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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (252 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dorothy Hearst Narrator: Justine Eyre Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Wolf Chronicles Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9780739329009
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Years of research into the world of wolves combines with mythical tale-telling to present a fantastical adventure set in a world filled with lore. The rules of the Wide Valley wolves were clear: Never consort with humans; never kill a human unprovoked; never allow a mixed-blood wolf to live. But they were rules destined to be broken.

Now, in the second riveting installment of The Wolf Chronicles the stakes are higher than ever. Young Kaala of the Swift River pack shattered the rules of the valley and exposed the lies hidden beneath them. Now, responsibility for the consequences rests with her. Along with her young packmates and the humans they have befriended, she must find a way for the wolves and humans of the Wide Valley to live in harmony. If they succeed, Kaala will finally prove herself worthy of her pack. But if she fails, the Greatwolves who rule wolf-kind will kill every wolf and human in the valley.

Told from the wolf ’s point-of-view and set 14,000 years ago in a time when the cultures of wolves and humans were not so different, Secrets of the Wolves transports us to a world where instincts are our only compass and cooperation between potential enemies could mean the difference between life and death.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tia | 1/30/2014

    " I just couldn't put this book down, it's almost five in the morning and I have to be up soon to see my child off to school but it couldn't be helped. I was pissed how it ended and really can't wait for the third book to make it's way to me. Gah, one of the best series I've read ever! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debi | 1/23/2014

    " Second in the Wolf Chronicles, I don't think I'll read any more. The story of wolves protecting territory and trying to reveal the secrets of the Great Wolves (Dire Wolves) just doesn't really interest me. The writing is sometimes very slow and I found it really hard to keep any interest in the plot. There is very little sense of place and time, the characters are so thin it's hard to care about them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 1/20/2014

    " Fleshing out the mythology of the first in the trilogy, and I enjoyed the characters more. This is a solid recommendation for middle school and high school students, as well as anyone interested in historical fiction set in the prehistoric age or wolf behavior. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 12/14/2013

    " the young wolve is helping a human and that is agianst the wolve law and is trying to hide her scent "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliane | 12/12/2013

    " I really can't wait to get the 3rd book!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C: SometimesIwonder (Summie) :D | 12/3/2013

    " I really wish I could give this an endless amount of stars. I. Love. It. It is an extremely suspenseful book and I really feel for Kalaa and am frustrated when she has to be submissive to the people and when the other wolves mock or spite her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Nguyen | 10/28/2013

    " I'm really stupid. I read this book first instead of Promise of the Wolves. No wonder I was so confused. Anyways, this was a good book and it reviewed a lot from the previous book. I'd really enjoyed reading this and it had a lot of intense moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber Polo | 10/27/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book. I even reread the first in the series before this one arrived. Yet found it boring & confusing like a mythic fairy tale but I couldn't care about the characters enough to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 10/13/2013

    " I'm too sad by the ending to write a review. I'll write one later. :*( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Woolfie Silverbane | 4/9/2013

    " Oh dear it seems I've inadvertently read the second book first, ah well, it should mean that I'll like the first one too, but it greatly changes my expectations as to what happens next! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon Huether | 3/5/2013

    " I did not care for The Secret of Wolves by Dorothy Hearst. There was too much dialogue between the wolves and to many wolf characters. I was hoping to learn more about wolves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia Cristina | 2/13/2013

    " Quite a good book with a cliffhanger end which means it cant be read stand alone from vol 3 , which hasnt been released yet . "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bethe | 11/3/2012

    " although the prologue did a good job of catching up the action since the first book (read 3.5 years ago, 4 stars) I was distracted by the native american character names and uninspired to ignore them and read on. another victim of a a huge to-read pile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Domin | 10/26/2012

    " To be reviewed for Feb 2012 HNR Magazine "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 9/7/2012

    " Awesome sequel to Promise of the Wolves! Really can't wait for the third book to come out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina Lonergan | 7/11/2012

    " can't wait for the third one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shomeret | 5/8/2012

    " I read an Advance Uncorrected Proof of this novel which is the second in a trilogy dealing with the evolution of wolves and their relationship with humanity. The fantasy element felt stronger and more developed in this book. It leaves me with high expectations for the next installment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 11/13/2011

    " Ireally enjoyed this book. I love a good book from an animal perspective and this was an awsome one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 10/29/2011

    " I really wanted to like this book. I even reread the first in the series before this one arrived. Yet found it boring & confusing like a mythic fairy tale but I couldn't care about the characters enough to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 9/5/2011

    " Fleshing out the mythology of the first in the trilogy, and I enjoyed the characters more. This is a solid recommendation for middle school and high school students, as well as anyone interested in historical fiction set in the prehistoric age or wolf behavior. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 8/8/2011

    " I did not care for The Secret of Wolves by Dorothy Hearst. There was too much dialogue between the wolves and to many wolf characters. I was hoping to learn more about wolves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shomeret | 7/18/2011

    " I read an Advance Uncorrected Proof of this novel which is the second in a trilogy dealing with the evolution of wolves and their relationship with humanity. The fantasy element felt stronger and more developed in this book. It leaves me with high expectations for the next installment. "

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About the Author

Dorothy Hearst was an acquisitions editor at Jossey-Bass, where she published books for nonprofit, public, and social change leaders before the wolves barged in the door and she started writing her popular Wolf Chronicles series. She loves dogs but doesn’t have one, and borrows other people’s whenever she gets the chance. After seven years in New York City and nine years as a San Franciscan, Dorothy now lives in Berkeley, California.

About the Narrator

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated dozens of audiobooks and has a prestigious Audie Award and two AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt. Eyre is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her recent television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.