone All Over Again

Wonderful insight into the behavior of the the Wolves of Yellowstone National Park and wolves in general through the stories and detailed observations of Rick McIntyre. Rick has devoted most of his life to observing wolf behavior and educating the public on wolves. Take some time to read or listen to this book and learn about a creature long misrepresented in literature. Thank you for the journey Rick! My one caution: the Audible version of this book is read with a slightly robotic voice. It did not bother me, but I could imagine the joy and concern in the diction having seen the wolves myself. If this is a concern, individual readers may prefer a hard copy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-11-19

Terrible narration...

I love the content of the book, but the robotic narration was bad...it's a shame because it made the book very difficult to keep your attention and would have been so much better with a human sounding narrator.

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  • Jim
  • 18-11-19

A must read!

Many researchers spend their careers in the laboratory or on a computer. As a friend of mine once described them, “they grew under artificial light.”
Rick is not from that school. His research is a “boots on the ground” style of observing and learning. His book is a must read for any serious student of wolf behavior.

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  • Charles J.
  • 13-11-19

A Keystone in Wolf Ecology and Biology!

Mr. McIntyre's book is the account of his unparalleled dedication and labors to study and observe the mysterious world of wolves. This is a fundamental keystone in our scientific understanding of how these animals behave and live - generations of biologists will canonize McIntyre alongside Seton, Murie, and Mech. I highly recommend this book!

I also appreciated Mr. Sugiyama for his compelling narration. It helped add a layer of depth to the story.