Book Reviews of The Loop

The Loop
The Loop
Author: Nicholas Evans
ISBN-13: 9780553478808
ISBN-10: 055347880X
Publication Date: 9/8/1998
Edition: Abridged
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 13 ratings
Publisher: Random House Audio
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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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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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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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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Excellent story...especially meaningful to those of us who are over 50!