Eight Minutes, Thirty-Two Seconds

Narrated by: Tom Howery
Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
4 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Nominated for the 2019 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in the Young Adult Novel category.

Over eight billion people died when the world ended.

Two survived.

L and M don't know why they're alive. They don't remember what happened. Addicted to a drug that kills them for eight minutes and 32 seconds, they risk the end of humanity in order to learn the truth.

©2019 Peter Adam Salomon (P)2019 Peter Adam Salomon

Critic Reviews

"EIGHT MINUTES, THIRTY-TWO SECONDS is a twisty and unnerving horror thriller! Scary, mind-bending and fast-paced! Brace yourself...!" (Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin and V-Wars) 

 "Lightning-fast, riveting, and smart. Just try to put this book down!" (Jeanne Ryan, author of Nerve)

"It's rare to read a book that feels genuinely unique, that stands apart from the tropes and retreads; it's rarer still to peel away that book's layers of tension and tragedy to discover that it's really a beautifully-crafted story about compassion (and the consequences of losing it) and love. That's exactly what Peter Adam Salomon accomplishes with his extraordinary Eight Minutes, Thirty-Two Seconds, and I cannot recommend this book highly enough." (Lisa Morton, Bram Stoker Award-winning author and editor, President of the Horror Writers Association)

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Excellent

Not sure what I was expecting but this took me by surprise
I read anything apocalypse related I can get my hands on and this definitely stands out as one of the more creative ones
Brilliant storytelling andNot wanting to spoil anything I can only give it the highest recommendation
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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Sci-Fi apocalypse

The blurb sounded really interesting and it was this that made me pick this audiobook. It is creative but I did find it confusing at times and slow paced in others. There are good parts and I wanted more of those.
I have listened to this narrator before and thought he was great but I felt he did not suit this audiobook.

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A Different Apocalypse

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A creative sci-fi apocalypse. We come into the story as the last two people have been trying to figure out what happened and why they were spared.

It’s a one part really good, one part confusing, and one part dull-ish without a climax or significant viable villain. It lacked true emotion; it really didn’t even capture desperation nor despair.

Anyone seeking a different apocalypse fix without a thriller, but with some suspense would appreciate this more than I did.

This is my voluntary review of an audiobook received for free.

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  • 01-19-20

I was expecting more...

Even though the story keeps you on your toes trying to figure out it's meaning, it was a bit of a disappointment to me. I was expecting more and even the ending sound a bit cliché...
The point that is more confusing is the flash-backs the main characters have when they "die". I failed to see the point of them.
In opposition, I liked the present time, of them trying to figure out why and where they are. The computer is a great character and reminded me a lot of the famous sketch "Computer says NO" from Monty Python. Hilarious. Still after the 20th repetition it does get a lot of boring - but I understand that is the point.
The narration is very good, specially for the computer part.
In the end, this story has a lot of unfulfilled potential... too bad...

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Eight Minutes

This was not what I was expecting.At the end of the world the last two people are doing drugs to relive memories and to die,over and over.Interesting but just mostly boring to me.Tom Howery was an ok narrator. was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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Interesting. Potential

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author. There were parts of this book that I did not find very cohesive and they were a bit confusing. I had to re-listen to several parts. I never became too connected with the characters plight, and I think it’s because my mind would wander while listening. Maybe one day I’ll re-listen. I think I missed stuff.
I had a few issues with the plot, including..if the world population except 6 teenagers died quite quickly, who built the massive facility with advanced equipment and stocked it? Regardless, this was an original storyline to me and overall I’m glad I listened to it. It had potential. Unique idea.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Tom Howery ). He did well with the different voices including the computer. He had a cadence that was more akin to telling a story instead of reading it.

There are no explicit sex scenes, or excessive violence. There is the very occasional swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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Tense and gripping and heartbreakingly deep

WHOA. Just, whoa. I just finished this book and honestly don't know how to write a review for it. It's so full of everything, of life and death and sorrow and joy and despair and hope.

It's deeply philosophical, and subversive of the common YA tropes--plucky teenagers fighting to save a world the adults destroyed. In this book, it's something of the reverse. It starts with M and L, the last people on earth, and their mysterious need to die almost every day for eight minutes and thirty-two seconds, and when they're revived, they remember just a little bit more of the lives of six teenagers leading up to the end of the world. The story unfolds in increasing desperation in both flashbacks of other lives and the decreasing gap in times between "deaths" in the present. It's a love story. And a story of despair and tenacity against all odds. I was on the edge of my seat right until the very last lines.

The narration was absolutely fantastic as well. The narrator did such an excellent job at the unintentionally uncooperative AI that I wanted to clobber the AI's servers every time the characters hit an informational wall. Really great job.

What a home run. If you like deep and deeply emotional stories that speak to issues humanity faces, definitely pick this one up.

I requested a free review copy and voluntarily left this review.

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Intriguing Sci-Fi Story

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Here, there are only two people left in the world - they have no memory of what happened to everyone else, why they are the only individuals left, can't remember their own names - calling themselves L and M - and have AI which has no information in its databases which can help them. So, they inject a drug which causes them to die for 8 minutes, 32 seconds but allows them to access the lives of other people which provides them some insight as to their circumstances. Problem is that their memories are fragmented when they come back to life. They write these fragments down - trying to piece it all together to make sense of their existence.

This is an intriguing premise which kept me puzzling along with L and M as to what happened, why the AI had no information and why they were in this labyrinth of a facility which had multiple rooms requiring DNA [and not their DNA] for access. The story is slowly revealed in bits and pieces - some immediately make sense and some you have to file away for it to fit in later.

The one thing lacking with this presentation was the narrator. He was perfect for the voice of the AI - but unfortunately the lackluster monotone delivery was used for the entire narrative, which distracted from my enjoyment of this book.

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Unconventional and gripping story

Two teenagers, L and M, live inside an isolated facility. They are the last two people alive in the world, but they don’t remember what happened to the rest of the world. They are addicted to a drug that kills them for eight minutes and thirty-two seconds but that also makes them dream, during that time, about other lives. With this scattered information and an AI with not much information, they try to puzzle everything together and maybe find out who they are and what happened to the world.

Wow, this was something special! It was good that I came with no expectations to this book, because it was very different to anything I have read before. I found the beginning a bit confussing, until I got used to how the story was structured. They were six names that mean nothing to me, like they mean nothing to L and M at first. Little by little we, and they, get to know more, and I began suspecting more or less when they did.

Tom Howery narration was mostly correct, and the audio production was spotless. His AI interpretation was excellent, but I would have preferred a bit more emotion when interpreting the characters. I found the narration a bit monotone and at times even robotic. I had issues, at times, to discern whether it was the AI talking, one of the characters, or part of the plain narrative.

This was a gripping story that had me listening non-stop. Once I started puzzling some things together the only thing I could do was keep listening until the end. I just needed to know everything, to know who, to know why, and how. If you are into unconventional stories, and up for a different story structure, I definitely recommend this book.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Beware of the medicine

This was a very cool audiobook. It definitely had a lot working for it, the premise, the characters, the backstory fit together very nicely and intrigue me. However, I think it was just missing a little something. Perhaps an execution, perhaps on the performance or maybe a combination of the two I just can’t quite put my finger on it. I got really involved in this universe quite quickly and I think I wanted more description. At times during this audiobook I just felt like my mind was getting pulled away from the story when I should’ve been totally enthralled. I really enjoyed the twists and turns along the way but wanted more. I like the mystery surrounding our characters but thought that with more knowledge of where they came from and who they were it would’ve really helped out the backstory, however I understand why they were written the way they were. I found myself liking parts of the performances and then just shrugging my shoulders and others. It was almost as if you could tell what mood the narrator was while they were performing. At times they were very enthusiastic and at others it felt like they were just reading a phonebook. The audio quality was great, and was easy to listen to. This was overall a great story and I really liked what it had going for it. I just felt like it was missing something and perhaps that’s a good thing because there could be a spin off book? I was provided a free copy of this audiobook from the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an honest review from audiobook Boom

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  • Norma Miles
  • 07-20-19

All systems operating within recommended parameter

Two people, one male and one female, alone in a giant warehouse comp!ex with only an AI who cannot, or will not, tell them what has happened. Because they are the only two survivors of the end of the world. But they can't re.ember it. They can't even remember their own names.

But, bit by tiny bit, they begin to piece together some outline of an history. An injected drug, which effectively kills them, for eight minutes and thirty two seconds allows them a glimpse through the eyes of one of six characters from the past. Trouble is, the person, place or time is unpredictable, and, like a dream, that knowledge also disperses when they revive even though they try hard to write down what little they have learned.

But through the confusion and repetition and desperation, the reader is given a picture of the two known only as M. and L., of their present surroundings and how they are where they are. This is a very intriguing read, cleverly presented, and performed excellently by Tom Howey whose narration only increases the dystopian feel of the story, and the tensions which build as the book progresses.

A quickish read, and one which I personally found exciting and fresh. My deep thanks to the rights holder of Eight Minutes and Forth Two Seconds, who, at my request via Audiobook Boom, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. Not having previously read anything by Peter Salomon, I had no idea what to expect but it wasn't this: and it far exceeded anything I might have anticipated. This is an author I will look out for in the future. Great cover, too, reminiscent of classic S.F.works. And, for anyone who enjoys dystopian tales, S.F., or original ways of telling a story, this book is highly recommended