The End of Everything

A Novel
Narrated by: Emily Bauer
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
3 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hood and her next-door neighbor Evie Verver are inseparable, best friends who swap clothes, bathing suits, and field-hockey sticks and between whom—presumably—there are no secrets. Then one afternoon, Evie disappears, and as a rabid, giddy panic spreads through the balmy suburban community, everyone turns to Lizzie for answers. Was Evie unhappy, troubled, or upset? Had she mentioned being followed? Would she have gotten into the car of a stranger?

Compelled by curiosity, Lizzie takes up her own furtive pursuit of the truth. Haunted by dreams of her lost friend and titillated by her own new power at the center of the disappearance, Lizzie uncovers secret after secret and begins to wonder if she knew anything at all about her best friend.

©2011 Megan Abbott (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Megan Abbott writes with total authority and an almost desperate intensity; her story grabs hold of you and won’t let go.” (Tom Perrotta, New York Times best-selling author)

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Awful

I hate this book; didn't finish it. You might like it if you are 12.

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terrible read!

What disappointed you about The End of Everything?

The weak story line. The endless rambling. The build up to nothing.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something by James Patterson

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes it did

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

No

Any additional comments?

No

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One of the worst books I've ever listened to

Over the months I've been listening to audiobooks, I've gotten used to overlooking the frailties of the narrators, but this one was the worst! She played a 13-year old girl like she was some sniveling preschooler. Horrible. And the story was actually worse. It's about the kidnapping of a 13-year old girl, told from the point of view of her best friend and neighbor. However, the best friend spends about half the book having romantic and sexual fantasies about the missing girl's father, and even about the kidnapper. This, of course, is mixed in with the graphic surmising by several girls as to just what happened to the girl.

I'm the parent of a missing child myself. This book is completely inappropriate. What is this author trying to say, I wonder? I don't know if it would have sounded any better in a voice other than the sniveling preschooler, but it was absolutely awful.

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Perverted

Let me start by saying the narrator did a great job as the voice of 13 yr old Lizzie. Abbott’s mind must be a little perverted to even write about these young girls and old men having such bothersome desires. She makes a father daughter relationship incestuous. And the gruesome details of a young girl consenting to sexy with a man old enough to be her father. Just yuck. It’s no mystery just a perverted story that’s over elaborated with sexual descriptions. A waste of tint and space in my brain. I’m going to church to rid my mind of this filth.

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Note much like a teen.

This so called teen story is so way off anything I have seen or heard of. Actually I'll scratch that, and say....this story & characters are weird and not truly representing teens or parents. I can't find where Maggie found these characters. It's just freaky and not normal. Yet, it's written like the only weird part is the disappearance.

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Strong read, though not really for younger readers

I'm not generally a consumer of YA fiction, but I liked the premise of this book. The story was enough to keep you plowing through the pages, and the fact that you weren't sure who to trust or believe only made it more enjoyable. The author captured the changing nature of childhood friendships very realistically, though some of the dialogue was a little lofty for teenagers. It was enjoyable to read, just not amazing in it's realism. Some of the themes were a bit heavy for younger readers (particularly those involving rape and molestation). I know these things happen, I just don't think the reactions or choices of some of the characters were completely plausible under the circumstances. The subtext of incest was also disturbing, and I'm not sure those feelings or thought swere as fleshed out as they could have been. For adults though, it is a good read and nostalgic in a dark way.

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Might have been a two star if not for the narrator

This train wreck of a story may have been saved from a dismal one star if not for the truly awful, obnoxious narrator they picked. DO NOT buy this on audible. There are people out there who may be interested in reading this for whatever reason, but those people should get ahold of the e copy or print version. By no means should you let this sing-song, squeaky, childish voiced person into your ears.

The story is also not for the faint of heart. Abbott was clearly inspired by both Lolita and Atonement, though her execution is sloppy and disjointed. The fact a woman wrote this is only slightly more appealing than if a man had. Unbelievable and disturbing.

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expertly crafted characters

reminds you how easily young minds misinterprete what they see and how they romanticse the abhorrent from their innocent point of view.

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Yikes

Such juvenile overuse of adjectives in the writing. And I got five minutes in and not a thing had happened yet.

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Garbage

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is literally the worst book I have ever listened to. I do not recommend it to anyone and I will never recommend it to anyone. It was absolutely awful. DO NOT PURCHASE!!! I AM SO SERIOUS, IT IS TERRIBLE!

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing by this author ever again.

How could the performance have been better?

It wasn't really the narrator's fault the book was just so bad.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The End of Everything?

This isn't a question I can answer because I never would have allowed this to be published.

Any additional comments?

I cannot stress enough how horrid this book was.

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