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The Wolf Gift | [Anne Rice]

The Wolf Gift

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Anne Rice (P)2012 Listening Library

What the Critics Say

"Rice weaves her trademark meditations on the role of supernatural creatures in society into an often thrilling, page-turning yarn." (Booklist)

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    Lara Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal 15/03/2012
    Lara Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal 15/03/2012 Member Since 2011

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    "Amazing, amazing, welcome back Anne Rice!"

    This book has everything I love in my favourite author. Romance, story, mistery, moral dylema. Anne's writting is always amazing, and it takes us into the story like no other author I've read. A very enjoyable read indeed. A must for the fans of the author, a very good addition for the fans of the genre, and a good read for anyone who likes fiction.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 17/02/2012
    Sarah 17/02/2012
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    "More than a mere werewolf"

    A young journalist is sent to write up a review for a grand stately home by the woods. During the stay, the journalist is attacked and bitten by some huge animal, but then the bites disappear, and the journalist notices changes in himself......

    Great story, going really in depth into the history of lycanthropic legends.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cath Watson Lanarkshire 02/07/2015
    Cath Watson Lanarkshire 02/07/2015 Member Since 2015

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    "Enjoyable tale"

    If you are a fan of Anne Rice's style and vampire/ Mayfair witch books there is much here to enjoy.

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    Natalie 05/02/2015
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    "Dreadful"

    If you're a fan of the Lestat saga, save yourself the crushing disappointment and don't bother with this bore fest.

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    jacqueline neal 01/12/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "I am sure there is a story in this but..."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Cannot think you would enjoy it but it is soporific so insomniacs may find it useful


    Has The Wolf Gift put you off other books in this genre?

    No, but I will be more careful over narrator and author.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    His voice was soporific and his sentence rhythm is strange at time, giving stress in odd places.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There is a kernel of story which with more careful editing to eliminate the repetitious passages and very long philosophical discussions could be enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Too much padding, a pity. I had enjoyed reading this author's Interview with a Vampire. This is too full of cod religion

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Cavan, Ireland 17/07/2014
    Steve Cavan, Ireland 17/07/2014 Member Since 2013

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    "The Queen is dead!"

    This is so bad, at times I was doubting that Anne Rice even wrote it. The dialogue is just awful; there is only one voice from every 2 dimensional character, (the distinguished gentlemen I'm talking about here), and that's Rices voice. Sure, in her previous novels one or two characters might represent her own view, but there were opposing views and conflict to balance the story. Not here, everyone just agrees with, or immediately understands what their companions are eluding to, no matter how extraordinary.
    It's a werewolf book, so we have to suspend our disbelief from the start, but the author of a werewolf book still has the responsibility to prove, within their own mythology if needs be, that this can happen within the boundaries of the front and back cover, she fails horribly, at times laughably.
    Gone is the originality of the vampire chronicles, the rich prose, and even the ability to make us care about the hero's plight (which is awfully similar to a certain vampire) because it is impossible to relate to any of these characters.
    The narrator did his best, but this turkey was impossible to save.
    There were a few bits where the narrative was good and showed the Rice of old; Reuben's articles on the man wolf, for example; which is why I gave it two stars, but she stutters through a pretty poor story for the rest, and fizzles out to a load of waffle around a table near the end.
    Do yourself a favour and avoid this one; go listen to Interview with the vampire, or Blackwood farm, or even the witching hour, when she was at her gothic best.
    How the mighty have fallen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    deborah skinningrove, United Kingdom 11/03/2014
    deborah skinningrove, United Kingdom 11/03/2014
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    "Not exactly up to Anne's usual gripping standard."
    What did you like best about The Wolf Gift? What did you like least?

    A new book from her, I have waited so long.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    disappointing. But willing to try second book.


    What does Ron McLarty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He is easy to listen to. easy to understand and helps the story along.


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

    no


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    Nigel stuttgart, Germany 07/04/2013
    Nigel stuttgart, Germany 07/04/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "the wolf gift"

    I have enjoyed many of Anne Rice's novels,buu was not sure she could put a new spin on the werewolf saga. I was pleasantly surprised. Enjoyed it very much and can't wait for the next book. If you like Anne's style of writing, think you will agree with me, next book please.

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    colin London, United Kingdom 21/01/2013
    colin London, United Kingdom 21/01/2013 Member Since 2014
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    "exciting stuf"

    anne rice is gifted at twisting old legends and myths into something more elaborate and original. delight in something old being borrowed and turned into something new.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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