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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
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"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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By Amy on 07-05-15

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.

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By V on 05-27-15


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.

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By Kaggy on 04-26-16

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.

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By Sarah on 03-31-15

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.

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By ES67 on 05-18-15

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.

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By Graeme on 09-26-17

Easy listen

I liked the location of the story, but disappointed in the mood of the story, depressed tones, lacked real emotion.

Thought it a little far fetched and limited good characters. Laurence did not see real to me.

I probably would not read another Louise Brealey book.

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