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The Wolf at the Door

The Big Bad Wolf Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Erik Bloomquist
Series: Big Bad Wolf, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
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Summary

A former FBI agent is partnered with the enemy in this suspenseful male/male shifter romance from debut author Charlie Adhara.

Hunting for big bad wolves was never part of Agent Cooper Dayton's plan, but a werewolf attack lands him in the carefully guarded Bureau of Special Investigations. A new case comes with a new partner: ruggedly sexy werewolf Oliver Park. 

Park is an agent of The Trust, a werewolf oversight organization working to ease escalating tensions with the BSI. But as far as Cooper's concerned, it's failing. As they investigate a series of mysterious deaths unlike anything they've seen, every bone in Cooper's body is suspicious of his new partner - even when Park proves himself as competent as he is utterly captivating. 

When more people vanish, pressure to solve the case skyrockets. And though he'd resolved to keep things professional, Cooper's friction with Park soon erupts...into a physical need that can't be contained or controlled. But with a body count that's rising by the day, werewolves and humans are in equal danger. If Cooper and Park don't catch the killer soon, one - or both - of them could be the next to go. 

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Charlie Adhara (P)2019 Tantor

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Great book, disappointing narrator

I love this book series but the narration is joyless. He reads as if he has a time limit; it seemed fast at first but being British I thought possibly it was my perception of the accent, but no, he actually speeds up at times! Characters are rarely given their own voice and if they are it's inconsistant. Found it very dificult to determine who was speaking at times and had to frequentlly rewind in order to follow the story; I've read the book about three times the problem is all with the narration. There's no time for expression or emotion. Going purely by the audio it'd be hard to connect to the characters or story.

While I recommend the book series the audio is a big disappointment, it's listen-to-able and but that's it. It seems the same person is narrating the next book so it's doubtful I'll be getting it.

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Please please please

Can you please write more lots more I absolutely loved this story and really need to listen to more amazing thank you

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  • Seph
  • 29-07-19

Can’t wait for more

This book showed up on my “like others I have read” section and I’m glad it did.

This story was awesome. It was able to explain how werewolves are around us and hiding while also explain how the BSI was established and run. The author was able to keep me in suspense, not knowing what might happen next to our hero’s, or what they might find out. I was excited to see there are two more books in this series as the ending seemed a bit too quick to wrap up.

I didn’t like however the speed the narrator used to read. At times it was sure hard to keep up when they would slip from on character to the next, one exchange to the next. He was able to give more feeling in some situations then I was expecting which was helpful. I also didn’t enjoy how the same tone and pitch were used for most of the characters. It was hard to distinguish who was talking at given times and I had to go back and relisten to entire chapters to make sure I understood who said what and to who they it to.

I hope the same narrator can come back for the next two books and add some voices and separation so the characters are easier to tell apart.

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  • C. M.
  • 24-07-19

A good fit for FBI procedural, and Cooper's voice

Book 1 of my favorite m/m series is on audiobook?!?!?!?! I could not give Amazon my money fast enough.

Pros: The matter-of-fact narration style works well for an FBI detective story. The voice of prickly Cooper, who feels off balance and on the defense for a good part of the book, feels right. As does the lighter, slightly amused voice for Park. I liked that they went with a relatively unknown narrator. Some narrators like Joel Leslie or Nick Russo are awesome but so ubiquitous within the genre that I can get the voices confused with the many books they've already done.

Cons: For a few side characters' voices, the narrator speaks the dialogue quite quickly. It adds distinctiveness (some people really are 'fast talkers'), but I had to rewind a few times when I missed something. The two steamy scenes have the same matter-of-fact narration, and aren't overly sexy. I'm okay with that. This is meant to be a mystery, not erotica. But a little part of me misses the dirty voices of more popular romance narrators :)

The next two books are much more romantic, and certainly sexier than book 1. I hope the narrator embraces that side of it if he continues. Everything else works great!

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  • Janet Gibson
  • 20-08-19

trouble

I'm not sure if it's me or Erik (narrator) no inflection, or differention in characters.

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  • Ryuhi
  • 15-08-19

Decent Premise, bad execution.

I like the combination of m/m, mystery and the supernatural a lot, but none of the parts really delivered.

The mystery just did not build up the suspense well enough to keep me engaged. Other books make you keep reading/listening because you want to know, this one did not quite manage that.

The supernatural was okay but a bit bland. It is one of those werewolf stories with just too little wolf in them.

The romance lastly suffered for me from having the protagonist more or less being fully the „partner at fault“ while Olliver was just a bit too perfect all in all.
Romance needs both characters playing off each other and that just felt lacking.

And I fear I really have grown very tired of the type of protagonist who ends up wallowing in his guilt.
This was particularly off near the ending.
It just comes across as cheap fishing for drama.

Lastly, I think the story ended up too clumsy in its political statements. I think it pays off a lot better to make them more subtle. I just felt like rolling my eyes for being part of the choir being preached to.

The narrator definitely did a good job though.

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  • demarie007
  • 12-10-19

An excellent first novel

This is the author 's first novel, and it does an excellent job. I expect her future novels will improve

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  • Bec
  • 13-09-19

love this series.

awesome books, very humorous, neat world. and hot! I really like the narrator but wish park and Cooper's voices were a bit more different. they are different but sometimes my shoddy ear mixed them up. fantastic audiobooks overall.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 13-09-19

How things should work, but with werewolves

The problems faced by werewolves in this romantic thriller are pretty much straight from the headlines of how US cops treat black suspects - as aggressive, magically lethal fighting demons who are all the same and the only reason they haven’t killed yet is not having got around to it so brutally arresting or killing one is just fine, guilty or no. Unlike in our misogynoir reality, in this book the upper levels of the policing forces think that treating werewolves like US police treat black men is wrong. It shows how disrespectful digs at a group of people aren’t just “blowing off steam” from a stressful job, but are indicators that someone can’t be trusted with power & force over those they denigrate. Along the way, there’s a nice little mystery of missing werewolves with some hopes they will be found alive, and a cautious, slow burn romance. It was a nice book where the good guys get the guy and support from the top brass, so a fantasy…

POV is all Cooper, the human. I’m more used to romances that trade off POV between leads, but mysteries often don’t. Once I realized it would be single POV, I settled into it. I recommend Wolf at the Door & plan to read the sequel.

Steam: low smolder. Some naked details on page but much less graphic than average.

Narration: Narrator speaks quickly. Generally I prefer that, but I already listen at a quicker speed so it took me a moment to adjust. I pondered slowing the rate but stuck it out and was fine. Pleasant voice. There were a few places where subtle shifts in audio [quality/pitch/resonance/cadence?] indicated patched in corrections but I VASTLY prefer that to hearing errors so no marks off for being slightly less than seamless.