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I totally love the irony of a book about werewolves, with featured parts for wolves, dogs, and coyotes written by a guy named Fox - canines rule! That was enough to pique my interest in this book, but I got much more fun than I bargained for. No Such Thing as Werewolves is properly designated Paranormal Fantasy (not only werewolves, but also hints of Zombies to come), but you could almost slot this in sci-fi since all the paranormal phenomenon is given scientific explanation drawing from various sciences - helio astronomy, archaeology, zoology, genetics, virology, and geology. Take that spicy mix and blend in a bit of ancient history, mythology, some great characters, a coming disaster, a little humor and a lot of suspense and you get a really entertaining and unique werewolf adventure.
The book takes a little time to set up the scenario and introduce characters, but once a major crisis occurs (about 2 and 1/2 hours in) it becomes really hard to stop listening as the tension continues to build and the explanations trickle in. The book ends on a cliffhanger and I'd bet virtually anyone who listens to book 1 is going to buy book 2.
Ryan Kennard Burke sounds a bit like Luke Daniels, but he's not as deft at letting the narrative dictate the tone. Burke uses that "high suspense" voice for every sentence even when the book is in a more relaxed section. However, his character voices were good and this is an enjoyable performance.
I also really loved that Chris Fox worked in some subtle "banner waiving" for wolves since most wolf species are endangered and this apex predator could use a bit more love and respect from all of us. Can't wait for the sequel!
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Would you consider the audio edition of No Such Thing As Werewolves to be better than the print version?
The print version of the book is quite exciting, but the audio book takes it to another level!
What did you like best about this story?
The story has many facets. Yes it is a story about werewolves, but it is so much more. It has many elements of sci-fi and a tinge of Indiana Jones (humor and all). The characters are compelling, the action is dramatic, and the story deep and engaging.
Which character – as performed by Ryan Kennard Burke – was your favorite?
I loved Sheila!
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Yes, but I can't say without spoilers.
Any additional comments?
I enjoyed the print version of the book, but the audio book truly does this book justice.
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