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Publisher's Summary

At the end of the day, Death visits everyone. Right before that, Charlie does.

You might meet him in a hospital, in a war zone, or at the scene of a traffic accident.

Then again, you might meet him at the North Pole - he gets everywhere, our Charlie.

Would you shake him by the hand, take the gift he offers, or would you pay no attention to the words he says?

Sometimes he is sent as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. He never knows which.

The End of the Day is the stunning new novel by Claire North, author of word-of-mouth best-seller The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.

©2017 Claire North (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Wholly original and hauntingly beautiful. North is a writer to watch."( Kirkus)

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a hopeful story about the end

This is a hopeful story about the end, the end world, the end of life, and the end of ideas. it's hopeful message is one about the beauty and persistence of life even in the face of death. Skillfully told and narrated, the book is compelling, entertaining and thought-provoking.

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DEATH IS LIFE

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

I recommend this book as a masterpiece of literature and of superlative performance art. This book is a profoundly artistic eschatological statement that embodies and transcends human theocratic doctrine. Life is Death. Life is a summoning of Death. Death is an acknowledgement of Life, commingled, inseparable: a definition of life as an end to physical existence and inevitable renewal.

What other book might you compare The End of the Day to and why?

Claire North is a unique and incomparable literary voice. The best way to comprehend it is to hear it performed by Peter Kenny, who is arguably one of the top 10 most accomplished narrators I have heard after listening to more than 500 audio books. His emotional and intellectual comprehension and rendering of a multitude of foreign language accents is worthy of a prolonged standing ovation for the finest theatrical performance on any stage, or through any performance medium.

Which scene was your favorite?

The entire book is a interconnected single scene accented by the profoundly rhythmic literary style of the author: poetic drama comparable to a Shakespearean play.

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

Awe and Wonder.

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Worst Claire North Book

Have LOVED all previous North books. Preordered this when it was announced. This was a mediocre story told in a slow and tedious way. The stream of consciousness babbling was painful to listen to. I started skipping ahead by a minute every time it started. Wish I had given up the moment I realized it was a bad book. Will never get one of her books the day it comes out again. So disappointing.

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Over and over and over again

(Spoilers obviously)
A tedious and monotonous reiteration of a concept long since done and done again.
Cons:
-The inter-chapter babble of consciousness aimlessly trying to point you in the next general concepts direction, or re-iterating it.
-The not so subtle political commentary.
-The length. This could’ve been a novella, and achieved the same goal.
-Minimal to no overarching plot.
-Charlie is awful, he’s not even really doing the whole “honoring life” thing he spews every so often. He’s more of a proxy, at best a usb and a tape recorder.

Pros:
-PETER KENNY’S amazing performance saved this almost single handedly. It allowed me to get through the whole thing.
-Claire North’s attention to detail when it comes to people he meets and places Charlie goes. The best part about this book, in my opinion, was the people and places.
-The concept of Death. Not just the death of someone but the death of ideas. Very much enjoyed this take on it.

Overall I struggled to make it through this book but I would say because of Peter Kenny’s performance and parts of the subject matter that I don’t regret getting it. A few key things stood in the way of something amazing. Mostly the cons I listed above. If you like Peter Kenny and books with a highly descriptive nature, this one might be worth a once over.

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Excellent, thought provoking story

Claire North and Peter Kenny are, yet again, brilliant together. Peter Kenny's talent is showcased in this story, featuring people from all over the world. I love that this story shows Death as compassionate, and not scary. Death doesn't always come for a person, and the ideas he comes for sometimes are what made this story truly phenomenal and emotional. I would love to see this made into a TV series, where each episode features a different "appointment" of Charlie's- from the good ones to the bad ones. It highlights not only the worst of humanity but also the best, and the one thing no one can ever escape- Death. But Death is not the scary being that he is made out to be throughout history. Claire North writes a brilliant story showing the side of Death no one ever gets to see. One of my favorite books of all time, I think.

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  • P. Mackey
  • Hagerstown, MD United States
  • 06-09-18

Great Storytelling!

Loved this audiobook. I eagerly read Claire North and this just may be my favorite book by her. Her writing, so good in itself, is greatly enhanced by the audiobook's narrator (Peter Kenney, I think). I love this book because it's as thought provoking as it is enjoyable. Claire North captures the dignity, beauty, tragedy, horror, and ultimately the hope of humanity. I was left wanting more.

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all over the place

I really struggled with this one. I listened to the very end only in hope of getting at least a bit of what "the 15 lives of Harry August" or "touch" had to offer. this one just couldn't get to the point of making sense of all the stories in it . it felt chopped and with no real direction and sense. the story seemed promising and i was curious wgat the author would make out if the story line, the twists i am used to from the two books i read, but i feel it could have been explored more. it felt really strange and awkward and forced to me.

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Disappointing - and overly long

I've loved many of her other books - but this is an interesting idea tediously drawn out. As another reviewer says below, I wish I'd waited to see reviews before buying it. I think I'm going to return it.

There are long, loooooong, sections of stream of consciousness that just go on and on and really add nothing at all to the plot. And a lot of ground is covered in the plot, but ultimately not a great deal happens and there's no real resolution.

Not her best.

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Stunningly beautiful from beginning to end

As always, Claire North knocks it out of the park. This book was rather different from her other books - it didn't have a real plot, but rather was just a snippet into the life of Charlie, the Harbinger of Death. I found myself savoring this book as I fell more in love with Charlie and the very courteous Death.

Peter Kenny's performance, and I do mean performance, is beautiful. He is one of my favorite audiobook narrators because he always does so much more than just read the story. He truly becomes the characters.

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I usually love Claire north

but sadly for me this rambled and went nowhere for no purpose. I kept listening hiip8ng the threads would tie together. they did not. :(. hated it.