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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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    Jeff Marysville, WA, United States 11-10-11
    Jeff Marysville, WA, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2001
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    "It just drags on and on and on."

    I'm sorry, but the book was 30 minutes worth of entertainment surrounded by many hours worth of drudgery about characters of which I could care less.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ron Crawfordville, FL, United States 09-01-11
    ron Crawfordville, FL, United States 09-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "less than I expected"

    I write very few reviews, yet this one needs one. I read the great reviews of this book and said , Yea, sounds like a very cool book.
    I could not have been more wrong....it jumps and skips from here and there, the reader, is like an old fog horn that never changes pitch. Told from first person most of the time, it is like a sleeping pill.

    1 of 3 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 2009
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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!

    1 of 4 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
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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.

    2 of 7 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 Member Since 2008
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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

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    kris h HOPKINS, MN, US 07-31-11
    kris h HOPKINS, MN, US 07-31-11 Member Since 2009

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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.

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    C turner 04-17-12
    C turner 04-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    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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    Karen Bothell, WA, United States 09-08-11
    Karen Bothell, WA, United States 09-08-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Great reader"

    I would probably given up reading this book, but the reader was excellent. I am reaching saturation on the ware vampire genre.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Overland, KS, United States 08-27-12
    Richard Overland, KS, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "What a waste"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not sure it would be possible, what a horrible book


    What could Glen Duncan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stop writing books


    How could the performance have been better?

    no opinion


    What character would you cut from The Last Werewolf?

    no opinion


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't listen to the whole thing, it was horrible. The book couldn't keep my attention because it was all over the place, it's as though the author had several books to write and was tossing bits and pieces into this one.

    This book is like the difference between horror movies of the past and current slasher movies, the movies of the past were fun, scary and left you wondering, the slasher movie is just gore and sex and no real content. You're left wondering why you bothered and you need to give your brian a bath and somehow wash away the garabage.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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