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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,125 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9780307877239
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A daring new departure from the inspired creator of The Vampire Chronicles—and at its center, a story as old and compelling as history: the making of a werewolf, reimagined and reinvented as only Anne Rice, teller of mesmerizing tales, conjurer extraordinaire of other realms, could create.

The time is the present.

The place, the rugged coast of Northern California. A bluff high above the Pacific. A grand mansion full of beauty and tantalizing history set against a towering redwood forest.

A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer...an older woman welcoming him into her magnificent family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency…a chance encounter between two unlikely people…a night shattered by horrific unimaginable violence by an inexplicable attack on a young man bitten by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness…and a violent episode that sets in motion a terrifying yet seductive transformation as the young man, caught between ecstasy and horror, between embracing who he is evolving into and fearing what he will become, soon experiences the thrill of the wolf gift.

As he resists the paradoxical pleasure and enthrallment of his wolfen savagery and delights in his power and capacity for good, he is caught up in a strange and dangerous rescue and is desperately hunted as “the Man Wolf” by authorities, the media, and scientists (evidence of DNA threatens to reveal his dual existence). As a new and profound love enfolds him, questions emerge that propel him deeper into his mysterious new world: questions of why and how he has been given this gift; of its true nature and the curious but satisfying pull towards goodness; of the profound realization that there may be others like him who are watching—guardian creatures who have existed throughout time who possess ancient secrets and alchemical knowledge. And throughout it all, the search for salvation for a soul tormented by a new realm of temptations, and the fraught, exhilarating journey, still to come, of being and becoming, fully, both wolf and man.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Anne Rice combines a vast literary gift with a shameless love of sex, beauty and pop culture. Her artistic vision is part Bela Lugosi, part Andy Warhol, part Christina the Astonishing, the medieval holy woman who could famously “smell sin.”…The Wolf Gift will leave open-minded readers howling for more. Aidan Johnson, The Globe and Mail
  • [E]xciting tale of a contemporary werewolf. . . . Rice’s classic concerns regarding good and evil and shifting views of reality play out wonderfully in what will surely please fans and newcomers alike. Publishers Weekly
  • [O]ne part ‘Beauty and the Beast’ love story, one part meditation on morality and immortality, and one part superman tale. . . . Told in the memorable style that won Rice’s vampire series so many readers, The Wolf Gift is an intriguing new take on the classic werewolf legend…Rice deepens and gives nuance to classic werewolf lore. Diana Pinckley, New Orleans Times-Picayune
  • Rice has never shied away from tackling Big Issues…The Wolf Gift marks a return to form while still giving a nod to spiritual matters…[A] delectable cocktail of old-fashioned lost-race adventure, shape-shifting and suspense. Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post
  • “Rice’s classic concerns regarding good and evil and shifting views of reality play out wonderfully in what will surely please fans and newcomers alike.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The strange history of the Nideck family will jump off the page and enter the readers’ nightmares as Rice has found a new gothic saga to sink her teeth into.”

    Book Reporter

  • “The queen of gothic lit, the maestro of the monstrous and the diva of the devious…has returned to her roots.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer 

  • “Written with compelling modernity…The Wolf Gift is a strong—and welcome—return to the monster mythology that made Anne Rice famous.” 

    Shelf Awareness

  • The Wolf Gift is vintage Anne Rice—a lushly written, gothic…metaphysical tale. This time, with werewolves.”
  • —Alexandra Alter, The Wall Street Journal
     
  • Anne Rice has done it again.  In her latest novel, The Wolf Gift, the woman who single-handedly, reinvented the vampire genre puts her formidable talent to work rewriting ‘were-wolf’ lore and in the end succeeds magnificently.”
  • —Nola Cancel, Examiner
     
     
  • Anne Rice is back Tirdad Derakhshani, The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • [W]ritten with compelling modernity…The Wolf Gift is a strong—and welcome—return to the monster mythology that made Anne Rice famous. Rob LeFebvre, Shelf Awareness
  • With both thrilling acts of horror and a final act that is deeply based in the mythology of the Wolf Gift and its history --- and bordering on lycanthropic existentialism --- this novel opens readers up to a world they only thought they knew…The characters come alive, and the strange history of the Nideck family will jump off the page and enter the readers’ nightmares as Rice has found a new gothic saga to sink her teeth into. Ray Palen, Bookreporter.com
  • “Vintage Anne Rice—a lushly written, gothic…metaphysical tale. This time, with werewolves.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “I want to howl at the moon over this…Rice’s style [is] as solid and engaging as anything she has written since her early vampire chronicle fiction.”

    Boston Globe, editorial review

  • “A delectable cocktail of old-fashioned lost-race adventure, shape-shifting and suspense, brightened by enticing hints of a secret history.”

    Washington Post, editorial review

  • “Evolves from a fantastical romp into an engrossing thriller.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  •  “A fast-paced, heady romp that ranks with [Rice’s] best…Feisty and terrific fun.”

    Dallas Morning News, editorial review

  • “One part Beauty and the Beast love story, one part meditation on morality and immortality, and one part superman tale…Rice deepens and gives nuance to classic werewolf lore.”

    Times-Picayune (New Orleans) 

  • “Wit-filled, languid and vibrant, brainy and snarling.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “An entertaining tale of good vs. evil.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • [Rice] returns to the lushly evocative scenery and gothic atmosphere of her vampire novels with great success. . . her reimagining of a well-worn mythology is fresh and intriguing. Fans of Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches series should delight in this new saga delivered in the author’s distinctive style. Part creation story, part love story, all excellent!”
  • —Bette Lee Fox, Library Journal (starred)
     
     
  • I want to howl at the moon over this…I devoured these pages…[A] terrific new novel. . . . The plot [is] magnetic, the characters fascinating, and Rice’s style as solid and engaging as anything she has written since her early vampire chronicle fiction. Alan Cheuse, The Boston Globe
  • Rice weaves her trademark meditations on the role of supernatural creatures in society into an often thrilling, page-turning yarn”
  • —Kristine Huntley, Booklist
     
  • [A]n energetic gambol, feisty and terrific fun. . . . [A] fast-paced, heady romp that ranks with her best. . . . Wolf Gift is irresistible. Joy Tipping, The Dallas Morning News
  • [I]n Rice’s hands, The Wolf Gift evolves from a fantastical romp into an engrossing thriller. . . . Liz Colville, San Francisco Chronicle

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 2/3/2014

    " Reminiscent of Rice's Vampire books but unique enough to not seem like a rehash of those book but with Werewolves. I hope this is the first in a series of books following the Werewolf pack. "

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

    " I was a huge Anne Rice fan back in her early days, so I couldn't pass on a chance to try this book. I've read a lot of reader reviews which took issue with her departure from a focus on dark and tortured characters. For me, it was a nice change. As I've gotten older, I've reached a point in my life where I don't care to read dark books any more- it's just a personal preference. I found it a refreshing change in direction. It as a little light on character development and plot, but for me this was a short diversion from the much heavier and detailed Washington biography from Ron Chernow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted W | 1/18/2014

    " Nice return to form! Once you get through the first admittedly slow chapter, it zips along quite nicely. Bonus: The werewolf protagonist is not nearly as angst-ridden as Rice's vampires. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie Traverse | 1/17/2014

    " Looking forward to book #2. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa De La Torre | 1/17/2014

    " Not as original a story as I expected from this great author :S hope the subsequent books are better... I shall wait and see... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachael Booth | 1/17/2014

    " Very disappointing book from Anne Rice. Although she tries to put a new spin on the werewolf sagas, it just doesn't measure up to her other books about the vampires and Mayfair witches. The ending of the book is especially disappointing because it doesn't really end - either to end the story or set up for a sequel. Not recommended, unfortunately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blanche | 12/15/2013

    " How fun to read this as I move back to the SF Bay Area. There's something about this place that makes it easy to believe that all sorts of mystical beings roam the area regularly. Looking forward to Madame Rice's next edition of wolf tales. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rosemarie | 12/14/2013

    " Very slow book. It took me forever to get though it, I read 2 other books in between and only finished because i had nothing else to read!! Would not suggest! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Gomes | 4/8/2013

    " Not the Rice of yester year, found it to be a tedius read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael Edwards | 1/21/2013

    " A couple interesting ideas, then crap. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Holum | 11/13/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book and love how the characters are so kind. I think the ending shows there is room for a sequel and would definitely pick that one up if it happens! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Uni | 11/7/2012

    " As always Anne Rice delivers with this modern day tale of werewolves. Deeply erotic and poetic yet filled with a sensible amount of mystery for those who don't like romance novels, The Wolf's Gift has been a delight to read and I cannot wait to finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy Lewis bloschichak | 10/20/2012

    " I couldn't finish this book. It was too comic book for me and kept reminding me of Spiderman. This is Rice's first stab at writing horror style novels after her Jesus and Angels series. Let's hope she starts to find her dark mojo again soon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 10/18/2012

    " OMG! Anne Rice has done it again! I love the way she writes and by the end of the book you are so emotionally attached that coming to the last page saddens you. If you have not read it yet... DO SO NOW!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Silvia | 6/17/2012

    " Anne Rice comes back at her best. Amazing reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Opitz | 5/22/2012

    " I love Anne Rice and I think I enjoyed this book but I honestly can't remember. So in a way, I guess that's a 'meh'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ikè | 4/13/2012

    " I'll say more about this later. "

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