The Tenderness of Wolves

  • by Stef Penney
  • Narrated by Siobhan Redmond
  • 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Theaksons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year, 2008.Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2008.
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year, 2006.
Shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Dagger Award, 2007.
Canada, 1867: As winter tightens its grip on the isolated settlement of Dove River, a woman steels herself for the journey of a lifetime. A man has been brutally murdered, and her 17-year-old son has disappeared. The violence has re-opened old wounds and inflamed deep-running tensions in the frontier township: some want to solve the crime; others seek only to exploit it. To clear her son's name, she has no choice but to follow the tracks from the dead man's cabin and head north into the forest and the desolate landscape that lies beyond it.

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What the Critics Say

"Combining the very best of murder-mystery plotting and a writing style that evokes with the simplest of words the complexity of a character or a feeling, this is an audiobook to lose yourself in." (Kati Nicholl, The Express)

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A poignant tale and a page turner

This is a beautifully told story with a gripping plot that unfolds like the best of thrillers. But it's much more than that and also deals with the themes of love,loss and isolation in a moving but not over sentimental way. The author succeeds in the simplest of language to describe the most complex of human emotions and to set the scene so well that my own toes felt almost frozen by her description of the cold.
The narrator has a clear voice and does a good job of distinguishing between most of the characters.
I didn't want to put the iPod down and finished this in one day. I'd strongly recommend to anyone who likes a little suspense, a little love and some very good writing.
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- Linda

Hauntingly Beautiful

Of the ten or so Audiobooks I have downloaded this year, this is tied in second place (with Ukranian Tractors!) I loved it so much, I actually went out and bought a hard copy so I could read all about the Norwegians, which brings me to my only complaint about this title: it was abridged. As such, a large part of the back-story was missing. On the up-side though, the narration was hauntingly beautiful, the plot perfect, the location atmospheric, and the characters real and likeable. The very human issues faced by them in this book are ageless and thought-provoking. Fabulous.
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- Lorraine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-05-2007
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Ltd