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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,417 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Glen Duncan Narrator: Penelope Rawlins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Last Werewolf Series Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9780307989222
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When I change I change fast. The moon drags the whatever-it-is up from the earth and it goes through me with crazy wriggling impatience . . . I’m twisted, torn, churned, throttled—then rushed through a blind chicane into ludicrous power . . . A heel settles. A last canine hurries through. A shoulder blade pops. The woman is a werewolf.
 
The woman is Talulla Demetriou.
She’s grieving for her werewolf lover, Jake, whose violent death has left her alone with her own sublime monstrousness. On the run, pursued by the hunters of WOCOP (World Organisation for the Control of Occult Phenomena), she must find a place to give birth to Jake’s child in secret.
            The birth, under a full moon at a remote Alaska lodge, leaves Talulla ravaged, but with her infant son in her arms she believes the worst is over—until the windows crash in, and she discovers that the worst has only just begun . . .
            What follows throws Talulla into a race against time to save both herself and her child as she faces down the new, psychotic leader of WOCOP, a cabal of blood-drinking religious fanatics, and (rumor has it) the oldest living vampire.
Harnessing the same audacious imagination and dark humor, the same depths of horror and sympathy, the same full-tilt narrative energy with which he crafted his acclaimed novel The Last Werewolf, Glen Duncan now gives us a heroine like no other, the definitive twenty-first-century female of the species.  Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The horror genre at its best—wildly imaginative, written with wit and intelligence, wickedly entertaining. The Times (UK)
  • Irresistible . . . As with The Last Werewolf, Duncan writes with caustic edge and pop-culturally relevant humor . . . His gorgeous prose makes these books more than just werewolf-genre flashes in the proverbial pan. Dallas Morning News
  • Duncan’s antihero is an apex female predator . . . She’s smart, confident, and a caring mother. She’s also a ferocious man-eater . . . The spectacle alone is worth the price of admission. NPR.org
  • Adventurous readers who are looking for a break from the usual beach read should consider this alternately horrifying and humorous, imaginative and energetic novel. CNN.org
  • Duncan is an immensely talented literary novelist, and with Talulla Rising, he has again proved you don’t have to be driving with a learner’s permit to enjoy a good vampire-versus-werewolf book. Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Last year Glen Duncan brought fresh blood to the monster market with the moonstruck hero and toothsome prose of his novel The Last Werewolf . . . In Talulla Rising, Duncan again creates an oddly engaging world defined almost exclusively by the abnormal . . . Duncan can be awfully entertaining. Bloomberg News
  • A bone-crunchingly, page-plungingly good book (necessary reading just for the language) that limns the primal darkness within us but is ultimately about love . . . Highly recommended. Library Journal (starred)
  • A lusty, visceral, bloody tale [told in] capable, muscular prose . . . This is enjoyable stuff . . . Duncan’s werewolves are never cartoons . . . Talulla has the wit and pluck to entertain us. Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • “[A] terrific anti-Twilight werewolves-versus-vampires saga continues . . . This is pulp fiction but of the highest order . . . It all takes place in a wonderfully constructed universe of hipster philosophy, hard-bitten humour, just enough arcane mystery, and a whole load of Tarantino-Technicolor sex and violence. As before, there’s substance beyond the flippancy, an unlaboured consideration of the beast within us all, and though beneath the wolf’s clothing lies the purringly efficient machinery of a really good thriller, it goes way beyond genre writing. Word magazine (UK)
  • Both brainy and vicious. Kirkus Reviews
  • I like now and then to be reminded that I am a companion of the Wild Beast, and Glen Duncan ensures that I never forget it. He writes brilliantly of the presence of evil in its most contemporary disguise, with its heady temptations of heedless abundance, hunger, and satiety. Never again will it be possible to think of werewolves as mere metaphor. This fierce, witty, and erotic novel is full of surprises, both provocative and illuminating. Susanna Moore
     
  • The sequel to Duncan’s excellent The Last Werewolf, Talulla Rising returns to the dark and humorous world that made the earlier novel such a triumph . . . Duncan’s novel is that rare and wonderful creature—literary horror . . . Duncan shows us just how vital [the werewolf tale] can be . . . filled with an irony that speaks to our complicated and troubled times. Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
  • A fearsomely good book, mainly because Talulla is such a poignant outsider and formidable heroine. Metro (UK)
     
  • An enthralling look into the heart of newfound monstrosity . . . Lavish, dark, and deliciously campy. Booklist
  • The arch relationship Duncan establishes with his readers—along with his scathingly intelligent psychological insights and flat-out killer writing, his companionably high-mannered narrative voice, and his mad plot chops—makes Talulla Rising a high-calorie blast . . . Duncan’s throbbing, fornication-crazy plot defies easy encapsulation, but is best described as a gleeful three-way between Raymond Chandler’s entire oeuvre, Anne Rice’s vampire novels, and Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum. Proust, as usual, is watching from the corner . . . Duncan delivers with intelligent humanity a monster we want to track and befriend, even knowing she would happily eat us alive. Heidi Julavits, New York Times Book Review
     
  • Duncan’s writing does more than transcend genre fiction: it creeps up on it in the dead of night, rips out its heart, then eats it. There is something liberating about a novel like this. As well as offering a new vantage point from which to consider the old questions of life, it also provides a welcome fantasy in which there is not just extreme sex and violence, but also smoking, drinking, and a lot of very fancy hotels . . . Who wouldn’t want to be part of their world for a while? . . . As well as being thought-provoking, it’s all great fun. The Guardian (UK)
  • “Duncan delivers with intelligent humanity a monster we want to track and befriend, even knowing she would happily eat us alive.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “As well as being thought-provoking, it’s all great fun.”

    Guardian

  • “Irresistible.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “A lusty, visceral, bloody tale told in capable, muscular prose.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “A bone-crunchingly, page-plungingly good book (necessary reading just for the language) that limns the primal darkness within us but is ultimately about love…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 José Paulo | 2/11/2014

    " Guess the man has to eat. A good read, but a poor sequel to his wonderful "The Last Werewolf". But the man is like Stephen King, even when he is not at his best, one can find literary gems here and there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 2/7/2014

    " I really enjoyed this sequel! Can't wait for the next one! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah Renaye | 2/2/2014

    " Started reading it, but was turned off by the constant use of the phrase, "dirty, filthy, bad girl." Thought it was a bit degrading and seemed to not be relevant to what was actually going on in the story. Between that and the slow draw into the story, I decided to read something else instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/29/2014

    " actually, a 3 1/2 for this one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josephine | 1/21/2014

    " Not sure I really understood the ending, but good plot (though quite a lot of werewolfy gore!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tuesday's Child | 1/21/2014

    " Wow, what a stunning read.It is beautifully gruesome!Must be my favourite read of the year so far.Cannot wait for the next book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 1/20/2014

    " ...even better than the first book (The Last Werewolf) Fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/14/2014

    " Didn't think a sequel could be as good as the original, but man was I wrong! What a gift ... so enjoyed the whole thing I couldn't put it down. And love, love, love Ms. Talulla and her twins. Third in the series (hope, hope) should be just as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 12/10/2013

    " A good book that kept me turning pages. Didn't quite have the same energy or thematic loneliness that made its predecessor so great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 11/24/2013

    " Not quite as good as The Last Werewolf, but highly entertaining nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 10/15/2013

    " This is the sequel to The Last Werewolf, which I gave only two stars. Tallula Rising had a more likable protagonist and I enjoyed Glen Duncan's style of writing, though at times the graphic descriptions of violence and torture were off-putting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaunna | 10/15/2013

    " Loved it! I love this series and how raw and gritty it is. Talulla is a strong female character, discovering how much she can truly handle. So glad there is a werewolf series well written and worth reading. Finally! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Klug | 9/19/2013

    " Much better than the first one. Much MUCH better than the first one. I would go so far as to say I enjoyed this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 9/17/2013

    " I didn't even realize there were going to be more books! I was happily surprised when I stumbled across volume 2. It wasn't quite as good as the first one, but I still couldn't put it down and now I anxiously await the third volume. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Holland Shear | 7/9/2013

    " It's so funny to me, but just like the first book - The Last Werewolf - I found the language a bit crass and vulgar for my taste, yet I couldn't put the book down. It's a deliciously fantastic book! A must read for anyone remotely interested in this genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Albertine Feurer-Young | 11/6/2012

    " Entertaining, but not nearly as good as The Last Werewolf. No depth, no intellectual philosophical quandaries, no great sex. Fast moving and easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt Piechocinski | 10/27/2012

    " As much as I found myself wanting a sequel to the Last Werewolf ... this wasn't what I was envisioning. The story itself is okay, but I found it frustratingly cluttered sometimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicky | 8/3/2012

    " it's a good read but just doesn't engage the way "the last werewolf" did. the plot was too convoluted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimnden | 7/2/2012

    " Great twist on the ususal vampire/supernatural catagory , very sexy and quick paced . "

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About the Author
Author Glen Duncan

Glen Duncan is the author of numerous novels. He was chosen by both Arena and the Times Literary Supplement as one of Britain’s best young novelists. He lives in London.

About the Narrator

Penelope Rawlins’ voice work has encompassed many accents and ages in recording audiobooks, animation, computer games, English language tapes, and corporate commercials. Among her numerous audiobook narrations are The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory and Fox Friend by Michael Morpurgo. Her narration of Tom Rachman’s The Rise and Fall of Great Powers earned her an AudioFile Earphones Award.