Jorundyr's Path

Wolf of the North, Book 2
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: The Wolf of the North, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (3,342 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jorundyr's Path is walked only by the brave. It is survived only by the strong.

As Wulfric pursues Adalhaid's Blood Debt, he soon learns that the path to revenge is never easy, and the desires of men and the will of gods rarely meet. Aethelman seeks answers to questions long ignored. Rodulf chases power and wealth.

From the streets of Elzburg to the dry plains of Darvaros, Wulfric walks Jorundyr's Path and encounters a world larger than he could ever have dreamed of, filled with friends, enemies, and danger - the crucible from which heroes are forged.

©2017 Duncan M. Hamilton (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Fantasy ADD?

I really really wanted to like this series. I love the coming of age, finding they have mythical powers, the girl, blah, blah, blah...I'm just a sucker for it and I can't get enough of it. But this book was like listening to a story teller with REALLY bad attention deficit disorder (ADD). The first book was written COMPLETELY different than this one. I much prefer books written in the first person, but of course some of the greats are written from multiple perspective. The first book tells a story from multiple perspectives and spends an adequate, if not somewhat short, amount of time with each character. Jorundyr's Path is told from at least 3 primary points of view, with at least 6 other characters with small parts. The weird and annoying thing is that the author only spends around 15 seconds to 3 minutes on each character (as read by the narrator). I'm not making this up. The book will transition from one character to another for like 3-4 sentences and then move onto another character. WTF? There is absolutely no way to get into any one part of the book because you have to listen to it in 1-3 minute segments, then wait to hear about some insignificant part of somebody else's day, and then back for another short part. He even does this crap in fight scenes.

The story follows a few different people around, with Wulfric as the main character. He is possessed of some berserker gift from the gods that, for some odd reason, makes him look like he's freezing death (uncontrollable shaking and teeth chattering)?!? Oh, and at times I'm pretty sure that the author forgets that Wulfric has this ability. The concept of the book is spot on and should have been a lot better than this. The book is actually pretty boring and extremely predictable. The author just doesn't seem like he has the proper depth to tell a really interesting story. There are little to no fight scenes in the book, and the ones that are I could have written. For those of you who have read or listened to really good fight sequences you know what I mean. These ones are just bad.

I definitely rate this book as below average. Sorry Wulfric, maybe Mr. Hamilton will spend a bit more time on you and your story in the next book.

Simon Vance nailed it as always!

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Really good (almost great) book.

I really loved the first book and this one didn't disappoint... Simon Vance crushed the narration like he always does, and the characters where compelling and really well developed. I would have loved to give this book a 5 star rating, but I reserve those for books that are in my opinion flawless or very nearly so.

I had two problems with this book (neither of which should discourage anyone from spending a credit, it's definitely worth a listen)....

First and most important there are 5 main story lines going on at once and throughout the book I felt like the author jumped from one to another like he was fly-fishing. I would have liked to have had full chapters with each character rather than bouncing back and forth every 5-10 pages.

Second, this really felt like a the "middle" book in a trilogy. Yes, I know that it is the middle book in this trilogy, but it doesn't have the plot pacing and narrative structure you would expect from a standard well-written book. I was totally engrossed in the plot and immersed in the world, but when i heard "We hope you have enjoyed this program!" I was like, "huh... I guess you could just stop there, couldn't you?"

Regardless, I'm looking forward to the next book and can't wait to find out what happens next.

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Choppy

The changes between the many point of view characters made for a jarring listen. Overall I still enjoyed the book and performance of it.

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Better than the first

The story was already good. I really liked the way this one flowed. Just enough time with each character and back again. It kept me riveted!! Great narration as well!

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I had high hopes.. They were not met.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I really enjoyed the first book and I usually don't even consider reviewing a 2nd or 3rd book in a series as they are usually more of what you get in the 1st. Not the case here. Have you ever been watching television with some one who likes to watch 2 or 3 things at once? Every time one program gets good they switch the channel!? That is what this book is like. Totally abrupt perspective changes throughout the book. Since this is an audio book Ill explain using time instead of pages. There are character changes at some points in the book every 1-2 mins of listening. I could understand if they were all experiencing an event together and the writer was showing all the different perspectives of the event but the people are all over the place and have nothing to do with each other. Why? I have no idea, it added nothing to the story and made what could have been a great book, a very frustrating listen.

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Choppy but great!

The narrative switched characters quite often but the story was still very good! Continuously captivating and enjoyable

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Need less fluff

Exciting story but there are to many character shifts and not a enough about wolfram. I find myself skipping more than listening at 30s intervals.

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Great book

The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars overall is because it jumps scenes too quickly. It's annoying at times. Other than that I loved it. Performance is top notch and the story is addictive.

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like where this is going

I thought the first book was great but I really like where this went in book 2 - maybe even more than book 1 - characters and action scenes superbly narrated by Simon Vance maturing together - although of course I'm now dying for book 3. I wasn't listening super carefully in some parts (distracted by driving, life etc) so it probably stands a second listen (before the next book arrives) as the story definitely has lots of threads I'll want to review - as I think you'd expect in an epic fantasy tale. The journey is the point!

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This book is so good!!!

I loved this book even more than the first. While the first reads like a fairytale, in this one, the story and it's characters get more complex and the path becomes quite suspension. Loved it, can't wait for the next one!!

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  • Mary
  • 11-01-17

Good story, made better by the performance

A good solid story, however it’s the performance of the narrator that really brings it to life... awesome

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-09-17

great.

very compelling story .can not wait for book 3, filled with twists turns and intrigue.

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  • Roy H.
  • 04-07-20

Intriguing

From beginning to end a fascinating talefrom An iteresting angle well told A beautiful tale

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  • Poppey
  • 12-31-19

Ulfyr

This book, in my opinion, is better than the first. More characters' POV comes into play and we move through with each of their views giving this book a well rounded view from every angle. My only reservation would be the shortness of each viewpoint before moving onto the next. Wulfric has had to flee Elzburg after killing the ambassador as part of his blood debt to avenge Adalhaid and has ended up on a ship journeying to Darvaros as part of a mercenary group after their leader, Dal Rhenning saved his life. Wulfric walks Jourundyr's Path. Aethelman also has his quest to complete. Rodulf becomes even more despised, if that's possible. I am looking forward to Book 3 and the reckoning that must surely come between Wulfric and Rodulf.

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  • Andrew Warn
  • 09-22-19

Overall very good

The story continues and a very decent story it is. The characters are likeable or dislikable when they're meant to be. The narrator Simon Vance brings each character to life in an amazing way and he really makes the book great to listen too. Overall I can only give the book 4 stars and that is the same reason as the 1st book. The fight/battle scenes are very weak. Over in a very short amount of time and making you feel a little disappointed. In short this series is good but not epic. Will I listen to this series again. Yes probably but its not high up an my re-listens.

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  • Chris Newman
  • 04-10-19

Absolutely Captivating.

Absolutely Captivating story, I was entranced, I cant wait to continue the story. I've really enjoyed this soon to be epic

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  • Teitur Ásgeirsson
  • 01-26-19

GOOD BOOK

I have over 300 audible titles and I have to say that the narration and performance of this book is one of the best I've heard. It's a compelling universe with a great story and awesome characters. I can't wait for a sequel.

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  • Craig
  • 12-26-18

good but just felt there wasn't enough to it.

The first book was great and lead nicley onto this book however I don't like where this book ended. nothing really hit a climax and the book just stayed at the same steady pace. I am enjoying the story, just hope the next one will pick up.

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  • gary
  • 11-22-18

It just gets better

The second part of the story takes our heroes south where the story really picks up the pace, if you thought the first books was a bit slow to get going and not sure if it's for you , then take my advice it really does change gear , wolfric will see new lands meet new friends while his old ones are not far away having adventures of their own . This is a must read, a great book, I cant wait for number 3 , the story is well told and the Narration by Simon Vance is first class , if you like his style there are many more scifi/fantasy books performed by Simon . 5 stars enjoy

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  • J Smith
  • 11-11-18

Still worthy of 5 stars

Whereas book one firmly tells the story from Wulfric’s standing, book 2 feels like the amalgamation of the story from 4 or 5 characters, pausing with the character’s name to split the sections up; takes a bit of getting used too but still deserves the 5 stars. I’m nearly finished book 3 at the time of writing this and can confirm book 3 falls back into standard format. Again, Simon is a legendary storyteller and truly does the story justice in every way!

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  • Anup
  • 03-17-19

great listen

If you loved Name of the wind, you will love this too. great store telling too.

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  • Marc
  • 07-23-18

a very good yan

good balance of characters..with good twists and turns to keep to listening and wanting more...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-14-18

Great book

Luv it can’t get enough brilliantly written action packed awesome story well done well done indeed

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  • Mark
  • 04-01-18

Good but not as good as the first trilogy

Not as good as the society of the sword. The narrator was good, but let down of a story. Nowhere near as good as the first trilogy.

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  • Alex
  • 01-21-18

loved it.

It switched perspectives a lot and fast which I don't usually like but in this case it was done very well.