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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,391 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Glen Duncan Narrator: Robin Sachs Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Last Werewolf Series Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9780307917348
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Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but you’d never suspect it. Nonstop sex and exercise will do that for you—and a diet with lots of animal protein. Jake is a werewolf, and after the unfortunate and violent death of his one contemporary, he is now the last of his species. Although he is physically healthy, Jake is deeply distraught and lonely.

Jake’s depression has carried him to the point where he is actually contemplating suicide—even if it means terminating a legend thousands of years old. It would seem to be easy enough for him to end everything. But for very different reasons there are two dangerous groups pursuing him who will stop at nothing to keep him alive.

Here is a powerful, definitive new version of the werewolf legend—mesmerising and incredibly sexy. In Jake, Glen Duncan has given us a werewolf for the twenty-first century—a man whose deeds can only be described as monstrous but who is in some magical way deeply human. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • Duncan has finally driven a stake through vampire supremacy . . . Cerebral and campy, philosophical and ironic, The Last Werewolf is a novel that’s always licking its bloody lips and winking at us . . . A dark thriller that explodes with enough conspiracies, subterfuges and murders to raise your hackles. Not to mention such hot werewolf sex that you’ll be tempted to wander out under the full moon yourself next month. Ron Charles, The Washington Post
     
  • A shocking new take on the werewolf legend . . . Intelligent, fast-moving, creative, and thrilling. The Daily Beast
     
  • A clever narrative with a memorable antihero at its feral, furry heart. Thom Geier, Entertainment Weekly
  • Quirky and brilliant—and definitely not for kids. Kirkus Reviews
  • Savvy and exceptionally literate, this is one smart modern werewolf tale. . .  [A] fine supernatural thriller. Publishers Weekly
  • A brilliantly original thriller, a love story, a witty treatise on male (and female) urges, even an existential musing on what it is to be human. Get one for yourself and one for the Twilight fan in your life. James Medd, The Word  (UK)
  • Space should be cleared for this violent, sexy thriller . . . The answer to Twilight that adults have been waiting for. Courtney Jones, Booklist
  • Yes, there are vampires here . . . But don’t give this book to Twilight groupies; the frank tone, dark wit, and elegant, sophisticated language will likely do them in. . . .  Smart, original, and completely absorbing. Highly recommended. ­Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (Starred review)
  • “The Last Werewolf is like an updated version of Dracula, only for werewolves, and as rewritten by Bret Easton Ellis . . . In its own blood-crazed and sex-dazed way, The Last Werewolf makes the case for literature. Stephen Poole, The Guardian (UK)
  • Sexy, funny, blisteringly intelligent . . .  Duncan is the cleverest literary horror merchant since Bram Stoker. Kate Saunders, The Times (London)
  • Okay, no hyperbole, just an admission: I loved this novel. It’s a howl, a rager, a scream. May The Last Werewolf put a stake through the heart of humorless, overwrought vampire sagas. Two big thumb-claws up! Chris Bohjalian, author of Secrets of Eden, The Double Bind, and Midwives
  • The best books are blurb defying; they're far too potent for a flimsy net of adjectives ever to capture them. I could say that The Last Werewolf is smart, thrilling, funny, moving, beautifully written, and a joy to read, and this would all be true. But it would also be a woeful understatement of what Glen Duncan has accomplished with his extraordinary novel. The only useful thing I can offer you is a simple admonishment.  Stop reading my words, and start reading his. Trust me: you’ll be happy you did. Scott Smith, author of The Ruins
  • A magnificent novel. A brutal, indignant, lunatic howl. A sexy, blood-spattered page-turner, beautifully crafted and full of genuine suspense, that tears the thorax out of the horror genre to create something that stands rapturous and majestic and entirely on its own. Nick Cave

  • “Glorious…I can’t help thinking that wry, world-weary Jake Marlowe would make a fabulous dinner companion. Just not during a full moon.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Duncan has finally driven a stake through vampire supremacy…Cerebral and campy, philosophical and ironic, The Last Werewolf is a novel that’s always licking its bloody lips and winking at us…A dark thriller that explodes with enough conspiracies, subterfuges and murders to raise your hackles.”

    Washington Post

  • “Muscular and breathtaking…When you finish reading this novel, you’re going to feel full. But it’s a good feeling of fullness, just as Jacob feels after one of his moonlight rampages.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A shocking new take on the werewolf legend…Intelligent, fast-moving, creative, and thrilling.”

    Daily Beast

  • “A clever narrative with a memorable antihero at its feral, furry heart.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Quirky and brilliant—and definitely not for kids.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred)

  • “Savvy and exceptionally literate, this is one smart modern werewolf tale…[A] fine supernatural thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • The Last Werewolf is like an updated version of Dracula, only for werewolves, and as rewritten by Bret Easton Ellis…In its own blood-crazed and sex-dazed way, The Last Werewolf makes the case for literature.”

    Guardian (UK)

  • “Sexy, funny, blisteringly intelligent…Duncan is the cleverest literary horror merchant since Bram Stoker.”

    Times (London)

  • “Space should be cleared for this violent, sexy thriller…The answer to Twilight that adults have been waiting for.”

    Booklist

  • “Yes, there are vampires here…But don’t give this book to Twilight groupies; the frank tone, dark wit, and elegant, sophisticated language will likely do them in…Smart, original, and completely absorbing.”

    Library Journal (starred)

  • “Glorious . . . I can’t help thinking that wry, world-weary Jake Marlowe would make a fabulous dinner companion. Just not during a full moon. Justin Cronin, The New York Times Book Review

  • Selected for the July 2011 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, July 2011
  • A 2011 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 2/18/2014

    " If you can stomach sexual explicitness and wolf-eating-man explicitness and enjoy smart, dark humor this may be for you. I enjoyed this book -- it's a crazy romp -- even though it was a huge stretch out of my typical reading. However, I tried the sequel just recently and could not get through it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hyla | 2/14/2014

    " his writing left me in awe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah Marie | 2/1/2014

    " A little slow to begin with but turns into an enjoyable twisted second half. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ef Rodriguez | 1/25/2014

    " I don't know what I was thinking. Really cool premise but I think it was garbage in the end. Very disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris C. | 1/24/2014

    " I heard the author being interviewed on NPR and bought the book based on what I heard. Well crafted horror story with vivd writing. Lots of twists, turns and werewolf sex! Definitely an adult read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 1/12/2014

    " Again i follow in the wake of my mother's reading path. In my defense i had this book on my radar screen before my mom told she was reading it. That said, i found it to be a page turner and a good book. I learned a movie studio has purchased movie rights to his latest novel I, lucifer so i picked that up to read before they make a movie out of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristy M | 12/29/2013

    " Fantastic. Definitely for the literary-minded. Rich in language, sensuality, and story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lesley | 11/6/2013

    " Sometimes I enjoyed this book & then other parts it was hard going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allyson Bliss | 8/5/2013

    " An entertaining read, really different (much more mass market) than Duncan's other stuff. You get the sense that he wasn't trying all that hard and wrote this book specifically so it could be auctioned off to Hollywood producers. Better him than E.L. James, though, right? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith Chambers | 7/24/2013

    " Incredible book- very dark and disturbing, and hard to read at times, but I was fully immersed in it as soon as it started. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 3/8/2013

    " Glen Duncan is a powerful writer and manages to raise werewolves and vampires up from where Twilight has knocked them so low. I would have given this four stars, but he's a bit one-note in his voices throughout, and the ending twist was so predictable I saw it coming from halfway in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher Dodds | 12/14/2012

    " It was a great book, and was well told by the main character who often seemed quite maudlin at times but did perk up near the end of the book, but the story was well told and had a pretty unexpected ending that was not quite happy but was an okay one that maybe left it open for another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Diehl | 12/12/2012

    " Thinking person's werewolf narrative ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Bisson | 12/7/2012

    " Entertaining and highly imaginative - a wry, violent love story from the perspective of a Byronic werewolf. Intelligent and stylish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 11/17/2012

    " I was initially concerned this was little more than another examination of Men And Their Libidos wrapped in a fad, but it got better as it progressed. Rare is the book that can make me chuckle aloud at least three times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Windell | 9/20/2012

    " Different take on the supernatural, very good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Harrison | 3/24/2012

    " well written! can really get into the character and his emotions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Ahaus | 12/22/2011

    " I wasn't overly fond if any of the characters but liked their relationships. Interesting take on werewolf stories, good enough that I'll read the sequel when it comes out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 12/5/2011

    " Great book. very well written, and great dialogue. Glenn Duncan is one of my new favorites. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/23/2011

    " Not my cup of tea. Written well, but definitely a werewolf story the older masculine readers on this site. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val | 7/22/2011

    " Smart, humorous page turner. Happy to see there is a sequel coming, and surely the feature film can't be too far behind... Wonderful writer. Time to check out his backlist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/20/2011

    " just good summer fun, but done in a very literate way. A good read on an ipad with a dictionary ready to sup up the vocabulary. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny | 7/19/2011

    " I'd heard great things about this book and was disappointed. I quit reading it because it was too vuglar, profane, and explicit for my taste and I thought I had a decent tolerance for the sake of good literature. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mia | 7/19/2011

    " I wanted to like this book, especially because it got such good reviews, but I just thought it was really pretentious and kinda dull. "

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