The Wolf Gift

The Wolf Gift

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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A daring new departure from the inspired creator of The Vampire Chronicles ("unrelentingly erotic . . . unforgettable"-- The Washington Post ), Lives of the Mayfair Witches ("Anne Rice will live on through the ages of literature"-- San Francisco Chronicle ), and the angels of The Songs of the Seraphim ("remarkable"--Associated Press). A whole new world--modern, sleek, high-tech--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 . . . An idyllic night--shattered by horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably attacked--bitten--by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness . . . 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 the power and (surprising) 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.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2012
ISBN: 9780307877253
0307877256
Branch Call Number: Online Audio Book
Characteristics: 1 sound file (12 hr., 45 min., 7 sec.) :,digital
Additional Contributors: McLarty, Ron
OverDrive, Inc

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patmike41 Nov 08, 2013

This book is way too long for the plot. While Rice is excellent painting a picture with her words, it is obvious by the end of the book that the purpose of this novel is as mere introduction of characters of other books to come. As a result, the end of the book concludes with a brief explanation of the events, but leaves open, and is obviously intended to leave open as a tease, what will happen to the main characters in the future.

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springbank
Jul 16, 2013

Some Rice's books are my favourites. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. Never figured out if it was just the writing or the narrator. One of my very disappointing reads

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StarDragon
Mar 04, 2013

I thought it was a very good book. Well written and vibrant. Very eager for the sequel.

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pojo6865
Jul 05, 2012

The most unappealing book for teens. Good for a painstaking literary study though.

meyerphil Mar 16, 2012

This is not a Music Cd. It's a novel.

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