This was a great listen, especially because of Robin Sachs' voice. I heard a positive review on NPR, but it failed to divulge that much of this novel is soft porn. It is fantastically creative interpretation of what the life of the last werewolf was like.
The narrator does a good job and the story line is not bad if they would leave out the constant vulgar language...Enough Already!
I bought this horror with own money, not a credit. About 20 minutes in I realized my mistake, but I pushed through and finished it because I had paid the full price. Each time the writer brought me to some dramatic moment some weird English idiom destroyed it for me. It achieved the effect of making me laugh when I was supposed to be scared, feel disgust when I was supposed to be laughing and feel boredom when I was supposed to be drawn in. The whole book was like a room with furniture placed in the most inconvenient places.
It's hard to get excited about the main character, Jacob, who is basically a guy that doesn't care about anything or anyone and just wants to die. I could not even feel sorry for him because he was so utterly bland, empty and kind of a dick. I found myself often yelling at him while listening: "Oh please! Shut up already!"
During tense or violent moments the author would go on this long rambling, poetic description of the violent acts that somehow always left me with a sour stomach; not because of the blood, gore or violence, but because of pure dirtiness of the way he presented it. A lot of that I attribute to how Duncan constantly uses the "C" word to describe women and female parts. Let me please clear this up for our English neighbors: for an American the "C" word is an extremely dirty word. Take a moment to visualize diseased naughty bits…there you go, now you understand. It is not a word to use lightly, and certainly not to use in some of the situations he uses it in.
What makes me sad is that Duncan is a great writer, very eloquent, he definitely has a way with words. What he chooses to focus his writing on is just totally off.
Original, enthralling, lush.
The use of language throughout the book made the whole read memorable.
Probably the scene when he first changes and learns that killing a loved one is so exquisite.
No. It was best enjoyed over a longer period, like savoring glasses from a bottle of fine wine. There were many passages that deserved to be listened to and reflected on. This is not a book to be rushed.
This is one of the most original takes on a horror novel I've ever read. This book would appeal to anyone who loves a well written book. The end was rather predictable, but that's OK because the ride was so enjoyable. I look forward to reading the sequel.
Show me the credits!!!! :)
That image in your head kind of sums up this book. Rough edges, ruthless but with enough quirk and moxie to make the story incredible. The main character is hard and rough because of the lifestyle he lives, and being the last of his kind makes him not pitiful but engaging with all the stuff he knows. The people he meets and how the world is run is turned upside down making you want more and wonder will happen next. The ending makes me hope somehow there is a sequel. If you are western fan, love scotch, or just like a good old duke it out fight, this book is golden.
My family and I met the author on the chunnel from London to Paris. Duncan is just as interesting in person as his characters are complicated in the book. These werewolves have a ton of fun. They seem to be having a lot more fun than their vampire enemies. Their lust for life and each other is very evident. The reader does a tremendous job using many different voices and tonalities. Though no prude, I found the "sex" scenes a little to heavy. All in all, the book is very entertaining...as is the author.
the first half was really slow. it picked up when he meet tulula....good though. Would still recommmend
I did not finish listening to this book. I didn't find my self connecting to the main character (or any others) after listening for a few hours. I found the very explicit sex scenes depressing and bleak, as I suppose they were meant to be. I like dark, dystopic stories, but this one lost me.
My brief listen illustrated for me how very vital the performance is to my listening pleasure; I did not care for Mr. Sach's interpretation of this book. Because I am relatively new to audio books, I appreciated the lesson and now take care to listen to a sample prior to a purchase.