Audiobook Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Posted November 21, 2014 by Carmel in Audiobook Reviews, Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves / 82 Comments

Audiobook Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Narrator: Holter Graham
Series: Alpha & Omega #1
Published by Penguin Audio
Published on: January 15, 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
Length: 10 hrs & 6 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Freebie
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Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member - and as his mate.


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Before you say anything, I KNOW. Any werewolf nut worth their salt should be up to date on all things Patricia Briggs. Well, this is me fixing it, ok? The delay actually worked out in my favour because I tackled the SHIFTING SHADOWS anthology prior to this audiobook, and it contained this series’ prequel which really helped to put this story into context, and as a result I avoided the whole lost feeling that many readers experienced. That point aside, I’m still kicking myself for having postponed CRY WOLF for so long because as much as I adore MERCY THOMPSON, she can’t hold a candle to Charles & Anna! I loved the characters, learning more about what it means to be omega, and the author’s switch to the third person POV writing style. It was howling good!

I’ve always been drawn to Bran, Charles & Asil, so no arm twisting was necessary in order to convince me to spend more time with these alpha males. I enjoyed digging deeper into Cornick’s Native American half, and getting a closer look at the aspects that make him so unique among his kind including his ability to spawn clothing, and his Brother Wolf. Up until this point I hadn’t interacted much with The Moor, but I really liked him in the ROSES IN WINTER short, and was ecstatic when I discovered that this novel’s main plot line revolved around him. The reasons behind Asil wanting Bran to kill him are now crystal clear, and I loved that Anna was able to bring him some much needed peace. And, hanging with the Marrok is always a pleasure, even when he goes Beowulf.

Mercy went through some tough times in Briggs’ other series, however she’s got nothing on Anna—the poor girl! Who would have thought that she’d find solace in the arms of a hitman among a pack of psychotic werewolves, but that’s true love for ya. Exploring what makes her character tick was a real delight, and I enjoyed learning about her omega traits. She’s also a rarity among weres, and when combined with Charles’ oddities, the two satisfied my fur craving to the nth degree. I liked how the author took her time in developing their relationship, and transformed Anna’s unfortunate past into a healing balm for the Marrok’s misfits. Her confrontation with Leah was extremely gratifying, and this book’s ending made a big puddle of goo out of my heart.

I had some concerns about the male narrator because I’ve had problems with their female voices in the past; however Holter Graham quickly proved his worth as Anna and Charles. The former was soft without being breathy, and I adored his Native / Welsh lilt, it was very well-done. The third person POV certainly helped on both accounts, and he definitely added an extra layer of enjoyment to my listening experience. I always use the first installment to gauge a narrator’s performance, and Graham’s suitability for this series is uncanny. When I reached the midway point, I was already downloading HUNTING GROUND to my iPhone because I just couldn’t get enough of Briggs’ characters or his voice.

CRY WOLF left its mark on this audiobook buff! *muah*


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82 responses to “Audiobook Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

    • I love Mercy, but let’s face it, she’s a coyote NOT a werewolf! I actually just finished the 3rd book yesterday, so I’m all caught-up now, and completely hooked on Holter Graham’s narration.

  1. I will admit to being a little shocked to think you hadn’t read this before, Carmel. But I’m glad you’re fixing it! 😉 And I’m so glad to see how much you enjoyed this first book in Alpha & Omega series. I adore Mercy’s series but I haven’t started this one. (hey, I’m not the fur nut you are!) But I’ve always wanted to read this series. And since you enjoyed the audio so much, I just might listen to it. (perhaps on the car ride next week when I’m traveling for the holiday) Fabulous review! You’ve got me excited! 🙂
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    • I’d never hold you to the same standards where shifters are concerned (or anyone for that matter) cuz I know that I’m kinda in a league all of my own. LOL This audio would be excellent company for a long car ride!

    • I never speed up my listens, I know lots of peeps do, but I’m afraid that I’ll end up missing something. You can read this series on its own, some things happen before / during / after Mercy.

  2. WooHoo Carmel! I’m so happy you love Charles and Anna. They are both amazing, and I was so mad about the way some of those wolves were treating Anna before Charles showed up. I actually read this series first, and as soon as I finished, I searched for other Briggs stories, and found Mercy Thompson.
    Better late than never, right? And this might make its way to my audio collection now, since you also enjoyed the narrator.
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  3. Anonymous  

    I am glad you are falling in love with this series Carmel, it is just so good. Enjoy the rest of the series! Perhaps for me time to re-read them.

  4. WOO HOO!!!! I actually just reread this one recently since reading the prequel again in Shifting Shadows reminded me how much I adore Charles and Anna. Aren’t they fantastic? I just love the two of them together and how incredibly strong Anna is. I still have some catching up to do on this series though, I’ve only read to book 2 and that was a LONG time ago, so I need to pick up 2 again and then dive into 3. Can’t wait!

    • The reverse happened for me, I read the prequel in the anthology, and just had to know more. Fortunately for you, Briggs writes this series at a much slower pace than Mercy, so staying on top of it is more manageable.

  5. I adore Holter Graham, actually! He narrates Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon and they are always hilarious! I read this for the first time on paper, but when I wanted to reread, I went with the audio instead, and thought it was excellent. I agree with you on pretty much everything. Briggs can do no wrong. 🙂
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    • I enjoy the Mercy Thompson books a great deal, but Alpha & Omega pushed Patricia Briggs onto my top authors list. Thanks for the FYI about another series that Holter Graham narrates; I`ll look it up on Audible.

  6. Hi Carmel!
    I just assumed you were a die-hard fan of Patricia Briggs’s series but glad to hear I’m not the only one who always intended to read the books but just haven’t gotten around to it yet 😉 Glad to hear that the Shifting Shadows anthology helped put things into context!

    “The Moor” sounds like such a cool identifier for a character! It sounds like such an interesting book that I have to get to much more quickly!

    • I’m unofficially known as the authority on all things werewolf, but even I can only read so many books a year. I saw a lull coming up in my reviewing schedule, and scored the first two installments for free, so it was an easy decision. 🙂

  7. Enjoyed your post. It’s funny. I, also, feel kind of strange when I’m behind on some reads. But there are so many out there. And when my tastes cover many different genre, it is nigh impossible to cover them all. I enjoy audiobooks and I’m sure Patricia Briggs book is wonderful.

    • Did you read the prequel before this one? If not, that might have had something to do with it. The novella really helped to fill in a lot of blanks where Anna is concerned.

  8. Mogsy from BiblioSanctum  

    Oh I had no idea you hadn’t read this yet! I know, it was just unthinkable 😉

    I’m a big Mercy Thompson fan, which has caused me to pretty much ignore this series. I’d still like to get into it though, if I can ever fit it in. I really wish I hadn’t read the prequel in the Mercy Thompson anthology though, I didn’t get a very good impression of Charles and Anna – though I’ve enjoyed the brief glimpses and mentions of Charles from Mercy Thompson. I hear Anna has more of a backbone in this though, so maybe I’ll still get a chance to like her.
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    • Up until a few weeks ago I was in the same boat, so if anyone should feel bad it’s ME. If you like Mercy, you might can to reconsider giving these a shot, they add more to that universe.

    • I’m in no danger of quitting Mercy anytime soon, but this series is quickly uprooting the latter as my fav Briggs story. More Bran is ALWAYS a good thing!

    • There’s definitely more romance in these than in Mercy Thompson, however both are Urban Fantasy so as a general rule the smexy times happen off the page. And, there’s no shortage of action in either!

    • Normally I’m not one for prequels, I find that they are a huge waste of time, but in this case it shouldn’t be skipped. At least you’re not a complete Briggs noob. 😀

    • No, this series can be read as a stand-alone, there is a bit of crossover, but not enough that you’ll feel lost. Three books is definitely do-able compared to 8+.

    • I didn’t realize that there were any readers out there who hadn’t discovered the awesomeness that is Patricia Briggs yet. You’re in for something special once you finally get with it!

  9. I think you enjoyed this one more than me. I love the Mercy series but this one is a little flat for me. I tried book 0.5 and 1, it’s ok but I’m really not in love with them. I have book 2 for years but still haven’t read it. One day surely.

    • I can understand it not being for everyone, but I’ll read anything with werewolves in it, and Briggs’ writes some of the best. The narration might have helped too. 🙂

  10. I’m jumping on the band wagon too. I love the Mercy series and the narration is utterly sublime. But I’m so tired of Mercy having to defend herself and the Pack (and Adam to a point) not being there for her.

    Anna and Charles are more balanced and I love the multiple POV stories. While I had a few issues with the narration in the prequel and this book, I felt it was strong in the 2nd and 3rd books.

    Yea!!
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    • It seems like we unknowingly did a listen-a-long, although you were quicker to post your reviews than me. I liked the narration overall, but I agree that it improved in the later installments.

  11. Yaaay!! I love Anna and Charles, especially Anna. My favourite scene in the book is the one where Anna talks about how her werewolf hearing has prevented her from enjoying most pop music because it sounds so bad to her sensitive ears, haha!! I’m not caught up on this series but your review makes me want to rush off and power through Fair Game!
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    • I love how Briggs puts herself in the wolves shoes in her books; she’s really good at including little details like that music thing you mentioned. That was indeed a cute scene!

    • I think the prequel is super important in this series. Mercy hasn’t made a cameo yet, but she’s been mentioned a few times in passing, so it’s not really cheating.

    • If you’ve been wanting to know more about some of the other characters that make up this world, Cry Wolf is a great way to go, although Bran isn’t in it as much as I would like.

  12. I’ve seen this series floating around for a while, but have been holding off on it, for some reason I can’t quite pinpoint. But, after reading your review, I think I’ll actually take the plunge and read this book! Fantastic review! :]

    • I know, eh? BAD Rabid Reader. LOL! I’m diggin’ Charles & Anna’s relationship a lot more than Mercy & Adam’s, although I still think I’d want the latter as my book BF over Bran’s son.

  13. When I saw this post come up in my reader I got excited, thinking, “oh yay! Someone discovered Charles and Anna” and then my jaw dropped when I saw it was your post. I’m glad you’re fixing this oversight! And I’m with you, I love Mercy, but I like this series so much better. I haven’t done audio though – maybe I should (for rereads at least!).
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    • Thanks for making me feel even MORE guilty than I did already at delaying reading this series for so long. Whatever, you’re slacking on Darynda Jones’ series, so I think we’re even. 😛

    • It’s a spin-off of her other series. I think the short is available separately, and as part of an anthology. You shouldn’t have too hard of a time tracking it down.

    • I just chalked it up to him being an old wolf, but there’s so much more to it than that. I love all of the extra deets I’m learning about Briggs’ werewolves by reading this series!