Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Book Review: The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

The Publisher's Summary:

Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but otherwise in the pink of health. The nonstop sex and exercise he’s still getting probably contribute to that, as does his diet: unusual amounts of flesh and blood (at least some from friends and relatives). Jake, of course, is a werewolf, and with the death of his colleague he has now become the only one of his kind. This depresses Jake to the point that he’s been contemplating suicide. Yet there are powerful forces who for very different reasons want - and have the power - to keep Jake alive.

Here is a powerful new version of the werewolf legend - mesmerizing and undeniably sexy, and with moments of violence so elegantly wrought they dazzle rather than repel. But perhaps its most remarkable achievement is to make the reader feel sympathy for a man who can only be described as a monster - and in doing so, remind us what it means to be human.
One of the most original, audacious, and terrifying novels in years.


Glen Duncan's The Last Werewolf has spent the last few weeks (maybe a dozen) on the New York Times Bestseller's list (hardcover edition). I'd read a few reviews and waffled about spending the audible credit for the listen, obviously I decided to take a chance on The Last Werewolf.

Jake's character is a bit difficult to get into. He spends the bulk of the novel in various sexual scenarios - written from a man's point of view the entire novel is by and large soft porn with a nine foot tall werewolf as the playboy gigalo. If you can get past this detail, the rest of the novel is entertaining and a little surprising with a few plot twists as Jake dodging vampires and national agencies tries to elude the WOKEN group hunting him.

Silver bullets, vampires, werewolfs - The Last Werewolf is full of legends, not in the sense of A Discovery of Witches, but more in the sense of Interview with a Vampire. The mythical concepts are of legends centuries old, the rest of the plot is by and large unique to Mr. Duncan's work. I could easily see this novel moving to the big screen staring George Clooney or Harrison Ford as Jake and maybe Reese Witherspoon as Tula.

Is the novel original as the summary promises? Marginally. Terrifying? Absolutely not. Interesting? Enough for eleven hours investment of my time. I enjoyed the narration by Robin Sachs, he voiced Jake perfectly, though I did not like Mr Sach's voice as Tula. The latter (Tula's narration) covered less than an hour of the novel which allows me to forgive somewhat the forced feminine voice due to brevity.

The Last Werewolf was written by Glen Duncan and in audio format narrated by Robin Sachs. The Last Werewolf was published by Random House Audio. The Last Werewolf was released in hardcover and audiobook format on 7/12/2011 and has a runtime of 11 hours 37 minutes.

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