The Tenderness of Wolves

  • by Stef Penney
  • Narrated by Sally Armstrong, Adam Sims
  • 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As winter tightens its grip on the isolated settlement of Canada’s Dove River in 1867, a man is brutally murdered and a 17-year-old boy disappears. Tracks leaving the dead man’s cabin head north toward the forest and the tundra beyond. In the wake of such violence, people are drawn to the township — but do they want to solve the crime or exploit it? One by one, the assembled searchers set out to pursue the tracks across a desolate landscape, home only to wild animals, madmen and fugitives. Stef Penney weaves adventure, suspense, revelation and humour into a gripping historical tale, an exhilarating thriller and a keen murder mystery.


What the Critics Say

"It's a fascinating, suspense-filled adventure, a refreshing contrast to the conventional murder mystery." (Telegraph)
"This is an original and readable mixture of mystery and history, with a good dollop of old-fashioned adventure." (The Times)
"Bitingly atmospheric and craftily constructed." (Independent)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A pleasing, good old fashioned, low key story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Certainly. The absence of graphic, brutal violence against women was refreshing. Respect for the reader's intelligence and imagination was evident and much appreciated.

What did you like best about this story?

Although this listen does not compare with the more complex novels I prefer, it was a welcome relief. The lyrical descriptions of every kind of snowy landscape were delightful and although there were no plot convolutions, the development of the tale was well paced and satisfying.

Have you listened to any of Sally Armstrong and Adam Sims ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. Ms Armstrong's evocation of a Scottish accent seemed fine enough and it no doubt helped develop a greater sense of authenticity. Mr Sims seemed quite able to simulate a burgeoning Canadian- like accent and there was no heavy handed attempts, thankfully, to replicate Native Indian accents.

If you could take any character from The Tenderness of Wolves out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Guess it would be Mrs Ross. How on earth did she find all that strength and endurance even if she was a farmer's wife? Hope she never returned and stayed in Dove River.

Any additional comments?

Choose this on a hot series of days for an untroubled need to pass time. This is not to diminish the skill of the Author because it is well written. There are just none of the usual overwrought plot lines and ghastly details. Lovely.

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- Earnest

Loved it! Fantastic rendering.

Penney's prose is catching and renders in an unique way the harshness and tenderness of a hard land in hard times.
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- José Antonio

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-31-2012
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd