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  • Written by: Claire Cameron
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (105 ratings)
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The Last Neanderthal

Written by: Claire Cameron
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International best seller

One of the most anticipated books of 2017: The Millions, CBC, Chatelaine, Globe and Mail, Maclean's

From the author of The Bear, the enthralling story of two women separated by millennia, but linked by an epic journey that will transform them both.

Forty thousand years in the past, the last family of Neanderthals roams the earth. After a crushingly hard winter, their numbers are low, but Girl, the oldest daughter, is just coming of age and her family is determined to travel to the annual meeting place and find her a mate.

But the unforgiving landscape takes its toll, and Girl is left alone to care for Runt, a foundling of unknown origin. As Girl and Runt face the coming winter storms, Girl realizes she has one final chance to save her people, even if it means sacrificing part of herself.

In the modern day, archaeologist Rosamund Gale works well into her pregnancy, racing to excavate newly found Neanderthal artifacts before her baby comes. Linked across the ages by the shared experience of early motherhood, both stories examine the often taboo corners of women's lives.

Haunting, suspenseful, and profoundly moving, The Last Neanderthal asks us to reconsider all we think we know about what it means to be human.

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Needs a better ending

I loved this book... what there was of it anyways. I was totally hooked on the neanderthal character. The book ended way to early though and left way too many questions unanswered. I still rated this pretty good because it was enjoyable.. but I'm rather disappointed in the ending.

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  • Sam
  • 2019-07-15

Best parts are the Neanderthal

Pay close attention, the author is somewhat subtle with the way the two back and forward stories are related. You'll notice key events to characters are consistent with each other in both stories. There is some great commentary about the relationship we feel with wild cat, and how it compares to the cats feelings, and a neanderthal's feelings. The thing I enjoyed the least were the parts in the present, partly because story-telling relies so much now on the "strong female lead" trope that it became like feedback in a speaker (overpowering what was otherwise a pleasant story). There were some really well done sexual tones throughout the book, but not erotic. Capturing this tone was essential since the book draws on topics in biology within which reproduction is a significant focus. Another negative is the book spends a lot of time building up the nature of motherhood across different groups (in the biological species sense)then in the end celebrates a crumby message (in my opinion).

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I loved this story

Great writing and performance, really enjoyed the double streams. CC, you painted the story so vividly, everything was so real and surreal. I will listen to this creative thoughtful story again.

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Compelling story but sub-par ending

the story was interesting and well written. the ending felt rushed and like all of the dots didnt come together. Wish the ending was better

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  • Ann
  • 2019-07-18

I wanted it to go on.

I groaned when the announcer said “This has been an Audible production”It was a wonderful. Story.

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Wonderful!

I truly enjoyed this mix of science and nature. I got inside two women’s world and wonder at their lives. I want more!

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A must read

This story is different from everything I usually read but was so worth it! I adored the parallel in between today's humans and Neanderthal's way. Loved it.

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Great story and narration

Really enjoyed this book although I thought the ending was a bit rushed. Loved the story of girl, especially since my ancestry.ca profile indicates that I have some Neanderthal dna.

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Wonderful a story for the heart.

I love stories about survival and this story of a Neanderthal is something I would be interested in anyway. The author did a great job of subtly drawing parallels of the women's struggles throughout.
Felt drawn into the " girl" character, the fears, loneliness, happiness and how she experienced the world. Wished it was longer but maybe making it longer some of the parallels would blue. The end left me hanging though so would have like a couple more questions answered.
Great book great narration.
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The lovers.

Thought the last Neanderthal was a article about a real archeological find and was pleasantly surprised by the fictional story telling by the author. I do like a dry factual article from time to time concerning our distant cousins but I thought the story was well written and held my interest throughout the novel. The person reading the story was very good. Throughly loved it. Good read.

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  • Scotty
  • 2018-01-31

Best Book I've Read For Ages

The story of "Girl", the Neanderthal, was so gripping, that I regretted when the narrative switched to Rose, in the present day. But each story was excellent, and sped along to a dramatic conclusion. Like other readers, I would have liked a longer conclusion, but it was moving, entertaining, well-written, and I'm still thinking about it days later. I'll definitely reread it. I hope Audible will offer Claire Cameron's first novel soon!

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