The Wolf Border

  • by Sarah Hall
  • Narrated by Louise Brealey
  • 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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Customer Reviews

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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.

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- Kaggy

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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- Sarah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-03-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios