The Last Enchantments

Charles Finch; Read by Luke Daniels

Macmillan Audio

The Last Enchantments is a powerfully moving and lyrically written novel. A young American embarks on a year at Oxford and has an impassioned affair that will change his life forever

After graduating from Yale, William Baker, scion of an old line patrician family, goes to work in presidential politics.  But when the campaign into which he's poured his heart ends in disappointment, he decides to leave New York behind, along with the devoted, ambitious, and well-connected woman he’s been in love with for the last four years.

Will expects nothing more than a year off before resuming the comfortable life he's always known, but he's soon caught up in a whirlwind of unexpected friendships and romantic entanglements that threaten his safe plans. As he explores the heady social world of Oxford,  he becomes fast friends with Tom, his snobbish but affable flat mate;  Anil, an Indian economist with a deep love for gangster rap; Anneliese, a German historian obsessed with photography; and Timmo, whose chief ambition is to become a reality television star. What he's least prepared for is Sophie, a witty, beautiful and enigmatic woman who makes him question everything he knows about himself.

For readers who made a classic of Richard Yates's A Good School, Charles Finch's The Last Enchantments is a sweeping novel about love and loss that redefines what it means to grow up as an American in the twenty-first century.


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When I was a self-serious child of ten or eleven I believed that novels were largely about the weather. In a fit of ambition I would start The Rainbow or Lord Jim, books I carried around school in the hopes that someone might ask me what I was reading, and which perhaps I thought would inaugurate my career as, what, a grown-up? A thinker? I’m not sure. Every one of them opened with the same thwarting descent of description: It was an unusually hot March evening in upper Cornwall; the rain in Burma had been going for days; the clouds lowered over the moor. The


Praise for The Last Enchantments

“Reader Luke Daniels gets all the accents right and makes these last youthful enchantments compellingly real.” –Book Page


“Oxford is vividly described in Finch’s realistic portrayal of a year abroad. Luke Daniels effectively captures Will’s voice and those of his cohorts. The first person narrative is a good fit for this audiobook.” – Library Journal


“Compelling. . . . William Baker's voice, vividly established in the opening line, is the most striking of this novel's many virtues.” —Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena

“Irresistible . . . The novel bursts with intelligence and wit as Charles Finch brilliantly examines our most secret longings and desires. . . . The Last Enchantments casts an enduring spell.” —Amber Dermont, author of The Starboard Sea

“A witty, wonderful book about that tender age between college and true adulthood. Charles Finch's sensitive, lyrical and heartfelt writing charms to the very last page.” — Cristina Alger, author of The Darlings


“Intense, fast-paced, psychologically intriguing, and wonderfully written, Will finds not only Sophie, the complicated, captivating woman who takes his heart and an unsettling group of friends,  but over the course of a disturbing and entertaining year, he finds himself in surprising ways.” —Susan Richards Shreve, author of You Are the Love of my Life

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  • Charles Finch; Read by Luke Daniels

  • CHARLES FINCH is a graduate of Yale and Oxford.  His novels include A Death in the Small Hours, An Old Betrayal and The Laws of Murder.  He lives in Chicago.

  • Charles Finch Photo: Alix Smith
    Charles Finch


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The Last Enchantments

Charles Finch; Read by Luke Daniels



Macmillan Audio