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The Wolves of London Audiobook

The Wolves of London: Obsidian Heart, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Alex Locke is a reformed ex-con forced into London's criminal underworld for one more job.

He agrees to steal a priceless artefact - a human heart carved from the blackest obsidian - but when the burglary goes horribly wrong, Alex is plunged into the nightmarish world of the Wolves of London, unearthly assassins who will stop at nothing to reclaim the heart.

As he races to unlock the secrets of the mysterious object, Alex must learn to wield its dark power - or be destroyed by it.

©2014 Mark Morris (P)2014 Audible Studios

What the Critics Say

"Mark Morris is a stellar talent, equally able to touch the heart and chill the spine. He has a maestro's gift of weaving subtlety and brutality into the perfect symphony. If you haven't read him before, now's the time!" (Christopher Golden, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Snowblind)

"A new novel from Morris is always cause for celebration, and this first in a brand new trilogy ushers in his greatest, most complex and compelling work yet." (Tim Lebbon, New York Times best-selling author of Coldbrook)

"Mark Morris is one of the best horror writers we have. If you re not reading him, you're missing out" (Michael Marshall Smith, New York Times best-selling author of The Intruders)

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    Lesley Seattle, WA, United States 11-30-14
    Lesley Seattle, WA, United States 11-30-14 Member Since 2005

    From Austen to zombies!

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    "Nothing here is what it seems!"

    When I read the description for The Wolves of London, I thought it sounded like a good urban fantasy. It was that, but it was so much more!

    Alex Locke is a mild-mannered fellow with a couple of ex-girlfriends and a couple of daughters. Each day is much like the others for this single dad, as he gets his youngest ready for school and arranges child care with the neighbors before he commutes to his job as a teacher. Nobody knows about his criminal past--until the day his oldest daughter reveals that she's in a jam. Alex is forced to call in a favor. And that's when the real trouble begins.

    A lot of urban fantasy focuses on underground supernatural factions as they battle for control over territory or lives, and often there's some romance thrown in as well. That's what I was expecting, and The Wolves of London seemed to be going in that direction--but then it took a left turn. And then another, and another, until I had zero idea where this story was going next. It was a fresh new take on the genre, and wholly unpredictable!

    I definitely appreciated Morris's imagination, but even better are the great characters in this book. So here's a warning--this is only Book One, and there's definitely more to the story. I just finished listening, and already I miss Alex as well as the other people from this realistic world that's also a very unrealistic world (in a good way!). Describing them would spoil too much--let's just say that everybody you'll meet here is full of surprises!

    No review for this audiobook is complete without a mention of Ben Onwukwe, the narrator. His voice is just gorgeous, but his range of accents and voices is plain incredible. His reading creates characterization that adds both depth and humor to the weird, weird world of the story.

    So if you're looking for something a little different in the urban fantasy line, I highly recommend The Wolves of London. But hold on to your headphones--you're in for a crazy ride.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    J. Harnish Huntington Beach, CA 01-13-15
    J. Harnish Huntington Beach, CA 01-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Solid Surreal Horror/Mystery"

    Creative tale and first installment the 'Wolves' story world of the dark-fantastic. Reminiscent of Clive Barker fiction without the sexual overtones. I enjoyed the story and the narration performance was good, though often a bit dry and melancholy. Not terribly distracting, but the baritone delivery is somewhat demanding and requires the right 'mood' for long listen times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CaffineFreeJAVA 11-17-14

    Where ever you go, there you are...

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    What disappointed you about The Wolves of London?

    The characters were great, well detailed and believable. The situation was gripping and creepy. The mystery was solid.... and then there was time-travel. It felt like the author was trying to fit every cool idea he ever had into one book.... or possibly wrote the 3rd act in a haze of alcohol-ridden frustration for having not yet completed his book. It just spiraled worse and worse at the beginning of the third act, the moment TIME-TRAVEL was thrown into this modern, crime, horror, mystery, supernatural/steampunk-esque thriller...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Morris again?

    Maybe.... but I don't know If i'd pay for it.


    What about Ben Onwukwe’s performance did you like?

    His characters were distinct. He LIVED the author's descriptions of each and he pulled you into the story with his performance rather than simply reading words on a page.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The first 2 acts were solid, creepy and mysterious. Despite any failings in pacing and lack of exposition, it moved well enough to keep me interested in what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    ....I committed 10 hours into this and then got disappointed. I gave it another hour leaving me about 2 left.... but i just couldn't finish it cuz it kept spiraling worse and worse.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jessie 08-10-15
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    For me this book was somewhere between science fiction and a mystery thriller but I could never quite figure out which one it was trying to be. I struggled to get through it, and became easily distracted while listening to it, particularly toward the end. The narration is fine - the story line just didn't hold my interest. I don't plan to read the next book in the series and I think that's pretty telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon 11-12-14
    Brandon 11-12-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A good horror story."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wolves of London to be better than the print version?

    I don't have it in print version, but I do enjoy the narrator's voice quite a bit to set the tone especially his voice acting for more bass heavy voiced characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it started, I was contemplating how it would turn out to be a horror story.


    Which character – as performed by Ben Onwukwe – was your favorite?

    The Surgeon.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Unexpecting.


    Any additional comments?

    I really look forward to the second book! I hadn't realized this was going to be a series and now that I know I'm very eager for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 11-08-14
    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 11-08-14 Member Since 2009

    Hi, I'm an alumi of NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I'll give you guys the goods.

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    "A hidden gem"

    The Wolves of London is truly a hidden gem. Some might say it starts off slow, but it builds pace quickly and it stays interesting throughout. There are many twists and turns and the story is imaginative and the world goes from mundane to horrifying rather quickly. The characters are intriguing and well flushed out. This book if without a doubt worth your credit. I am eager to read the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Magenta
    Watford
    1/24/15
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    "Can't wait for the next one!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I had no expectations when I bought this book but I was blown away! I loved it! The only bad part was getting to the end and realising that I wo have to wait for the next. I only finished it this afternoon and have already recommend it to three people.


    What other book might you compare The Wolves of London to, and why?

    I don't like to compare because it's no really like anything I have read before. It's a really dark urban fantasy set in London. The obvious comparison would be Ben Aaronovich's Rivers of London series and if you like that then you should enjoy this. However this is much darker, I love the concept of the obsidian heart and want to find out more.


    What about Ben Onwukwe’s performance did you like?

    He brought the characters to life and made be believe it. Great performance.


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

    I was scared, worried and at times disgusted and relieved, there were some tense moments, I care about the characters and want to find out more about them.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was an unexpected gem and is well worth a listen.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Stefan
    Kingston Upon Thames, United Kingdom
    12/4/14
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    "A slow burner, but worth persevering with........"
    If you could sum up The Wolves of London in three words, what would they be?

    The words I'd use to describe this particular tale are; imaginative, dark and probably confused. The author has taken on a well traveled trope and done some clever and imaginative things with it, however within this process things get a little untidy. I think the premise is excellent and readers who have compared it unfavorably to the brilliant 'Rivers of London' series are doing this book a bit of a dis-service. Although the overall setting for both stories is same in as much as the are both London-centric and have a supernatural bent to me that's where the similarity ends. I find the Wolves of London a lot darker than the 'Rivers' series and am looking forward to seeing what happens in the next installment.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mikey
    poole, United Kingdom
    11/2/14
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    "Terrifying!"
    If you could sum up The Wolves of London in three words, what would they be?

    Scary.Eery.Fantasy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wolves of London?

    Well I would hate to spoil for any potential listeners, but I will say that the performance of the narrator was the highlight of the book and made the listen great!


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

    As a South Londoner by origin myself, a poor accent of the region simply would not do for me. Mr Onwukwe didn't disappoint! Great narration, perfect accent (he was probably a londoner at one point in his life too) and excellent character switching during dialogue.Also, in the scary moments of the book, he narrated with eery and terrifying panache!


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

    When the darkness and the soldier from the past appeared at the conservatory window at Bennies! A huge chill wes sent down my spine. Fortuitously, it had been halloween the night I was listening to it which was a bonus!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Clever storyline, chilling, eery and ominous: buy it and don't listen alone! Look forward to book two of the obsidian heart....

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Chris POWER
    11/25/15
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    "This is a serial, not just a series."
    Where does The Wolves of London rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    5 out of 10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They are okay but no one was heart-grabbing.


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

    No, apart from the below comment


    Any additional comments?

    Be prepared for a massive cliff-hanger at the end. This is supposed to be the first of a series, and yes, it delivers in that respect. BUT that cliff-hanger is annoyingly like a marketing ploy to push the listener/reader hard towards buying the next one. Which, since I was annoyed, and the characters didn't engage me stongly enough to care, I won't be buying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nalini
    10/31/15
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    "A great beginning..."

    ... The tale started out well, but then as the narrator talked through each escapade we got further and further from the original story. There didn't seem to be any link between each and there were no clues or answers to why any of it was happening. This may appeal to some, but not for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Derby, United Kingdom
    11/7/14
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    "Wolves of London"
    Would you try another book written by Mark Morris or narrated by Ben Onwukwe?

    Ben Onwukwe always provides a good and interesting interpretation of the characters, I think that he kept me motivated to complete the book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I felt the actions and some of the emotions of the characters were sometimes unrealistic and one dimensional. I also hated the way in which time travelling is used as a means of reviving characters etc. I also did not like the way in which there is no resolution within part 1 when there could have easily been resolution.


    Did The Wolves of London inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It is trying to be the Rivers of London but without the irony and wit

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    Bönen, Germany
    7/17/16
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    "DONT BUY IT!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This story has so many screwed up and virtually un-followable leads in it, that I bought the second book to see if there was a definable line to the story. there wasn't.
    The idea is Dr. Who based with time travel. But the way it is acchieved and the end result leaves you more confused and disgruntled than satisfied.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • stephen79
    6/11/16
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    "Missed the mark!"

    Quite an interesting story overall but the writing was poor. The book could have been half the length had it not used at least 3 different, unnecessary, superfluous adjectives to describe every object and every emotion. Either that or terrible similes that fit badly like a square peg in a round hole.
    The narration was also weak with the emphasis put ON THE wrong words one many occasions. It felt like it was the first time the narrator had read the book.
    I kept listening to the end because I wanted to know the outcome. Unfortunately the book was left on a cliffhanger and there was no resolution at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Dalton
    UK
    5/21/16
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    "Not really my thing"

    I initially sympathised with the protagonist but the empathy vanished. I found the supernatural scenes unbelievable. The missing daughter storyline which would be absolutely dominant for any father became a forgotten element and the similes became a touch jarring. If psycho horror is your genre, this may be for you but this is a book which eventually made me not care about the protagonist. Books are a personal thing and despite a good narrator and a strong start, I didn't finish this. This book veers into gothic horror which I don't like and then seems to go steam punk. I didn't enjoy it but if you like gothic horror then it might be for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adrienne
    Cambs
    4/30/16
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    "not wha t I was expecting...."

    a good story which veers off in a direction totally unexpected. The path it took took me by surprise. I'm not 100% sure I would have purchased it if I had known how the story panned out but enjoyable all the same. The book ends mid way through the plot ... the second part is also available to buy....not sure whether to continue

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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