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4.00037807183365 out of 54.00037807183365 out of 54.00037807183365 out of 54.00037807183365 out of 54.00037807183365 out of 5 4.00 (2,645 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Powers Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Scott Crane abandoned his career as a professional poker player twenty years ago and hasn’t returned to Las Vegas, or held a hand of cards, in ten years. But troubling nightmares about a strange poker game he once attended on a houseboat on Lake Mead are drawing him back to the magical city. For the mythic game he believed he won did not end that night in 1969—and the price of his winnings was his soul. Now, a pot far more strange and perilous than he could ever imagine depends on the turning of a card.

Enchantingly dark and compellingly real, this World Fantasy Award–winning novel is a masterpiece of magic realism set in the gritty, dazzling underworld known as Las Vegas.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A novel of the supernatural and occult that is hard boiled, seamy, and suspenseful as the best film noir.”

    Tom Robbins, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Brilliant! Compelling and satisfying! Tim Powers is one of our best writers, and Last Call is his best book yet.”

    Raymond E. Feist

  • “A dizzying, stimulating magnum opus.”

    USA Today

  • “Weird…grippingly written…a nightmarish novel, brilliantly researched and made.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “A terrific read…A believable tapestry of greed and passion.”

    Denver Rocky Mountain News

  • “Riveting…lyrical and brutal…A thrilling tale of gambling, fate, and fantastic adventure.”

    Los Angeles Daily News

  •  “Distinctive and commanding…A strikingly inventive novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Tim Powers won the World Fantasy Award for this classic work, in which card player Scott Crane faces his long-estranged father in a complex game of poker. The stakes are the ownership of Scott’s body and the position of Fisher King, master of the elemental magic emanating from Las Vegas. Narrator Bronson Pinchot’s focused narration guides the listener through each twist of the eventful plot. Initially known for his facility with accents on television comedy, Pinchot proves equally adept at applying that skill to drama. He mixes in some tense but humorous scenes in which Scott disguises himself as a transvestite with a heavy Brooklyn accent.”


  • “Rich, top-flight mythic fantasy based on Jungian archetypes, Tarot symbolism, T. S. Eliot’s Waste Land, and the Parsifal legend…Knockout poker sequences give the symbolism real sizzle, while the genre is enlivened throughout with great lines from Eliot.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 1993 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 1993 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
  • A 1993 Mythopoeic Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by KJW | 3/27/2016

    " Last Call, by Tim Powers is a marvelous book, and this reading of it is top notch. I only found one glaring mispronunciation, the name Scarne pronouced "Scarn" instead of the correct "Scarney". Overall Bronson Pinchot's use of voices adds to the reading instead of being a distraction. Tim Powers deftly weaves together the history of Las Vegas, the Fisher King myth, tarot cards, poker, Bugsy Siegel and magic. It is hard to stop listening. Its a great mix of urban fantasy and action with just the right smattering of funny. Strongly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Clay | 2/18/2014

    " Tim Powers' magical realism is really intriguing. He's woven a tale with gambling, magic, and suspense that I adore. There are one or two pieces of the narrative that click when they should Bang but he's managed to make the fantastic such an organic part of the character's experience that I revel in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate | 2/12/2014

    " Excellent read, though it got a little convoluted toward the end. Combines elements of poker, tarot, the fisher king legend in a mostly successful contemporary fantasy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Spacemummy | 2/8/2014

    " I enjoyed this book for about 50 pages. The premise was very nifty: a world where the mysticism of the tarot created an astral network. But then the terrible characters, the stupid situations, the dumb dialogue just got me down. I really wanted to like this book, but I got nauseated thinking about this guy lusting after his baby foster sister. Sick of narratives where there's a ONE hero to save the world. Bleh. "

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