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Critically acclaimed author Ben H. Winters delivers this explosive final installment in the Edgar Award winning Last Policeman series.

With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force. But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank's safety is only relative, and his only relative - his sister Nico - isn't safe. Soon, it's clear that there's more than one earth-shattering revelation on the horizon, and it's up to Hank to solve the puzzle before time runs out - for everyone.

©2014 Ben H. Winters (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Best one!

I've read (listened to) all three books. The writing and vision have gotten better with each book. All thought the idea of a mystery set during the end of days sounds silly, you really come to understand that for Detective Palace solving mysteries is what's keeping him from going "bucket list." I found this story especially heartbreaking and original. I'd highly recommend this book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 08-19-14

The Last Policeman series surprises yet again!

If you could sum up World of Trouble in three words, what would they be?

Clarifying, thoughtful, powerful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Last Policeman is ont of my favourite Audible characters, and he doesn't dissappoint here. Self aware, honest, principle driven. A memorable fictional character.

What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

He owns this series. All of it.

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

The last sections are amazing, clarifying the series.

Any additional comments?

So much to say, so little time and room. All I can say is, if you have tracked this series, this makes it even more worthwhile. Highly recommended.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I love this trilogy...I really do

All good things must come to an end. If you are looking at reviews to decide whether to venture into this trilogy, do yourself a favour. Get it now.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas
  • FARMINGTON, NM, United States
  • 01-28-15

Satisfying Ending, But Takes Goodwill to Get There

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you listened to/read The Last Policeman and Countdown City, and enjoyed them, you will be glad to read the last part of the trilogy. it is a satisfying resolution of the threads that Ben Winters spun in the first two instalments.

Would you recommend World of Trouble to your friends? Why or why not?

But as a stand-alone book, it is pale. The story draws down on the goodwill that the first two novels established. The charming quixotic-ism of those stories becomes a bit strained here. Henry Palace gets just a bit too weird, unless you have already come to love him.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last one, which I will not spoil by describing.

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

As the great mystery begins to be resolved and Henry's quest draws to an end, it actually pulls you into his world, which is about to end. It is a sad book.

Any additional comments?

The narrator, Peter Berkrot, departs from the verbal style he used in Last Policeman and Countdown City, and ruffles Henry Palace's easy calm. This Palace is hectic and talky, the annoying monologger sitting behind you on the Greyhound bus. I think it was appropriate to the change in mood of the story, but it was a bit wearing. I am giving full marks for the performance because I think it was a good artistic choice for a book that is, let's be frank, a bit hard to take.

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  • Joel
  • NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States
  • 12-12-14

Its the End of the World As We Know It

I'm so conflicted on the entire Last Policeman trilogy. I purchased each of the three books in the hopes that it would build to a climatic conclusion. On paper these books are right up my alley. The world is coming to an end, and Detective Hank Palace is trying to figure out what to do with the remaining months of his life. The first two novels (The Last Policeman & Countdown City) were both good entertaining short reads. Nice appetizers in between some of my more meaty reads this year.

Out of the three books World of Trouble is probably my least favorite. Its not a bad book but I just found Hank's motives and mindset to be completely unbelievable. The fact that Hank is continuing to be a detective until the very last moments of humans existence doesn't even make sense. He has this vendetta to find a sister that throughout the novels never seems to really want to spend the remaining time alive with him. I also never got the feeling that Hank was a real person. He always felt like an ideal of a detective at the end of the world.

There were some interesting moments but I was kind of left without any emotion. I'm just not sure the idea of a detective at the end of the world made for the best story. I think it could have but this wasn't it. Still its a entertaining short read and a journey that although not exciting was worth the journey nonetheless.

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Not much to enjoy

The first 2 books of the series were entertaining, but book #3 was mostly just a series of unpleasant scenarios with no real payoff. There was far too much desperate whining, and I couldn't wait for it to end. Sorry. He's a good writer, but this is not a great book. I don't mean to be unkind, but I can't recommend this one.

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  • John
  • Kenmore, WA, United States
  • 05-24-16

Pulls You Back In

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A compelling story which the narrator enhances with subtle voice. Quiet engrossing. A story which I will listen again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of World of Trouble?

The author is able to bring the story to a personal level. You know only what the narrator knows. And find out in good time. A very compelling read.

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

Have finished the Last Policeman Trilogy and glad I did it. A little resentful because each time I would start to listen everything else in my world took second priority. I would listen to the end.

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

Yes. Several times.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed the book and the series. Still a lot of unanswered questions, plus a big concern as to What Happens Next. Maybe there will be another.

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Even better than the other titles in the series

This final book in the “Last Policeman” series was satisfying on several levels. First, it continued to document the final collapse of society in the face of destruction, showing that different communities were reacting in different ways. The inclusion of an Amish community and their unique solution to the impending disaster lent a new twist to the usual apocalyptic scifi novel.

At the level of literature, I could feel Ben Winters improve as a writer across the three books. In this third installment, the characters were more fully developed, their longings and unfulfilled desires reaching out to grab my heart. I will admit that I got teary-eyed several times. Kudos to Winters for having the guts to deliver on so many levels.

[I listened to this as an audio book read by Peter Berkrot]

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Awesome!!

I really loved this book. Peter Berkrot really brought this book to life and had me on the edge of my seat. Awesome and highly recommended.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Just, wow

The high premise carried the story through am three books and Winters unique voice made every page awesome.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful