The Wolf's Hour : Michael Gallatin

  • by Robert McCammon
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • Series: Michael Gallatin
  • 22 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On the eve of D-Day, a British secret agent with unique powers goes behind Nazi lines.
Michael Gallatin is a British spy with a peculiar talent: the ability to transform himself into a wolf. Although his work in North Africa helped the Allies win the continent in the early days of World War II, he quit the service when a German spy shot his lover in her bed. Now, three years later, the army asks him to end his retirement and parachute into occupied Paris. A mysterious German plan called the Iron Fist threatens the D-Day invasion, and the Nazi in charge is the spy who betrayed Michael’s lover. The werewolf goes to France for king and country, hoping for a chance at bloody vengeance.

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What the Critics Say

"Simon Prebble's elegant narration adds dignity to a potentially tawdry premise: a British spy in Nazi-occupied Europe during WWII who is secretly a werewolf. As it turns out, McCammon's storyline is surprisingly plausible, and Prebble persuasively voices the spy's tortured introspection about his identity as well as the horrors of the Nazi regime…. Prebble articulates a wide range of characters--from a beautiful French Resistance warrior to a sneering Nazi officer--with just enough color to distinguish them. Also notable are Prebble's voices for the spy's fellow werewolves and his perfect pacing as the spy is almost cornered." (AudioFile)

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Can a Story be Insufficiently Ridiculous?

I was really ready to love - or at least like - this book. I like spies, I like historical fiction, I like werewolves, and I think Robert McCammon's Matthew Corbett series is just great. I was absolutely ready to embrace WWII werewolf spies! And then...the story just didn't grab me. I didn't really connect with the main character, and his relationships with other characters in the story were uninteresting.

The werewolf-focused parts of the story were pretty good - even realistic, which may have been part of the problem. McCammon successfully addresses the workaday aspects of being a werewolf. Michael Gallatin is very chill about being a werewolf. I needed some excitement! YOU'RE A WEREWOLF SPY IN WWII. This should be completely off-the-chain crazy, and it's not even as over-the-top as most Bond novels.

Robert McCammon can be very, very good - and he can also be just OK. This is just OK. If you're looking for a straight-ahead, slightly pulpy action story about a werewolf in World War II, you've come to the right place. If you want a really compelling story about a werewolf in World War II, you might have to go write it yourself. And I'll read it if you do!
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- Elkay

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Where does The Wolf's Hour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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What did you like best about this story?

Awesome character development, tight plot even if stretching belief at times but researched well and many historical facts are woven into this fast moving tale. Its ironic that i accepted the man-wolf-man mythology but rejected some of the Norway Chemical plant scenes as far fetched!


What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

I love simon prebble's voice! His narration is top notch in this- to portray many voices and accents from across Europe during World War 2 and American also is a feat in itself.


Any additional comments?

Satisfying Action/fantasy/historical fiction. Satisfyingly long also. Robert Mc Cammon well done! I want more.

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- ratna "Not a literary buff but enjoy classics to Neal Stephenson,Diana Gabaldon, John Irving, Haruki Marukami. Make me think. Apprec. your reviews."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-15-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios