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By Ray Johnson on 04-29-18
Orwell meets Adams in an apocalyptic explosion
This is the story of the end of the world, and the end of the world, and the end of the world, and so on, and so on ad inifinatum. OK, so the world really doesn't end. It just goes from one disaster to another, each with the potential to wipe out humanity. Thankfully the Apocalypse Amelioration agency is around to save the day over and over. The protagonist has become fairly inured to the sense of pending doom that hangs over everyone's heads like the sword of Damacles. Funny that isn't an apocalypse unto itself now that I think of it.
Anyway, for him, the end of the world is just another day and he is about as apathetic to the possibility of death as he is to making it to the next day, after all what is he in the cosmic scheme of things? The universe will happily go on without him.
That is, until he meets Bonnie, a retail working who nearly blows his head off when he goes shopping during the Power Outage Apocalypse. Soon , the go out on a date during the Zombie apocalypse (a picnic) and end up living together when the sun is about to explode.
Eventually, Marshall, the MC starts to feel and awaken thanks to Bonnie. They begin to protest and then become activists. And soon the story begins to shift into another direction with a slick twist ending.
Gary Tiedemann narrates smoothly, and does so in a way that reflects the feelings that Marshall is experiencing. He becomes more animated as Marshall begins to waken to life, and you really do get to experience things through his eyes.
This has a The Apocalypse Will Be Televised feel to it, a sort of reflection on the US's nonstop news feed mentality. I kind of see it as how we sort of adapt to our situation at hand, and become desensitized to all the background noise. Marshall is far too comfortable existing in a world that is on the brink of disaster every few days.
Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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By Mary Karowski on 03-20-17
A never ending romp through apocalypse's
Any one of these apocalypses would make for a great sci-fi original grade b movie. All together it's an overwhelming never ending hilarious romp through absurdity after absurdity. The author and narrator deliver big time. The off shoot tales of oscar and Andrew are wonderful interludes. The ending is a wonderful twist and reveal. Highly highly recommend this one. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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