• Bad Wolf

  • Bad Wolf Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Tim McGregor
  • Narrated by: Bob Barton
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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By: Tim McGregor
Narrated by: Bob Barton
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Detective Lara Mendes's hard work finally pays off when she gets the chance to join the homicide detail. There's only one catch; she has to partner up with a cop no one wants to work with.

John Gallagher is a veteran homicide detective who loves stomping bad guys and hates partners. When the Lieutenant saddles him with this green kid named Mendes, his first reaction is to ditch her but a call comes in about a body on the river bank and the rotation says they're up.

What they find are human remains, mutilated and partially devoured. Their investigation reveals a killer stalking the city with a pack of vicious, feral dogs. And the suspect believes he is a werewolf.

But this is Portland, where crazy bastards outnumber normal ones ten to one. Except there's another catch. The crazy werewolf guy? He isn't crazy...

©2012 Tim McGregor (P)2015 Tim McGregor

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essentially a mystery with paranormal twist

Detective Lara Mendes, a by the book and new homicide cop, gets partnered with John Gallagher, the bad boy of the department. Their first case involves a woman killed and eaten by dogs. All the pieces do not fit; one bite is identified as a large wolf, not a dog, and one DNA sample is identified as not human and not canine. Lara and John try to solve the crime without actually working together in a stereotypical dysfunctional police partner relationship.

This book is essentially a mystery with paranormal twist. The paranormal ingredient is no surprise based on the title. The not human-not canine DNA belongs to a werewolf. He is on a mission of revenge. To stop him, Lara and John first have to identify him. Next is wrapping their heads around the fact that such a thing as a werewolf can exists. The werewolf does have the ability of changing forms at will, not tied to the moon.

The story progresses on a predictable path. Lara and John never break out of the run of the mill cop molds. The backstory on the werewolf does not make me have any feelings, either positive or negative, for him. The book ends abruptly. The reader would have to purchase the next book and the final in the trilogy to get the whole story.

I was not impressed with the narration by Bob Barton. At points it sounded as though he was reading through the book for the first time. When John’s character reacts to Lara with a “sinister grating chuckle like some vaudeville diablo”, it just falls flat. It doesn't sound sinister but is definitely grating.

At timestamp 2 hours, 20 minutes and 52 sections, the narrator does flub a line, stops and repeats it. It sounds like this: “A hack job shelf. Filed into it (throat cleared then percussive sound, like a movie clapperboard). Filed onto it were more of the same cheap notebooks.” I consider this to be an error on the part of production values. This should have been caught and edited out before it was released.

I do not understand why there is not a “proof listening” step in the production of audio books. Authors should insist on it because it affects the reader’s perception of their work and whether the reader will try them again.

I did not find the story compelling enough, either as a mystery or a werewolf story, to continue with the second book in the series. At same point I hope to hear another narration by Mr. Barton and see if it is just this title that is lackluster.

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