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The Last Ship Audiobook

The Last Ship: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Hailed "an extraordinary novel of men at war" (Washington Post), The Last Ship is the book that inspired the TNT mini series starring Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, and Adam Baldwin, with Michael Bay as executive producer.

The unimaginable has happened: The world has been plunged into all-out nuclear war. Sailing near the Arctic Circle, the USS Nathan James is relatively unscathed, but the future is grim and Captain Thomas is facing mutiny from the tattered remnants of his crew. With civilization in ruins, he urges those that remain - 152 men and 26 women - to pull together in search of land. Once they reach safety, however, the men and women on board realize that they are the earth's last remaining survivors - and they've all been exposed to radiation. When none of the women seems able to conceive, fear sets in. Will this be the end of humankind?

This thrilling tale of post apocalyptic suspense is perfect for readers of Going Home by A. American, Lights Out by DavidCrawford, The End and The Long Road by G. Michael Hopf, and One Second After by William Forstchen.

©1988 William Brinkley (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    The Zombie Specialist Secret Fortress 03-08-15
    The Zombie Specialist Secret Fortress 03-08-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Sailor Beware"

    This is one of the books in which I both loved and hated. The loved the premise of the book. However, at times the style of writing drove me to the point of going postal! Strangely, at other times I found it like a drug which left me wanting more. At times it felt like the author was using words for the sake of using words! At other times the descriptive nature of the language was like sweet music to my ears.

    I couldn't help but think about the author. What sort of person was/is he? Did he really speak and think like this in real life? I bet he would be the life of a party. I imagine he could insult me in 15 different languages.

    I would like you to imagine me saying this in the voice of Forrest Gump; “I’m not a smart man, but I know what…” it takes to finish this book. It takes commitment. It takes a certain type of mood. Perhaps a certain type of insanity because unless you like to examine every last thing in detail. If you are the type of person who goes out into the rain to try and count the rain drops then you will love this one!

    My advice is simple, listen to the sample not once, not twice, but over and over again for at least an hour. If you can still stomach the style of writing then go for it! You will have what it takes! This is the title for you. It will certainly give you a good credit per hour ratio, which is very important if you have to watch your cash flow like me (cheap skate actually for me).

    If you have any doubts about the style, then do yourself a favour and let this one pass. You will go mad in an attempt to make it to the end. Because, frankly the story is good enough for you to attempt it. If you buy it and don't make it through to the end you will hate yourself. If you do make it through to the end you will still probably ending up hating yourself. It will only be worse for you if you work in a industry in which you have to deal with people. I know my tolerance dropped sharply while listening to this one... If I have to tell one more person "have you tried turning it off and on again' I will hit them over the head with my keyboard while asking myself the question why did I spend 29 hours of my jam packed week listening to "The Last Ship"?

    So you have been warned sailor!

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Queen Creek, AZ 04-30-15
    Ryan Queen Creek, AZ 04-30-15 Member Since 2010

    You want me to take out both ear buds?

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    "Very punctilios word choices"

    First of all, the TV series if VERY loosely based on this book. About the only thing in common is the ship and a few of the sailors names. That's fine with me because the idea behind the book is very good. Yes, some of the information is a bit dated, but I was glad to hear the ship had a good supply of VHS and cassette tapes.

    The word choice in this book was very punctilios (you can look it up too). Halfway through the book I was convinced the author was just starting to make words up. I even did a web search for a dictionary just so I could start looking words up to catch him. Perhaps due to the generational gap, but the authors literary style would have fit in better had the book taken place in the 1700's.
    example:
    "... the waters offering us a spondaic series of soft swells which gave a gentle roll and pitch so synchronized as to make the ship seem for once in fraternal rapport with the sea and to move through it with a serine swish. The sea all about lying in a melancholy splendor, luminous stillness the universe seemingly held in hands of tranquility ..."

    The narrator didn't skip a beat in his reading of this book. There were no edits or stutters as he muddled through these words and his voices varied and were appropriate. Maybe the narrator read the same "word of the day" books the author did.

    I liked this book but now feel like I have neglected my study of the English language and will endeavor to broaden my vocabulary so I can talk good too. 😀

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    carl Oregon City, OR, United States 02-27-15
    carl Oregon City, OR, United States 02-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not what I expected"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The Last Ship was totally unexpected. When I finally got through all 29 hours I felt it was time well spent, although again, it left me with mixed feelings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Books like this are simply not written any more. It had the feel of post-apocalyptic novels like On the Beach or Earth Abides. However it was written in an almost 19th century style. Think Melville or even Poe. Very formal and philosophical.


    Did The Last Ship inspire you to do anything?

    Pick up Moby Dick again.


    Any additional comments?

    As I said before, the author was extremely erudite. In other words he would not use a fifty-cent word if a two dollar word was available. This book would be a treasure-trove for scrabble fans. Because it was written in the late 80's it is a bit anachronistic technology-wise. The author also allowed some glaring errors in order to heighten the plot.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 04-10-15
    Alan 04-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "An amazing book"
    What did you love best about The Last Ship?

    The depth of the story line illustrating the terror of nuclear Armageddon around the world. But also the hope of a small band of men and woman have for the future of humanity.


    What other book might you compare The Last Ship to and why?

    Other books of on this subject that come to mind are The Road and On the Beach but this book surpasses them all by illustrating the horror of what these weapons of mass destruction can accomplish


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    By far the Captain of the last ship. He is more than the narrator but the soul of the story. His humanity and strong leadership under unprecedented circumstances is stirring and believable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A epic story of survival.... for humanity.


    Any additional comments?

    I am surprised by the negative comments of this book. William Brinkley has written a masterpiece of fiction of the horrors of the atomic age. Anyone who reads this book will be left with some images that will linger for a very long time. But also an appreciation of what we have now with our families and world around us.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen N. Moscoe Vancouver, WA United States 03-03-15
    Ellen N. Moscoe Vancouver, WA United States 03-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Not like television series but still excellent!"

    This is not the modern television series. It is a story set in the nuclear 1980's from the point of view of the Captain of a Naval Destroyer carrying possible First Strike Nuclear Weapons. The unthinkable happens and a nuclear holocaust wipes out everything. "What happens??

    You are in the captain's mind as he struggles with and makes unbelievably difficult decisions. You see his values and his prejudices as well as his strengths and his deep love of his crew and his ship. This book leaves a lot of the mysteries and questions unanswered. You will wonder along with the captain whether he is making the right decisions . This book gave me a lot to think about.

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    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Ireland 04-04-15
    Pat Ireland 04-04-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Magnificent!"
    Where does The Last Ship rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the most remarkable books in the post-apocalyptic genre I've ever read or listened to. The author manages to keep the pace going steadily even though it is a very long novel. I really couldn't put it down for the nearly 30 hours it took the narrator to read the book.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Bravo to Lane for managing to narrate such a long book without tiring the reader out. He does a great job for nearly 30 hours.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Unfortunately, as the cover of this audio book notes, this book has already been made into a series on the TNT network. I say unfortunately, because as is too often the case, the television gurus ignored the bulk of the book to create a video monstrosity. The TV series follows a plot unrecognizable from that of 'The Last Ship.' It's not worth watching.


    Any additional comments?

    Author Brinkley published this book as the Cold War was coming to a close, so it is technically a wee bit dated. But with the potential for world-scale nuclear disaster still very much alive the book remains timely.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Harry S. Kindle III 06-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Superfluous voluminous thesaurusful prose"
    What would have made The Last Ship better?

    Efficient elegant effective writing


    Would you recommend The Last Ship to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I wish them to remain my friends.


    What three words best describe Christopher Lane’s voice?

    Suitable, adequate, tolerant. Does a good job considering the material.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    My annoyance kept my mind off the commute


    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    petshrink San Diego, CA USA 09-19-16
    petshrink San Diego, CA USA 09-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great read"

    very enjoyable read worth great introceptive details and descriptions with rich vocabulary. terrifying dystopia that anyone in the position of making nuclear arms decisions must read.

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    ronald maxwell henderspn nvv 09-01-16
    ronald maxwell henderspn nvv 09-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "seriously"

    freaking awful, great idea. but part of the way through, did a 6th grader finish the book. the two main characters are educated, inteligent, then out of the blue they turn into porn stars, graphic money shot scene , the captain orders everyone to attend and show respect to thecharacter that is killing everyone . yea that makes sense. der der der.

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    Joseph Green 08-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty Boring"

    You never learn what happened. Person reading it is to monotone. Very boring to listen to.

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  • O. Ashford
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    4/13/15
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    "Thoughtful deep contemplation on a possible apocal"
    Where does The Last Ship rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely in the top audiobooks I've read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Ship?

    The wistful reminiscences of the captain juxtaposing the current scenario and world with that of his memories brings into focus what has been lost.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The island


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It would be if not for the fact it's ~30 hours long!


    Any additional comments?

    It's not a super fast based book but it is so well worth the listen, part of the charm is the seeming peace that punctuates the moments of fear and disaster. The narration is fantastic and Christopher Lane's voice is rich and deep but also versatile enough to cover all required situations. Although the book did reach a satisfying conclusion I could have definitely listened to another 30 hours!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ivor
    9/20/16
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    "Not the TVs series story!"

    This is a very enjoyable story, but unlike the TVs series this is not about a global pandemic, oh no! Something far worse!
    Some interesting plot twists thrown in for good measure.
    Majority of the story is told from a first person perspective, not an un-enjoyable format but unlike my usual authors (Patrick O'brian, Julian Stockwin)
    It is long, 29hours or so.

    I will be listening to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P. Stewart
    UK
    7/17/16
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    "Captivating"

    It's long...but afterwards you will wish it was longer. There are times when the descriptive passages become close to painful and you just want to shout "just tell me what happens". But you need to persevere! There are still questions left unresolved throughout but...in reality of course those involved would also be in a position of not knowing. Highly recommended especially if you've ever served at sea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    3/4/16
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    "Really struggled"

    I usually give books the time to settle but have a feeling I will not return to this book.

    I expected more but really disappointed. The first book I will not be finishing in a long time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    Hereford, United Kingdom
    2/22/16
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    "5 stars"

    Five stars all the way.
    This book from 1988 is sadly still relevant.
    And for a book from the eighties forward thinking.
    Not at all dated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Johnson
    London
    9/22/15
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    "Great story let down by massive over-description"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone with the patience to listen to everything being described twice before any action takes place


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Ship?

    when I got bored of listening to it


    What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    not sure


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Ship?

    Hard to say


    Any additional comments?

    I love the storyline. It is intriguing and I really wanted to get to the explanation of the back-story but I was just so bored of the lengthy preambles to any action. The author got carried away with the use of excessively lengthy explanations of everything and yet, when he forgot to embellish it, the story and characters were great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. M. York
    Manchester, UK
    6/17/15
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    "The Captain's Log"

    Many comparisons are drawn between this book and "On the Beach" written some three decades earlier, indeed there are many similarities though there are far greater differences. The novel harks back to a time where the thought of nuclear holocaust was greater than perhaps it is today, though it is also quite a poignant note of how entirely man could destroy himself.

    The book is told entirely from the perspective of the Captain of the Nathan James, who is seldom referred to by name and in fact throughout the book you never learn his full name. The Captain tells in mellifluous detail about the life aboard a Navy destroyer, his role as the Captain and what decisions he must make to keep his crew alive as the world is consumed with radiation.

    The book takes you deep into the mind of the Captain, and as such spends an enormous amount of time on reflection and various ponderings. At times this can slow the progress of the story down considerably, indeed there are moments where it feels as though the good Captain has swallowed a thesaurus given the vast amount of descriptions he can apply to the various situations.

    This is a long book though one that I have enjoyed greatly, and it really felt as though I was in the Captain's cabin with him throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt Sapsford
    London, England
    5/28/15
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    "unoriginal and slow"

    Read On The Beach instead. The narration was completely destroyed by the narrator's hiss on the letter "s" which could easily been reduced in post production.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David brine
    5/26/15
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    "I need to learn more words"

    Great story just wish the author had not eaten a dictionary before he wrote this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alexander
    Dublin 12, Ireland
    5/5/15
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    "ex navy?"

    a real man's book. narrated by a US destroyers captain who with his ship were spared the nuclear war.
    Not a war story but how he and his crew pulled through.
    I am hoping for a sequel with the same excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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