In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time. In many ways, Luke understands wolf dynamics better than those of his own family. His wife, Georgie, has left him, finally giving up on their lonely marriage. His son, Edward, twenty-four, fled six years ago, leaving behind a shattered relationship with his father. Edward understands that some things cannot be fixed, though memories of his domineering father still inflict pain. Then comes a frantic phone call: Luke has been gravely injured in a car accident with Edward’s younger sister, Cara. Suddenly everything changes: Edward must return home to face the father he walked out on at age eighteen. He and Cara have to decide their father’s fate together. Though there’s no easy answer, questions abound: What secrets have Edward and his sister kept from each other? What hidden motives inform their need to let their father die . . . or to try to keep him alive? What would Luke himself want? How can any family member make such a decision in the face of guilt, pain, or both? And most importantly, to what extent have they all forgotten what a wolf never forgets: that each member of a pack needs the others, and that sometimes survival means sacrifice?
©2012 Jodi Picoult (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
This was by no means one of Jodi Picoult's best books, but it is still worth the read. Although the reader will learn a lot about wolves and their lives, I didn't care for some of the characters or their reactions to different circumstances. Ms. Picoult is an outstanding author; however, I just didn't think this one was one of her better books.
In the top of the top. It reminds me a bit of "Leaving Time", but it's also incredibly unique in it's own right.
At the ending where Kara and her brother go to witness the wolves howling for their dad. I started crying when Kara finally admitted to her brother why she felt so strongly about her stance to keep her father alive. When both siblings find out that both of their last words to their father were "I hate you".
I do not believe I have listened to this narrator previously.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. This may be my favorite Jodi Picoult book of all time. It packs a very heavy message. We should all live each day like it's our last and be incredibly sensitive at the language and content we use with those we love especially parting words, as they could be our last. It also reminds us that the similarities between wolves and humans is eerily similar. Family truly is the most important thing in life.
This book speaks for wolves as "Leaving Time" spoke for elephants.
I could not have been more in love and captivated.
Wow to say I didn't realize how much a book can change every way you think from chapter to chapter I was wrong until I read this one. It can tear you heart, Analyze your thoughts over and over but most of all it made you feel compassion one minute and a hatred the next. Characters that reach places you never knew you had. This was truly an amazing read but be prepared to delve into every aspect of human and animal nature in the end your will come out with an understanding of many different life events and many different mind sets. This should be read by everyone and also those in the medical field as I am because it opens your eyes and heart
I am a retired teacher who listens because she is vision impaired and can no longer read. I love history, a touch of fantasy, and mystery!
Two young adult siblings struggle with end of life decisions for their father. Normal family trauma. Normal legal battles. Some unusual characters.
There were some good story moments in this book, but I never really connected with the characters. It was a little too unbelievable to the point it distracted from the story. I am still a big Jodi Picoult fan, but this one is at the bottom of my list.
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I thought I had read all of Jodi Picoult's novels. After the first few, I made it a point to read everyone. I do not travel in literary circles, and had never heard of her. She is, without a doubt , my favorite author. Her books are masterfully written , all engrossing, and hit you with such a turn of event toward the end, you will never see it coming. They all are very informative, having a current social issue connected to it...you will be left days later contemplating issues in your mind that you may never have otherwise considered. Lone Wolf was truly a treasure. Purchasing all of Jodi Picoult's novels by buying extra credits, etc., this one became buried in my library of 100's books. I found it one day recently, and was so pleased to have yet another book of hers to read. Perhaps when I was reviewing her books to read, I thought that wolves would have nothing to teach me, but to my surprise, I was wrong!
I really wanted to live this book, but I couldn't. It was superbly written but felt more like a shiny beatiful balloon that has a slow leek. One of the things that bothered me the most was the artistic liberties taken with facts about wolves. The performance for the most part was great. I think the story was a let down and not very believable for me.
In typical Jodi P style, story pulls together well and characters are equally interesting. I have always been a JP fan, but this storyline was not for me. It was very enjoyable from beginning to end, but you must have some patience in the middle portion, it can be a bit too much wolf info. Having lived on a cattle ranch, you can guess why.
Loved to be educated into the ways of these animals in such a way
Also moving is the eternal controversial theme of euthanasia
Resuming, this is a very good mixed story
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