One of my favorites
Holter Graham is so easy to listen to. His voice characters are individual and easy to follow. I will be checking into any other audiobooks he has done.
Wife to sometimes neglected husband (due to listening to audiobooks) and mother to adult children. I am a relatively recent avid reader/listener, only really starting to read for pleasure a few years ago but now am thoroughly addicted.
This novella fills in how Anna and Charles met and comes before the events in Book 1 of the Alpah and Omega series (although this novella is not included on the series page it really should be). Initially I read book 1 before finding this novella after the fact and reading the print version. If you have read the Mercy Thompson Series, this series is related but it is not necessary to have read Mercy Thompson, as this series stands on it's own.
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It's like a werewolf Cinderella story, only with implied rape murder and Native Americans. Not that there is anything wrong with that. In fact I love this series. It's not easy to find a fresh angle for the werewolf theme, but this short story from longtime fantasy writer Patricia Briggs proves that solid storytelling and confident craftsmanship can rejuvenate even the most tired of genres.
This one is not to be missed! BUY EETTT!
I am a Cherokee costume/jewelry designer and writer. I love children and animals, traveling, and a really good thunderstorm. I enjoy story-telling and crafting. And I especially love the guilty pleasure of listening to a good book while working!
I enjoy anything Patricia Briggs writes, but this novella was especially helpful because of its background stories. It not only explains the differences that someone that is an Omega brings to the plate, but it also gives us the history behind Charles and Anna's story. However, as much as I enjoy reading anything with Briggs work, I was bowled over by the narrator. Not only did Holter Graham move easily back and forth between characters, but I absolutely feel in love with his rendition of Charles and Bran. Sexy!
When Anna first calls Bran and asks to speak to The Marrok, and he says, "I am the Marrok, child." You could hear all the world-weariness in his voice that Briggs brings our attention to. I wanted to cry.
The end of course! All the bad guys got theirs and the good guys came out the winner, though Charles needs to be healed. I love that Anna found the courage to stand up for herself and her mate.
It broke my heart that Anna had never been told that werewolves couldn't have children. Thanks to Graham's narration, you can hear her shock and sadness that she had no idea that she couldn't ever have children.
Narrators can make or break a book, and Holter Graham brought this one to life and then some. The only person I've heard come close to being able to switch back and forth between characters as seamlessly would be James Marsters (in particular his reading of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files). He makes Charles voice stand out, and sound as masculine and sexy as we think of him. He also defined his father Bran in ways I had never stopped to consider. As well as I thought I knew the head of the American werewolves, Holter's reading gave me alot of insight into Bran and his responsibilities as the Marrok. Again, I say, sexy! I can't wait to listen to other books he's narrated.
I have pretty interesting tastes. But mostly I enjoy a book with a strong heroine character that has a touch of romance, a bit of adventure and a happy ending. I also like books about fitness and in particular--yoga. I LOVE Audible!
Absolutely. I purchased the first book of the series on a whim and fell in love with it! I love how the imagery of the words and the cleverness of the narration made me feel as I followed the storyline. This will definitely be a second and third listen.
Charles protecting Anna for the first time. You see it all the time in the series, but to "see" the first time is kinda fun.
I've only listened to Holter Graham's performances in the same series. I like how consistent he stays with the voices.
When Brother Wolf rests his head on Anna's lap, protecting her, even though he is wounded. Also, when Anna prooves she is not just a damsel in distress by saving Charles (and Brother Wolf) from a fatal silver bullet.
Definitely worth the listen if you are going to get into this series.
Great story.. Just love Charles. And Narrated by Holter Graham. Boom! double bounus points.
Avid reader/listener of romance, action, thrillers, and spy novels.
It's the beginning of the Alpha and Omega series and explains a lot of the relationship between Charles and Anna. Holter Graham is the best narrator on the planet so that's another reason. Even though Anna's circumstances are awful in the beginning, it turns out ok in the end.
That Charles wasn't calm unless Anna was near him.
He's the best narrator on the planet. Nuff said.
Yes, but work, kids, and family keeps getting in the way!
Well-rounded Short Story.
Great Narrator. I was very happy to find that he was used on this Novella when he's read the rest of the series. He narrates another series that I enjoy.
Love this Novella! It's my favorite short story to listen to or read while sun bathing. I was overjoyed when I found this one was made into an audiobook. Briggs is one of my favorite authors.
I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.
This is a short story which is the introduction of Charles & Anna - both wolves from different packs. Charles was born a wolf & is the son of the Grand Poobah of all wolves (my term not the author's). Anna is an Omega from a Chicago pack that has been changing humans without their consent. This story starts with Charles coming to Chicago to investigate.
I read book 1 in the series & the beginning of the story was choppy & took a little while to understand what was going on. I think this must have been the beginning of book 1 that was edited out. Read this first & then book 1 & the story will flow better. Enjoyable & this sets up the rest of the series well.
Audiobooks are relaxing and 'food for the soul'.
How protective Anna was with Charles.
The way Anna kicked into gear during the fight at the end.
Again, the fight at the end of the Novella.
I'm glad I started with this novella prequel before listening to the rest of the series. I am eagerly anticipating how Anna and Charles' relationship plays out.