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Edgar Hill is 35 and caught in his own headlock. Overweight slob, underperforming husband, and reluctant father - for Ed, the world may as well have already ended. So when it does end in a catastrophic asteroid strike and Edgar and his family find refuge in an Edinburgh army barracks, it comes as something of a relief.

But nothing's ever that simple. Returning from a salvage run in the city, Edgar finds his family gone, taken to the south coast for evacuation by an international task force. Suddenly he finds himself facing a grueling journey on foot across a devastated United Kingdom. Edgar must race against time and overcome his own shortcomings, not to mention hundred-mile canyons and a heavily flooded west coast, to find the people he loves before he loses them forever.

This is a vivid, gripping story of hope, long-distance running, and how we break the limits of our own endurance.

©2017 Adrian J. Walker (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Hang in there till about hour 4 of the audio book

The main character (Edgar) was so unlikable and ineffectual that I would have stopped listening--except the writing was excellent. Around the fourth hour, Edgar stops being such a hapless jerk. As well, there's now his compatriots and their journey to concentrate on.

The biggest surprise for me was what I enjoyed the most: the writing about running. I hate running, so kudos to Walker for sucking me in!

As for the audio narrator, very good. Unfortunately there's a lot of yelling--or conversely, characters that speak softly--that it was hard to get the volume right. I was constantly turning it up or down, and jumping out of my skin when I didn't expect a voice blaring in my ear.

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Inspiring read

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What can I say? I love "End of the world" fiction and I love running, so I was intrigued by the title alone. The story, well narrated by Jot Davies was a great read. I actually listen to audio books during my running, especially the long ones, so this was an easy pick.<br/>Don't be put off if you're not a runner. I am one, and Adrian Walker writes poetically about the running experience from time to time, but there are many layers and nuances to the story and the character development is very good. I agree that the audio becomes a bit quiet and difficult to hear at times, but it wasn't a deal breaker. Excellent story - off to look for more works by Adrian Walker...

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  • Marci
  • portland, OR, United States
  • 09-20-17

Best Book I've Listened to in a Long Time

The word that keeps coming to mind is &amp;quot;tight&amp;quot; when describing this book. There's nothing extra, there's nothing that makes you think &amp;quot;what? really?&amp;quot; there's only rare cliches. It's just great writing.
The story line is super creative. After reading the description and then meeting the main character, I couldn't wait to see what happened. The author does a great job of not having you like the main character necessarily, and maybe not even rooting for him, but I hung on every word and couldn't wait to see what happened.
The narrator was superb.
I highly recommend this book.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve
  • SUNRISE, FL, United States
  • 10-10-17

It's never the end.

I enjoyed the story. There was a lot of action and it was full of interesting characters. As I read more, I grew to enjoy the story.

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Great read!

Held my attention the whole time while listening to it Great story and plenty of action.

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Good book

Great storie(s). The 3/4 major sections were well done. Great characters and eventual resolution. Love the post apocalyptic theme and this specific take on it.

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