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Last Best Hope | [T.C. Butts]

Last Best Hope

Everyone has a story to tell…I’m Charlie, and this is mine. My life…unremarkable when compared to gods and kings, until the day the sky exploded. Now, everything has changed…life is all new. This is where it took me, and the people whose stories met up with mine. From her home in the Colorado Rockies, reclusive Charlie watches the stunning star-filled sky when fireballs begin to rain down on the city below…Denver is destroyed. When she learns that most of the life on this planet is gone, she takes shelter in a large cave cut deep into the mountainside, and then is joined by other refugees. From that moment on, her life swerves down a path completely unexpected. She reconnects with people, finds love and hope again. Charlie diaries the events following a catastrophic attack on this planet. This is the story of the people who travel that path with her, who become family. Can they keep their humanity…find happiness when the world they knew is shattered forever? As they struggle to find out what is left for the remaining members of the human race, will they someday face the unseen enemy? Will they ever be safe again? Follow Charlie’s journey into a world where survival means more than just staying alive.
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Everyone has a story to tell…I’m Charlie, and this is mine. My life…unremarkable when compared to gods and kings, until the day the sky exploded. Now, everything has changed…life is all new. This is where it took me, and the people whose stories met up with mine.

From her home in the Colorado Rockies, reclusive Charlie watches the stunning star-filled sky when fireballs begin to rain down on the city below…Denver is destroyed. When she learns that most of the life on this planet is gone, she takes shelter in a large cave cut deep into the mountainside, and then is joined by other refugees. From that moment on, her life swerves down a path completely unexpected. She reconnects with people, finds love and hope again. Charlie diaries the events following a catastrophic attack on this planet. This is the story of the people who travel that path with her, who become family. Can they keep their humanity…find happiness when the world they knew is shattered forever? As they struggle to find out what is left for the remaining members of the human race, will they someday face the unseen enemy? Will they ever be safe again? Follow Charlie’s journey into a world where survival means more than just staying alive.

©2012 Teresa C. Butts (P)2014 Teresa C. Butts

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    Wanda B 04-11-15
    Wanda B 04-11-15
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    "Kept me listening even at work!"

    From beginning to end, I kept thinking, she will wake up from a dream. I really loved the story as it progressed and the narrator was just the perfect person for the job. All the emotion, joy, fear, from one end to the far end of the scale. I caught myself crying while driving down the road when serenity and peace drifted away, other drivers kept looking at me strangely.
    I started this book because of the author, not knowing much about it, but was really surprised when I could not stop. I got the audible and listened in the car. Without telling much of the story, the progression of all the love story's and survival mode was beautiful. I also think the narrator can make or break an audible book and this was a great match.
    Thanks for making me stop and thinking about a LAST BEST HOPE that can come any day .......

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    med c 09-06-14
    med c 09-06-14
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    "Entertaining"
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    Last Best Hope is an entertaining audiobook. It sucks you into it from the beginning and never lets go until it is over. I really enjoyed it and I would recommend it.

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    jami hiawatha, ia, United States 09-02-14
    jami hiawatha, ia, United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A different type of apocalypse"
    If you could sum up Last Best Hope in three words, what would they be?

    Last best hope.. pretty much sums it up perfectly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Last Best Hope?

    When John comes back, I was hoping Charlie was going to have someone to spend the apocalypse with :)


    What about Cheril Lee’s performance did you like?

    She had a pleasant voice, very easy to listen to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not an extreme reaction, but I did smile quite a bit. And sniffle a little when Serenity and Peace passed on.


    Any additional comments?

    I normally go for higer action - zombie apocalypse - lots of gore type books, so this was a pleasant change. It's like the optimistic apocalypse, at first I was a little annoyed that everything went perfectly - but I grew to enjoy the writing style.

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    Shanti 08-28-14
    Shanti 08-28-14

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    "A pleasure to listen too!"

    I'm used to dystopian type reads in this genre so this was a switch! But, it was a pleasant switch. An end of the world scenario but with people that keep the out look as positive as possible under the circumstances. You have the dark sides to the story but without hashing it out to were the negative is predominate over the positive in way of description. Sometimes you don't need the detail descriptions of the bad, just knowing is enough. This author gives you the bad without pages of gory detail so you don't need a strong stomach here. There is love and loss. Hope and determination. Change and adaption. Unity and collaboration. A really pleasant end of the world experience. That sounds weird but this story isn't all despair and pain. Its the positive of the human experience and that was really nice for a change.
    The character development is fabulous!!! You really get to know everyone. You cant help but come to care about them all. There are parts you need a tissue for but many parts that bring smiles.
    The narration was excellent!! The narrators voice really fit the first person perspective she was depicting. The change in characters was great. I had no problem distinguishing them apart. She gave the characters personality and emotions came through. Her voice was clear, crisp and pleasant. This was truly a pleasurable listen.
    This story was on the lighter side of my usual scifi read, but I am glad I got to experience it.
    This is my personal review via a promotion. Its one of the wins for me!! So glad I got to experience this book. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Berg GAS CITY, IN, United States 08-26-14
    Terri Berg GAS CITY, IN, United States 08-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "An Exciting Sci Fi"
    Would you listen to Last Best Hope again? Why?

    Yes! I very much enjoyed listening to this book. It really gives a lot of food for thought. What if this really was to happen? There is so much to plan for.


    What other book might you compare Last Best Hope to and why?

    I don't compare books because people that don't like the book it is compared to, wouldn't like this book either and that is unfair. Each book should be judged individually.


    Which character – as performed by Cheril Lee – was your favorite?

    Charlie! Charlie was there from the beginning. Charlie started this little world in Old Lady cave & then ventured out to find others to bring back.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    1) Bring tissues! When the group was outside one night & heard a bike coming up, they were gathering weapons, not knowing who it could be. I was hoping & even said out loud, please be John. OMG, it was John! I was so thrilled. Charlie needed some happiness in her life & a companion!2) Almost at the end when the dogs died. I cried too!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book! It was much better than I thought it would be. It is filled with love, fight, emotions, family & war! A very moving book which gives us so much to think about. The narrators multiple voices were great! The author is fantastic!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tara 01-09-15
    Tara 01-09-15
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    "waited for something exciting to happen"

    interesting, I like post apocalyptic stuff and although it teetered between a more realistic view and a sickening sweet big happy family feel. I kept waiting for a climax but wasn't satisfied. I never did find out what really happened and didn't get the Impression that I ever will.

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    Ryan 12-14-14
    Ryan 12-14-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Good Story Wrong Audience"
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    This story sounded like it would be a very interesting story about the end of the world and the survivors. This proved to be the case. The story was well told and was read very well. I fear however that i was the wrong audience for the way in which this story was written. I found certain mind set related concept were constant in the book and were not meant to appeal to me as a reader. This detracted from the overall enjoyment of the story. I would personally and the additional qualifier to this book as "Chick-lit". The story was well thought out and had some interesting concepts. I just was not the intended audience.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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