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.
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By infensus on 30-06-17
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.
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By Simon on 17-05-17
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!
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By Amazon Customer on 22-05-17
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.
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By VJG on 22-05-17
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.
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