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Cristin

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  • The Last Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (480)

    What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

    Amazon Customer says: "There was trepidation ..."
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    Would you try another book from Ben H. Winters and/or Peter Berkrot?

    I might give the author another try but not the narrator.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Really?! I'd like to know. But I doubt I'll suffer through the next book to find out.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I'm not entirely certain if it was wholly the narrator's fault that this was as grating as it was. It could have been the director or simply the writing. But I ended up hating the protagonist. Which is problematic as the entire book is first person from his point of view.
    Almost any other narrator I have heard could have made this book at least bearable.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was practically irate by the end of the book. If it had been any longer I would have bailed on it. But I have yet to bail on an audio book. I really, really wanted to like this book. The premise is intriguing but the POV character is such a milquetoast ninny that I kept wanting someone to shoot him and take over the narrative.
    And I feel bad about that. But there it is.


    Any additional comments?

    This concept had such potential and completely failed on almost every level. On the plus side, it isn't that long and it's inexpensive.

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