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Wolfsong

By: TJ Klune
Narrated by: Kirt Graves
Series: Green Creek, Book 1
Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Ox was 12 when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn't worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.

Ox was 16 when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn't spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.

Ox was 17 when he found out the boy's secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet.

Ox was 23 when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his blood red eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.

It's been three years since that fateful day and the boy is back. Except now he's a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

©2016 TJ Klune (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press

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Kirt Graves is superb!

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I can name on one hand and still have fingers left over the number of audiobooks that have felt almost life changing. Wolfsong is one of them.

Maybe it's because Wolfsong is one of my favorite books ever. But, honestly, I think the truly exceptional narration by Kirt Graves is the reason.

Hands down, newcomer voice actor Graves nails everything in Wolfsong. He is superb.

From the character voices, to his pacing, to the emotion infused so perfectly in all the right places...

This audiobook is EVERYTHING. Everything I had hoped for and everything I could have possibly wanted.

I do not want to spoil this story. You must read and listen it. You must. It's one of TJ's greatest stories. It's so different from anything else of his I've read, and yet there are so many elements of things I love from his other stories interwoven here.

This is hands down one of the best stories I’ve read this year. It’s one of the best stories I’ve read in the genre. This hooked me from the first chapter. It had no lags. I was invested in every single moment, and when it ended all I thought was, “I want more. Please give me more.”

Highly, highly recommended.

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Heartbreakingly beautiful

Okay. Here we go again with Audible screwing with reviews... I had a lovely review written for this book, but it cut it off about in the middle. SO. Until I can get the review I want posted, I'll tell you this. As always, TJ Klune never fails to touch every emotion inside of me. This book IS about werewolves, but it's so very much more. I laughed so hard early on that I thought my heart might come away whole. And, though I never got to the full-on wookie cry face, there were many tears. It's a story of losing a part of yourself, and then finding your confidence, ability to love, and being strong with the help of your friends and family (or pack as the case may be). Kirt Graves did an amazing job narrating this book! He was a pleasure to listen to, and really brought the story to life.

I'll make this easy for you. If you love TJ, buy the audiobook. If you like werewolves with a MM undercurrent, buy this audiobook. Don't hesitate, just one-click and thank me later.

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Dissenting opinion - but honest

Ox lives in a small town with his mother. His father, the drunk, leaves him as a 12 year old and tells him “he’s a man now” and Ox does his best to do right by his mother.

Years later a boy named Joe shows up in town and instantly becomes Ox’s best friend.

There is a lot of drama and eventually Ox learns that the town is not what it seems.

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I don’t want to give anything away so my summary is purposefully vague and non-committal.

I’m also going to keep my review fairly brief.

There are many 4 and 5 star reviews for this, so I’m clearly in the minority.

But… I calls em like I sees em… and I just didn’t care for this, at all.

It was full of angst, and lots and lots of words. Sometimes the words were in sentences – sometimes they were just words.

I know what effect the author was trying for but it was more confusing than anything else – to me.

I didn’t like it when Ox was with other people – I know that’s my own bias – but there it is.

I didn’t like the fact that there were repeated flash backs thrown in with the current story.

I didn’t like the angst.

I almost didn’t pick this up to review. I know that I love TJ when he’s funny and am not a fan of his more angsty stuff and this absolutely reeked of angst in the blurb alone – but I adore shifters and so I thought… let’s see what happens.

It was interesting and there was some really unique world-building going on, but I just didn’t care for the love story and that’s what I like most in the world – a good love story.

This was a story about Ox and his story more than anything and it involved the love he shared with Joe – to be sure – but they spent so much time apart that it didn’t meet my needs as far as a love story goes.

So there you have it. Not a bad story – I can’t say that at all. Just not to my taste.

I encourage you to read the other reviews and see if it matches your tastes more, it just wasn’t my thing.


Audio

I've had times when I read a book and thought one thing but changed my opinion after listening to it. This is a book many, many people loved and when the audio came out, it got good reviews too. So I figured I'd give it a try.


I think I feel consistently about this book – including the audiobook. The narrator does a good job, but not a great job. There are times he’s as robotic as my computer-generated “text-to-speech” app. There are definitely folks out there who can murder a story dead and make your ears bleed or others who can make your heart sing. Kirt Graves does a fair job reading this and falls somewhere in the middle. He’s not hard to listen to and he tries to give everyone a unique voice, but he lacks the acting chops of some of his contemporaries. His female voices aren’t screechy and his accents aren’t over the top, but he doesn’t add a lot of emotion or do a lot with extra sound effects or timing.

All in all if you’ve got the time I think this is a fine way to experience this story.



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Loved the story, but not the writing

I go back and forth on this. Over all the story is very good. I love TJs books and writing but this one had way to much of He said, I said, He said ..... and it repeatedly repeated itself. The book could've been shorter. I like books that you know the dialogue between the people and you don't have to say he said, I said, I said. Over all it's a good book. If there is a book 2 I would read it.

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Worth 5 credits!!!

Klune has created a masterpiece and Graves read it perfectly. Wolfsong is 19 hours of a story line that is sewn together beautifully, seamlessly. It is full of tenderness, laughing out loud humor, heroism and angst. I've enjoyed it so much that I restarted it, to listen to in full again, right after finishing it. I have over 1000 books in my audible library. I count this as one of my favorites.

As an aside, I will quickly return a book because I find the narrator annoying or the story doesn't draw me in. I was so impressed with Kirt Graves that I looked to see what other works he's done. This is the only one on audible. I will be checking & hoping that he will be doing more books in the future. Also, TJ Klune is one of my favorite authors (especially "The Art of Breathing") who I check on for new works regularly.

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✫✫ 3.5 Stars ✫✫

This might be one of the only books I'll ever say may have been better if I had read it and not listened. The narration was good it wasn't that, but I think reading "I said ","I said","I said" over and over wouldn't not have been as noticeable as hearing it. This book has a lot of repetitiveness which really bothered me. Besides that, I was looking forward to a M/M Shifter book and this book was PG-13 at best. I needed it to be steamier and a little shorter. After seeing the reviews I think maybe it was my mood because everyone seemed to love it but for me it was ok. The story line was very interesting and I was intrigued for sure, it just didn't have what I was hoping for.

The narration was really good. This may be my first audiobook narrated by Kirt Graves but I'd look for him again.

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Getting through this book was a struggle.

Would you try another book from TJ Klune and/or Kirt Graves?

From TJ yeah, from Kirt Graves no.

Would you be willing to try another book from TJ Klune? Why or why not?

Sure, I do enjoy his work, it's just that over time I've noticed reoccurring quirks that aren't inherently bad, they're just noticeable. Like he has this thing about repeating lines in order to drive a point home. "It was all I could do" or "On everything/all that I have" or "because it was tradition" or "my father always told me I was going to get shit" or "You belong to me." The "you belong to me" line really irks me, especially in the context of this story. In TJ's books there's always this weird thing about possession. Like yeah I get that people want to feel a sense of belonging but the way it comes off when someone says, "You belong to me" is that its like a command and that the other person doesn't have a say in the matter. It bothered me more in this book because Joe and Ox just love each other for no reason. I kept wanting their relationship to be challenged so that they could focus on why they wanted to be together but it never happened. Sure they had some conflicts but they always went back to each other because they had history but the history wasn't based on anything substantial. Joe just decided he liked Ox and that was it. Then it became this weird co-dependent fixation that wasn't based on anything other than Joe thought Ox had a unique scent. It just completely invalidated their entire relationship for me because there wasn't any substance there. It wasn't built on anything other than assertion. Show me why they want to be with each other based on circumstances. Don't tell me that they're supposed to be together because Joe gave him his wolf and this is what it means so therefore Ox has no choice but to be with him out of a sense of duty and obligation.I've read/listened to almost all of TJ's books and the reason why I got tired of the repetitious phrases is because it felt like I was being told what to feel instead of letting the story speak for itself. Saying things like "because it was tradition" is unnecessary because the meaning is already there if they're doing it consistently. I think it would have been way more effective to have this stable part in Ox's life and then suddenly it's taken from him. "Because it was tradition" is an assertion and makes it seem like they only ate together out of obligation. There was another moment after Thomas had died were Ox said something like "He taught me who I was and what I could be." I remember thinking that that could have gone unsaid because Thomas felt like a way more predominant figure in his life. Way more than his mother who was barely present (which is why her death had no impact on me) and honestly way more than Joe. At least I can understand the role that Thomas played in Ox's life and what his presence meant to him. We already established that Ox had issues with his dad and with him gone Thomas fulfilled that role. He gave him approval, stability, confidence, and respect. He gave him a home. That was all present in his actions which are way more effective than the assertions that tried to force Ox and Joe together.I wanted Ox to become his own person but he ended up becoming defined by this pack. If there was a moment where Ox left, maybe even blamed the pack for the death of his mother or like his grief severed the ties that bonded him to the others and he needed to be alone, then something brought him back to them and he made the decision to stay, it would make it feel as though he were there because he wanted to be. The entire time I felt like he was part of a cult. Like I get that there's something unique about Ox that allows him to be an integral figure in their group dynamic, but is he that desperate for purpose that he'd willingly go along with whatever they needed from him?I get that I'm not the target demographic for this type of book. Maybe if I were into the whole pack, werewolf thing I can accept imprinting or group think or whatever but I figured that I could just enjoy it on the strength of TJ's writing.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kirt Graves?

I think he did a good job voicing Ox. I had a really big issue with the way he voiced Joe. Joe sounded young all the way up until he left which made Ox and Joe's relationship really uncomfortable for me to listen to. For the first half of the book the age gap between him seemed way more problematic audibly than it was on paper. I also had a problem with the way he voiced the villain. It was the typical snarling gruff voice and I thought that Richard seem more put together than that. Honestly some of these books I wish I had read instead of listened to because the reader influences so much of how books are digested. I could have imagined a whole range of characteristics and attributes for these characters but when you hear someone voice them in a certain way that image in your head is fixed. Michael Lesley has been a consistent favorite voice actor of mine. Or Matt Baca or Chris Patton.

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  • Donald
  • Louisville, Georgia, United States
  • 10-11-16

EXCELLENT!!!

This was by far the best story I have ever listened to! TJ Klune is beyond phenomenal. The wonder of his mind brought to life a story that touched both heart and soul and I can truly say I will never be the same. Kirt Graves narration brought to life Ox and Joe and all the other characters of this wonderful story in such an amazing way. I cannot recommend this story more...it's a must!

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Ox is Love. Ox is Life. The emotions are REAL.

It is very rare that I read or listen to books written in first person. It's not a style that I prefer because everything is based in the MCs emotions and observations of the world around them. Descriptions tend to be limited and less detailed. Everything just feels like it is less than what it could be if it were written in the third, I can literally count on one hand how many first person books I've read and actually been thoroughly absorbed by.

This is one of them.

Even though the story is told by Ox he is so immersed in everything around him that in a very short time it doesn't even feel like you're listening to a first person narrative. The characters are beautifully fleshed out and so real. There were times when what they felt was so overwhelming it brought tears to my eyes.

This is a story that takes its time and some people might find that to be a drawback. If you're looking for quick smut. This isn't it. If you want a story that is going to rivet you and pull you down a winding path of coming into your own, finding what it means to be home, discovering that loving someone can hurt so much you hate them and fighting with tooth and nail to keep your family whole, then look no further.

Everything about this book inspires me. The narrator was bliss to listen to and the different accents and inflections of the various characters made them all the more real. Besides that, the dialogue in many of the scenes is hilarious.

Five stars. Ten stars. A million stars.
There aren't enough stars to accurately portray how amazing this book is.
Definitely a must have in any m/m collection!

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4 hours of plot spread over 19 hours

Overall the story isn’t bad. Even the narration, though extremely slow (I recommend listening on a much faster speed) isn’t so bad. But the glacial pacing and the repetitive writing made this very difficult to get through. With a good editor this could have been a much more entertaining and far less grating 8 hour audiobook.

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  • Becky L
  • 10-26-16

Completely epic and awesome!

Would you consider the audio edition of Wolfsong to be better than the print version?

I love the print version, and I loved the audio. Choosing between them is not an option - each brings something the other lacks, but on their own, each is also complete! I'm glad I have both and will both reread and relisten to Wolfsong in the future.

What did you like best about this story?

I truly wish I had the words to express how much I loved this book. I loved Joe and Ox, I loved the way it was written and I loved how it made me live their story, not just read it. My heart hurts as I felt every bit of love, passion, loss, betrayal, redemption and life. Every emotion. I felt everything. I had to work for it along with Joe and Ox and it was worth every single second.

Utterly love this book.

What about Kirt Graves’s performance did you like?

The way this book is written is not what I'd call the norm - when reading I got completely wrapped up in the narrative and Kirt's performance totally nailed how it was paced in my head.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - and if I thought I could get 18 hours of peace to do so I would have!

Any additional comments?

When I finished I felt utterly bereft! Such a good audio.

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  • Jammy Red Roo
  • 05-26-19

Brilliant story with great narration

This is the first book I've listened to by this author and I've already downloaded the next. Joe and Ox are really brought to life by the narrator and I highly recommend this audiobook.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-19-19

Brilliant!!

The story was great and captivating and the narrator's voice fit the mood perfectly, great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-16-19

Loved it!

I heard about this series by some random dude, on a random website. I didn't think much of it at first but decided to check it out anyway. God was I glad I did. The story was well written and its characters well developed. Would definitely recommend.

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  • Aaron W
  • 03-27-19

Not a bad story

Anybody who knows me knows what I think about Tj and his writing, I think he's one of the best out there. This book isn't up there with some of Tj's other series but it's not awful. I managed to finish it. I don't think I'll be continuing with this series though.

The narrator was excellent and my disliking of this story had nothing to do with him.

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  • Maria Elmvang
  • 09-07-18

Cup cakes and pine cones. Epic and Awesome

Though very different in plot and style from <i>The Lightning-Struck Heart</i> I can definitely recognize T.J. Klune's 'voice' here, and the book itself is almost as good (although not quite as surreal). It has definite shades of parts of the "Twilight" series, and knows it too, as it pokes fun of it at every chance it gets.

Ox is awesome, and I loved seeing him grow into his role through the book, but my absolute favourite thing about the book is the relationships shown in the various packs. The natural love and accept flowing from Thomas Bennett down through the pack to Ox and his mother, and how that philosophy lives on in Ox and grows to include other humans as well. T.J. Klune writes relationships very well indeed.

The ending was perhaps a bit cheap, and I'd seen it a mile off, but the rest of the book made up for it. I ended up listening to it at every chance I got, and finished this +18hr audiobook in just little over a week.

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  • Claire
  • 06-11-18

Wolfsong will blow your mind

This book is amazing. If you pass this by you'll miss the chance for your heart and mind to soar (or howl like a wolf).

TJ Klune ... Oh my oh my

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  • Taylor McGrath
  • 04-16-18

Well i cried a lot.

this book will stay with me for a while. i have never really related to character like Ox and this story will put you through the ringer emotionally. i loved it

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  • Mrs N
  • 03-23-18

What an all consuming, epic story

Where does Wolfsong rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book has been the first one that l have listened to , that has made me cry with it's beauty.

Who was your favorite character and why?

l cannot say which of the characters was my favourite, Elizabeth with her ability to keep the pack together, Gordo with his magic and endless love of Ox, the humans and their silly banter. However young Jo was totally adorable in his excitement over Ox, and as for Ox, he was truly epic in his love and commitment to Jo and everyone in his pack.

What about Kirt Graves’s performance did you like?

Kirt Grave's performance was just outstanding, l really struggled to turn the story off when l had to.

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

The moment that young Jo first met Ox, his reaction verbally and physically was so heart warming and so special.

Any additional comments?

This story had consumed me the whole way through and made my heart sing.l will be recommending it to everyone l see...

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  • CRYSTAL CLEAR
  • 01-25-18

Fabulous .. a TJ Klune classic

Great writing and an original, inspiring storyline! I loved it. Characters who stay with you ..Ox , Jo and Thomas ❤️ 5*****

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  • Laura
  • 03-26-19

Beautiful and haunting

Wow! This narration was off the charts! I've heard -- I'm not completely sure if this is true -- that this book was Kirt Graves first narration ever? And he did such an amazing job! All the characters are very distinct and you can differentiate between them. This was a reread for me, and listening to the audiobook was a whole new experience. Highly recommend!

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  • Regi
  • 02-27-19

Candy canes, Pine Cones and Epic and Awesome.

The narration was absolutely amazing, as was the story. So much better than any review, what an Epic story. Kirt brought every character to life. l'm not sure if just reading the book would have the same impact, but TJ's words and Kirt's voice. Awesome.

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  • Martin Moore
  • 02-18-19

Inspired!

An inspiration an awesome story and so brilliantly and evocatively performed. I am in awe.

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  • Linda
  • 01-13-19

Love love love it....

This book is truly amazing.... nothing like i expected but i was totally absorbed in it. I literally had to force myself to stop listening so i could get some sleep. And the narrator, brilliant, its hard to believe only one person is narrating, i know which character he is just by the change in tone in his voice, i dont think if i had read the book myself if i would have enjoyed it so much, Kirt Graves you have definately done justice to this series. I am halfway through the second book and am already hoping there will be a third.

Cant speak highly enough of this series and the narrator.....

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  • Claudia
  • 09-30-18

Amazing, Beautiful and emotional

I loved the story so much the narrator was so good. The voice acting along with the story made me cry, laugh and get angry omg this is such a beautiful story.

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  • Graham Buckton
  • 07-16-18

fantastic live story

from the opening paragrah to the end an exciring ride indeed. Hard to stop listening Kirt guve a great performance .

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  • aaron wood
  • 12-19-17

awesome

who needs to sleep anyways
so good
can't bear to turn it off
love it thank you

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  • Jackie
  • 11-29-17

Perfection.<br />

Kirk Graves and TJ Klune are a dream team. Kirk gives such life to TJ's words that I never wanted him to stop talking! They must never be parted!

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  • MsLarvik
  • 12-04-16

wow

I loved this book , one of the best werewolf stories ever! Heartwarming and moving!

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  • David
  • 11-13-16

Amazing!

Simply Amazing! So well written I could feel the characters. absolutely my favourite story ever-told!