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The Last Werewolf Audiobook

The Last Werewolf

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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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    january Rock Hill, SC 04-19-12
    january Rock Hill, SC 04-19-12
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    "Not for prudes"

    Glen Duncan is one of my favorite authors, so I was excited when I found one of his books on audible.com. I always read the reviews before I download a book to see what other people thought and to get an idea of what to (or not to) expect. While reading the reviews for this book I started giggling, then laughing out loud. (My favorite review said something about him using the "c bomb".) If you've never read a book by this author before, then you're in for a surprise when the "c bomb" and other naughty words start spewing from your speakers. It might be less of a shock if you bought one of his books in a hard copy first and let the offensive language come through in your own inner voice. But, unless you live in a different universe than I do, you've heard those words before. The best thing to do would be to lighten up and enjoy the ride that a book like this can take you on.

    Worse than the words, I think, is what issues those words raise for some people. This is not a pretty story, like a lot of those silly YA novels that glamorize and romanticize werewolves and vampires. This asks you to imagine how truly horrible it would be to be powerless over your own impulses.

    I only gave this book 4 stars because, when it comes right down to it, I doubt I will ever love one of his books more than I loved I, Lucifer. Having said that, this is a really good book. I would recommend it to anyone who can tolerate some naughty language.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jacquelyn 11-20-11
    Jacquelyn 11-20-11
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    "Well Written, Intelligent Horror"

    This book reminded me of Lev Grossman's "Magician" novels -- urban fantasy that read like literary novels. Yes it's graphic in terms of sex and violence, but how can you have a werewolf story without them? To my mind, that's the point of horror fiction: to take what we fear in our mundane lives and to exaggerate it for effect, I liked the narrator's performance as well; his deadpan delivery matched Jake's world-weary ennui perfectly. Looking forward to listening to more of Duncan's audiobooks, as they become available.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Doyle 11-10-11
    Jeff Doyle 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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Rockledge, FL, United States 10-09-11
    Michelle Rockledge, FL, United States 10-09-11 Member Since 2016
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    "The Last Werewolf"

    I really enjoyed this book! Great storyline and very very clever. I commute an hour to work and I hated getting out of the car! It's addictive. If you're a supernatural reader, you'll like this book.

    2 of 4 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 2012
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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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-29-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Fantastic and sexy"

    This was a great listen, especially because of Robin Sachs' voice. I heard a positive review on NPR, but it failed to divulge that much of this novel is soft porn. It is fantastically creative interpretation of what the life of the last werewolf was like.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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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    JJReader 08-16-11
    JJReader 08-16-11
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    "Boring and offensive"

    I read the glowing reviews and really anicipated a great listen. But I just don't get it. I found the storyline very slow-moving and the narrator very monotone. No one mentioned the extremely graphic, and to my mind, offensive sexual descriptions. I guess some people enjoy this kind of thing. For me, I couldn't get through the first half. Should have listened to the sample. One star because I had to.

    6 of 13 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 2017
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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!

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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.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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