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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,172 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Briggs Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781101627334
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Everybody knows what it means to be the Alpha wolf. Very few know the true strength and respect held by the Omega wolf. In Alpha and Omega: A Novella from On the Prowl, Patricia Briggs introduces us to this strength.

Anna, like most other people in the world, does not believe in werewolves. The idea that they might exist never even crosses her mind, until the night that she is brutally attacked, and becomes one herself. Unlike in the teen romance novels, however, Anna is not singled out by the handsome Alpha of her pack to be the new queen of the werewolves. No, Anna's place is squarely at the bottom of her pack's hierarchy, as the Omega. And it's not a particularly pleasant pack to be a part of. The other wolves are cruel, mean, and outright abusive to Anna, and after three years of their mistreatment, she has learned the keys to survival: Never be noticed by anyone, and that goes doubly for the Alphas.

Things get complicated, however, when her lawless pack members decide to kidnap a young boy. Summoning her courage, Anna calls on the greatest Alpha of them all; the Marrok, leader of all werewolves. The Marrok sends his son, Charles, to investigate the situation, and a shocking discovery is made. Charles discovers that Anna is not the average submissive wolf who knows no better than to give in to the more powerful members of the pack. She is, rather, a rare Omega wolf. An Omega wolf who has been abused and molested by the cruel leaders of her pack.

Charles decides that this needs to change, and sets out to show Anna what the life of a werewolf should really be like. He teaches her what she really is, and the two develop a deep connection to one another. Empowered by her time with Charles, Anna is no longer willing to take the injustice of the pack lying down.

Patricia Briggs, born in Butte, Montana, has been writing fantasy fiction for over twenty years. Best known for her Mercy Thompson series, Briggs was first published in 1990, and her first novel was released in '93. She began writing multi-book stories shortly thereafter, and has won critical acclaim for her work in urban fiction.

In Cry Wolf, New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs started a new urban fantasy series set in the world of Mercy Thompson—but with rules of its own. Alpha and Omega is the novella that inspired the new series, so you can see how it all began…

Anna Latham never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack—and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the Chicago pack, she’s learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But when she discovers wrongdoing in her pack, she has to go above her Alpha’s head to ask for help. Charles Cornick is the son—and enforcer—of the leader of the North American werewolves. Now his father has sent him to Chicago to clean up a problem there. Charles never expected to find Anna, a rare Omega wolf, and he certainly never expected to recognize her as his mate.

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  • “Terrific…Spare writing and strong descriptions will entice readers to continue following Anna and Charles.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/17/2014

    " Nice background story to Charles and Anna... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Dirty Girls' Good Books | 2/13/2014

    " Great short story. I love this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cf | 2/13/2014

    " Cute short story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 2/13/2014

    " Great story a follow on from the Mercy Thompson series but can be read as a stand alone and a great start to what is a great series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vernon | 2/7/2014

    " Great Bridge to know how the characters met. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/17/2014

    " Alpha & Omega is a great story and the start of a great series. I loved the novella and love the two novels in the series, Cry Wolf and Hunting Ground. I re-read them all the time. This series is set in the same world as Patricia's Mercy Thompson series, and has the same worldbuilding, but it follows Charles Cornick, the Marrok's son and his mate Anna. Anna is a great heroine. She was turned against her will and her pack tries to beat her down, but they don't succeed. Even though she doesn't have much confidence, she somehow always manages to save the day through sheer grit and determination. I can't recommend this series highly enough. I just wish Ms. Briggs would write faster. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 1/12/2014

    " Good story, well told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/9/2014

    " from On the Prowl re-read 4/7/10 & 3/4/11 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi V | 12/29/2013

    " I love this story and I really hope the author continues with it but this is only an intro to the charactors, wayyy too short "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizzypants | 12/4/2013

    " It gave a bit more background information which helped... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 11/26/2013

    " I hesitated to read this novella for a while as I have a habit of falling completely into a series. Goodness knows I don't need another one, but it looks like I'm hooked! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicci | 10/12/2013

    " As a stand alone book this is kind of a let down. It should have been added to the beginning of Cry Wolf or else substantially added to and made it's own novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yulia | 9/17/2013

    " Very very very much liked the story. looking forward to reading the following books. AAA main characters are so cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 7/26/2013

    " This is my favorite series of Patricia Briggs. I love the story that she has an alpha that is bad ass that is quiet and out of his element coming the the city of Chicago and gaining so much more than he bargained for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 6/12/2013

    " Great short read. It gives the back-story for Anna and Charles and sets up Cry Wolf nicely! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janin | 4/21/2013

    " Patricia Briggs is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Having previously been introduced to Charles through the Mercy series and seeing how he ends up in Chicago, this story is a wonderful continuation in the same world, making that world expand in fantastic new directions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alli Paterson | 4/18/2013

    " Best short story I have ever read and a wonderful introduction to the Alpha and Omega series. "

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About the Author
Author Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs is the author of the New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series.

About the Narrator

Holter Graham, winner of three of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voice of the Year awards, is a stage, television, and screen actor. He has recorded numerous audiobooks and earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, his film credits include Fly Away Home, Maximum Overdrive, Hairspray, and The Diversion, a short film which he acted in and produced. On television, he has appeared in Army Wives, Damages, As the World Turns, Rescue Me, Law & Order, and New York Undercover. He received a BA degree from Skidmore College and an MFA from Vermont College.