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  • The Whisper on the Night Wind

  • The True History of a Wilderness Legend
  • Written by: Adam Shoalts
  • Narrated by: Adam Shoalts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)

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The Whisper on the Night Wind

Written by: Adam Shoalts
Narrated by: Adam Shoalts
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Publisher's Summary

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Spellbinding adventure from Canada's most beloved modern-day explorer.

Traverspine is not a place you will find on most maps. A century ago, it stood near the foothills of the remote Mealy Mountains in central Labrador. Today it is an abandoned ghost town, almost all trace of it swallowed up by dark spruce woods that cloak millions of acres.

In the early 1900s, this isolated little settlement was the scene of an extraordinary haunting by large creatures none could identify. Strange tracks were found in the woods. Unearthly cries were heard in the night. Sled dogs went missing. Children reported being stalked by a terrifying grinning animal. Families slept with cabin doors barred and axes and guns at their bedsides.

Tales of things that "go bump in the night" are part of the folklore of the wilderness, told and retold around countless campfires down through the ages. Most are easily dismissed by skeptics. But what happened at Traverspine a hundred years ago was different. The eye-witness accounts were detailed, and those who reported them included no less than three medical doctors and a wildlife biologist.

Something really did emerge from the wilderness to haunt the little settlement of Traverspine. Adam Shoalts, decorated modern-day explorer and an expert on wilderness folklore, picks up the trail from a century ago and sets off into the Labrador wild to investigate the tale. It is a spine-tingling adventure, straight from a land steeped in legends and lore, where Vikings wandered a thousand years ago and wolves and bears still roam free.

In delving into the dark corners of Canada's wild, The Whisper on the Night Wind combines folklore, history, and adventure into a fascinating saga of exploration.

©2021 Adam Shoalts (P)2021 Allen Lane

What the critics say

“It is a spooky read, and after finishing it you might want to take a few days off before heading back into the wilderness . . . a page turner for sure.” (Kevin Callan, Explore Magazine)

“The place they end up is so isolated and untravelled that it could give the yips to even the most seasoned explorer. Shoalts is precise in his descriptions of setting and his writing is filled with . . . a clever, intentional use of language that heightens tension and lets a creepiness seep into the narrative.” (Quill and Quire)

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Captivating

Was very enjoyable to listen to. Highly recommend this real life thriller/history/outdoors book! Shoalts delivers the audio version perfectly

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Underwhelming

Cool Canoe trip in Labrador but not much else. I find the author a bit smug and repetitive.

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A bit of a disappointment

Enjoyed the story line but the narrator took a lot of the enjoyment out of it too robotic

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Another Great Adventure Shared

I really enjoy Adam's adventures in the Canadian wilderness. This added a fun story with the adventure.
His love history and the outdoors really shines through.

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Loved it

Adam expertly weaves remote Labrador history, chilling Windego stories and a road trip from hell into an entertaining read.

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More Canoe Trip than Monster Hunt

I enjoyed Shoalts’ first book and was excited to see he was going to be tackling a Canadian Cryptid, but too much time is spent describing his travels through the wilderness that all ends up sounding the same. There are great bits where he describes local and international monsters, but they feel few and far between.
That said the ending is pretty satisfying compared to a lot of other Cryptid books.
(He also pronounces the word “place” in a strange way, but only that one word, it’s very distracting.)

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Well written and frightening

An excellent tale told by an experienced adventure. Delving into spooky subject matter, the author kept the account tense and informative, with a well-timed dose of comic relief. Great read!

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Very good story

Very good story of an adventure. Solving a mystery, only to find out, the mystery is still there.

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Engaging to those who travel the wilds

Making sense of a mystery through historical accounts and introspection. Adam writes well and encapsulates his adventure, giving history life and mystery a real look and a sensible, rational conclusion. An excellent read! Thank you! Can’t wait to get to the North on trip again!

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Started off good...

This story started off really interesting and I was hooked. I really liked the research and history. However, the ending was incredibly disappointing and made the whole story pointless. Also, as someone born and raised in the Canadian northern territories, their extreme unpreparedness for going into the wilderness bothered me. You also have to prepare yourself for wildly inaccurate descriptions of wolverines (I've seen a number of them. Also I listened to this with a northern Canadian biologist) as well as complete inaccurate information on other animals. I really hope that listeners not from the Canadian north don't take this information as the truth.

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