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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Finch Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9781427241399
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The Last Enchantments is a powerfully moving and lyrically written novel. A young American embarks on a year at Oxford and has an impassioned affair that will change his life forever.

After graduating from Yale, William Baker, scion of an old-line patrician family, goes to work in presidential politics. But when the campaign into which he’s poured his heart ends in disappointment, he decides to leave New York behind, along with the devoted, ambitious, and well-connected woman he’s been in love with for the last four years. 

Will expects nothing more than a year off before resuming the comfortable life he’s always known, but he’s soon caught up in a whirlwind of unexpected friendships and romantic entanglements that threaten his safe plans. As he explores the heady social world of Oxford, he becomes fast friends with Tom, his snobbish but affable flat mate; Anil, an Indian economist with a deep love for gangster rap; Anneliese, a German historian obsessed with photography; and Timmo, whose chief ambition is to become a reality television star. What he’s least prepared for is Sophie, a witty, beautiful, and enigmatic woman who makes him question everything he knows about himself. 

For readers who made a classic of Richard Yates’ A Good School, Charles Finch’s The Last Enchantments is a sweeping novel about love and loss that redefines what it means to grow up as an American in the twenty-first century.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Oxford is vividly described in Finch's realistic portrayal of a year abroad. Luke Daniels effectively captures Will's voice and those of his cohorts. The first person narrative is a good fit for this audiobook. Library Journal
  • Daniels expresses the attraction between Baker and lover Sophie through emotionally charged dialogue, but in the end, true passion is heard as Daniels voices Baker's love of language and the idyllic enchantment of Oxford. Booklist
  • Compelling. . . . William Baker's voice, vividly established in the opening line, is the most striking of this novel's many virtues. Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena
  • Irresistible . . . The novel bursts with intelligence and wit as Charles Finch brilliantly examines our most secret longings and desires. . . . The Last Enchantments casts an enduring spell. Amber Dermont, author of The Starboard Sea
  • A witty, wonderful book about that tender age between college and true adulthood. Charles Finch's sensitive, lyrical and heartfelt writing charms to the very last page. Cristina Alger, author of The Darlings
  • Intense, fast-paced, psychologically intriguing, and wonderfully written, Will finds not only Sophie, the complicated, captivating woman who takes his heart and an unsettling group of friends, but over the course of a disturbing and entertaining year, he finds himself in surprising ways. Susan Richards Shreve, author of You Are the Love of my Life

  • “Gracefully written and atmospheric…His story is more complex than a typical coming-of-age novel.”

    USA Today

  • “Reader Luke Daniels gets all the accents right and makes these last youthful enchantments compellingly real. Book Page

  • “Finch is an able narrator, and The Last Enchantments moves quickly.”

    Denver Post

  • “Engaging…Evocative.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author
Author Charles FinchCharles Finch is a graduate of Yale and Oxford. He is the author of the Charles Lenox mysteries. His first novel, A Beautiful Blue Death, was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal's Best Books of 2007, one of only five mystery novels on the list. His first contemporary novel, The Last Enchantments, was published in 2015. He lives in Chicago.
About the Narrator

Luke Daniels is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction, including works by Philip Roth and John Updike. He has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 and 2014 and has earned thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, he has performed at various repertory theaters around the country, with an emphasis on Shakespeare.