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The Last Werewolf | [Glen Duncan]

The Last Werewolf

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Evecat 07-20-11
    Evecat 07-20-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Howlingly good..."

    By phofford:

    Great listen. I laughed and cried. Jake is my kind of wolf. Jake eclipses all Jakes that have come before.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Miner Arlington, Texas, United States 09-17-11
    Miner Arlington, Texas, United States 09-17-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Constant Vulgar Language"

    The narrator does a good job and the story line is not bad if they would leave out the constant vulgar language...Enough Already!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Campbell San Francisco, CA, United States 09-14-11
    Anne Campbell San Francisco, CA, United States 09-14-11 Member Since 2015
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    "A piping hot turd."

    I bought this horror with own money, not a credit. About 20 minutes in I realized my mistake, but I pushed through and finished it because I had paid the full price. Each time the writer brought me to some dramatic moment some weird English idiom destroyed it for me. It achieved the effect of making me laugh when I was supposed to be scared, feel disgust when I was supposed to be laughing and feel boredom when I was supposed to be drawn in. The whole book was like a room with furniture placed in the most inconvenient places.

    It's hard to get excited about the main character, Jacob, who is basically a guy that doesn't care about anything or anyone and just wants to die. I could not even feel sorry for him because he was so utterly bland, empty and kind of a dick. I found myself often yelling at him while listening: "Oh please! Shut up already!"

    During tense or violent moments the author would go on this long rambling, poetic description of the violent acts that somehow always left me with a sour stomach; not because of the blood, gore or violence, but because of pure dirtiness of the way he presented it. A lot of that I attribute to how Duncan constantly uses the "C" word to describe women and female parts. Let me please clear this up for our English neighbors: for an American the "C" word is an extremely dirty word. Take a moment to visualize diseased naughty bits…there you go, now you understand. It is not a word to use lightly, and certainly not to use in some of the situations he uses it in.

    What makes me sad is that Duncan is a great writer, very eloquent, he definitely has a way with words. What he chooses to focus his writing on is just totally off.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    khaghi 07-31-11
    khaghi 07-31-11

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    "Difficult to get into"

    I found this difficult to get into. It doesn't draw you in like a well written and narrated book should.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Woodbine, MD, United States 04-30-14
    Robert Woodbine, MD, United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2007
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    "High Literature Meets the Werewolf -Fantastic Tale"
    If you could sum up The Last Werewolf in three words, what would they be?

    Original, enthralling, lush.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Werewolf?

    The use of language throughout the book made the whole read memorable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the scene when he first changes and learns that killing a loved one is so exquisite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It was best enjoyed over a longer period, like savoring glasses from a bottle of fine wine. There were many passages that deserved to be listened to and reflected on. This is not a book to be rushed.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the most original takes on a horror novel I've ever read. This book would appeal to anyone who loves a well written book. The end was rather predictable, but that's OK because the ride was so enjoyable. I look forward to reading the sequel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Seattle, WA 12-19-13
    Diane Seattle, WA 12-19-13 Member Since 2010

    Show me the credits!!!! :)

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    "Masculine Man In Drag"
    Any additional comments?

    That image in your head kind of sums up this book. Rough edges, ruthless but with enough quirk and moxie to make the story incredible. The main character is hard and rough because of the lifestyle he lives, and being the last of his kind makes him not pitiful but engaging with all the stuff he knows. The people he meets and how the world is run is turned upside down making you want more and wonder will happen next. The ending makes me hope somehow there is a sequel. If you are western fan, love scotch, or just like a good old duke it out fight, this book is golden.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    fred greensboro nc 06-01-13
    fred greensboro nc 06-01-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Werwolves have more fun than vampires"

    My family and I met the author on the chunnel from London to Paris. Duncan is just as interesting in person as his characters are complicated in the book. These werewolves have a ton of fun. They seem to be having a lot more fun than their vampire enemies. Their lust for life and each other is very evident. The reader does a tremendous job using many different voices and tonalities. Though no prude, I found the "sex" scenes a little to heavy. All in all, the book is very entertaining...as is the author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Fremont, CA, United States 08-16-11
    Julie Fremont, CA, United States 08-16-11
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    "Good but slow in the beginning"

    the first half was really slow. it picked up when he meet tulula....good though. Would still recommmend

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C turner 04-17-12
    C turner 04-17-12
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    "yuck"
    What disappointed you about The Last Werewolf?

    I did not finish listening to this book. I didn't find my self connecting to the main character (or any others) after listening for a few hours. I found the very explicit sex scenes depressing and bleak, as I suppose they were meant to be. I like dark, dystopic stories, but this one lost me.

    My brief listen illustrated for me how very vital the performance is to my listening pleasure; I did not care for Mr. Sach's interpretation of this book. Because I am relatively new to audio books, I appreciated the lesson and now take care to listen to a sample prior to a purchase.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    diana AUGUSTA, KS, United States 02-22-12
    diana AUGUSTA, KS, United States 02-22-12
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    "Its rare when I can't finish a book"
    What disappointed you about The Last Werewolf?

    This was so boring I could not even finsih the book! 3 hours into it I finally gave up. And Im not hard to entertain. I love most all fantasy werewolf, vampire type books. If your looking for an entertaining book, look further, ugh!


    Has The Last Werewolf turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No I will read others but not from this author


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Robin Sachs?

    The narrator was not the problem


    What character would you cut from The Last Werewolf?

    The werewolf


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of sex, but boring sex! Not a childs book

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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