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Author: Nicholas Evans Narrator: Stephen Lang Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553750737
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A pack of wolves makes a sudden savage return to the Rocky Mountain ranching town of Hope, Montana, where a century earlier they were slaughtered by the thousands. Now shielded by law as an endangered species, they reawaken an ancient hatred that will tear a family, and ultimately the town, apart.

At the center of the storm is Helen Ross, a twenty-nine-year-old wolf biologist sent alone into this remote and hostile place to protect the wolves from those who seek to destroy them. The Loop charts her struggle, and her dangerous love affair with the son of her most powerful opponent, the brutal and charismatic rancher Buck Calder.

A haunting exploration of man's conflict with nature and the wild within himself, an epic story of deadly passions and redemptive love set against the grandeur of the American West, The Loop is destined to capture the hearts and imaginations of readers everywhere.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Gripping, big drama in Big Sky country...The Loop ropes a reader in. People
  • Colorful, captivating . . . a novel of big themes: freedom, self-reliance, conservation, sheer survival. The New York Times Book Review
  • Readers who loved The Horse Whisperer will most certainly love The Loop. The Orlando Sentinel

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsha | 2/19/2014

    " The Loop is my favorite Nicholas Evans book by far. This is one I re-read every winter because it's so easy to get absorbed with the characters' lives. I always want to join in their fight to protect the wolves and cringe everytime one of wolves does something to jeopardize the survival of their kin. This story also provides hope for the ability of love to triumph over all obstacles. A must-read for anyone who enjoyed the Horse Whisperer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 2/8/2014

    " I liked this book. I found out a lot about how wolves can be much saner than humans. Interesting read and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bee | 2/5/2014

    " It's been quite a few years since I read this, but I remember really enjoying it, admittedly more than I thought I would. It's the only Nicholas Evans that I've really cared for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginnie | 2/3/2014

    " I will read all of his books. Superb writer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/23/2014

    " Nicholas Evans is an interesting writer. He is from England, but has an infatuation with the American West. I love his stories. Strangely, I have never read The Horse Whisperer. The Loop does a nice job of mixing political intricacies, western culture and lifestyle with a killer love story. I recommend this book to anyone who loves the mountains, animals and tales of people and how they interact with one another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheherazahde | 1/22/2014

    " I got this free from my diabetes supply company. It seems to be something that companies can have printed with their information on the cover as promotional material. [return][return]It's a nice simple cookbook by a Registered, Licensed Dietitian (MS, RD/LD) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredeth | 1/21/2014

    " as a call-center worker, this was an especially interesting read for me. the style was easy to read, and the interviews were engaging. i also appreciated the variety of quote sources the author uses, including company forums, general forums, blog, newspapers, and, of course, interviews with the call center workers themselves.[return][return]if you're not a call-center worker, or someone invested in the business, this may be a bit of a pointless book for you, though. the book starts from the customer's perspective and then shifts to the business perspective, and then continues on with trends and innovations within the business, and how that may affect customers in the future. as the other review says, the book doesn't really draw any conclusions. i read this in a eBook format, and i was mildly surprised to come to the end of the book. overall, however, it was engaging and facinating to look at all my job from all perspectives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chioma | 1/18/2014

    " Great plot, distinct characters, well written story...but,I didn't feel the conclusion, the romantic bit? jeez, the boy was 18! Helen selfishly took advantage of him. Not romantic at all! + the ranchers were portrayed as the bad guys...while they were only trying to protect their source of livelihood. i mean, the wolf is an endangered spices and everything...but they still are a threat when they are released in such areas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sukhi | 1/3/2014

    " Action, thriller and suspence. Finding a hope, furtre. Emotional opening and closing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephani | 1/2/2014

    " This book is ok if you like this style of writing, which I realized after about 5 pages, I don't. I had nothing else to read, so I finished it. But, in the future, I'll pass on Nicolas Evans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tona | 12/22/2013

    " Really liked this book, but it was tough to read about the cruelty shown to the wolf pups in the past. Thus the name, The Loop, but that's all I will say on that subject. Otherwise, good story line and great character development plus what must be gorgeous western scenery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 12/2/2013

    " i like it, the loop is the perfect title. i love the ending too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nastassja | 11/23/2013

    " Fun and easy read. Plus not easy to predict the ending... had three guesses and was wrong with all three. I blame my glass is half empty perspective ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 11/13/2013

    " Once I picked it up I could not put it down...this is a very good book. I highly recommend it to everyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 10/28/2013

    " the wolves are just beautiful "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michaella | 10/28/2013

    " This was a nice book. I found the romance and plot interesting. Definately not complicated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 10/16/2013

    " Wolves in Montana and a fight between two ranchers and ecologists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carie | 6/10/2013

    " Although it seemed formulaic at times, I still enjoyed the read - being out in the Northwest, thinking about the wolves, the people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Flien | 6/7/2013

    " Even better then the Horse Whisperer! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jackie | 5/31/2013

    " I am listening to this book on tape right now & enjoying the setting in Montana! Exciting book about wolves! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 5/6/2013

    " Ranchers vs. wolves and the people stuck between them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 5/3/2013

    " This sort of reminds me the Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver, which is also a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Uk52usa | 1/30/2013

    " This was written by the same author who wrote "The Horse whisperer". Its almost like there are two stories going on here, the one of the wolves and the one of the lives of the people determined to protect or destroy them. One of the better chick lit books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/26/2013

    " I loved it! Can't help myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie | 12/24/2012

    " Another well written book by Evans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K | 12/2/2012

    " I have read all his books and love them all "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candy | 11/16/2012

    " There were some sad parts about the wolves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 8/18/2012

    " About a pack of wolves that reestablishes itself next to Montana ranchers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sylvia | 10/31/2011

    " Ok, but nothing compared to his previous book. Now that was a story. This is a documentary. The conclusion was quite lame and lukewarm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 7/20/2011

    " Always new, always unique, always interesting and not treacly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla | 7/7/2011

    " Such a heart-wrenching, beautifully written novel. Loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 6/19/2011

    " I stopped reading this not because the story isn't good, but because the writing isn't. Finally it became too irritating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 6/1/2011

    " Excellent book, quite long but worth the read, a little predictable, but still very enjoyable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carri | 5/18/2011

    " I loved this book. I was late for work trying to finish it this morning. Made me want to move to the mountains and be a wildlife biologist :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veah | 5/16/2011

    " simply gripping... only had 2 days to finish. "

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

    " This is by the author of The Horse Whisperer and it's easy to see he likes the West. It was really good, happy, sad, suspenseful with a believable mix of different kinds of people who conflict and complement each other and the story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla | 5/2/2011

    " Not for the faint of heart! Beautiful and horrible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dick | 3/15/2011

    " Best book I have read recently about a wolf biologist in Montana who fights local ranchers to support reintroducing wolves into the mountains. Great character development and fascinating story. Worth reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynell | 3/8/2011

    " Loved it!! Beautiful story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 2/12/2011

    " I stopped reading this not because the story isn't good, but because the writing isn't. Finally it became too irritating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 2/8/2011

    " I really liked this book that dealt with wolves. "

About the Author

Nicholas Evans studied law at Oxford after serving in Africa with Voluntary Service Overseas. He then worked as a newspaper reporter, television producer, and screenwriter before writing four New York Times bestselling novels. His first book, The Horse Whisperer, was made into a movie directed by Robert Redford. He lives in Devon with his wife, singer/songwriter Charlotte Gordon Cumming.

About the Narrator

Stephen Lang is a Tony Award–nominated actor who has made a name for himself on stages both at home and abroad. Perhaps most well-known for his role in James Cameron’s Avatar, his other film credits include The Men Who Stare at Goats, Public Enemies, Tombstone, and many more.