©2008 Patricia Briggs; (P)2008 Penguin
Always looking for characters who will jump off the page into my imagination. Love richly developed worlds and a dark twist of humor.
The story is intriguing, the relationship between the primary characters is engaging and a compelling component of the plot - but NOT the only plot; there's lots of action and suspense here too.
Good world-building, and interesting secondary characters. Definitely worth a listen. (Or more than one!)
Than what was written. The story was well outlined but I found the book to just skim the surface of many characters. What happened in Anna's previous pack? What happened when she reunited with her family? Who is the person they call Bran? And I had more understanding of Charles in the Mercy Thompson novels than I do here. Looking cautiously at the next book.
I am a "Life is Awesome! Strive to be Worthy of it." student of life kind of guy. Feeding on Chaos and Empowering the Good. Group Hug!
You will get a lot more out of this book if you read the "Mercy Thompson" Series First!
I wish they would have used the same Narrator, a word or two is pronounced differently between the two readers and of course the characters that play in both books have a different voice. But besides that, it is pretty good. I think he does a perfect Charles voice, once you get over these slightly annoying differences it is a pretty good book.
I think this series is starting out a little better then the Mercy Thompson series. But I keep looking for an equal to the "Night Huntress World" series. If you find one let me know.
After this book I can say if you liked "Mercy Thompson" you will definitely like this book too.
While I'm a devoted Patricia Briggs fan, I didn't enjoy the Alpha and Omega books the same way I do the Mercy Thompson series. At least not until Holter Graham's narration added a depth to Charles I didn't get from reading the book. Something about his voice made me feel Charles's heroism in a way I missed it before. Highly recommended to anyone who likes a fantastic audiobook.
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.
This book is great - but it's like a face that's had its nose cut off. Technically it stands alone but I highly recommend you read/listen to ALPHA & OMEGA with is about 2.5 hours that get this whole thing started. Really don't know why they are separate other than for marketing purposes. For that, I took a star, but the rest is great as usual.
You should already read the first Mercy Thompson book - you don't have to but you'll understand a lot more if you read both of these first. This is a spinoff that just happens to stand on its own.
I absolutely LOVE Holter Graham - the voice he does for Charles is perfect. Anna baffles everyone, me included - omega wolves are mysterious even to the reader and I find I don't mind that so much.
Briggs writes such a meaty story with a solid plot-line. The characters are well fleshed out, and where Mercy Thompson is a strong main character on her own and doesn't have to choose a man right away, Anna finds herself mated to an alpha werewolf in the Marrock's pack and we get to deal with the paranormal romance we lack int he MT books - and it's all handles very tastefully too boot.
Anna has been raped repeatedly by her last pack so she's a bit skittish but she's really drawn to Charles so watching their relationship grow is great. And a chance to get to hear more about Bran! (Which is why you should read the other books first so you can squee a bit...)
READ BOTH SERIES 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)
The story was not full of sex. The romance was sweet. I also liked the plot. It went together smoothly.
I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
Some aspects of the novel were pretty good and for an easy listening no brainer it's worthwhile. It doesn't seem to captivate and pull you in enough for it to be a great book. Overall it is a good book but I wouldn't rave about it.
I've listened to other books by Patricia and loved them. This is not her best one
LOVED the book & the narrator!
Finished it in two days and got the second book of this series, can not wait for more from this amazing author! ( Mercy's books as well )
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