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The life of a traveling merchant is a lonely one, a fact with which Kraft Lawrence is well acquainted. Wandering from town to town with just his horse, cart, and whatever wares have come his way, the peddler has pretty well settled into his routine - that is, until the night Lawrence finds a wolf goddess asleep in his cart. Taking the form of a fetching girl with wolf ears and a tail, Holo has wearied of tending to harvests in the countryside and strikes up a bargain with the merchant to lend him the cunning of "Holo the Wisewolf" to increase his profits in exchange for taking her along on his travels. What kind of businessman could turn down such an offer? Lawrence soon learns, though, that having an ancient goddess as a traveling companion can be a bit of a mixed blessing. Will this wolf girl turn out to be too wild to tame?

©2006 Isuna Hasekura (P)2022 Yen Audio

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9.5/10 it's a fantastic story that Tatum does well to bring excitedly back to life. My only complaint is without a voice for holo the banter just feels more.. Flat. Nothing against Tatum he is spot on with his role but there is only so much you can do as a single person. I would GLADLY pay extra to get Brina Palencia or even another female talent to join in.

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Good to hear Lawrence again.

Thoroughly entertaining listen. I have loved S&W since the anime first came out. Michael easily falls into Lawrence with ease.

Too bad there is not a proper Holo or even female actress to play her part. I do wish they had put two books together. The length and price are a bit off.

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Excellent story and production, too short for how expensive it is.

Gratifying to finally be able to enjoy this story in its original form. Spice and Wolf is a story I first found in anime form, but I always regretted that the story didn’t proceed past the first few volumes, as it is a fascinating exploration of medieval economics, mixed with a subtle and engaging romance.

Extremely pleased that the VA behind the anime’s protagonist, Craft Lawrence, graciously returned to narrate. His performance is superb, and though I wish the anime’s VA for Holo had been tapped to provide her dialogue, I am satisfied with Tatum’s characterization.

As for production, it is, overall, excellent. The one complaint I have is that the audio mixing seems unbalanced and inconsistent. The majority of the runtime is clear as a bell, but sometimes the audio will suddenly sound distant, or subtly muted, particularly in moments where the narrator is speaking above his normal volume. These instances are usually brief, and aren’t a major detriment to the experience, but they do mar an otherwise stellar production.

The book is, however, too short to justify its outrageous $30 price tag. If you are considering getting this, my advice is to use a credit, and even then, that’s pushing it. The book clocks in at just over 4 hours, and you’re really not getting more than an evening’s entertainment. If you’re looking for your next month’s read, I recommend looking elsewhere. As good as this story is, you are not getting your money’s worth by buying this outright. Maybe in future they will adapt multiple volumes in each production. This is a long running series (23 volume’s, I believe), and they could make a decent 12 hour production out of adapting, say, a set of 3 volumes from the light novel series, rather than just one.

Glad to see the series is already set to continue with another audio adaption. Here’s hoping that this production actually reaches the end of the light novel series, a feat the anime, sadly, never accomplished.

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Narrated to perfection

I was really excited to see this title here, but was completely wowed and addicted to every minute after seeing J. Michael Tatum would be the person to bring this story back to life. (Clapping) oh how I longed to hear Holo (Brina Palencia) but Mr. Tatum was absolutely fantastic! I wonder if it would be to difficult to get Brina on board with this??

Can’t wait to for the next Vol.

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Wow! Same Narrator as The Voice Actor!

The only thing that would have been better if they brought the voice actor for Holo for her lines!

It's so cool that this has the same narrator as the MC from the anime. it's funny to compare this to the anime, since Lorance is so young here, like 25 XD he looked so old in the anime, with his silver hair and wrinkles haha

Its so weird how the anime changed the gender of a certain character (he is male in the book, but female in the anime)

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I want more! But I know I shouldn’t…

This was the first light novel I have had the pleasure of experiencing. It did NOT disappoint.

The narration was excellent! The world building and story were very gripping (if a little convoluted), and the romance was great.

5/5 - would listen again!!

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Great listen

I would like to reccomen this light novel to anyone who was a fan of the animation. The narrator reading this is the same person who voiced Lawrence in the English dubbed version so reading this book became quite easy to get into as his voice acting is great. What I also enjoyed about the book was that it gives you Laurence’s point of view quite well so I felt like i was more invested in the character here as compared to the animation. It was also nice to see the similarities and the differences between the novel itself verses the animation.

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absolutely excellent

one of the best light novels out there. Highly recommend. Can't wait to the rest get published.

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a bit flawed but great

Love the story, though wish there was another actor but still great, this and the anime adaptation is must read and watch.

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love it

I love this series and am so happy to have found an audio version.

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  • 03-28-22

Lacking Brina as Holo, but still a classic!

Little sad that Brina didnt reprise Holo for her dialogue but still a great listen. Loved the anime, loved the manga, and if I could bring myself to read the enormous omnibus of the LNs in my bookcase I am sure I'd love that too. Truly my go to feel-good romance story. We need more fantasy tales that just focus on the quiet life, it's so refreshing.

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  • James
  • 06-16-22

Great listen

Early on wasn't too sure about the narrator however that was quickly dispelled, a great read and listen.

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  • Brian
  • 05-24-22

100% worth it for the fans and newcomers

Really enjoyable to hear Lawrence's VA doing this and does it really well. would really like to see Holo's VA do some too, maybe the volumes theatre told from her perspective? either way, I really look forward to the next volumes!

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  • Luke Knowles
  • 03-27-22

Worth The Wait

As a blind fan of Anime I've always felt detatched from the source material. I love the 'Spice & Wolf' series, however due to accesability issues I was never able to appreciate the light novels that inspired the show and so was unable to continue following the characters journeys. So when I learned that they were making audiobooks of the light novels to say i was excited was an understatement!!

This audiobook was great. The delivery of the narrator was on point, seemlesly witching from dramatic tones to humours breaks without any pause between. It was also a nice touch to have the orginal voice actor reprise the role of Laurence to narrate the book. Would have liekd the voice of Holo too but not going to complain too much.

The story at times was a bit clogged with buisness terms and explanations of financial structures, however it is all seemlesly fed into the narrative and does actually give you a deeper understanding of the story and the high stake involved. With the arching stroy focusing on the character development rather than action or high fantasy this layering of world building really increased my enjoyment of the stroy.

So yeah, loved the book would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good character driven drama but also with a hint of the fantastical about it....Holo is a shapeshifting wolf who's existance is simply accepted as normal. Definately one to read and a great place to start for people who may not have read light novels before.

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  • 05-25-22

Rather enjoyable

I found this rather enjoyable, the audio performance was very good, and matched the story being told completely. I look forward to the next book.

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  • Aaron Dimech
  • 06-19-22

I enjoyed this greatly

as a long time fan of the anime, I am glad they got the voice actor of lawrence to read this, it was a blast. It would only be improved if the voice actor for Holo were to join him for her lines. this would make the experience complete.