I really enjoyed this book and look forward to another one if/when it comes out. The narrator was fantastic.
Ever since the rise of the Harry Potter books, the fantasy genre has been overrun by "Young Adult" books. Personally, I am sick to death of angst ridden teenagers, coming of age, and rising hero stories. Really. I'm a grown-up. No matter how popular the book is, if the main character is under legal drinking age, I'm probably not interested.
So when "Books on the Nightstand" featured this book, I couldn't wait for Audible to get it. Glen Duncan is an amazing writer. This is a book about growing old, finding love and a reason to live, and the pain of loss. There is mystery and intrigue, betrayal and alliance. Oh, and there are werewolves, vampires and lots and lots of sex.
Robin Sachs blends his beautiful voice and lovely accent with Duncan's amazing prose. It's a wonderful piece.
Say something about yourself!
I've been missing the wonderful voice of Robin Sachs since he passed away, which led me to browse the audible section for his works. I always loved his portrayal of Harry Hole from the Jo Nesbo detective series, which is now being narrated by John Lee. He's good, but can't replace Robin Sachs.
The Last Werewolf turned out to be a fantastic choice. A grown-up, sophisticated, story with the slashing and gashing and blood thirsty violence wrapped into a handsome, charming 200 year old werewolf named Jake. This werewolf has standards. He kills only when necessary, and other than that once a month occurrence, leads a pretty ordinary, if wealthy life. His best friend, Harley, is a human!
"It's official," Harley said. "They killed the Berliner two nights ago. You're the last." Then after a pause: "I'm sorry." He deliver's the news to Jake at Harley's place; Jake sipping his 45 yr. old Macallan and smoking a Camel. Jake is tired of living and wants to just give up. He's lonely for other wolf companionship, and he's seen it and done it all.
Harley's arguments --you've got a duty to live, just like the rest of us, and --you love life, because life is all there is, --don't really convince Jake that life is still worth it --but something happens which does convince him. A great twist to the story!
This book has a compelling storyline, interesting characters, wit and humor when you least expect it, and the wonderful narration of Robin Sachs. Not one to miss!
Note: I understand the followup book to this one is not very good; apparently the narrator doesn't do it justice. I'm hoping they re-record it with someone else, as this could be a great continuing series.
The reader performance is first rate. The book is first rate.
This is a book for grownups. If you love a good horror novel, written by a talented author, this is your book. If you're uncomfortable with the horror genre, move along. This book is not about asexual vampires, in love with teenage girls. It doesn't have non-threatening homo erotic themes. This is about monsters, werewolves and vampires who eat people and the terror of that idea. It's about a character who makes peace with, and embraces the horror of his nature.
Yes, there is sex (really hot, steamy sex). Yes, there is gore (really hot, steamy gore). I only wish Audible had more titles by this author.
This is one of the best books I've read (or heard) in quite a long time. Between the brilliant story-line and Robin Sachs' wonderful narration, this audio book offered an incredibly engaging and sensually rich experience. As soon as I finished the story, I began searching for more books on Audible by Glen Duncan, but, alas, this was the only one. I may have to actually pick up a paperback to get another juicy dose of Glen's writing.
What a great listen!! I first heard about the book on NPR's On Point a few months ago. When one of the guests recommended this for a summer read, Tom Ashbrook responded with more than a bit of incredulity to a book about werewolves. Fast forward two months and he's got him on the program!! Enough said. Really a terrific book, extremely well written and Robin Sachs was fantastic as the narrator. Even if you're not a fan of the genre, but like good literature, I think you'll enjoy this one.
I was initially skeptical about this book when I read a review in the NY Times. But an NPR interview with the author made me bite (haha). I was absolutely hooked on this book from the first sentence. Duncan writes with such abandon and deep passion for these characters, it is impossible not to sympathize with and root for Jake Marlowe, the last werewolf of the title. Robin Sachs was a superb narrator, bringing just the right essence to each character and carrying me right along with the story. And it is the story that is king here - a real plot, a real cliffhanger ending
Smart, dark and entertaining, I couldn't stop listening. Paranormal Romance for the intellectual set.
The narrator's voice is hypnotic.
Glen Duncan is a master story teller with an extraordinary flair for use of language; which can only be described as melodic sophisticated and seductive. One can actually feel the wolf inside Jake trying to emerge and heave a sigh at his sheer exhaustion of having lived life for so long - the descriptions are that good! This is an intelligent read and even if the story weren't that good - it would be worth the read to experience the writing style. The combination of this type of writing and an excellent story line which is fresh and innovative make this one of my top three reads -- ever!
Robin Sachs did an outstanding job as narrator and the dry british intonation and humor in several parts were laugh out loud funny. The narration was also much apreciated in the french accent of one character and italian accent of another also in the voices of two women lovers. There were times where the accents flowed in conversation with three or four characters at the same time -- absolutely amazing!
The most memorable and surprising moment was when he learned that he was not the only.......
My favorite scene was fairly early in the book where Jake describes the full moon pulling at him like the Virgin Mary..................
One of several classic scenes and lines in the book.
Incredible sadness when the vampires killed his foxes.....you could actually feel his sense of loss.
This is an incredible book not to be missed. Intelligent, fresh, imaginative, and sharp - no teen lit shallow story line here. Bravo Glen Duncan and Robin Sachs - really incredible! Thank you both for a great book and read that resonates!
This was a genuinely well-written, serious adult novel. Dark, emotionally complex, often violent (not gratuitously so), but with a redemptive message. Sachs gives a gorgeous performance.
Maybe a Hemingway or Steinbeck novel, except that the main character is a werewolf.
Sachs did a beautiful job. His resonant British baritone was perfect for the character of the werewolf. The only slightly off note was when he had to read dialogue by women. His falsetto was inevitably somewhat distracting and a bit annoying, especially with the American accent that he sometimes had to put on. Not his fault, certainly-- this guy's voice is just unavoidably male.
Perhaps . . . The triumph of love over cynicism and despair?
It's not for kids. I love fantasy books, and often read them with my 12-year-old son (even the dystopian novels). But I'm glad he didn't read this one. This is NOT a book for kids, or even adolescents. It's very emotionally and psychologically adult, very dark -- there's quite a bit of sex, which is graphic and completely unsentimental, and sometimes juxtaposed with brutal violence. So, don't read it with your kids.