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The Loop
The Loop
Author: Nicholas Evans
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ISBN-13: 9780553478808
ISBN-10: 055347880X
Publication Date: 9/8/1998
Edition: Abridged
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 13 ratings
Publisher: Random House Audio
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 5
This is the last Nicholas Evans book I will read. The stories are formulaic. Though they're well written, after the first one, it's all very been-there-done-that.
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Helpful Score: 4
Great story in classic Nicholas Evans (The Smokejumper, The Horse Whisperer) style. My favorite Nicholas Evans. Hard for an animal lover to read, but a great overview of wolf protection (and annihlation) in the West. As usual, Evans writes with clarity and detail a Montanan (myself) can appreciate and verify.
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Helpful Score: 2
Oh, where do I begin with this one? Interesting plot; a well-told, engaging drama with very well developed characters who are believable. These characters will remind you of people you know. There are several sub-plots (involving romance, suspense, struggle) going at once which adds to, not take away from the story. If you liked The Horse Whisperer, you will LOVE The Loop.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading and learning about the environment of wolves, the toil of ranchers and trappers, and how simple--and hard--life can be in beautiful Montana. I found it very educational about the lives of wolves. This book tells the real truth of how wolves have been hunted and destroyed.

Although this is a good book, it is also very sad in parts. I loved this, but being a wolf lover it was so hard to read at times. It's so sad to know that there are people that would really want to destroy wolves. The Loop actually had me laughing at times and then brought me to tears. I knew what was going to happen in one partdreaded itthen when it did happen, I cried so hard I had to put the book down because I couldnt see to read it. Now, when a book can move you to tears, you know you are really caught up in it.

This is a must-read, and also highly emotionally charged, this is a book that will change your views about wolves and also about human nature. I cried a few times, and that doesn't happen very often when I read a book.

The story turns and quickly moves to its breathless conclusion.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is truly a book about the human spirit. You will involve yourself in these characters lives as you learn that everything in life is conected. I couldn't put this book down!
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Helpful Score: 2
A pack of wolves makes a sudden savage return to the Rocky Mountain ranching town of Hope, Montana, where a century earlier they were slaughtered by the thousands. Now shielded by law as an endangered species, they reawaken an ancient hatred that will tear a family, and ultimately a town, apart.
At the center of the storm is Helen Ross, a twenty-nine year old wolf biologist sent alone into this remote and hostile place to protect the wolves from those who seek to destroy them. The Loop charts her struggle, and her dangerous love affair with the son of her most powerful opponent, the brutal and charismatic rancher Buck Calder.
A haunting exploration of man's conflict with nature and the wild within himself, an epic story of deadly passions and redemptive love set against the grandeur of the American West, The Lopp is destined to capture the hearts and imaginations of readers everywhere.
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Helpful Score: 2
Very good story, my favorite Nicolas Evans.
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Helpful Score: 1
Absolutely enthrawling book. I loved taking this journey into the mountains and learing about the wolves and life from both ranchers and conservator's views. I sat on the side of my chair and held my breath at some points in the story and agonized over the treatment of these majestic animals.
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Helpful Score: 1
A book that captivates you from the first page. An interesting look at Wolf conservation.
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One writer indicated that those readers who loved The Horse Whisperer wll most certainly love The Loop. I want to echo that and also add that those who haven't read The Horse Whisperer should add it to their to be read list. The Loop is a story of love, family, and man's struggle with the wild as in war beweeen cattle ranchers and government protected wolves in Montana. The Loop is an inescapable trap that kills any animal that dares to swallow the bait.
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Helpful Score: 1
Not quite as strong as The Horse Whisperer, this was still a good read. Memorable in spots, too.
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Helpful Score: 1
Oh, where do I begin with this one? Interesting plot; a well-told, engaging drama with very well developed characters who are believable. These characters will remind you of people you know. There are several sub-plots (involving romance, suspense, struggle) going at once which adds to, not take away from the story. If you liked The Horse Whisperer, you will LOVE The Loop.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading and learning about the environment of wolves, the toil of ranchers and trappers, and how simple--and hard--life can be in beautiful Montana. I found it very educational about the lives of wolves. This book tells the real truth of how wolves have been hunted and destroyed.

Although this is a good book, it is also very sad in parts. I loved this, but being a wolf lover it was so hard to read at times. It's so sad to know that there are people that would really want to destroy wolves. The Loop actually had me laughing at times and then brought me to tears. I knew what was going to happen in one partdreaded itthen when it did happen, I cried so hard I had to put the book down because I couldnt see to read it. Now, when a book can move you to tears, you know you are really caught up in it.

This is a must-read, and also highly emotionally charged, this is a book that will change your views about wolves and also about human nature. I cried a few times, and that doesn't happen very often when I read a book
The story turns and quickly moves to its breathless conclusion.
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Helpful Score: 1
This audio is an edition of AUDIOBOOKS direct. It had no ISBN on it.
One-third the length of its unabridged brother, this shortened version of The Loop by Nicholas Evans (The Horse Whisperer) is intended for people on the go. As read by Stephen Lang (Tombstone, A Few Good Men), the story clips right along, satisfied to concentrate on the plot's dramatic high notes. Thanks to Evans's impressive storytelling talents, it remains an interesting listen.

Using the controversial reintroduction of wolves into the American West as its catalyst, Evans pits a powerful Montana rancher against a struggling wolf pack, the wildlife agents mandated to protect the animals and, ultimately, recalcitrant members of his own family. "Luke could taste blood starting, salty and metallic, inside his mouth. He stared at his father, who stood glaring at him, his massive chest heaving and his neck flushed with anger."

Evans has loaded the characters with haunting secrets and hidden agendas, creating a deeply textured story of compelling plot lines that form a circle of love, hate, trust, and suspicion. The use of music to elevate the already heightened drama is perhaps overdone, but Lang's narration is quite good, keeping pace with a story that moves. (Running time: 5.5 hours, four cassettes) --George Laney
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By the author of The Horse Whisperer, this book tells a tale of the return of wolves to a small town in Montana. This book has excitement, romance and inspiration.
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I read this boook so long ago, but It is a love story and animal lover's tale in one...easy read and entertaining as well.
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I thought this was a good read. I am not surprised that it is so, as it is written by the author of 'The Horse Whisperer' I enjoyed it and really liked the plot, the details of the characters and all the rest. 5 stars from me!
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Very true to life. Good story.
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Writes with the heart of a woman, he is supberb. Another great book from The Horsewhisper's author.
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Things aren't going too well for wolf biologist Helen Ross. At 29, she's unemployed (recently retired dishwasher), single (boyfriend of two years left her for Africa), and has just learned that her father is marrying someone younger, richer, and prettier than herself (completely accurate). Back in her lonely log cabin in Cape Cod, frantically chain-smoking, she receives a message from her former lover Dan Prior. Prior, also a biologist, works for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service wolf-recovery program. In return for helping him track the lupine posse, Prior will provide her with a cabin, truck, and a snowmobile for good measure in a rustic little town called Hope, just outside of Helena, Montana. Apparently, Ross has never heard the proverb "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," and happily skips off to Big Sky Country.
Within moments of her arrival, she finds out what she's up against: a small town with a long history of wolf fear and loathing, no resources (big surprise), and a powerful rancher who will do whatever it takes to eliminate the wolves. The rancher, testosterone-saturated Buck Calder, has got the community riled up after a wolf stalked his daughter's home and killed the family dog. He won't stop until every last endangered wolf is dead, which proves problematic for Ross when she decides to romance his 18-year-old son, Luke. Cynics be warned: their love affair spawns a trove of gooey pillow talk and syrupy prose. Even so, Evans has made impressive strides as a writer since his debut novel, The Horse Whisperer, and his storytelling has reached a noticeably new level of sophistication: the plot is tight, the characterization is realistic, and the dialogue is crisp.
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Great story. Learned a lot about wolves.
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iF YOU LIKE THE HORSE WHISPERER YOU'LL LIKE THIS ONE
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Wonderful insite into wolves / great storyline / stupendous mystery thriller
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Conflict between ranchers and those threatening their livelihood by introducing wolves back into the area.
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Excellent story, very enjoyable read
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my husband loved this book and the story of the wolves
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A pack of wolves makes a sudden savage return to the Rocky Mountain ranching town of Hope, Montana, where a century earlier they were slaughtered by the thousands. Biologist Helen Ross has come to Hope from the East, fleeing a life in shambles, determined to save the wolves from those who seek to destry them. But an ancient hatred awaits her in Hope, a hatred that will tear a family and ultimately the community apart. And soon Helen is at the center of the storm, by loving the wrong man, by defying the wrong man.. by daring to lead a town out of the violent darkness of its past..
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Very heart wrenching and romantic.
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This is not for the faint of heart. Very engrossing; read it in 2 days, as it's hard to put down.About wolves & a biologist tracking them. Graphic killing of cattle & wolves, so be warned. As always an excellent author grabs you from page one. All of his books are good. Highly recommend this one.
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This book was great! If you love animals, especially wolves, this is for you!
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This is a great book. It has a little of anything you'd want. mystery, romance you name it its pretty much there. I really iked this book.
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excellent book about the heated debate in Montana over wolves...another great book by Nicholas Evans (author of Horse Whisperer)...highly recommend it
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From Amazon: Things aren't going too well for wolf biologist Helen Ross. At 29, she's unemployed (recently retired dishwasher), single (boyfriend of two years left her for Africa), and has just learned that her father is marrying someone younger, richer, and prettier than herself (completely accurate). Back in her lonely log cabin in Cape Cod, frantically chain-smoking, she receives a message from her former lover Dan Prior. Prior, also a biologist, works for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service wolf-recovery program. In return for helping him track the lupine posse, Prior will provide her with a cabin, truck, and a snowmobile for good measure in a rustic little town called Hope, just outside of Helena, Montana. Apparently, Ross has never heard the proverb "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," and happily skips off to Big Sky Country.
Within moments of her arrival, she finds out what she's up against: a small town with a long history of wolf fear and loathing, no resources (big surprise), and a powerful rancher who will do whatever it takes to eliminate the wolves. The rancher, testosterone-saturated Buck Calder, has got the community riled up after a wolf stalked his daughter's home and killed the family dog. He won't stop until every last endangered wolf is dead, which proves problematic for Ross when she decides to romance his 18-year-old son, Luke. Cynics be warned: their love affair spawns a trove of gooey pillow talk and syrupy prose. Even so, Evans has made impressive strides as a writer since his debut novel, The Horse Whisperer, and his storytelling has reached a noticeably new level of sophistication: the plot is tight, the characterization is realistic, and the dialogue is crisp. --Rebekah Warren --
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A pack of wolves makes a sudden savage return to the Rocky Mountain ranching town of Hope, Montana, where a century earlier they were slaughtered by the thousands. Biologist Helen Ross has come to Hope from the East, fleeing a life in shambles, determined to save the wolves from those who seek to destroy them. But an ancient hatred awaits her in Hope, a hatred that will tear a family and ultimately the community apart. And soon Helen is at the center of the storm, by loving the wrong man, by defying the wrong man...by daring to lead a town out of the violent darkness of its past.
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This was a good read and a good storyline. From
the cover flap: A pack of wolves makes a sudden savage return to the Rocky Mountain ranching towon of Hope, Montana, where a century earlier they were slaughtered by the thousands. Now shielded by law as an endangered species, they reawaken an ancient hatred that will tear a family, and ultimately the town, apart.
At the center of the storm is Helen Ross, a twenty-nine-year-old wolf biologist sent alone into theis remote and hostile place to protect the wolves from those who seek to destroy them.
The loop charts her struggle, and her dangerouse love arrair with the son of her most powerful opponent, the brutal and charismatic rancher Buck Calder.
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Wolves in the West by the author of the Horse Whisperer.
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A pack of wolves makes a sudden savage return to the Rocky Mountain ranching town of Hope, Montana, where a century earlier they were slaughtered by the thousands. Biologist Helen Ross has come to Hope from the East fleeing a life in shambles, determined to save the wolves from those who seek to destroy them. But an ancient hatred awaits her in Hope, a hatred that will tear a family and ultimately the community apart.
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
A pack of wolves makes a sudden savage return to the Rocky Mountain ranching town of Hope, Montana, where a century earlier they were slaughtered by the thousands. Now shielded by law as an endangered species, they reawaken an ancient hatred that will tear a family, and ultimately the town, apart. At the center of the storm is Helen Ross, a twenty-nine-year-old wolf biologist sent alone into this remote and hostile place to protect the wolves from those who seek to destroy them. The Loop charts her struggle, and her dangerous love affair with the son of her most powerful opponent, the brutal and charismatic rancher Buck Calder.
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This book was awesome. The way the author describes Montana is amazing. It is a very touching story and the wolves play a very big part in it.
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Well written and very engaging
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I started this but had a hard time getting into it so I stopped after 5 chapters or so. My husband read it and said it got better after a while.
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By the author of The Horse Whisperer, this novel about love, family, and man's struggle with the wild, especially wolves, is exciting and satisfying. Set in Montana, an intelligent, good read.
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If you liked the "Horse Whisperer" you will like this book by the same author. A young woman comes to Montana from the east in hopes of saving a pack of wolves and finds love and hatred in the same town.
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Friends say it is good.
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I love his books and this one is no exception.
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An extraordinary nevel of love, family, and man's struggle with the wild
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novel about man vs. wolves. the return of wolves to an area where they had been slaughtered a century before. the struggle to coexist with nature.
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ecological drama at its best.
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Will the wolves be saved or the cattle? A great read.
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A good memorable book...another winner from Nicholas Evans.
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I have not read anything else of Evans but this book is very well done. He has a lot of detail work done on animals and ranching and Montana. I enjoyed the story and found the book flows well and is easy to read. I thought the end was sad but I was not left hanging or wondering "now what?". Good story.
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Helen Ross is a biologist who moves to Montana to save a pack of wolves. She comes head to head with the local community who see the wolves as a threat.
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Not only an interesting books about wolves, but also about families, love, and death. Easy read - very enjoyable!
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Helen Ross, a 29-year-old biologist, is sent to a sleepy Rocky Mountain ranching town to defend a pack of wolves from those who want to destroy them.

from the author of The Horse Whisperer
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This book was very enjoyable. An excellent read..
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Good story about ranchers and wolves.
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This book is registered at bookcrossing.com and has bookcrossing labels on it. If you request this book I'd be thrilled if you'd do a quickie journal entry when you receive the book.

This story is abridged on 4 cassettes and tackles the plight of wild wolves and their deadly extermination by rich, greedy humans and makes one feel sick about the lack of compassion inherent in far too many people. I had issues getting thru this book because of the descriptive acts of cruelty to wolves and dogs and don't wish to revisit it.
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a good fast read.
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This book is written from the author that wrote "The Horse Whisperer". A pack of wolves make a sudden savage return to the Rocky Mountain ranching town of Hope, Montana, where a century earlier they were slaughtered by the thousands. Biologist Helen Ross has come to Hope from the East, fleeing a life in shambles, determined to save the wolves from those who seek to destroy them. But an ancient hatred awaits her in Hope, a hatred that will tear a family and ultimately a community apart. And soon Helen is at the center of the storm, by loving the wrong man, by defying the wrong man...by daring to lead a town out of the violent darkness of its past....
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Great Author
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From the front cover: "Gripping, big drama in Big Sky country...The Loop ropes a reader in." --People
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Excellent story...especially meaningful to those of us who are over 50!
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A biologist comes to Montana to save wolves, and becomes the center of controversy in a small community by loving the wrong man, by defying the wrong man.
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Must read by Nicholas Evans
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Good book, in which the lead female character finds herself.
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A pack of wolves makes a sudden savage return to the Rocky Mountain ranching town of Hope, Montana where a century earlier they were slaughtered by the thousands. A haunting exploration of man's conflict with nature and the wild within himself, and epic story of deadly passions and redemptive love set against the grandeur of the American West.
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Good book
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A pack of wolves makes a sudden savage return to the Rocky Mountain ranching town of Hope, Montana, where a century earlier they were slaughtered by the thousands. Now shielded by law as an endangered species, they reawaken an ancient hatred that will tear a family, and ultimately the town, apart. At the center of the storm is Helen Ross, a twenty-nine-year-old wolf biologist sent alone into this remote and hostile place to protect the wolves from those who seek to destroy them. The Loop charts her struggle, and her dangerous love affair with the son of her most powerful opponent, the brutal and charismatic rancher Buck Calder.
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EXCELLENT READ. COULDN'T PUT THE BOOK DOWN
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A pack of wolves have returned to Hope. Helen wants to save them. An ancient hatred awaits. One that will tear family and the community apart.