Dead Heat Audiobook by Patricia Briggs (review)

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Review of: Dead Heat Audiobook
Patricia Briggs

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On February 27, 2015
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Dead Heat Audiobook

By: Patricia Briggs

Narrated by: Holter Graham

Published by: Brilliance Audio 03/03/2015

Dead Heat Audiobook by Patricia Briggs


4.5 stars rating

Alpha and Omega Series #4

11 hrs and 25 mins

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Dead Heat Audiobook Sample

Melanie S.

Dead Heat

(4.5 Hearts)

In Dead Heat, we have Charles and Anna venturing to Arizona to visit an old friend of Charles’ to find a new horse for Anna. The horse that Anna has been riding isn’t challenging enough for her, or at least that is what Charles says. Anna likes the horse she has. He wants her to have something with a little more get-up-and-go, so they go visit an Arabian horse farm.

This horse farm and friend just happen to also belong to the local werewolf alpha, Hosteen. No sooner that they show up, Hosteen starts arguing with Charles for refusing to change his dying son into a werewolf against his son’s will. Let’s not forget that changing someone against their will is a death sentence (Hosteen thinks Charles would get a pass being Bran’s son, yea right).

Then the fae attack Hosteen’s granddaughter-in-law (who he doesn’t like because she is witchborn) and his great-granddaughter. So, once again, Charles and Anna become consultants for the FBI and CANTRIP as they try to track down a fae. It was great to see Charles once again helping people instead of having to kill them. I think it did him a lot of good.

I loved seeing FBI Special Agent Leslie Fisher again. I really enjoyed her in Fair Game. The CANTRIP agents are actually good people in this book. Charles is even surprised that he likes them. Surprisingly, Charles even lets Anna go interview people with just Agent Fisher while he goes with the CANTRIP agents.

As a horse person, I can say that she gives a lot of equine information in an entertaining way throughout Dead Heat. I love the way she talks about the different personalities of the horses. They are like dogs and cats, each breed has general personality traits (Arabians being the Siamese cats of the horse world, loved that line). Then each horse has their own individual personality, too. I really enjoyed how Joseph uses this to his advantage in the story (you’ll just have to read/listen to find out what I’m talking about).

Overall, I really enjoyed Dead Heat. I loved meeting the Arizona pack alpha and his family. I found that I really liked all of them, each in their own way. Hosteen and most of his family are Navajo, so you get to learn some about Navajo life, at least in the modern world. This story has everything you would expect from a Patricia Briggs werewolf book. There is tons of action, adventure and suspense. It did have some pretty heartwarming moments, too. The fae, as always, are not as they seem and are not doing as they said. Is anyone surprised? I know I’m not. I expect to see more of them in the future.

Dead Heat Audiobook Narration

My thoughts
Grey earphones

(4.5 Hearts)

Holter Graham does a fabulous job with narration of  the Audiobook Dead Heat, as he has done with all of the Alpha & Omega books. His ability to voice Anna’s very feminine voice alongside Charles’ extra masculine voice is wonderous.

Usually when I listen to male narrators, they have a hard time with softer women’s voices. They do fine with snarky, smart assed women, but can’t do that ultra feminine voice, which Anna requires, but Holter Graham does a great job. This is a series that I started off reading, but is now a listen only series for me.

Author Patricia BriggsPatricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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Narrator Holter GrahamHolter Graham, winner of AudioFile’s 2008 Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron, is a stage, television, and screen actor. He has recorded numerous audiobooks, including much of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s bestselling Dark-Hunter series. The winner of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he has also read works by Scott Turow, Dean Koontz, C. J. Box, and Stephen Frey. 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 B.A. from Skidmore College and an M.F.A. from Vermont College.


I like to thank Brilliance Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Everybody’s raving about this series, I need to read it ! Plus I love horses too 😉

    • I just love this series. It really needs to be read in tandem with Mercy Thompson. They start off as two series set in the same world and the characters overlap some. There is an event in book three of this series (Fair Game), which really makes it hard to read the most recent Mercy book without having read Fair Game. Both are a lot of fun.

  2. I recently started this series and can’t wait to catch up. Great to see it’s still as good as the beginning.

    • I think the books are getting better as they go along. I hope you enjoy.

  3. I have the first one, but I still haven’t find the time or will to read it mostly because this is a new author for me so I’m a little hesitant, but the books sound really good and I will eventually read it. Plus, I’m waiting to forget the awesomeness of the last Fever installment by K. M. Moning do diminish, so I can go back to urban fantasy again. 🙂

    • I so love this series. Charles and Anna make a great pair. It is nice because Anna is no alpha, but shows you can be strong without being the alpha.

  4. I have the first one, but I still haven’t found the time or will to read it mostly because this is a new author for me so I’m a little hesitant, but the books sound really good and I will eventually read it. Plus, I’m waiting to forget the awesomeness of the last Fever installment by K. M. Moning do diminish, so I can go back to urban fantasy again. 🙂

  5. I really must read or listen to this author this year, I keep putting it

    • Briggs is right up there with Kelley Armstrong in the werewolf world in my book. All of her material is so well researched and entertaining. I’ve been wanting to try some of her fantasy books, but just haven’t gotten to them yet.

  6. OOH this is the second review I’ve seen for this today and both are FAB!!

    • I’ve read a couple of reviews for this books, I don’t think there is a bad one among them.

  7. I cant wait to get to this one Melanie! It always feels to me like visiting old friends, and it’s always a treat 🙂 I love Holter Graham with these! Actually, I’ve loved Holter with everything I’ve listened from him 🙂

    • Holter Graham does a great job with this series. I’m amazed at his ability to voice the ultra feminine Anna and the children that are in this book, which can be hard for some male narrators.

      I haven’t listened to him read anything other than the Alpha & Omega series, but I saw that he reads Christine by Stephen King. I plan to pick it up from the library and try it. Old Stephen King horror with Holter Graham seems like a winning team to me. 🙂

  8. I can’t wait for this one!! I have one credit left at Audible and it’s ear marked for this one. LOL

  9. I just skimmed because I plan to read this one next. Yay! Glad it was fabulous. Can’t wait to get another Charles and Anna story!

    • You’ll love it. It was a lot of fun.

  10. everyone is all of a sudden in love with this series. I must get after it as soon as I am done with Kate Daniels. I haven’t read a negative review for this one yet.

    • If you like Kate Daniels, I think Mercy Thompson/Alpha & Omega are a great series to start next. Some of my favorite werewolves. I hope you enjoy.

  11. I confess that I wasn’t that convinced with book 0.5 and 1 and even if I have book 2 I still haven’t read it. But everyone is loving this one so maybe I should try again. Glad in any case to see y ou had a good time.

    • For me, each book has been better than the last, in A&O world. Mercy’s have been up and down for me. I actually like this world better than Mercy. I just love Charles and Anna so much.

  12. Yay, you all are getting me so excited to catch up. I’m going to start with the Mercy Thompson series first in a couple weeks, and then weave my way to this one.

    • Check out Briggs’ site, she has the chronological order of the two worlds together. The two are pretty interwoven.

    • The new setting was great, though I missed spending time with Bran, Asil and the rest of the Montana pack. Really, I missed Asil. 🙂

  13. I cannot wait to listen, I loved reading it..but the audio is it for me.

    • I started off reading this series, but since the first time I listened to Holter Graham narrate it, I’ve been hooked and haven’t gone back to reading. Same with Lorelei King’s narration of Mercy Thompson.

  14. I love this series and can’t wait for this one (it feels like forever since the last one). I haven’t listened to any Patricia Briggs on audio but I think I need to change that…

    • The narrators that she has for both series are great. Lorelei King does Mercy Thompson (she also does Charley Davidson and Stephanie Plum). This is the only thing I’ve listened to from Holter Graham, but that is going to change. I’ve got a copy of Christine by Stephen King which Holter Graham narrates. i’m excited to listen to it. I hope you enjoy.

  15. I know your horse just died so this book must’ve felt extra special to you. I cried in the end, Joseph had me weeping like a baby!!

    • I almost quit listening to this book after Candy died, I was about halfway through. There was just too much about the horses. The scene with Hephzibah and Mackie was really hard. Candy was very protective of children.

      • Oh yeah, those parts were amazing too! When Anna was riding the devil horse (I forgot her name), my heart was beAting so fast. I didn’t enjoy the horse description much like when they were talking about features an stuff. Those flew over my head. But the parts they played in the resolution was spectacular.

        I hope reading this helped ease some of the sadness you felt over Candy.

  16. Couple of days ago I read this book and loved it! I’m not 100% sure, but I think I like this series a bit more than Mercy Thompson series. At least this book was exceptionally good… So good I would love to listen to the audiobook too.
    Great review.

    • I like this series slightly better than Mercy too. I just like Charles and Anna a little more than Mercy and Adam. Don’t get me wrong, I do love them both, just this one a little bit more. 🙂

    • That is a good mission. One I don’t think you’ll regret. Enjoy. 🙂

  17. I flipping love P. Briggs Mercedes Thompson series and I really really need to start Alpha & Omega. I have the first book in paperback but I’m considering getting the other in audio….

    • If you like Mercy, you’ll love this series too. I actually like this one a little better. Charles and Anna are wonderful characters. Plus, you get to see more of Bran in this series than in Mercy. I’m sure you’ll enjoy whether you read or listen.

  18. The series sounds awesome but the sheer number of books in it scares me a little. I think I’m going to have to schedule in some time over my holidays and just binge read.

    • It is a fun series to binge read and both are great on audio, if you like to listen. Since there are really two series in one (Alpha & Omega and Mercy Thompson), I recommend checking out the author’s site and read them in order switching between these two.

  19. I just finished this one and really enjoyed it, especially for all the reasons you mention. BUT I wish we had more on the Fae… I want to know what’s going on there!

    • Yea, I’m really curious as to what is going to happen with the fae. I’m sure it will reveal itself soon. The question is when and which series.

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