Audiobook Review: Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

Posted February 9, 2015 by Carmel in Audiobook Reviews, Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves / 62 Comments

Audiobook Review: Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
Narrator: Holter Graham
Series: Alpha & Omega #2
Published by Penguin Audio
Published on: August 25, 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
Length: 8 hrs & 25 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Freebie
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Mated to werewolf Charles Cornick, the son—and enforcer—of the leader of the North American werewolves, Anna Latham now knows how dangerous being a werewolf is, especially when a werewolf who opposes Charles and his father is struck down. Charles’s reputation makes him the prime suspect, and the penalty for the crime is execution. Now Anna and Charles must combine their talents to hunt down the real killer—or Charles will take the fall.


HUNTING GROUND had a lot of interesting morsels in it from both a mythology and a story standpoint; readers get to learn about fae, vampires and dragons (!!!), witness firsthand how Bran’s decision to bring the werewolves out to the public came to be, and observe the continuing evolution of Anna & Charles’ relationship. No author does light/dark quite like Patricia Briggs, and this audiobook really emblazoned that fact by putting these preternaturals’ best and worst qualities on display. Holter Graham’s narration continues to leave me in thrall, and the murder mystery plot line made hours of listening time feel like mere minutes. Now I understand why this series trumps MERCY THOMPSON for many.

I enjoyed being a fly on the wall at the werewolf conference; pack dynamics have always fascinated me, and the political aspects that Briggs brought to the fore were so well executed that it was impossible not to get caught-up in the discussions. This novel really showcased the best and worst of shifter society from The Beast who likes to feast on human flesh, to Arthur who obviously wasn’t playing with a full deck of cards, to Anna who’s slowly coming back from the dead. I hadn’t expected to meet another Omega already what with them being extremely rare and all, but it seems like Ric was as clueless about his nature as Latham, so it was amusing watching them attempt to fill-in the blanks together.

In spite of all of the mad goings-on in this tale, Anna & Charles still remain the driving force behind this series. I love how flawed their characters are, and how they continually adapt to each other in an effort to strengthen their mate bond. The open communication that exists between them is a breath of fresh air when compared to other couples in this genre where relationship drama has become the norm. I liked how the author added a historical element to HUNTING GROUND by putting her own werewolf spin on King Arthur, although I do wish that Latham hadn’t been coveted by yet another certifiable shifter so soon after leaving her first pack. Her kill count is staggeringly high after only two installments.

Holter Graham’s narration made an impression on me in CRY WOLF, and in this audio he went above and beyond his original performance. He demonstrated great flexibility and flair by bringing the foreign wolves to life with various accents while still staying true to the original voices of Anna & Charles, although the latter was admittedly somewhat modified. His delivery was both emotionally poignant and intense which were contributing factors to this story’s believably and further increased the purity of the characters. Graham’s inflections made the changes in POVs obvious, and I can’t wait to see what he does with FAIR GAME.

HUNTING GROUND should be on every audiobook listener’s playlist.

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62 responses to “Audiobook Review: Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

    • Anna & Charles’ relationship is definitely one of the high points of this series. It’s so rare to find a couple that actually TALKS to each other in UF. The Omega mythology is a close second. 🙂

    • I jumped the gun on Dead Heat, as much as I love Holter Graham, I just couldn’t say no to an ARC. Maybe I’ll squeeze in a second pass via listen before the next installment.

    • I wasn’t sure I’d have time to play catch-up before book 4 was out, so I’m really happy that I not only managed to squeeze these in, but that they were darned good too. Not that I had any doubts, it IS Patricia Briggs after all!

  1. Amir from NotSoLiterary  

    As you know, I’ve been on a UF kick lately because of Kate Daniels. I feel like I’m really missing out by not reading much of this genre so I plan to change that! I have a few series on my list to listen too and will add this one as well since you enjoyed it so much. For some reason, I would rather listen than read paranormal:urban fantasy lol. Lovely review Carmel!
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    • I’m on a permanent UF kick, so welcome to the club! I wouldn’t necessarily say that the audios are always better, but a great narrator can really add something extra to the action.

  2. “The open communication that exists between them is a breath of fresh air when compared to other couples in this genre where relationship drama has become the norm.”

    YES! That’s what I love so much about Charles and Anna too Carmel. I know the drama for them is going to come from outside rather than within, and that the two of them will only get stronger with each book. This series is comforting that way:) Can’t wait to read Fair Game and Dead Heat!

    • I’ve come to accept that relationship drama is just a fact of life in fiction, so whenever an author manages to avoid it entirely I can’t help but take notice. Props to Briggs!

    • Thanks! Reviewing werewolf books is always tricky for me because I <3 them so much. No, I never wrote a post about why I started blogging; would make a good question post though. Thanks for the idea!

  3. I’m so glad you’re enjoying Anna and Charles! I agree with many that this is a bit better than the Mercy Thompson series (shhh don’t tell, Mercy was one of my first UFs and I don’t want to hurt her feelings!) I’m so excited for the newest one to come out, and you’ll understand why even better after book 3 🙂
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    • I won’t tell Mercy if you don’t spill the beans about me betraying her for Charles & Anna too. I’ve since listened to the 3rd novel, so I know exactly what you mean!

  4. I’v only tried book 0.5 and book 1 in the series but I confess that I’m not that attracted. I have book 2 for years but I don’t speacially want to go into it. I really prefer Mercy… Anna and Charles it’s something else. But well as I have it one day.

    • I gave-up on Mercy after book 1 when I first tried it years ago, but I eventually made my way back to her, and now I’m glad that I did. I should have started with these!