The Last Werewolf (Unabridged)
by Glen Duncan
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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.
This audiobook is the most awesome "read" I've enjoyed in many a (full) moon. A thoroughly modern take on the werewolf story, with a smart, culturally savvy and super-perceptive were-dude who's equal parts literate mind, gourmand, a lady killer, a canny observer of human nature, and, it turns out, a sensitive soul. As if the breadth of historical, cultural and pop-pyschological references weren't entertaining enough, the battle between irony and belief, cynicism and idealism that pervades this narration takes it well beyond anything the jejune writing in tween fluff like Twilight has to offer; indeed, it's significantly more detailed, authentic and perceptive about human nature than even Rice's Vampire books, which often fall flat on that account. Oh, and the psycho-sexual and primal feasting moments of the book are, well. . . . staggeringly wrought. Add to this Robin Sach's super-hip, dead cool, darkly witty, and dazzling narration—which I would argue is the single best audiobook performance since Laurie Anderson's read of Don Dellio's The Body Artist—and you have the makings of an audiobook classic. A "must-listen," if you will. Get this, and know what it means to howl at the moon, now and forever. . . .