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Author: Claire Cameron Narrator: Lisa Stathoplos, Casey Turner Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781478964605
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From the author of The Bear comes the enthralling story of two women separated by millennia but linked by an epic journey that will transform them both.

Forty thousand years in the past, the last family of Neanderthals roams the earth. After a crushingly hard winter, their numbers are low, but Girl, the oldest daughter, is just coming of age and her family is determined to travel to the annual meeting place and find her a mate.

But the unforgiving landscape takes its toll, and Girl is left alone to care for Runt, a foundling of unknown origin. As Girl and Runt face the coming winter storms, Girl realizes she has one final chance to save her people, even if it means sacrificing part of herself.

In the modern day, archaeologist Rosamund Gale works well into her pregnancy, racing to excavate newly found Neanderthal artifacts before her baby comes. Linked across the ages by the shared experience of early motherhood, both stories examine the often taboo corners of women’s lives.

Haunting, suspenseful, and profoundly moving, The Last Neanderthal asks us to reconsider all we think we know about what it means to be human.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrators Lisa Stathoplos and Casey Turner share a similarity of style that underscores the theme of this audiobook. Narrator Lisa Stathoplos’ portrayal of Dr. Gale has an undercurrent of frustration and impatience related to the modern-day challenges of securing support for her work. But when the story deals with her work at the dig and her efforts to understand the story of the bones that have been discovered, the narration is measured and focused. Casey Turner presents a subplot, the story of a prehistoric character named Girl, whose entire life centers on basic survival, in a controlled tone that draws the listener in with the daily threats of Paleolithic life.”


  • “Arresting…Gripping…This vivid…novel makes clear how much we carry on from those who existed long before us.”

    USA Today

  • “Masterfully examines our connections to our evolutionary cousins…a novel to cherish.”

    Toronto Star

  • “Cameron pulls out all the literary stops in giving Neanderthals as much free rein, agency, and authenticity as possible…This could easily be the best book that shakes up the classic Neanderthal tropes in science fiction and fantasy.”

    Los Angeles Review of Books

  • “Thoroughly immersed in the recent explosion in knowledge—and speculation—about our closest kin.”

    Maclean’s (Canada)

  • “Poignant…shines a mirror into our own humanity.”


  • A Globe and Mail (Toronto) Best Books selection
  • A Pick

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About the Author

Claire Cameron’s first novel, The Line Painter, was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award for best crime first novel and won the Northern Lit Award from the Ontario Library Service. The Bear became a national bestseller in Canada and was long-listed for the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Globe & Mail (Toronto), and The Millions.

About the Narrators

Lisa Stathoplos is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.

Casey Turner is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.