Not gonna waste your time with the synopsis that you can read elsewhere (and I don’t give spoilers). Now, what did I think about Wolf Hunt…?
After listening to Wolf Hunt, I waited two days before writing this review to see if my enthusiasm for it would die down. It didn’t. I am still blown away by this awesome work, both by the story itself and the superb performance of Scott Thomas.
First the story: it grabbed me from the opening line and never allowed me to take a breath until the end. I am having a hard time thinking of a another book that, from beginning to end, had no downtime for the tedious job of building characters or plot and yet built characters you genuinely invested feelings for and a plot so well built that I didn’t want to hit pause because there was no good place to. In Wolf Hunt, the characters and plot are developed seamlessly in the midst of a breakneck sprint of 7 hrs of audio entertainment. This is a story that I would classify as “mild or light horror”. It does have a truly evil SOB and the story doesn’t shy away from gore, but my “gore-meter” is pretty high. Your results may vary…
I must say, initially, I was leery of Wolf Hunt when I saw it appeared to be self-published. I am still feeling burned by Hard Luck Hank 2, 3, & 4 and the horrible experience of Night Lord, all self-published and all would have benefited from editorial insights. I happily attest that Wolf Hunt is as polished and well-written as a Stephen King novel, and I don’t give accolades like that often. Wolf Hunt deserves credit like that. Don’t get me wrong: this is not a book with deep, hidden meaning and depth (like Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston, for example) and it isn’t an epic struggle of Good vs Evil (like The Stand by Stephen King, for example) or an instant literary classic (like Alas, Babylon). It is simply a fun escapist werewolf story well executed.
Now for the audio performance: I think Scott Thomas’ magnificent performance was the reason for my unfettered enthusiasm and why I felt I had to delay putting my review down. Scott’s portrayal of the characters was flawless. He simply OWNED the characters to such a degree that I think I would have a different view of the characters if someone else was the reader. He gave such a distinctive voice to each character that I had no problem building a mental image of each character based on the voice alone. He was George, Lou, and Ivan the way James Marsters IS Harry Dresden or Scott Brick IS John Corey. This was my first audiobook with Mr Thomas as the reader but it won’t be the last. He has perfect timing and a wide array of distinctive voices. Well done, Mr Thomas!!!
To close, I greatly enjoyed this sometimes humorous horror story, both because of the story itself and the audio experience, to such a degree that if I was trying to demonstrate to an avid reader the joys of the audiobook experience, I would reach for Wolf Hunt as an example of how audio adds to the overall story when it’s done properly.