The Last Day

A Novel
Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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The International Best Seller 

"Wonderful: boldly imagined and beautifully written - the best future-shock thriller for years." (Lee Child) 

A visionary and powerful debut thriller set in a terrifyingly plausible dystopian near-future - with clear parallels to today's headlines - in which the future of humanity lies in the hands of one woman, a scientist who has stumbled upon a secret that the government will go to any lengths to keep hidden.

A world half in darkness. A secret she must bring to light.

It is 2059, and the world has crashed. Forty years ago, a solar catastrophe began to slow the planet's rotation to a stop. Now, one half of the globe is permanently sunlit, the other half trapped in an endless night. The United States has colonized the southern half of Great Britain - lucky enough to find itself in the narrow habitable region left between frozen darkness and scorching sunlight - where both nations have managed to survive the ensuing chaos by isolating themselves from the rest of the world. 

Ellen Hopper is a scientist living on a frostbitten rig in the cold Atlantic. She wants nothing more to do with her country after its slide into casual violence and brutal authoritarianism. Yet when two government officials arrive demanding she return to London to see her dying college mentor, she accepts - and begins to unravel a secret that threatens not only the nation's fragile balance, but the future of the whole human race.

©2020 Andrew Hunter Murray (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Wonderful: boldly imagined and beautifully written - the best future-shock thriller for years." (Lee Child, number one New York Times best-selling author)

"A stunningly original thriller set in the world of tomorrow that will make you think about what’s happening today." (Harlan Coben, number one New York Times best-selling author)

"The Last Day is environmental dystopia at its best - a thrilling page-turner, and a reminder to treasure our sunsets and sunrises while we still have them. I couldn’t put this book down!" (Christina Dalcher, best-selling author of Vox)

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Amazing!!

I loved this story. I was sad it ended. I hope there will be a sequel. I purchased this with no reviews available at the time. Took a chance. I was immersed in the story and characters. I was left wanting more. The more the story progressed the more I was drawn in. It may seem slow to build, but stay with it. Worth it. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator.

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I've listened to n a couple of end of the world books on Audible, booth of them were good. This one is very good. After you get through the opening chapters with the scenes set, characters introduced, some scientists have
scratched their heads at Cambridge, the author veers off in an unusually positive end of earth recovery story. Little odd
people pop up here and there
as we hit a very big twist. And the rest of the book is hard to put down
I enjoyed it - well, it's my fav- British,

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Surprising

I really enjoyed this novel. The plot is surprisingly well crafted. (I wondered, how is this going to come to an actual ending in such a short time...but then it does!) It’s his first novel and I certainly hope it’s not the last.

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Great story and performance

I loved this book so much, I’m hoping there will be a movie and a sequel. The descriptive passages were so well written that I could easily imagine the scenes as I was listening. All in all, a very enjoyable experience.

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Wow! So good!

I'm a huge fan of QI and "No Such Thing As A Fish", so listening to this was like reading a book that a friend wrote and thinking "Wow! I didn't know he was so talented." The book is utterly unexpected if you think of Andrew hunter Murray as a comedian. It's not a funny book. But, don't let that stop you. The same mental gymnastics that make Andrew so great at dishing up surprisingly interesting trivia make him an excellent story teller and great at pondering the "what if" kind of tale. The characters are compelling. The world is well described. The plot is twisty and turny and awesome all the way through. Absolutely worth your credit and your time.