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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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    BlueMtn La Grande, OR, United States 02-14-13
    BlueMtn La Grande, OR, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to books, especially audiobooks. Read lots and prosper!

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    "The beginning of the Alpha and Omega"

    This short story take place just prior to Cry Wolf and I think is so important to the story line. I'm so thrilled that this is now collected and in place in my iPod playlist and narrated by (**big sigh**) Holter Graham. The story and narration are excellent. It doesn't matter that it's not long - you only wish it was longer - but wait it is - it just slides right into Cry Wolf after all. If you are a fan of Patty Briggs and love the off shoot of the Mercy Thompson series about Anna and Charles, this is a MUST buy.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Patti 02-05-13
    Patti 02-05-13
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    "Finally the novella at audible"

    I read this wonderful story by Patricia Briggs in the On the Prowl anthology years ago. I've rarely had a short story get me so involved and invested in the characters as I was with this one. Even though I've never used my monthly credit on something as short as this, I pre-ordered it when I saw it was going to be available and read by Holter Graham. As always he does a wonderful job and I enjoyed the story just as much the second time around. This is a romantic story but still seems more of an Urban Fantasy than a Paranormal Romance to me. If your looking lots of sex this isn't for you. If you want an very interesting and charming story about the first meeting of a pair of werewolves with some background on the workings and rules of a pack or if you've listened to the other books in the series and want to know how it all began, you should enjoy it. But be prepared to want more of Anna and Charles when you've finished. I'm re-downloading the first novel in the series for a second listen as I write this review .

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Riverdale, GA 12-15-13
    Angela Riverdale, GA 12-15-13 Member Since 2009

    I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.

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    "Great addition to the story"

    I read this story the first time back in 2009. I realized that "Alpha and Omega: A Novella from On the Prowl" was a new adventure for the story of "Alpha and Omega." Listening to the new novella tempted me to start this series all over again. Sooooo, I am now doing the happy dance because this series makes me happy.
    The H and H are strong and good. The adventures are amazing, the action scenes are exciting and the entire story is compelling! PB pulls you into a wonderful world. I am not reviewing the actually book as much as just expressing how pleasing it is to start this series over again. Well I guess it is kind of a review if you realize that I spent money to purchase the books and I am now willing to purchase the audible versions of those same books.
    So I am posting this to all of the books in the series, because I will be listening to them for this Christmas season! :)
    Yes. This series is worth all of your credits LOL

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 02-09-13
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 02-09-13

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    "A 'MUST HAVE' ADDITION TO AN AWESOME SERIES"

    This is the prequal to Cry Wolf book 1 in P.B.'s Alpha & Omega series and, although I have already listened to the series so far, it's still a worthy listen because it finally gives us the background to Anna and Charles's story.

    Yes, it's short but it packs a lot in - kidnapping, abuse, secrets, trust & respect, pack laws and punishments but we're left with a budding sweet romance between 2 unlikely people that needs lots of tender loving care which is fortunately then carried forward and seen throughout this brilliant series.

    Worth a credit? Well, because I'm up-to-date with the series, it was a bit of an indulgence but if you're a fan of the series then it's a must have but I just bought it and saved my credit for a longer more expensive listen.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Bookaholic 02-13-13
    Bookaholic 02-13-13
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    "Fabulous Start to an AWESOME Series"

    I was so excited when I saw that the prequel was being released in audio....I pre-ordered and put aside what I had been listening to to start this one. Holter Graham does a wonderful job on the narration.

    If you have not started the Alpha & Omega series make sure you start with this one....while not absolutely necessary everything will make more sense if you start here.

    This is a short on how Anna and Charles meet, and more of Anna's background...and it was such a good story....I had forgotten how much I love this series so listening to this one I had to listen the rest of the series all over again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marie TN, United States 11-22-13
    Marie TN, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2007

    Love to Read!! Everything

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    "A new Twist on what an alpha female is!"
    What made the experience of listening to Alpha and Omega the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was very good. He even sounded like I imagine Charles would sound like. The heroine Anna was in a very bad situation and survived. Charles didn't "rescue" her as more along the lines of setting her free.


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

    When Anna understood exactly why she had been chosen and what exactly an Omega was.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Charles and Anna was in her apartment and he as a wolf curled up beside her.


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

    Yes. It is a very short book because it leads into the rest of the series. You need to have this book first to go into the rest of the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series. It is well worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Radnor, OH, United States 11-05-13
    Melanie Radnor, OH, United States 11-05-13

    I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and/or listening to mostly paranormal and fantasy.

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    "I love Patrica Briggs's werewolves"

    This is the story of how Anna and Charles meet. It is a short story, originally part of the anthology "On the Prowl". It could also be purchased as a stand alone novella. Great story with great narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-08-13
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2006

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Great start to the series :D"

    4.5-5 stars

    This is a great story. It's the intro story for the Alpha & Omega series which is great (I've read the series previously but never reviewed it). I love Patricia Briggs' work and this series is another example of why. There is some crossover between this and her Mercy Thompson series.

    Anna is a werewolf and has been for 3 years. Unfortunately she was turned against her will and is part of a horrible pack that abuses her regularly. She has been struggling to get by but when she sees a news story about a young man that she know was in her Alpha's house she decides she needs to call in a higher authority, the Marrack (the leader of all the werewolves in North America). She's terrified because dominant wolves have always meant pain for her but she's determined to try to help the boy. When she speaks to the Marrack, she finds out he's already sent someone to Chicago and he asks her to meet his emissary.

    Charles is his Father's (the Marrack) enforcer. He's an old and very Dominant. He's been sent to Chicago to investigate a few issues. He isn't expecting a last minute change in plans when he gets a message from his father to meet a female werewolf at the airport and keep her safe. He's also not expecting her to be an Omega (a rare type of werewolf that helps calm others) and that his wolf will immediately decide to claim her as his mate.

    The story isn't long and only takes place over a little over a day. Charles and Anna discuss things and Charles finds out that some weird stuff has been going on in the pack (including the many instances of abuse and rape of Anna over the 3 years she's been in the pack). Things between Charles and Anna don't get much further than beginning interest (no insta-love) but it was done well and you can see the starting of a connection between them and Anna feels safe with Charles and that's something she hasn't had since she was turned. There are a couple encounters with some of the bad werewolves and a final confrontation in which the mystery is solved and the bad guys are taken out. The story ends with a possibility of a HEA (which will come about in the continuing series) as Charles asks Anna to move to Montana with him so they can explore a possible relationship together (their human sides that is, since their wolves are already there).

    This is a great story. I love Charles and Anna. She's been through so much but yet is still has spirit and is willing to do what needs to be done to help others. Charles is so gruff and has to be hard in what he does for his Father but he finds in Anna, someone he wants to shelter and protect and that brings about soft feelings in him for the first time in his life (and he's had a long life so far). This story is a lead in to the series so I'd recommend planning to read the first book of the series Cry Wolf right after this as it starts immediately after this book leaves off. I'd recommend this story. 2 thumbs up! :D

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TG 08-03-13
    TG 08-03-13
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    "Patricia Briggs... Enough said."

    Great series. I love Anna and Charles and the Mercy Thompson/ Alpha & Omega worlds. Honestly anything that Patricia Briggs writes I will buy, she is an excellent writer.

    Holter Graham is my favorite narrator based on his work on this series. This novella first appeared in "On the prowl" and honestly was the only part of that novel that was worth reading. I was glad when she chose to sell this story individually. Although it is not necessary for you to read Mercy Thompson or this novella before reading Cry Wolf, it does help in understanding the overall plot.

    Not very long so I would just buy and save your credit, but definitely worth a purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Nudgee, Australia 02-25-13
    Amazon Customer Nudgee, Australia 02-25-13
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    "Worth a Listen"
    Would you try another book from Patricia Briggs and/or Holter Graham?

    Patricia Briggs is a great writer i didn't like this narrator at all he sounded like a drone


    Would you be willing to try another book from Patricia Briggs? Why or why not?

    Yes, this wasn't my favourite book of the series but it was deferentially worth a listen


    Would you be willing to try another one of Holter Graham’s performances?

    I didn't like Holter Graham's rendition of the male lead


    Do you think Alpha and Omega needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    this book is already part of a series


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • I. Fenton
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    "Saved me a reread"
    Where does Alpha and Omega rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks near the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The visual imagery I got from the good narration.


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    A more emotional response to the story


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this to compare it to the print book and was pleased that I did as it was so well done and now I can listen to it any time I want instead of reading the book until it falls apart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    "Excellent introduction to a great series of books!"

    I have read all Patricia Brigg's Werewolf books and am delighted to see this novella available from audible UK. I really hope all her books become available on this site. Great story and I really enjoyed Holter Graham's narration. If you are not planning to follow the series this may not be a book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tess
    9/30/14
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    "I adore this book, and series."
    Where does Alpha and Omega rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to this book around 30 times so I would say it is probably my favourite.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charles, how as an extremely alpha werewolf he can still be gentle and careful with Anna, especially after what she has been through.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The restaurant scene.


    Any additional comments?

    My only wish is that Audible could get both the whole series of Charles and Anna, and the Mercy books. I prefer to read/listen to a series in order so I would rather not buy Mercy's 8th audiobook until the rest are available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs R A White
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    "The Prequel to 'Cry Wolf'"

    Patricia Briggs is up there with Charlaine Harris, and maybe surpasses her, among my favourite urban fantasy writers. This novella acts as a direct prequel (and acts more like a hidden chapter one) to 'Cry Wolf' the first true novel in the series, and I'd certainly recommend listening to it before starting the main series - although since they're not on Audible you'll be stuck with the dead tree/kindle editions. The narration is passable, no more, but the story is good enough to make up for it, showing the meeting between Anna and Charles - and also some extra context to the slightly convoluted events of 'Moon Called' - the first Mercy Thompson book by the same author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • amy
    7/4/14
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed it."

    Very enjoyable, most of the voices were clearly identifiable - it is very short, but I knew that already. Shame there aren't any of the other Alpha and Omega books available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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