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Alpha and Omega: A Novella from On the Prowl | [Patricia Briggs]

Alpha and Omega: A Novella from On the Prowl

Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.
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Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

©2009 Patricia Briggs (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 06-28-13
    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2010

    Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.

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    What made the experience of listening to Alpha and Omega the most enjoyable?

    This book turned the story of Were completely around to show the different structure of werewolf packs and the joy they can reach.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Anna thought she was just subservient until she found out how powerful she was as an Omega.


    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

    My favorite character in this story was Anna's mate and the way he showed her what her life should and would be like.


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

    I tried to listen to tis book in one sitting, but had to break it up due to other duties.


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    Bexlyn Wright Kentucky 05-30-13
    Bexlyn Wright Kentucky 05-30-13 Member Since 2015

    I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.

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    "READ THIS before you read the others in the series"

    Okay so my main gripe about this book is the price for 2.5 hours of listening. However, I paid it with only a grumble because the books are awesome and you have to read this before you read the others in the series.

    Holter Graham does an amazing job reading the story of how Charles and Anna meet. Its the setup to a story that gets you revved for more. Oh wait. I found another complaint. This should be the start to the first full book instead of it's own. But whatever. Love it.

    Charles is a werewolf who is so crazy dominant that he's only second to his father. He has special abilities other Weres don't because he was born with magic involved... that's all I'll say without spoiling it. * Anna is a werewolf who is an omega - powerful and rare yet she was created in a world of abuse and rape. When she finally has had enough, she makes a call and Charles comes to check things out. What he didn't expect was her and how his wolf, never mated, wants her immediately. Yummy things follow (tastefully).

    Read the first Mercy Thompson book before this is you can. In fact, read all the books and in this order: Moon Called (MT1), Alpha & Omega (novella), Cry Wolf (AO1), Hunting Ground (AO2), next five Mercy Thompson books (MT2-6), Fair Game (AO3), Frost Burned (MT7)

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    Marian 05-23-13
    Marian 05-23-13 Member Since 2008

    Daydreamer

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    "Pricey and short, but good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Alpha and Omega to be better than the print version?

    Dunno. This is an audio-only experience.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alpha and Omega?

    I like the concept of the omega wolf. Nice twist from the standard dominant and submissive wolf "personalities" in these kinds of stories.


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

    This was my first time with Holter and I definitely came away satisfied. :)


    Any additional comments?

    This is sort of required reading if you plan to pick up Cry Wolf. As other reviewers mention, it literally ends where Cry Wolf starts. It's totally lame this was part of a novella collection to start, but is being sold as a stand-alone for (basically) full price. But that being said, I really liked it, and I've paid more money for less enjoyment, so if you're interested in a good story, totally worth it.

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    Scraps 05-19-13
    Scraps 05-19-13 Member Since 2010

    I love to read and I read for fun. Escape and imagination are great reasons to love a book.

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    "The First Story is finally available - JOY!"

    This novella is the start of the alpha and Omega stories. They are about a young woman recently turned werewolf and much older werewolf who becomes her husband. Here is the back story to Anna and Charles. Sort of a love story but really well written fantasy as well. Definitely recommend getting it to read first if you are going to read the rest of the series. It fills in the stories.

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    Tara Burleson, TX, United States 05-06-13
    Tara Burleson, TX, United States 05-06-13
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    "An answer to those questions of before beginning"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, my friends and I have a healthy addition it Urban Fantasy that lives in today's time and with today's sense of humor. This book specifically explains how she was taken care of, why and how things happened, and the actual 1st meeting of Sam and Anna.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her neighbor was a trip! I don't want to give away any other parts b/c it tells too much but the action/fighting was awesome is how I can sum it up.


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

    The Only one's I've listened to were the other Alpha and Omega stories and he does REALLY well to me. I like the way he voices Sam, he really does sound like how I would see him sounding. Also does a very good job with the other voices too.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't say there was a specific part moved me as much as it just made the other stories make more sense than they did the 1st time I listened to them.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't use a credit since the price was under $10 but I say that it was worth it! The Alpha & Omega Series is very good and this would be a great investment to go with the series, especially if you're a fan of Mercy Thompson which is a sister series to this one. It flows well and is an easy read, good adventure/ romance.

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    Candye Nashua, NH, United States 04-24-13
    Candye Nashua, NH, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great start to the Alpha and Omega series"
    Where does Alpha and Omega rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    Amazon Customer Manchester, NH, United States 04-22-13
    Amazon Customer Manchester, NH, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2015

    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.

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    "Short but necessary prequel to series..."

    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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    C. Wilson Flower Mound, TX, United States 04-19-13
    C. Wilson Flower Mound, TX, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2012

    Ear Candy Addict

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    "A Werewolf Cinderella Story (Abridged)"

    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!

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    AmiaEagle48 Louisville 04-15-13
    AmiaEagle48 Louisville 04-15-13

    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!

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    "Alpha and Omega: A Novella From On The Prowl"
    What made the experience of listening to Alpha and Omega the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alpha and Omega?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Stacie La Crosse, WI, United States 03-24-13
    Stacie La Crosse, WI, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2014

    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!

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    "An insight to Anna before Charles."
    Would you listen to Alpha and Omega again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alpha and Omega?

    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.


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

    I've only listened to Holter Graham's performances in the same series. I like how consistent he stays with the voices.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth the listen if you are going to get into this series.

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