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The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
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Sep 09, 11

bookshelves: audiobooks, 2011, horror
Read in August, 2011

Life isn’t easy when you’re the last werewolf and 210 years old. First, there’s the loneliness. It’s really bad, especially since you’re libido is in overdrive due to your curse. Then, there is the ennui that comes from having seen everything and done everything during the course of two centuries. Finally, you are constantly trying to hide from hunters and vampires—from those who want to kill you and those who want to save you. Duncan’s portrayal of Jake Marlow, the last werewolf, isn’t pretty. However it may be the most “realistic” werewolf portrayal out there. Werewolves in Jake’s world aren’t people who turn fully into wolves. They become something much more dangerous. Unlike many modern werewolves, they can’t be satisfied hunting deer or other game. Only human flesh can sate their hunger.

One of the best things about this book is the language. Duncan’s werewolf tells his story with an astounding mastery of vocabulary. He uses words that you rarely see or hear used anymore and it seems completely natural. It never sounds like Duncan sat writing with the thesaurus by his side. However, when he talks about sex and genitalia, he uses the crudest four-letter words in a way that seems just as natural. The character’s world-weariness takes all the shock value out of these vulgarities.

Robin Sachs is the perfect voice for Jake Marlow. You get that Jake is tired of life and ready to call it quits. You get that he’s bored. You get that he hates what he does when the moon is full. The performance is spot-on.
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Richard Guion I read this novel and liked it, but if I ever revisit it, sounds like the audiobook is the way to go.

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