The Last Day Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Narrated by Gemma Whelan.
A world half in darkness. A secret she must bring to light.
2059. The world has stopped turning.
One half suffers an endless frozen night, the other, nothing but burning sun.
Only in a slim twilit region between them can life survive.
In an isolationist Britain, scientist Ellen Hopper receives a letter from a dying man.
It contains a powerful and dangerous secret.
One that those in power will kill to conceal....
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 1 minute|
|Author||Andrew Hunter Murray|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||06 February 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 31,767 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
169 in Dystopian Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
397 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
772 in Dystopian Fiction
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As I have said the dystopian idea was excellent and original .
However the world and society he described often made little sense.Starting with the “rig” -apparently a nuclear power station positioned hundreds of miles off shore in the Atlantic where the soldiers half starve but none has thought of fishing.The Atlantic is generally very deep indeed and even if it was possible to build a nuclear power station in the middle of the Atlantic I can’t think of a more dangerous and unsuitable place for one (apart from a geographical fault).The average depth of the Atlantic is over 3000m.Why didn’t they just use solar power?
Britain is powerful enough to conquer large areas of Europe and slave farm the Breadbasket but is unable to control its own population or apparently much of it’s land or resources.Where is the fishing fleet? Why is London a semi arid desert but Oxfordshire either a “patchwork of greens,brown and yellows” or covered in dense forests or “jungly”?
People are dispossessed and starving and living wildly in the woods but the hero comes across abandoned empty villages containing intact houses with intact furniture under dust sheets and locked rooms.Has the author never read The Road?
Why in a police state would the secret police need any subterfuge to ransack someone’s house and apparently conveniently leave it half done and have to come back later?
Apparently the Brits want nuclear weapons from the Americans .Where are the existing British nuclear weapons? Presumably sunk in the ridiculous shield wall made up of thousands of shipwrecks which might just be possible if every ship in the world was able to be sailed to Britain to be scuttled in the right place and shallow enough water.Brittania was never able to rule that much of the waves.
Industry and manufacturing survive but everything appears to be worn out or to be 30 years old.
Our hero chain smoked tobacco and drank tea and coffee -items unlikely to be able to be grown in the harsh new climate -who has the energy to grow such luxuries when the world is apparently starving?And it would be quite amazing for refugees from Sri Lanka or wherever to bring some tea or coffee plants with them on the off chance that someone wants to start a plantation in Europe.
People’s food is rationed but she keeps popping into cafes for coffee and cake(I made the last item up)
I could go on for ages.
The story /editing was weak in places.The miraculous finding of the photo really irritated me (why should she be any more successful than the police?)as did the pile of hastily photocopied notes which somehow ,later ,had a photo “clipped”to a page(only the original would have had a staple).
Most people were starving,all were”exhausted” but then also several were clearly overweight.
The Hero was irritatingly stupid and self centred.Rarely did she attempt to protect the people she put in danger and continually made the same mistakes .She was rubbish at not being followed or working out that the secret police were everywhere. I presume she hadn’t watched much TV or read any books.Talking of books :they appeared in many of the buildings but for some reason were considered ancient luxuries that no one read or wrote anymore. I think in a world without hope books and stories would be exactly the media through which you would escape reality.Or drugs.
The author obviously lives in London .
He doesn’t appear to have read much science fiction .
I think the only animal apart from birds,foxes and a cat described was for some reason a wallaby-why a wallaby?
Lastly :Stephen Fry is listed as a reviewer. I am not sure having your mate from the TV show QI is entirely objective and is exactly the sort of stuff that Private Eye would complain about.
I won’t be buying the sequel and this copy is off to the charity shop.
PS I have just read The Hopkins Manuscript which is an infinitely better book.And also World War Z which was surprisingly good and I enjoyed more than this .
POSTSCRIPT:Sometimes life is stranger than fiction.Today Saturday 27th Feb 2021 I read a review of The Hopkins Manuscript in The Times Newspaper!. It was written by Andrew Hunter Murray.................I think someone might be reading his reviews .
This book might appeal to the average Guardian reader but I hated it.
It's sadly none of these things, it's actually quite poorly written, the world building is non existent and there is absolutely zero intrigue, if I had not bought it on an impulse whilst on holiday, there is no chance I would have continued reading on until the end.