A Kiss Before the Apocalypse

A Remy Chandler Novel, Book 1
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Series: Remy Chandler, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
4 out of 5 stars (280 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Boston P.I. Remy Chandler has many talents. He can will himself invisible; he can speak and understand any foreign language (including the language of animals); and if he listens carefully, he can hear thoughts.

Unusual, to say the least—for an ordinary man. But Remy is no ordinary man—he’s an angel. Generations ago, when he was known as the angel Remiel, he chose to renounce heaven and live on Earth. He’s found a place among us ordinary humans, with friendship, a job he’s good at—and love.

Now he is being drawn into a case with strong ties to his angelic past. The Angel of Death has gone missing, and Remy’s former colleagues have come to him for help. But what at first seems to be about tracing a missing person turns out to involve much more—a conspiracy that has as its goal the destruction of the human race. An only Remy Chandler can stop it.

©2008 Thomas E. Sniegoski (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with NAL Signet, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Fans of urban fantasy and classic detective stories will enjoy this smart and playful story." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Great story worth the listen!

Where does A Kiss Before the Apocalypse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My wife and I have listened to many audiobooks of the same/similar genre and we've loved this one the most.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot kept us listening til the end just to see if Remy was successful in his quest.

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

Our favorite character/s had to be Remy and of course Marlow.

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

We laughed at some of the witty remarks the characters made. The epilogue actually moved my wife to tears.

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best audiobooks we've listened to in quite a while.

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Engrossing

If you could sum up A Kiss Before the Apocalypse in three words, what would they be?

Three words: Angels, Demons and Men

What other book might you compare A Kiss Before the Apocalypse to and why?

I would compare this book to the series Supernatural, though a little more gritty and in depth with more of a love of angels and dogs.

Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Luke Daniels never lets me down, even if the story does.

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

Every interaction with Remmy and his wife gets to me. I can't think of a person, male or female, who wouldn't think: I hope it's like that for me...

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Angelic Urban Fantasy

Why did I pick this book? I had just finished all the so far published Dresden books and this book looked very similar ... and I was right. If you like the Dresden Files you're almost guaranteed to like this one.

Overall story ... I'd give it a four. It's a good detective yarn, fun story, good characters. But the reason I gave it a five star review is because of the world that Thomas created. Thomas creates a rich world with wonderful background history, and awesome detail. I would love to just explore the world that Remy Chandler lives in. Thomas has created his own world where Remy left the army of God as an angel to try to become a human, however, the change isn't easy and Remy must fight his Sephardim self constantly to remain human.

My only complaint is the all to often use of the f word, but I guess if you hang out with fallen angels you can't expect them to have clean language.

My favorite part of the whole book though is any conversation that Remy has with this dog Marlowe. Marlowe is an awesome character that really adds an upbeat, innocent voice to an end of the world scenario.

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Delightfully Adult All The Way

Luke Daniels performs the characters in this tale with skill and perfection. He's a gem! Full of mythology and intrigue, the storyline is not only interesting but also thought provoking. I have hit bottom lately with too many novels that fail to build a decent plot and neglect to build character profiles that are 3 dimensional. Remy Chandler does not dussappont. If you are a fan of Dystopian or fantasy novels then you may have found a fantastic new series to love. I'm all on for #2. I want more Marlow (Remy's dog)and more Remy please!

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A race to save the world.

What made the experience of listening to A Kiss Before the Apocalypse the most enjoyable?

This was a different paranormal twist novel and I enjoyed that it was different.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Kiss Before the Apocalypse?

Remy Chandler and his reluctant side kicks.

Which scene was your favorite?

The touching scenes with his wife.

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

the touching scenes with his wife.

Any additional comments?

Luke Daniels did a great job with Remy's voice.

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First Time Listener of Unique Story

The ending of this book made me cry because it was so beautiful., but I lived the story from beginning to end. Made me laugh & cry.

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Interesting Concept

It is an interesting concept. I do not understand why the author has to portrait everyone in the book to use so much profanity. I can see trying to make certain characters seem like they are tough guys, but even the good guys have foul mouths. Didn't quite get that.

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Slogged through it

I grabbed this because of 1) Luke Daniels and 2) I love urban fantasy.

I didn't like this one one bit. The voice Daniels chose for the main character was beyond obnoxious. It seems Daniels has a habit of trying to make main characters unlikable. Hard to understand the voice choice. The story was mundane and childish. Skipping the rest of the series.

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I listen to this book again and again!

The narrator is the right blend of quirky and straight. He brings the dialogue alive.

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entertaining

Luke Daniels, is as always, a wonderful performer here. the book itself was good, well-rounded characters and a believable plot (within the realms of the story of course)