At the center of the storm is Helen Ross, a 29-year-old wolf biologist sent alone into this remote and hostile place to protect the wolves from those who seek to destroy them. The Loop charts her struggle, and her dangerous love affair with the son of her most powerful opponent, the brutal and charismatic rancher Buck Calder.
A haunting exploration of man's conflict with nature and the wild within himself, an epic story of deadly passions and redemptive love set against the grandeur of the American West, The Loop is destined to capture the hearts and imaginations of listeners everywhere.
©1998 Nicholas Evans; (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
This is a story about wolves; those who revere them and those who hate them. It will hold your interest from beginning to end. But the deeper story is about discrimination. How humans jump to conclusions and pass it on from generation to generation without scrutiny. This could have been about race or religious discrimination. You'll particularly find disgust in the loop used to trap pups and lure the adults. I think your emotions will come out and I think you will enjoy the book.
I think I have read everything Evans has written and I can say that he has never written anything that can bore any reader. He has he most amazing insight
Into human and animal soul and mind. Every time I read one of his books I have only one question. Mr. Evans will you marry me?
I loved that The Loop gave facts about an on going issue in a story that was easy to listen to. I appreciated the real issue that was incorporated.
I might compare this book to Barbra Kingsolver's "Flight Behavior" because of the real life environmental concern.
I loved listening to this book on audible because I felt like John Bedford Lloyd did an amazing job at differentiating all the characters. The voice of the characters make them more alive than ever and bring more personality to each character
The Loop is really a great title for this book. I suppose if I were to rename it I may call it "Wolf Slaughter."
I think I would have enjoyed this story more if the author would have concentrated a little more on wolves. I enjoyed the love story, but it was not my favorite part of the story.
Kept you interested
The narrarator could have been a little more convincing when trying to speak like a woman
I found this book to be both entertaining and informative. I love the story-telling skills of Nicholas Evans. This book had every element needed to keep the reader eagerly anticipating each new turn in the story. I gave this one 4 stars.
I was looking for John Bedford Lloyd's unabridged narration of this compelling story by Nicholas Evans. However, this is not the narration that downloaded from the link after I purchased this book.
The brief audio sample on Audible is indeed taken from the beginning of the unabridged Random House Audio recording by John Bedford Lloyd. (I know this because it is identical to the RHA 10-cassette recording I have of the Lloyd version). However, the actual audiobook available for purchase on Audible is the Books on Tape unabridged version read by Michael Kramer.
Unfortunately, the difference in narrators makes all the difference in the tone of the story as it is told. Kramer's narration distracts from the actual story, as his voice goes up at the end of the majority of sentences as if each sentence were a question. Kramer sounds unsure of himself as he narrates; his presentation lacks the confident storytelling cadence and characterizations of Lloyd's narration.
Whereas I am typically very happy with my Audible purchases, I would not have purchased "The Loop," had I known that it is not the John Bedford Lloyd recording. In my opinion, this recording is not worth the hours that went into recording it.
I have given this a poor rating because of the sound quality of the recording, not the actual book itself. I had so much difficulty listening to this title that it tainted my ability to enjoy the story. The sound was very garbled and at times quite difficult to understand. It's a shame this title isn't offered in a higher quality download.
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