Sunday, January 29, 2017

Audiobook Review: Wolfsong by TJ Klune Narrated by Kirt Graves #Review #Giveaway

Author: TJ Klune
Narrator: Kirt Graves
Book: Wolfsong
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: October 5, 2016
Length: 18 hour & 40 minutes

Reviewed by Erin


Ox was twelve 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 sixteen 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 seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.
Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred 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.

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Wolfsong was my favorite book from 2016, and as I read more than 250 books, that's saying something. As such, I knew going into this audiobook it was going to take someone extraordinary to pull off the narration. To be able to capture the atmosphere, the mysticism, the emotions that are in Wolfsong from the first page until the last was going to take an extra helping of talent and brilliance and I'm here to tell you that Kirt Graves delivered all of this ... and then some. Each and every character, and there are many, has a distinct voice, complete with cadence and tone. Joe's high pitched, exuberance  when he says "I was all like rawr and grr but then I smelled it again and was him and it was all kaboom! I don't even know! I don't even know! You gotta smell him and then tell me why it's all candy canes and pinecones and epic and awesome."  Or steadfast, wise Thomas when he says, "Maybe," he said. "Or more. You're different, Ox. I don't even think I know how different. It will be truly a sight to behold. And I, for one, can't wait to see it." And there's the incredible, unforgettable Oxnard Matheson. The book is told from his point of view, so it's his voice we hear most often. And oh my, what a voice it is. Graves conveys everything--hiis disbelief, his anger, his wonder, his love ... all of it shines through Graves' exemplary narration. Then there's the levity that Carter, Kelly, and Rico bring, and the evil that is Richard and Osmond ... the brother/father/friend in Gordo. Just all of it is magical. I was transported to Green Creek from the first word and I never wanted to leave. 

This auidobook is a journey ... and a very long one at almost 19 hours. Yes you see that correctly. 19. Hours. But trust me when I say the time will fly by and once you reach the end, all you'll want to do (besides pick up the used tissues from the entire box of Kleenex you'll go through while listening) is start all over again. You'll hear Ox and Joe and Gordo and Thomas and Elizabeth in your head long after you're finished, and this is a good thing. A great and magical thing, because that's honestly what this story is. Magic.


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