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The Wolf Border Audiobook

The Wolf Border

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Publisher's Summary

For almost a decade, Rachel Caine has turned her back on home, kept distant by family disputes and her work monitoring wolves on an Idaho reservation. But now, summoned by the eccentric earl of Annerdale and his controversial scheme to reintroduce the grey wolf to the English countryside, she is back in the peat and wet light of the Lake District.

The earl's project harks back to an ancient idyll of untamed British wilderness - though Rachel must contend with modern-day concessions to health and safety, public outrage, and political gain - and the return of the grey after hundreds of years coincides with her own regeneration: impending motherhood and reconciliation with her estranged family.

The Wolf Border investigates the fundamental nature of wilderness and wildness, both animal and human. It seeks to understand the most obsessive aspects of humanity: sex, love, and conflict; the desire to find answers to the question of our existence; those complex systems that govern the most superior creature on Earth.

©2014 Sarah Hall (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

What the Critics Say

"What an achievement - so vivid, so visceral, so vital. I can see the wolves and the characters in the landscape like a movie in my head. Every time I picked it up, I struggled to put it down again. It’s a beautiful construction." (Val McDermid)

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    ES67 18/05/2015
    ES67 18/05/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "A story about new life and transformation"

    Sarah Hall 's story about a project to reintroduce wolves to the English countryside is really an examination about ideas of wilderness and regeneration - both natural and psychological. After 10 years living in the US, absorbed in her work and avoiding any emotional connections, Rachel returns to her childhood home in Northern England as head of the rewilding project. The prose vividly and poetically describes the landscape and the wolves, and the difficulties and controversies of rewilding. The real transformation though is of Rachel's inner-life. The story is narrated convincingly by Louise Brealy. I loved it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eliza 12/04/2016
    Eliza 12/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved this book"

    I was enchanted by this gritty story. Superbly narrated. Great character development -all flawed & all likebale in some way. Suspense, twists, turns. Best book Ive read in ages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    clare 21/03/2016
    clare 21/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "great tale!!!!"

    so i have just found my new favorite author. this book is an awesome tale of love growth and wolves. the characters grow and change and i loved every minute of it. the best bit is that this is a story of a women and is tackles a variety of issues in a realatic and complex manner

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Amy
    Leonia, NJ, United States
    5/07/15
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    "Slow and Steady"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I bought this audiobook because I loved Louise Brealey's narration in The Girl on the Train and How to Build a Girl. I loved Louise's performance in this, too-- I think she handled all of the characters' various accents very well, and she has a lovely voice to listen to for thirteen hours of commuting.

    Sarah Hall is a talented stylist, but I found this book to be very slow. I stopped around 5 hours in, and came back to it several months later, to be honest. There is an excessive amount of description. When action happens, it is well-executed and suspenseful. But Hall chooses to exercise that side of her talent pretty rarely. Often it feels like a 19th century novel, just following the cast around in their lives for stretches at a time.


    Have you listened to any of Louise Brealey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Louise. I'll buy anything she narrates.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably, yes.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • V
    NZ
    27/05/15
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    "Marvelous."

    Loved it. Such crisp, precise writing and nuanced characters. The description and understanding of the landscape put me in mind of Robert MacFarlane.
    I look forward to reading more of Sarah Hall's books.
    The narration was a perfect fit for the tone of the narrative and consideration of it's characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mister Moose
    Florida, USA
    27/04/15
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    "Delightful Realism"
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    The author's exposition of her hero's emotional reality is delicious. Every description is poignant and precise. The painting is exact and satisfying. Rachel's relationship with the wolves, her son, her mother and her brother are beautifully told. This is the best book I've listened to this year.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kristin
    21/11/15
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    "I will listen to anything Louise Brealey reads!"

    Well written book, although it ended quickly. I bought it because I loved listening to the Girl On The Train - and Louise Brealey is just as great reading this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C. Neil
    Chatsworth, CA United States
    18/06/15
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    "Beautifully written with rich detail, and beautifully read"

    Such a unique and interesting story, a gem of a discovery. Enjoyed it all, from beginning to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • CivilEyes
    23/04/15
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    "Narrator made me give up on it."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Every character sounds like the same teenager. Her voice is far too young in pitch, tone and inflection, and completely lacking in versatility. Sorry, but in an audiobook, the narrator makes or breaks the experience and in this case I just couldn't listen to everyone sounding exactly the same, so I gave up.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    16/07/15
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    "Wolves Make for an Intriguing Book"
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    I've read anything quite like this book. I enjoyed listening to its twists and turns unfold, and the understated narration complemented the storyline quite well. Interesting book on an interesting topic and worth a listen. Even manages to pull off a bit of a surprise ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sarah
    31/03/15
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    "Good read"

    I enjoyed the book even though some aspects were unbelievable. I wish there had been more about the wolves and there behaviors. The narrator was brilliant and good with most accents but should steer away from doing the South African accent.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Candida Cave
    18/04/15
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    "Brilliant story beautifully read."

    Brilliant story beautifully read. Combines almost ethereal poetry with an observation of the complications of dis functional but loving family life.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Becka Jarvis
    7/04/15
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    "Interesting story, sombre narrator."
    Would you try another book written by Sarah Hall or narrated by Louise Brealey?

    I found the subject of this book - the reintroduction of the wolf to Scotland - fascinating. It was not a novel that ties up all loose ends or has a simplistic romance rising to some eventual crescendo, which I quite liked it for. I found the narrator difficult, in that her voice was very much in a minor key and made the novel sound sad and weary.(Sorry Louise). The sex scenes were the most depressing I've ever listened to. Another narrator could have given this story a totally different atmosphere and I would have written a different review. I would try another book written by Sarah Hall, with a different narrator, or failing that, seek one out in print.


    What other book might you compare The Wolf Border to, and why?

    The subject matter would appeal to readers if Nicholas Evans or similar, having the human story set in the world of ecology, endangered wildlife, the wilderness...Nora Roberts also has at least one book (Black Hills?) set in this context.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Louise Brealey?

    Someone much perkier.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    26/04/16
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    "The voice of wolves in the wilderness"

    This is a rich and gripping story and a really good find if you are looking for something to lift your spirits. On one hand it is about the introduction of a wolf family into the British countryside by an eccentric and maverick aristocrat who’s motives are unclear and who faces fierce but understandable opposition. On the other it is the tale of human families and the secrets and conflicts that threaten to pull them apart. I must admit I did shed a few tears along the way but overall it is a hopeful, uplifting and optimistic book with a tense and intriguing plot. Sarah Hall has a poetic eye for detail and her description of the northern wilderness is a joy to anybody who appreciates the beauty and diversity of this small island.

    The narrator read this with a gentle and subdued style that I thought was entirely in keeping with the quiet but fascinating nature of this stunning novel. This is a book the will stay with me for a long time, and one that I will recommend to my friends and family.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    20/07/15
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    "Starts well, but runs out of steam"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It is by no means an outstanding book. The plot, particularly at the end is weak.


    Would you recommend The Wolf Border to your friends? Why or why not?

    Same as above


    Have you listened to any of Louise Brealey’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No. So I cannot compare.


    Could you see The Wolf Border being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    No. I do not think it is engaging enough or has a sufficiently developed plot to sustain a film or series.


    Any additional comments?

    Rework the ending.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • M
    19/06/15
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    "Good story but dire narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The author's work was spoilt for me by the narrator. This is the first time I have actually given up on an audiobook. I have to agree with a previous reviewer about the narrator's flat, weary-sounding voice. A good narrator can make even a less erudite novel interesting but here the narrator made a good book, from the amount I did persevere with, tedious and unengaging. I'm sure I'm wrong but her intonation gave the impression she was not herself captured by the novel.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Louise Brealey?

    Anyone with more attack and vibrancy.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    I would in order to restore my faith in the subject.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • E M Bradley
    12/05/15
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    "Great idea!"

    I enjoyed the story of the wolves, the idea, the politics, how money is power even when it comes to nature ...the outcome to is believable.
    This storyline however becomes lost in in the characters day to day life and thoughts which were not as interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Magikmum
    4/05/15
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    "I expected utter tragedy"

    I expected utter tragedy but this was a story of hope and trust. Beautifully read. As wolves are very close to my heart I was there all the way. Those less pro wolf will enjoy this story on many different levels. Beautiful book enjoy it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Athene
    1/05/15
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    "Beautifully written"

    Well executed! A novel storyline, with well integrated parallels between the human and animal interests. Well worth the read/listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley Pickard
    26/04/15
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    "Good book"

    I really enjoyed this. Connected with all the characters. Slightly slow start, but worth waiting. I highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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