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The Last Family in England

By: Matt Haig
Narrated by: Mark Meadows
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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From the number one Sunday Times best-selling author.

Meet the Hunter family: Adam, Kate, and their children, Hal and Charlotte. And Prince, their black Labrador. Prince is an earnest young dog, striving hard to live up to the tenets of the Labrador Pact (Remain Loyal to Your Human Masters, Serve and Protect Your Family at Any Cost).

Other dogs, led by the Springer Spaniels, have revolted. As things in the Hunter family begin to go badly awry - marital breakdown, rowdy teenage parties, attempted suicide - Prince's responsibilities threaten to overwhelm him, and he is forced to break the Labrador Pact and take desperate action to save his Family.

©2005 Matt Haig (P)2018 Canongate Books Ltd

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  • Ms. Bookworm
  • 01-27-18

Amazing but sad

Such a sad story but an excellent tail (pun intended)
Gripping, fast paced, but sad.

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  • Trushtush
  • 03-08-18

Brilliant!

Loved it all, and will listen to it again and again.
Highly recommend all of Matt Haig’s work but this is a shining example

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  • KLD
  • 03-17-19

Loyal Labrador

The story of young Labrador Prince is one of a persistent pup who will stop at nothing to save his family. Matt Haig is never afraid to write about the darker topics that affect human lives, so much so that Prince certainly has his pawsfull. I found it a unique perspective to write from. The continuing concern of Prince creates quite an anxious read at times, as there is always something that he has to over come and the narrators determined nature never rests. It is very sad at times so if you are looking for an easy light hearted listen perhaps this isn’t for you. Overall all it was a wholesome story of the naivety of mans best friend and his not so perfect family.

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  • K. Bridges
  • 05-19-18

A story of what s hidden in families

Matt Haig is one of my faviourite authors and I do love the way his novels are so insightful about the human condition. Personally therefore, I did take a lot from this book (one of his earlier ones) however, there are some very difficult themes explored here and I think it might have been better to have been warned more about that before I listened to it - luckily I do usually listen on my own but this certainly isn't one to have on when children are around.

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  • E. Weak
  • 05-18-18

An interesting premise but v distressing in parts

I really enjoy Haig’s books. However I didn’t realise this would be so violent, and the ending was so depressing, I found it quite disturbing. The narrator was fantastic tho.

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  • Karen Croan
  • 04-12-19

Quite Downbeat

This was much more depressing than it looks. Family life told from a dogs perspective was an interesting idea, but the endless repetition of the Labrador pact became boring. Also the number of issues faced by the family and friends- everyone had a major problem/secret which was quite unrealistic. I don’t think we have reached this level of dystopia yet and I’m sorry to say I felt the Springers had the right idea.

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  • Kirstine
  • 04-14-18

Imaginative story-telling but over-long

The trials and tribulations of a family’s life told from the perspective of their Labrador dog is certainly a new way to tell a story but, especially for the first half of the book, I felt it was more worthy of a short story than a novel as the edicts of the ‘Labrador Pact” were repeatedly told and the story was a bit repetitive. However, the second half of the book becomes much more action-packed. Dog-lovers will find the ending sad.

Overall I enjoyed the book and found it a good company when out walking.

The narrator is good.

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  • vicky ross
  • 04-01-18

expected more

I usually enjoy this sort of book and absolutely love dogs I however found some parts hard to follow and stay focused

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-10-20

Love the writing

Seems like most people didn't like it because it was too "depressing" or "sad" or "I love dogs".

Dark humour right up my alley.

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  • ursula w.
  • 11-23-19

The last Family in England Matt haig

Not at at all what I expected but kept me listening to the end another great story from Matt haigh