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

Most Helpful

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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- ES67

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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- Graeme

Book Details

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