I am unsure where my initial review went but in short. This is worth the listen!
The narrator, the plot etc is really well executed and if this is a genre you like then you will probably love this book.
One of the best works of fiction in its genre the past few years.
At first I could not understand the author's choice of tense because I am sometimes a little dense. When I did, I realized that the genius of the book.
Not a bad story on its own, even without the whole " killer asteroid" heading for earth. If you have any background in law enforcement or investigation, you will probably figure out whats going on pretty fast. I do have to say I 100% respect the main character for keeping his head even though the world is coming to an end. The ending does seem to set the book up for a squeal which might be interesting and i wouldn't mind checking it out when it comes to audible.
Yes, already have :-)
"The End of the World is coming, but that doesn't mean you can get away with murder..."
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If you knew an asteroid was going to end life as we know it, what would you do during those last six months?
For rookie detective Hank Palace, it really is no conundrum at all. You diligently keep working at your job. Hank is living his dream. He's finally a detective. His lifelong ambition. When an insurance adjuster is found hanged at a local fast food restaurant, everybody is quick to put this down as just another suicide. With the end near, these have significantly increased after all. But Hank isn't convinced and starts investigating.
The mystery aspect of the story was pretty average. I admit I reacted like the majority of characters in this book and didn't actually care very much about the victim's fate. But I enjoyed Hank's interactions with his colleagues, his family and the people he met during his investigation. It was really the pre-apocalyptic setting and its effect on people's behavior that made this story interesting.
This is the first book in a trilogy and I remained undecided whether or not to pick up the next book until pretty much close to the end where an interesting little twist intrigued me enough to add the second book to be listened to at some stage.
On the whole, I enjoyed Peter Berkrot's narration. Character voices were distinct, none of them sounded shrill, and the narration was delivered in a clear and pleasant manner that was easy to follow. The story is told from the first-person perspective of the main character, Detective Hank Palace, who unfortunately came across as rather juvenile. Not sure how much of that was down to the narrator's choice of portraying him with this slightly sarcastic, self-deprecating tone and how much was down to the author creating this vaguely wacky character. I'm still on the fence whether I actually liked him or not. At times I thought he was funny and compassionate, at other times I found him annoyingly naive as well as rather ignorant towards other people's priorities considering everybody has only six months left. It will be interesting to see how Ben H. Winters develops his protagonist in Countdown City, book two of the series.
There were no problems with the quality of the production.
Overall, a light and entertaining listen with a cast of quirky characters in an unusual and intriguing setting.
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I cannot say I enjoyed this book. It is well written, the characters are interesting, the plot is believable, but it is so dark! I had to stop reading. I hated the family dynamics. I hated the endless descent into despair.
The story needs more grace notes. Perhaps if I return to it much later, I will find some redemption or hope in the story somewhere. It was simply too dark to finish without a long hiatus.
I enjoyed Henry's dream description of becoming a detective. I could understand his motivation and empathize with his disappointment that his reality was so much less than the dream.
Gosh! I sure hope they don't make a movie. Columbine, Boston, and the Oklahoma City Tornado is sufficient reality thank you. Civilization is unraveling quite quickly enough and doesn't need more despair and suffering than is already played out nightly on the news. A movie would be superfluous.
An excellent detective tale, but with an interesting twist to the setting to give it a bit of new life. The narration and voice acting is excellent and very much adds to the overall experience. Highly recommended.
The setting - almost the end of the world
Detective Palace has that last man standing type attitude that's fun.
He conveyed the character and his emotions well
They say that there is really only three types of conflict: man vs. man/God/society; man vs. nature; and man vs. self. This story pretty much embodies all three.
I very much enjoyed the setting this was placed - a world that's less than a year away from being blown to smithereens. And Detective Hank Palace somewhat outdated need to solve a murder case. Palace is a pretty likeable character and the story is told from his perspective. I would have liked to read more why he felt the need to do what he was doing. The author doesn't reveal that until much later but it's almost a necessary character detail to get in early.
The mystery is fine and is accented by goings on in the world and how people react and change with the ever closing time of a cataclysmic strike on the Earth by a big rock. The one big negative thing I can say about the book is that I, as the reader, don't really get a hand in figuring out the mystery sooner than Palace and sometimes not even with Palace.
The world somewhat not seen is kind of the star of the show and it feels like you're reading with tunnel vision on a medic in the middle of a big battle. Sometimes you can look around and get a seance of the scene but you're mostly focused on the thing in front of the medic.
Overall, it was a decent story with a great premise and I would probably check out the other stories in the series. Final Grade - B
I have listened to SO many audiobooks it's hard to rank them. But this one is definitely the audiobook equivalent of a page-turner. I couldn't wait to get into the car and pick up where I'd left off.
For originality and suspense, The 14th Floor. The stories are nothing alike in content but are set in worlds that are and are not our own.
I LOVED Berkrot's performance! If you've read my other reviews you know I'm very harsh on narrators. Berkrot MUST be an actor by trade - he gives such life to even the minor characters.
It's not the end of the world - or is it?
I hope they DO make a movie of it.
I have to be invested in the protagonist of a book to stay with it. I can't say how Winters made me care so much about what happened to Henry Pallas (not sure how his name is spelled) but I did!