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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (25,696 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jodi Picoult Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A life hanging in the balance—a family torn apart. The #1 internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult tells an unforgettable story about family secrets, love, and letting go.

In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky.

Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time. In many ways, Luke understands wolf dynamics better than those of his own family. His wife, Georgie, has left him, finally giving up on their lonely marriage. His son, Edward, twenty-four, fled six years ago, leaving behind a shattered relationship with his father. Edward understands that some things cannot be fixed, though memories of his domineering father still inflict pain. Then comes a frantic phone call: Luke has been gravely injured in a car accident with Edward’s younger sister, Cara.

Suddenly everything changes, and Edward must return home to face the father he walked out on at age eighteen. He and Cara have to decide their father’s fate together. Though there’s no easy answer, questions abound: What secrets have Edward and his sister kept from each other? What hidden motives inform their need to let their father die—or to try to keep him alive? What would Luke himself want? How can any family member make such a decision in the face of guilt, pain, or both? Most importantly, to what extent have they all forgotten what a wolf never forgets: that each member of a pack needs the others, and that sometimes survival means sacrifice?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Picoult’s well-developed characters, compelling story, and authentic prose create a novel that many will undoubtedly call her best yet—which it just may be.” 

    Newark Star Ledger

  • “Nobody in commercial fiction cranks the pages more effectively than Jodi Picoult.”  

    USA Today

  • “Picoult returns with two provocative questions: can a human join a wolf pack, and who has the right to make end-of-life decisions?…Picoult as usual probes intriguing matters of the heart while introducing her fans to subjects they might not otherwise explore. You can always count on Picoult for a terrific page-turner about a compelling subject.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Picoult runs with the wolves in her compelling latest, a blend of interspecies friendship and searing family crisis…The story also incorporates fascinating research about wolf packs as model domestic units. Does the family that howls together stay together? This page-turner will keep you wondering.” 

    People (3.5/4 stars)

  • #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristina Bossi | 2/18/2014

    " This book was good, but I was a little disappointed with the ending. In other books that I've read by Jodi Picoult, I have always been taken by surprise at the end, however, this book's ending was predictable. I was hoping for more suspense. But otherwise, it was a good book and a quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/15/2014

    " Very, very good. Teaches empathy and lots more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paula | 2/13/2014

    " I run a little hot and cold on Jodi Picoult's books and my reaction to Lone Wolf was similar. I fell in love with the wolf narrative - and was completely enthralled by Luke, the "wolf whisperer" who serves as the lightning rod for the book's commentary on how quality of life factors into end of life decisions, along with diverse opionions held by loved ones making such decisions. What was more difficult for me was to buy into the plotline of Cara's (Luke's daughter) enlistment of her own attorney to represent her point of view. I guess it's possible but I just couldn't see myself or any other 17-year-old I know taking these steps. That felt a bit contrived to me as did the organ donation messages sprinkled throughout the book - almost like Jodi wanted to be sure we were being educated as well as enthralled by the book. In the end, I am glad I read Lone Wolf, if for no other reason to learn more about these magnificent animals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carlie | 2/11/2014

    " it was interesting to learn about wolves, i wonder how accurate it was. "

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