The Last Day of Paradise

Narrated by: Zoe Mylonas
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Winner of the 2005 Gival Press Novel Award. 

A teenage girl from Greece discovers that her father isn't who she thought he was. A witty tale of passion, hypocrisy, and betrayal in a small town. 

"...a novel with wit and attitude to spare...her debut is a captivating and wild-tongued tale." (Dean Bakopoulos, author of Please Don't Come Back from the Moon)

"Reading this novel is like watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding with commentary by Roseanne Barr." (Thaddeus Rutkowski, author of Tetched)

©2006, 2012 Gival Press (P)2019 Kiki Denis

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THE LAST DAY OF PARADISE by Kiki

Denis is a family story told in a humorous, way entertaining and fresh way. I couldn’t stop listening to it! From ancient to modern era, this is a hilarious, honest, unpretentious tale of youth, adolescence and parental mistakes.

The narration is also very good! Zoe Mylonas (the narrator) knows how and when to use an accent (and a real one), understands and feels the complexity of each character and her clever/clear voice and acting skills add a special spice and zest to the story! I highly recommend listening to this book. Such a great treat!

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Great Listen!

Wow - not my normal type of book to listen to but I loved it!
What great fun. I laughed out loud.
I have purchased this book for a couple family members now - with great response!

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I very much liked it!

Kiki Denis writes with humor, sometimes poignant, probing deeply social serious issues of the past and present that existed and exist in Greece but also everywhere. I really liked it and I thought it was very genuine.

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Loved the characters

I love this story and it's not because I am Greek. The story in Narrated in English but the way each character is described is extremely vivid. We get to know them by their behaviors and dialogue and the story invites us into their psychic in a very unsuspected way. It's very funny but through the humor the writer addresses some very serious issues like, prejudice, rape, class status, adolescence and many others. I was a resident of that village and I saw the whole story as a film unfold in my imagination.
Totally recommend it for all ages.

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Warm, complex family tale!

Such a great listen. An effervescent debut novel, “The Last day of Paradise” spins a tale of fateful passions, which has the rough and tumble humanity of Greek myths. A rich, warm and funny family epic of innocence lost and pragmatism gained.

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The Last Day of Paradise

I really enjoyed reading this book which is about a teenage girl growing up in rural Greece. It is sweet and funny and sad at the same time as it perfectly showcases the coming of age in a dysfunctional family in a small town in a most humorous way. I am certain that many can identify with the family dynamics portrayed in this book . A very entertaining read!

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One of my best reads

I recommended this book to all of my friends! It is a fun, zesty, secretive and mysterious adventure full of life. It is an insight into Mediterranean life and relationships; a true page turner.