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This is the first audiobook I've heard and Rebecca Ortese skillfully brings to life Duncan Ralston's thriller. Set in Alaska, the book's plot races forward with each event further fleshing out compelling characters who illustrate a collision of two ways of life and belief systems. It's hard not to root for Bo Lowery, a single mom making a living for her 8-year-old son Caleb by hunting for food and selling the remaining parts of the animals. When she is making a delivery to a general store, a profane and entitled pop singer Rainey Layne, in town to protest the wolf cull, confronts her and events are set in motion. As we learn more about the characters and their backgrounds, things become more complicated and the ending is both surprising and inevitable. There is some graphic violence that is appropriate to the story. Duncan Ralston is a talented writer, with excellent pacing and descriptive abilities. Rebecca Ortese does a masterful job narrating, nailing accents and tone from Bo's Louisiana twang to the East Texas drawl of Rainey's bodyguard Darius. She is effective in distinguishing varied ages from twenty-something Rainey to 8 year-old Caleb. Her skill allows the voices to deepen the characters and her clear diction really enlivens the story and makes for easy listening. I highly recommend the audio book for a visceral experience of this satisfying thriller.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, the plot and sequence of events, mixed with characters made for a great listen!
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"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."