American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West

Nate Blakeslee, read by the author and Mark Bramhall. Random House Audio, , unabridged, 8 CDs, 9 hrs., $40 ISBN 978-0-525-49327-3
Bramhall gives an excellent reading of this fascinating look at the lives and deaths of the pack of wolves at Yellowstone National park, specifically the wolf known as O-Six. Blakeslee’s book begins with a prologue set in 2012, as a hunter prepares to shoot O-Six. Bramhall eloquently brings to life the moments prior to the hunter taking the shot that ended the wolf’s life. Bramhall’s calm, relaxed delivery recounts the rest of the story, not just of the life of remarkable O-Six, who was a fierce hunter, protective parent, and dynamic leader, but also the history and controversies surrounding the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone. It is a story as informative as it is emotionally moving, and Bramhall presents it with a skillful, even-handed delivery. Blakeslee reads the book’s epilogue that recounts his disturbing but intriguing meeting with the unrepentant hunter who shot O-Six. A Crown hardcover. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 11/27/2017
Release date: 10/01/2017
Hardcover - 320 pages - 978-1-101-90278-3
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