Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but otherwise in the pink of health. The nonstop sex and exercise he’s still getting probably contribute to that, as does his diet: unusual amounts of flesh and blood (at least some from friends and relatives). Jake, of course, is a werewolf, and with the death of his colleague he has now become the only one of his kind. This depresses Jake to the point that he’s been contemplating suicide. Yet there are powerful forces who for very different reasons want - and have the power - to keep Jake alive.
Here is a powerful new version of the werewolf legend - mesmerizing and undeniably sexy, and with moments of violence so elegantly wrought they dazzle rather than repel. But perhaps its most remarkable achievement is to make the reader feel sympathy for a man who can only be described as a monster - and in doing so, remind us what it means to be human.
One of the most original, audacious, and terrifying novels in years.
From the Hardcover edition.
©2011 Robin Sachs (P)2011 Random House Audio
“A brilliantly original thriller, a love story, a witty treatise on male (and female) urges, even an existential musing on what it is to be human. Get one for yourself and one for the Twilight fan in your life.” (James Medd, The Word , UK)
“Space should be cleared for this violent, sexy thriller... The answer to Twilight that adults have been waiting for.” (Courtney Jones, Booklist)
“Yes, there are vampires here... But don’t give this book to Twilight groupies; the frank tone, dark wit, and elegant, sophisticated language will likely do them in... smart, original, and completely absorbing. Highly recommended.” (Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal)
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.
The story personalizes the experience of being a monster and includes the complicated logistics of life lived outside traditional boundries of behavior. I found the some of the stroy to be a little over sexed in places.
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to another one if/when it comes out. The narrator was fantastic.
Most of the other favorable reviews have covered the bases. My contribution is that after reading the last few chapters with their sudden change of narrator, my good opinion of the book was revealed to be mostly the fault of Robin Sach's pitch-perfect interpretation of Jake. When I listened to the audio sample of Tallulah, I knew I wouldn't be reading the sequel; her voice was obviously not going to carry the book as Sach's did this one.
I might, however, try the third book by Glen Duncan...I'll let you know how that goes.
great reviews, so I thought I would try it, totally not my style, to rude and crude for me.the narration was good, I though Robin Sachs did a great job.
I'm honestly still trying to gauge how I feel about this book. It's basically kind of a memoir for this last werewolf as he believes he's about to be killed and his race gone for good. But then we learn the vampires have discovered a werewolf’s bite helps something they are afflicted with. So his death is no longer an ultimate certainty.
In the memoir portion of this book we get a very raw description of his libido and all that entails. It really does feel like an accurate depiction of what you'd think a dog/werewolf would feel, lust for etc. However after a while it's just a bit too much, for me. It doesn't add to the story at all.
This is a very adult book.
But then I found myself really interested in the underlying story being told. It's just unfortunate that it was kind of over powered by the constant descriptions of the werewolf’s lust. I think if it was balanced more it would have been great.
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
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.
If you love Twilight or the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, this story is probably not for you. It is also quite a step beyond Monsterhunter International (which, BTW, I also loved).
However, this story, certainly gets your attention. It is dark, gory, and fatalistic. And the narator is amazing, once you get into it.
I loved it! 7 stars!
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