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A dark past. An impossible journey. The will to survive.

How far would you go for love? Franny Stone is determined to go to the end of the earth, following the last of the Arctic terns on what may be their final migration to Antarctica.

As animal populations plummet and commercial fishing faces prohibition, Franny talks her way onto one of the few remaining boats heading south. But as she and the eccentric crew travel further from shore and safety, the dark secrets of Franny's life begin to unspool. A daughter's yearning search for her mother. An impulsive, passionate marriage. A shocking crime. Haunted by love and violence, Franny must confront what she is really running towards - and from. 

The Last Migration is a wild, gripping and deeply moving novel from a brilliant young writer. From the west coast of Ireland to Australia and remote Greenland, through crashing Atlantic swells to the bottom of the world, this is an ode to the wild places and creatures now threatened and an epic story of the possibility of hope against all odds.

©2021 Charlotte McConaghy (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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"An extraordinary novel...as beautiful and as wrenching as anything I've ever read." (Emily St. John Mandel)

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Wonderful

Everything about this book was wonderful and I have loved it from start to finish. The writing is brilliant. The narration was excellent. I didn’t want it to end and it made me wish I could soar free. I highly recommend this book. Listen to this authors other book too - “Once There Were Wolves”.

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Exciting but somewhat depressing

The reviews refer to “where the Crawdads sing”. Which is a very positive book. “The last migration” is very fascinating, exciting but depressing. Worth reading, but will not make you happy. The language is beautiful and the thoughts deep and fascinating. The end is somewhat positive. Luckily. It’s narrated very well. A pleasure to listen to Kreinik’s voice.

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Poignant and beautiful

Loved this, it sometimes frustrating as Franny is so self obsessed that it's irritating, but the story unfolds, in the most harrowing and beautiful way, then instead of a cryptic ending, the ending is strong, correct and brings a smidge of hope. Fantastic narration x

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At once sad and hopeful

Incredibly well performed tale of finding hope in a dystopia future. One of the best books on the realities of environmental destruction and the future we could be facing. Perfectly interwoven with a personal tale of grief, loss and finding meaning and hope.