When Luke Warren is involved in a car accident that leaves him in a coma, his family face an impossible dilemma. His daughter, Cara, will fight everything and everyone to save her father's life. But his son, Edward, can't imagine that a man who once ran with wolves could ever be happy with a different life. Now they must choose: Do they keep Luke alive, hoping for a miracle? Or do they let him go?
The number-one best-selling author Jodi Picoult here tells an unforgettable story about family, love, and letting go.
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Let me start by saying, I used to love Jodi Picoult's novels. They are always well researched and until recently I have enjoyed listening to them. The last few books have been sentimentally predictable and unfortunately so is this one. The characters in Lone Wolf are stale and boring - none were truly developed. If you want to know about wolves, Shaun Ellis's book is a much better investment for your time and money.
The expectedness of the story line
the intergration of wolf and human life
The variation of voices for each character made it an even better listen.
If I could I would
"a book that I really enjoyed"
Well planned, a bit of everything, loved this book, could not put it down. I recommend this book.
"Classic Jodi Picoult storytelling!"
The final court room scene. Ms Picoult left me guessing right to the end.
Luke's final acceptance by the wolf pack during his time living with them in the wild. Jodi Picoult's unparalleled (to my mind) research of her core subject shines throughout this book but is particularly apparent during Luke's time in the wild.
This book made me laugh, gasp, hold my breath and cry. Sometimes all at once! I usually listen to audio books whilst driving but luckily I listened to the last couple of chapters of this book whilst doing housework. I say luckily because I was quite literally in tears several times during the closing scenes.
Jodi Picoult is a superb story weaver. She guides the listener/reader through every twist and turn, throwing surprise after surprise into the mix. The actors voicing the characters did a fantastic job, especially the girl who played Cara. The performances were perfect, and really brought all the characters to vivid, 3D life!
Another gem from Jodi Picoult. The research she does is in depth and thorough. This is a story about a mans devotion to Wolves and the study of their hierarchy and pack mentality. He abandons his family to spend two years in the harsh winter of quebec living with and inevertabley becomes a member of the pack. After two years interacting with them he reluctantly leaves his Wolf family to return to civilisation. He becomes famous as a wolf expert, he has a documentary series on the Animal Planet channel & runs a theme park/Wolf sanctuary with his daughter. Tragically he is involved in a car accident and ends up in a vegetative state. His estranged son is called back from Thailand as his next of kin and decision about his future if any have to be made. There now follows a battle between his under age 17 year old daughter who wants her father to live and his son who sees that a man who lived with Wolves would not want to remain a vegetable. The story is told through 6 characters, the father, daughter, son, ex wife stepfather who is a lawyer & an appointed temporary guardian. My opinion changed as I listened and I had a tear in my eye at the end. The epilogue was perhaps a little corny but did make me think, if only! & what if! I would recommend this book to all Jodi Picoult fans.
"A bit too abstract for my liking"
It is okay but not sure if I would recommend it - I am a big fan of Jodi P and love how well researched her stories are. This one seemed no different on that front but in many ways it was hard to relate to and follow. It has her signature dilemma in it but the same dilemma could have manifested in a better way. I can't help but feel like she tried to make the basic dilemma too much like My Sister's Keeper but disguised it under layers of a different context.
This one was performed well but in terms of Jodi P's novels I don't think this was one of her best.
"An enjoyable 'listen'!"
My second Jodi Picoult book and I shall certainly be back for more. Interesting story, well performed.
"50/50 on this one"
Although the topics of Jodi Picoult's books are always interesting, listening to this audiobook reminded me of why I stopped reading her books. It's overwritten, with a metaphor or simile around every corner, too much symbolism and what eventually felt like forced parallels being drawn between wolf packs and family dynamics.
I haven't listened to a Jodi Picoult book before. Have read about four of her other novels.
I loved Mark Zeisler's voice as Luke. It's basically what kept me listening. But the narrators who voiced Georgie and Cara in particular were quite annoying - I found them melodramatic and sing-song in that peculiarly American way.
Yes. It almost seems as if it was written with a movie in mind.
Nice similes for family dynamic and I always love learning a bit about a topic I haven't explored before (like wolves) as you do in all Jodi's books. Ending a little erupt and therefore predictable but still enjoyable.
"it was ok"
you have to be in the right frame of mind for this.
It has a lot of legal jargon, which was fine but it is a more serious book than i would normaly listen to.
very detailed, intelligently written.
"Worth a listen"
Another great book from Jodie picoult, narrator was excellent. I loved the storyline and learning more about wolves. I find her books to be incredibly well researched and always learn from them as well as enjoying a gripping read.
"Unconvincing and over-written"
It's hard to believe that this book is by the same author as the engrossing "House Rules". Buried under an excess of details about the social interactions of wolf packs, that verged on the anthropomorphic, there is a story that explores a topical moral dilemma over what to do when a loved one is in a irreversible vegetative state. All the stuff about wolves is there to make laboured points about the similarities to human family life. The prose is stuffed with far too many embellishing similes I felt I would scream I heard yet another "as if" or "like" leaving nothing to the imagination. The readers are all good in their parts but the behaviour of the people they are depicting is at times unconvincing.
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