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The Wolf of the North, Book 1 Audiobook

The Wolf of the North, Book 1

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It has been generations since the Northlands have seen a hero worthy of the title. Many have made the claim, but few have lived to defend it. Timid, weak, and bullied, Wulfric is as unlikely a candidate as there could be.

A chance encounter with an ancient and mysterious object awakens a latent gift, and Wulfric's life changes course. Against a backdrop of war, tragedy, and an enemy whose hatred for him knows no bounds, Wulfric will be forged from a young boy into the Wolf of the North. This is his tale.

©2016 Duncan M. Hamilton (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    Amazon Customer HAVERHILL, MA, United States 05-22-17
    Amazon Customer HAVERHILL, MA, United States 05-22-17 Member Since 2012

    Shaun

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    "Great opening to a series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wolf of the North, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    The print version was good but it is always better to listen so you can get subtle nuances that you can miss when reading the print version. I love print but an really learning to love unabridged audio versions lately.


    What other book might you compare The Wolf of the North, Book 1 to and why?

    I am just getting into this genre and this 1st book rivals Bernard Cornwell's The Last Kingdom. I have listened to the entire series and it was a great series so Mr. Hamilton is off to a great start.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to The Millennium Series (Lisbeth Salander) by Stieg Larsson, V for Vendetta by Alan Moore, and Daniel Silva's Portrait of a Spy all of which he was great in.


    Any additional comments?

    Only comment I would make is I beg please, PLEASE don't make the same mistake so many audible authors make and change the narrator. Simon Vance is a phenomenal narrator and now he is the voice of the series. I know it may seem a small thing but it throws the listener, or at least it does me, off when a different narrator is reading the story.

    36 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    VJG 05-22-17
    VJG 05-22-17
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    "Classic epic tale"

    I felt like I was part of the crowd around the fire listening as the storyteller enthralls his audience with a tale of a young lad who'll become a great warrior and all the people who will help or harm him along the way. Simon Vance is perfect as the storyteller and all the characters he portrays - I loved his rendition of everyone from the world-weary speaker (who knows how to spin a yarn) to Wolfric who is figuring out his place in the world. Have already recommended this to friends who love epic fantasy.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 07-12-17
    Christopher 07-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I liked it but it could have been better."
    What did you love best about The Wolf of the North, Book 1?

    I loved finding out more about the world he was building and can't wait till book two to find out more about it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wolf of the North, Book 1?

    The end of the book. I won't spoil it, but it's one of those moments you say "finally I was about to go into the book and do that myself just wish the second one was there too but then there wouldn't bad guy for future books".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I would have to say it was the same as my most memorable moment.


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

    No. Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I see a lot of people comparing this to Patrick Rothfuss' KingKiller Chronicles but it reminds me more of Anthony Ryan's A Raven's Shadow novels. This book started great. At first it had me hooked and I couldn't stop listening, but then probably around the second time skip I started noticing that the characters while getting older they didn't really progress and grow. They stayed the same and nothing really ever changed about their way of dealing with things and their thought process. Looking at how many years passed in the time skips you would think they would grow and mature but I didn't really feel that. So I never really cared much about any of them. They where all pretty predictable and you could tell what was going to happen chapters before it did. I just felt kinda cheated because it felt like such a great start to a good book (I think I feel that way because I went into it comparing it to KingKiller Chronicles), but that is my biggest complaint about this book and hopefully we will see more character progression in the second book.
    The only other complaint I have about the book was the cussing. Now don't get me wrong I'm a fan of Stephen King so foul language in a book doesn't turn me away, but at the same time the cussing in this book just felt out of place and didn't really add anything to it. In that aspect it's kind of like Brent Weeks' Lightbringer novels where his first book is clean and then in his second book for some reason he started adding in cussing. So in these cases it feels like they are adding the bad words just so people won't mistake it as a "kids" book.
    Okay, now that I ranted about the stuff I didn't like let's talk about what I liked. So like I said earlier the book started off strong and the beginning had me hook. I wanted to find out more about the characters and the world they live in (I think that's why I felt let down about the character progression, also once we see our main character out and about in the rest of the world hopefully we will see him mature more). So I'm hoping in the second book we will actually see some growth. This series has good potential and I hope it grows into a series I want to listen to and immerse myself in, but that will definitely depend on the second book. So, fingers crossed I hope that happens.
    Now the narrato. I like Simon Vance's voice and if I see his name on a book, I know if I don't like the book it will not be because of the narrating. He is a little slower when reading so in some books I turn the speed up to about 1.5x but that's only in the slower parts "filler" of the books.
    So, now the big question is, is this book worth a credit? I would say yes. While I was a little let down after reading the other reviews because they made it sound more like the KingKiller Chronicles than it actually was, it was overall an interesting story in which I want to find out more about the world and characters. Like I said earlier, what is going to make or break this series (at least to me) will be how the author handles the second book. I hope he does a good job on the second book. (That way I can add another world to lose myself in;) Hopefully someone will find this review helpful (it's my first time) but if not just take everything I say as the ramblings of a crazy person.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    ANGELA texarkana, TX, United States 06-08-17
    ANGELA texarkana, TX, United States 06-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book this year!!!!"
    Would you listen to The Wolf of the North, Book 1 again? Why?

    Yep! I love coming of age stories, however, a lot of them out there are annoying. The author makes their trials too easy or the main character is always the only one coming out unscathed. This is not that kind of story. The author did an excellent job of weaving a vivid world and amazing characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wolf of the North, Book 1?

    There are so many. I really like what he does at the end. Cant give it away.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His style of narration is spot on. He makes this story come alive.


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

    I rooted for Wolfrick from the first chapter to the last.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to many stories like this one and this makes the top of the list. I cant wait for the next book to come out. I may just have to buy the paper copy and read it this weekend.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Canada 06-30-17
    Allan Canada 06-30-17 Member Since 2015

    words.

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    "Fantastic start but..."

    First, the narration is bar none the best I've heard on audible. The story starts off amazing, it has all the right makings of a truly epic tale. If you've noticed how dry epic fantasy has been this book will hit a cord.

    I have few gripes with this book but they do exist. The author falls prey to the dumbing down of the main character to perpetuate the plot. Spends half the book to build him up and then take sit away for conveniences sake. Secondly you will notice that one character keeps leaving and returning whenever its convenient, eventually it becomes predictable and annoying. I Remeber it happening for the last time in the book and I just turned tool off my headphones and left the story unfinished for a day. It's annoying.

    Other than that this book is fantastic, can't wait for the second one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mike tauss 06-24-17
    Mike tauss 06-24-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Very enjoyable!"

    I've been in a slump lately waiting for the next installments of my favorite series and have swung and missed a few times when taking chances on new ones.

    However "The Wolf of the North" was definitely a hit! It's not a complex, genre twisting fantasy tale, but rather a straightforward, well done story that was very enjoyable to listen to. I only wish it were a bit longer and I cannot wait until August when the next installment comes to Audible.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Van Lee 05-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Can't wait for the next."

    This book was great. I am ready for the next one to come out. The story was great and the performance was done by one of my favorite narrators.

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    justin 06-07-17
    justin 06-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "well done"

    narrator was perfect for the mood of this book. fantastic coming of age story. im still having looking for a book to fill the void in my soul until the 3rd kingkiller chronicle book is finished but this book definetly helped me forget about it for the moment. had a viking feel to it without the boats.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, great performance"

    Great coming of age story,Finished the book in three days. I cannot wait for the next book!

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    09-24-17
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    "Recommended!"

    I love how this story is constructed. It's unexpected yet satisfying. The narration is calm and convincing

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  • infensus
    6/30/17
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    "Solid and enjoyable"

    No big the world is doomed plots or complex intertwining narratives (refreshing). Instead a grounded and enjoyable story about a warrior and his village. Only slight qualm is why main characters in fantasy are so often soppy romantics bound in platonic love. Narrator was very good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shamann
    6/3/17
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    "Great story; tremendous narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wolf of the North, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    the book was great and really brought to life by an excellent narration


    Any additional comments?

    a great story; actually my first audio book but won't be my last; really enjoyed the interpretation by Mr. Vance

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Somewhere between a pair of headphones.
    5/17/17
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    "Hungry Like the Wolf"

    Our hero Wulfric treads a path familiar to anyone who has read much of this genre. He follows a tough course through his "coming of age" which is populated by rivals, enemies and naturally a love interest too.  The building of his world is not hugely detailed but interesting nonetheless including some of the customs of Wulfric's village. Magic is there but handled with a light touch.  It's all told in a direct and straightforward approach making this easy listening fantasy.  The narration by Simon Vance is very good with a wide variety of voices though some of them sounded a bit weak and wheedling to me.

    Even if it isn't going to set the genre alight this book made for a pleasant read.  It ends this first part of the story with a good setup and it did actually develop the politics of the village and those it interacts with in an interesting way.  If what I've written sounds in any way dismissive it's not meant to be.  This was an enjoyable audiobook and I'll likely follow the series as more is released.  It's just not one I would place alongside a Sanderson or Abercrombie though to be fair there aren't many that I would!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    9/7/17
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    "a great read could not put it down."

    enjoyed the first book so much just downloaded the second book Jorundyrs Path straight away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ian C Dando
    8/12/17
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    "Terrific!"

    Excellent story, wonderful narration by Simon Vance (as always). Characters a plenty and their development within the narrative keeps your interest. Looking forward to book #2! Keep it up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • steven
    9/17/17
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    "superb"

    great story and easy to follow, didn't get complicated trying to follow lots of side stories and characters. inspiring main character, underdog to hero. if you're a fan of Cornwell, Gilman, Iggulden, Mackay and the like, you will enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walter
    8/23/17
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    "I cant help but think someone had read the Lord of the Rings...."

    ...And I don't care! I really liked this and I've immediately bought the next one and I'm sure I'll be getting The Blood Debt when that comes out in October-ish this year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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