Ox was 12 when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn't worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.
Ox was 16 when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn't spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.
Ox was 17 when he found out the boy's secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet.
Ox was 23 when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his blood red eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.
It's been three years since that fateful day and the boy is back. Except now he's a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.
©2016 TJ Klune (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
"Kirt Graves is superb!"
I can name on one hand and still have fingers left over the number of audiobooks that have felt almost life changing. Wolfsong is one of them.
Maybe it's because Wolfsong is one of my favorite books ever. But, honestly, I think the truly exceptional narration by Kirt Graves is the reason.
Hands down, newcomer voice actor Graves nails everything in Wolfsong. He is superb.
From the character voices, to his pacing, to the emotion infused so perfectly in all the right places...
This audiobook is EVERYTHING. Everything I had hoped for and everything I could have possibly wanted.
I do not want to spoil this story. You must read and listen it. You must. It's one of TJ's greatest stories. It's so different from anything else of his I've read, and yet there are so many elements of things I love from his other stories interwoven here.
This is hands down one of the best stories I’ve read this year. It’s one of the best stories I’ve read in the genre. This hooked me from the first chapter. It had no lags. I was invested in every single moment, and when it ended all I thought was, “I want more. Please give me more.”
Highly, highly recommended.
Okay. Here we go again with Audible screwing with reviews... I had a lovely review written for this book, but it cut it off about in the middle. SO. Until I can get the review I want posted, I'll tell you this. As always, TJ Klune never fails to touch every emotion inside of me. This book IS about werewolves, but it's so very much more. I laughed so hard early on that I thought my heart might come away whole. And, though I never got to the full-on wookie cry face, there were many tears. It's a story of losing a part of yourself, and then finding your confidence, ability to love, and being strong with the help of your friends and family (or pack as the case may be). Kirt Graves did an amazing job narrating this book! He was a pleasure to listen to, and really brought the story to life.
I'll make this easy for you. If you love TJ, buy the audiobook. If you like werewolves with a MM undercurrent, buy this audiobook. Don't hesitate, just one-click and thank me later.
"Dissenting opinion - but honest"
Ox lives in a small town with his mother. His father, the drunk, leaves him as a 12 year old and tells him “he’s a man now” and Ox does his best to do right by his mother.
Years later a boy named Joe shows up in town and instantly becomes Ox’s best friend.
There is a lot of drama and eventually Ox learns that the town is not what it seems.
I don’t want to give anything away so my summary is purposefully vague and non-committal.
I’m also going to keep my review fairly brief.
There are many 4 and 5 star reviews for this, so I’m clearly in the minority.
But… I calls em like I sees em… and I just didn’t care for this, at all.
It was full of angst, and lots and lots of words. Sometimes the words were in sentences – sometimes they were just words.
I know what effect the author was trying for but it was more confusing than anything else – to me.
I didn’t like it when Ox was with other people – I know that’s my own bias – but there it is.
I didn’t like the fact that there were repeated flash backs thrown in with the current story.
I didn’t like the angst.
I almost didn’t pick this up to review. I know that I love TJ when he’s funny and am not a fan of his more angsty stuff and this absolutely reeked of angst in the blurb alone – but I adore shifters and so I thought… let’s see what happens.
It was interesting and there was some really unique world-building going on, but I just didn’t care for the love story and that’s what I like most in the world – a good love story.
This was a story about Ox and his story more than anything and it involved the love he shared with Joe – to be sure – but they spent so much time apart that it didn’t meet my needs as far as a love story goes.
So there you have it. Not a bad story – I can’t say that at all. Just not to my taste.
I encourage you to read the other reviews and see if it matches your tastes more, it just wasn’t my thing.
I've had times when I read a book and thought one thing but changed my opinion after listening to it. This is a book many, many people loved and when the audio came out, it got good reviews too. So I figured I'd give it a try.
I think I feel consistently about this book – including the audiobook. The narrator does a good job, but not a great job. There are times he’s as robotic as my computer-generated “text-to-speech” app. There are definitely folks out there who can murder a story dead and make your ears bleed or others who can make your heart sing. Kirt Graves does a fair job reading this and falls somewhere in the middle. He’s not hard to listen to and he tries to give everyone a unique voice, but he lacks the acting chops of some of his contemporaries. His female voices aren’t screechy and his accents aren’t over the top, but he doesn’t add a lot of emotion or do a lot with extra sound effects or timing.
All in all if you’ve got the time I think this is a fine way to experience this story.
"Worth 5 credits!!!"
Klune has created a masterpiece and Graves read it perfectly. Wolfsong is 19 hours of a story line that is sewn together beautifully, seamlessly. It is full of tenderness, laughing out loud humor, heroism and angst. I've enjoyed it so much that I restarted it, to listen to in full again, right after finishing it. I have over 1000 books in my audible library. I count this as one of my favorites.
As an aside, I will quickly return a book because I find the narrator annoying or the story doesn't draw me in. I was so impressed with Kirt Graves that I looked to see what other works he's done. This is the only one on audible. I will be checking & hoping that he will be doing more books in the future. Also, TJ Klune is one of my favorite authors (especially "The Art of Breathing") who I check on for new works regularly.
"Ox is Love. Ox is Life. The emotions are REAL."
It is very rare that I read or listen to books written in first person. It's not a style that I prefer because everything is based in the MCs emotions and observations of the world around them. Descriptions tend to be limited and less detailed. Everything just feels like it is less than what it could be if it were written in the third, I can literally count on one hand how many first person books I've read and actually been thoroughly absorbed by.
This is one of them.
Even though the story is told by Ox he is so immersed in everything around him that in a very short time it doesn't even feel like you're listening to a first person narrative. The characters are beautifully fleshed out and so real. There were times when what they felt was so overwhelming it brought tears to my eyes.
This is a story that takes its time and some people might find that to be a drawback. If you're looking for quick smut. This isn't it. If you want a story that is going to rivet you and pull you down a winding path of coming into your own, finding what it means to be home, discovering that loving someone can hurt so much you hate them and fighting with tooth and nail to keep your family whole, then look no further.
Everything about this book inspires me. The narrator was bliss to listen to and the different accents and inflections of the various characters made them all the more real. Besides that, the dialogue in many of the scenes is hilarious.
Five stars. Ten stars. A million stars.
There aren't enough stars to accurately portray how amazing this book is.
Definitely a must have in any m/m collection!
"Loved the story, but not the writing"
I go back and forth on this. Over all the story is very good. I love TJs books and writing but this one had way to much of He said, I said, He said ..... and it repeatedly repeated itself. The book could've been shorter. I like books that you know the dialogue between the people and you don't have to say he said, I said, I said. Over all it's a good book. If there is a book 2 I would read it.
This was by far the best story I have ever listened to! TJ Klune is beyond phenomenal. The wonder of his mind brought to life a story that touched both heart and soul and I can truly say I will never be the same. Kirt Graves narration brought to life Ox and Joe and all the other characters of this wonderful story in such an amazing way. I cannot recommend this story more...it's a must!
"Getting through this book was a struggle."
From TJ yeah, from Kirt Graves no.
Sure, I do enjoy his work, it's just that over time I've noticed reoccurring quirks that aren't inherently bad, they're just noticeable. Like he has this thing about repeating lines in order to drive a point home. "It was all I could do" or "On everything/all that I have" or "because it was tradition" or "my father always told me I was going to get shit" or "You belong to me." The "you belong to me" line really irks me, especially in the context of this story. In TJ's books there's always this weird thing about possession. Like yeah I get that people want to feel a sense of belonging but the way it comes off when someone says, "You belong to me" is that its like a command and that the other person doesn't have a say in the matter. It bothered me more in this book because Joe and Ox just love each other for no reason. I kept wanting their relationship to be challenged so that they could focus on why they wanted to be together but it never happened. Sure they had some conflicts but they always went back to each other because they had history but the history wasn't based on anything substantial. Joe just decided he liked Ox and that was it. Then it became this weird co-dependent fixation that wasn't based on anything other than Joe thought Ox had a unique scent. It just completely invalidated their entire relationship for me because there wasn't any substance there. It wasn't built on anything other than assertion. Show me why they want to be with each other based on circumstances. Don't tell me that they're supposed to be together because Joe gave him his wolf and this is what it means so therefore Ox has no choice but to be with him out of a sense of duty and obligation.I've read/listened to almost all of TJ's books and the reason why I got tired of the repetitious phrases is because it felt like I was being told what to feel instead of letting the story speak for itself. Saying things like "because it was tradition" is unnecessary because the meaning is already there if they're doing it consistently. I think it would have been way more effective to have this stable part in Ox's life and then suddenly it's taken from him. "Because it was tradition" is an assertion and makes it seem like they only ate together out of obligation. There was another moment after Thomas had died were Ox said something like "He taught me who I was and what I could be." I remember thinking that that could have gone unsaid because Thomas felt like a way more predominant figure in his life. Way more than his mother who was barely present (which is why her death had no impact on me) and honestly way more than Joe. At least I can understand the role that Thomas played in Ox's life and what his presence meant to him. We already established that Ox had issues with his dad and with him gone Thomas fulfilled that role. He gave him approval, stability, confidence, and respect. He gave him a home. That was all present in his actions which are way more effective than the assertions that tried to force Ox and Joe together.I wanted Ox to become his own person but he ended up becoming defined by this pack. If there was a moment where Ox left, maybe even blamed the pack for the death of his mother or like his grief severed the ties that bonded him to the others and he needed to be alone, then something brought him back to them and he made the decision to stay, it would make it feel as though he were there because he wanted to be. The entire time I felt like he was part of a cult. Like I get that there's something unique about Ox that allows him to be an integral figure in their group dynamic, but is he that desperate for purpose that he'd willingly go along with whatever they needed from him?I get that I'm not the target demographic for this type of book. Maybe if I were into the whole pack, werewolf thing I can accept imprinting or group think or whatever but I figured that I could just enjoy it on the strength of TJ's writing.
I think he did a good job voicing Ox. I had a really big issue with the way he voiced Joe. Joe sounded young all the way up until he left which made Ox and Joe's relationship really uncomfortable for me to listen to. For the first half of the book the age gap between him seemed way more problematic audibly than it was on paper. I also had a problem with the way he voiced the villain. It was the typical snarling gruff voice and I thought that Richard seem more put together than that. Honestly some of these books I wish I had read instead of listened to because the reader influences so much of how books are digested. I could have imagined a whole range of characteristics and attributes for these characters but when you hear someone voice them in a certain way that image in your head is fixed. Michael Lesley has been a consistent favorite voice actor of mine. Or Matt Baca or Chris Patton.
"A Song for the Soul"
Pacing... the pacing of the reading is so good. The story is one that needs to be read at a perfect pace, just to get the emotion down. This is the first audio book I've listened to that I didn't feel the need to speed up the listening speed.
I've now read the book 3 times. Listening to it solidifies my love for it. There is so much passion and love and family that fill the story. It's believable PNR. I want to live in the world of Wolfsong. I want to be part of the pack.
Graves's performance is stunning. Simply wonderful. I can't believe that this is his first time! His pacing is perfect. His character voices are awesome. His acting... yes, acting, is so good. He reads with such emotion. The kind of emotion that I was longing for when I started reading the book the first time. Happy moments, as well as sad... they all had feeling. So much feeling.
Absolutely. I wish I could have sat down and just listened from beginning to end without stopping.
I hope Graves reads the audio for the follow up books in this series, and I haven't even read them yet because they're not even written. I'm excited with anticipation.
"My favorite audio of the year"
Wolfsong was my favorite book from 2016, and as I read more than 250 books, that's saying something. As such, I knew going into this audiobook it was going to take someone extraordinary to pull off the narration. To be able to capture the atmosphere, the mysticism, the emotions that are in Wolfsong from the first page until the last was going to take an extra helping of talent and brilliance and I'm here to tell you that Kirt Graves delivered all of this ... and then some. Each and every character, and there are many, has a distinct voice, complete with cadence and tone. Joe's high pitched, exuberance when he says "I was all like rawr and grr but then I smelled it again and was him and it was all kaboom! I don't even know! I don't even know! You gotta smell him and then tell me why it's all candy canes and pinecones and epic and awesome." Or steadfast, wise Thomas when he says, "Maybe," he said. "Or more. You're different, Ox. I don't even think I know how different. It will be truly a sight to behold. And I, for one, can't wait to see it." And there's the incredible, unforgettable Oxnard Matheson. The book is told from his point of view, so it's his voice we hear most often. And oh my, what a voice it is. Graves conveys everything--hiis disbelief, his anger, his wonder, his love ... all of it shines through Graves' exemplary narration. Then there's the levity that Carter, Kelly, and Rico bring, and the evil that is Richard and Osmond ... the brother/father/friend in Gordo. Just all of it is magical. I was transported to Green Creek from the first word and I never wanted to leave.
This auidobook is a journey ... and a very long one at almost 19 hours. Yes you see that correctly. 19. Hours. But trust me when I say the time will fly by and once you reach the end, all you'll want to do (besides pick up the used tissues from the entire box of Kleenex you'll go through while listening) is start all over again. You'll hear Ox and Joe and Gordo and Thomas and Elizabeth in your head long after you're finished, and this is a good thing. A great and magical thing, because that's honestly what this story is. Magic.
"Completely epic and awesome!"
I love the print version, and I loved the audio. Choosing between them is not an option - each brings something the other lacks, but on their own, each is also complete! I'm glad I have both and will both reread and relisten to Wolfsong in the future.
I truly wish I had the words to express how much I loved this book. I loved Joe and Ox, I loved the way it was written and I loved how it made me live their story, not just read it. My heart hurts as I felt every bit of love, passion, loss, betrayal, redemption and life. Every emotion. I felt everything. I had to work for it along with Joe and Ox and it was worth every single second.
Utterly love this book.
The way this book is written is not what I'd call the norm - when reading I got completely wrapped up in the narrative and Kirt's performance totally nailed how it was paced in my head.
Yes - and if I thought I could get 18 hours of peace to do so I would have!
When I finished I felt utterly bereft! Such a good audio.
"Epic and Awesome!"
There is magic all around this book; not only in the shifters, and the moon, and the wolves songs, and colors. It's in the choices and changes we make, the family, the pack, and the bonds between us.
There is pain, healing, growing up and the struggle of finding your place, your people, and where you belong. Everything is colored by the full palette of colors. Green, blue, read , orange, violet...... Oh so greengreengreen! Green like relief. Green eyes. Green Creek. Green light. It felt green here. So very green.
Oh yes, but not possible!
TJ Klune is a great storyteller. His writing style is really amazed me. He use simple words and short sharp sentences in a way that make them look strong, powerful and deliver great emotion. His cast of characters is so numerous, and at the same time thoroughly and comprehensively presented.
"Epic & awesome! "
I cannot remember why I got the ebook of Wolfsong - whether it was a recommendation or just something I came across while browsing - but whatever made me give in to the urge to get it, I am so glad that I did because loving that version led me to the audio book with a narrator who perfectly captured the voices and personalities of Ox, Joe and all the others.
Ox *is* epic & awesome and there's just something about him that makes me want to hug the whole book.
This story is about Ox discovering who he really is/ can be. Away from the expectations of people who don't know him, in a family he chose who love him as he is, he discovers that he is worth something just by being himself. He loves and is loved. There's humour, anger, sorrow. Plus, werewolves!
Kirt's narration meshed with what I had in my head for Ox and Joe's voices and made the whole listening experience wonderful.
I am definitely going to be listening to this again.
So, if you like werewolves & relationships and standing up to evil, and love and belonging and hope I recommend this book. 5 stars!
Superb story with an array of wonderful two and four legged characters and told from the perspective of 'Ox', a young guy who doesn't know his own worth and who some consider, including himself, to be 'not the sharpest of individuals'!
Wolfsong is a beautifully narrated love story spanning more than ten years that develops slowly, when as a young teenager he meets Joe, who at first seems like a precocious twelve year old. There is an immediate bond, and as the friendship develops Ox realises there is more to Joe than he initially thought, and these suspicions grow when Ox meets the rest of Joe's family. As the story unfolds there are some amazing highs and heartbreaking lows, that at times had me on the edge of my seat, and also left me with a lump in my throat.
Even before the first couple of chapters ended I was hooked and found myself listening to 3 and 4 hours at a time and this story is going to stay with me for a long time and is definitely one of my all time favourites.
After the disappointment of 'Into This River I Drown' TJ Klune has exceeded all my expectations and is back to his best, and combined with the outstanding narration of Kirt Graves is a 'must listen'!
"Wolfsong, brilliant book "
Thisis Most definitely one of the best audio books i have listened to. The story has you gripped from the start but it's completely different from the usual m/m books i have read ir listened to. You can't help fallibg in love with Ox from the beginning, and throughput the book that feeling just grows. All the characters are amazing especially Ox, Joe and the rest of Joe's family as well as Ox's mum.
a truly fantastic book brilliantly written and excellently narrated.
"awesome epic loved it wish there were more"
great read and as above awesome epic and wish there was more book from this story
Such an emotional story, a complete roller coaster ride of emotions.. if your new to m/m but love shifter stories this book is for you. I put off reading this for so long, thinking it wasn't for me but wow was I wrong! It blew my head off and made me sob from start to finish, definitely not hearts and flowers but true grit, determination and love, lots of love.
"Words can not describe how much I love this!"
It's like TJ has taken stories from my head, written them down and made them 100 x better. I loved this and didn't want it to end. Please tell me this isn't it?! There has to be more.
The characters are so real and you live right along with them. I laughed, I cried and can't help but feel a bit lost now I've finished it.
It is written and narrated beautifully and couldn't recommend it more.
"Kirt Graves WAS Ox and Joe....."
What a whopper of an audio book this was, and TJ was right. This may have been Kirt Graves' first audio book narration but he WAS Ox and Joe. All of the voices, even the monster Richard Collins that went after Joe when he was young, all were perfect, although it has to be said that listening to the audio did reinforce just how repetitious some of the book was in parts. 5 stars.
"Of pine cones, and candy canes, of epic and awesome."
"Very good audiobook! Highly recommended"
I have already read "Wolfsong" in the summer and as soon as I read this was getting realised ( audio) I snapped it up on release day. Wolf song is beautiful; It's one of my favourite stories of this year. I could not put it down, much to sighs of my boyfriends lonely Saturday night with my head in the book and not paying him an ounce of attention. OX is thoughtful, brave,humane and a strong voice that at times breaks you as the reader. Joe is handsome, damaged and I loved their romance, and I craved every interaction between them. Props to all the secondary characters ( Feels for Jessie as a strong female character in a sea of strong supports).I also loved that he was angry, Angry for a long time. This was real and just. I hate in novels when a character forgives too easily.It was nice to see a story reflect a strong emotion and characteristic.
To sum it up-HIGHLY recommended story.
To be honest, I have read Wolfsong already. I was very familiar with the story. The author TJ Klune can slip into funny, angsty and romantic all in one book or let one emotion dictate a whole novel. Please check out his work as he is very talented and someone I look forward to reading.
Kirt Graves- I read on TJ Klunes Goodreads/blog update that this his first gig at audiobook reading. He is so good!. Young Joes voice and adult Joe is so well developed and thoughtful that I had to stop it when adult Joe appeared to take the moment in.Apparently, he won the audition on his Gordo alone ( something I hadn't imagined for his voice but it really works). Having read the story previously I envisioned certain voices and characteristics for the group- Kirt Graves put more passion and character into the performances then I could have imagined. Well done Graves. I also was a massive fan of his Robbie.
Yes and no. This story is very angsty and at times quite sad.So for a short time, my heart was breaking and needed a small break to think about the characters. Not a reflection on the book just on my current state of affairs.
It's very easy to get swept away in this audiobook and I have spent long periods submerged in it.
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