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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's 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

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

    USA Today

  • “Finch’s bittersweet novel holds a great deal of appeal. Any reader who has ever tried to carve out a life in a new place will connect easily with this tale of self-discovery, while anyone who has ever indulged in the melancholy of nostalgia will be right at home in this tale of past loves, old friends, and timeless memories. Finch’s prose is sure and moving, with flashes of brilliance as he pens a love story between people, but also to a place and a time that becomes as vital as any of the characters.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

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

    Denver Post

  • “Engaging…Evocative.”

    Shelf Awareness

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

  • 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

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Charles Finch is the author of the USA Today bestselling Charles Lenox mysteries, including A Beautiful Blue Death, which was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007. He is a graduate of Yale and Oxford.

About the Narrator

Luke Daniels, winner of sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and a finalist for the Audie Award for best narration, is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction. His background is in classical theater and film, and he has performed at repertory theaters around the country.