It’s The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan, read by Robin Sachs as an unabridged audiobook from Random House. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:
Meet Jake. He’s a really nice guy. A little on the elderly side. He’s 200, to be exact, but his kind usually live to be 400. Jake has been a bit depressed, sometimes almost suicidal lately, over the fact that he may be the last of his kind. Oh, didn’t I tell you? Jake’s a werewolf. But a lot of people, from hunters of occult phenomena to vampires, do not want Jake to kill himself. That would deprive the hunters of their pleasure and the vampires of their plan to have a daylight existence by manipulating werewolf blood. Jake likes to get close to people. Very close. Close enough to sink his teeth into their bodies and eat large parts of them. He often does this with strangers. But sometimes he does it with people he is very close to–so close that to call them blood relatives would be something of an understatement. But when Jake gets that special hungry feeling he’s been getting for over two centuries now, well, he can’t afford to be too fussy. A man’s got to eat, you know, and sometimes you just devour whoever happens to be in the vicinity, relative or not. THE LAST WEREWOLF is the mesmerizing, violent, and extremely sexy story of a man whose killer instincts threaten to leave him the last of his kind, the end of a millenniums-old tradition, as he is now pursued by enemies who want to kill him or save him for their own nefarious purposes. The gruesome “urge” that overcomes Jake has probably never been described with this much feeling and graphic detail before. Written as a journal (his farewell to the world) in a style that can only be described as literary, THE LAST WEREWOLF is full of melancholia for a dying tradition, and abounds with pathos and twists and turns in the most unexpected places. Perhaps most remarkable of all, it makes the reader feel sympathy for a man who by any standards can only be described as a monster–and in doing so makes us understand better what it means to be human.
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