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I just can't tell you how much I enjoyed this story. Maybe it's because I have a thing for werewolf stories, as well as the pre-industrial forest setting, reminiscent of a fairy tale--and so the idea of combining the two was, for me, simply awesome--but whatever it was, it was nearly perfect. I just wish it had been longer. I don't want to spoil it by saying too much, so I'll just say that if you have an interest in books of this type, this one can't be beat. I really recommend you give it a try.
The narration was phenomenal. I can't find many titles by Jonathan Ip currently , but I certainly hope he does more in the future.
Where Wolves Run was like listening to a fairytale classic. Set in Rattenberg in the Bavarian forests, we are introduced to Konrad, a young boy, living a simple life, spending his time at home with his loving mother. His father, once again, has left them taking care of "business" elsewhere. Konrad hardly knows his father and their relationship is strained. Then one night, the boy and his mother hear wolves surrounding their simple dwelling and Konrad's life changes abruptly.
This was my first book by Jason Parent and I really enjoyed his style of writing. His use of language is excellent making the story flow very well. The descriptive prose really made this reminiscent of traditional folk stories rather than one of the more modern werewolves horror stories. But it contained, of course, some nicely gruesome scenes, too. Considering this was a very short story, both, Konrad and his father, who remains unnamed throughout, were characterized in depth. It was easy to feel for them. The ending - although not unexpected - was done very well, and I liked that the author decided on this route. At only 1 hour and 55 minutes, this was perfect for listening to in one sitting. It easily held my attention throughout.
Jonathan Ip was a new narrator to me and this looks to be his first narration on Audible. He absolutely nailed it. I would happily listen to him narrate longer books. His voice is very pleasant, he speaks clearly and his pacing is good. Although there weren't many characters' voices to cope with, they were done distinctly and with some excellent use of accents. There were no issues with the production of the audio.
Overall, a little gem of a story, written and narrated impressively. I would certainly look out for other books by the author and by the narrator.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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