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.
Okay! Taking this audio book into the bathroom is not such a good idea. Your not going to finish the book and someone else is violently banging on the door, threatening you because, they are trying desperately to use the facilities too. Problem is, you've got 6 more hours on an 8 hour book and you don't want to turn it off except for the insistent banging on door. But it's worth it. I'm listening to it and all it's all dark humor with a pretty good gumshoe story too. It's definitely going to be one of those books among my revisits library.for later. Five Stars including the hokey narration.
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..."
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.
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Yes. Original plot, vivid characters, perfect performance
Yes. This one is as good as any other
The Last Policeman is a great murder / mystery story, written with talent by Ben H. Winters and delivered in a perfect performance by Peter Berkrot.
The story follows young Police Detective Hank Palace as he tries to do his job while the Earth is on the brink of destruction. He is called on the scene of an apparent suicide, but his gut says he has to look at it as a potential murder… For the duration of the case, we see Detective Palace fighting not to lose his mind and his purpose, and trying to make sense of the morals system of a society that has nothing to lose as an event of catastrophic proportions is just 6 months away…
Although the story picks up a little slow, I enjoyed the book very much. The backdrop of impending doom is very well thought and written by Mr. winters and the fact that the plot was a strong one, as we meet a set of unique characters that have helped a lot, creating a very immersive experience for the reader.
Detective Hank Palace is The Last Policeman because he is the only one who still cares about what’s right in a pre-apocalyptic United States. He will tell you a story and it is not a regular mystery…
The audiobook version of The Last Policeman is read by Peter Berkrot. He hightens the level of immersion created by the author, delivering a stunning performance. Mr. Berkrot reminds me of a younger Richard Ferrone and I consider this a very good thing since Richard is an award-winning narrator. Peter brings all the characters to life with different voices, making it very easy for the listener to keep each one easily differentiated in his mind. When he is not acting, he reads in calm and steady voice… I consider Peter Berkrot to be the perfect choice for this book and I hope that, one day, he will scare us half to death with a book by Stephen King.
I will listen to the two remaining books in this trilogy, as I understand that all of them are great, and since I enjoyed both the author and the narrator so much, I’m sure that it will be time well spent…
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The story setting and concept were unique.
I got The Last Policeman because I saw it listed in a couple of articles featuring "uplifting books" or "books that will restore your faith in humanity." I have no idea why this book made it onto those lists. If you're looking for uplifting books you may want to look elsewhere.
I usually shy away from reads that, as an idea, seem intriguing, but in the end (or before) it is poorly executed. Not the case with this book. Loved every minute of it and the narrator was awesome.
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The Last Policeman was a clever mashup of post-apocalyptic chaos in the calm but mysterious path of a detective who chooses doing what he does best while the rest of the world waits to die. From the first page to the end, Ben H. Winters proved to be an author I’ll keep on my short list for stories that are easy to enjoy, have more than meets the eye, and deliver on mystery, humor and emotion. I love post-apocalyptic stories, and this story hit that sweet spot, though in a bit different way than the zombie or alien invasions I normally read.
I enjoyed it all the way to the end, and while I’ll keep going with the series, my only criticism is that I wasn’t blown away by the mystery revelation. I didn’t predict the ending, but when the big bad was revealed and the conclusion on display, I was a little disappointed.
In this story, we have a detective who persists after a suicide he believes was a murder while suicides are rampant, this suicide appears cut and dry and everyone else is wondering why he cares. There is only a few months left before the asteroid hits, and yet he refuses to be like those who focus inwardly and pursue self gratification. I liked that about him. I would like to think I’d do the same thing, so I rooted for him, both in his pursuit of the possible murderer and motive as well as in the development of his last chance at love.
I listened to the audiobook version and really enjoyed the narrator. The writing is tight and the characters engaging. The plot is strong enough to keep it tense and provide moments of humor and emotion for an enjoyable balance of entertainment. I’m curious about how this becomes a series after what seems like a straightforward stand-alone novel. I will continue in the series, but I didn’t have to move on to book two right away.
Apocalyptic novels usually follow similar schemes, this one is no true exception, but it is not the everyday story too. I liked the beginning most which basically focus on the pre-apocalyptic situation. Then it puts the focus on the detective story bit which is good, but not exciting, from here on the plot significantly - and astonishingly - lost much pace for me. The ending / solution was an ending but nothing else. All in all: I will not continue with this series.
Narration was OK.