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Edgar Hill is 35 and caught in his own headlock. Overweight slob, underperforming husband, and reluctant father - for Ed, the world may as well have already ended. So when it does end in a catastrophic asteroid strike and Edgar and his family find refuge in an Edinburgh army barracks, it comes as something of a relief.

But nothing's ever that simple. Returning from a salvage run in the city, Edgar finds his family gone, taken to the south coast for evacuation by an international task force. Suddenly he finds himself facing a grueling journey on foot across a devastated United Kingdom. Edgar must race against time and overcome his own shortcomings, not to mention hundred-mile canyons and a heavily flooded west coast, to find the people he loves before he loses them forever.

This is a vivid, gripping story of hope, long-distance running, and how we break the limits of our own endurance.

©2017 Adrian J. Walker (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • NMwritergal
  • 2017-09-15

Hang in there till about hour 4 of the audio book

The main character (Edgar) was so unlikable and ineffectual that I would have stopped listening--except the writing was excellent. Around the fourth hour, Edgar stops being such a hapless jerk. As well, there's now his compatriots and their journey to concentrate on.

The biggest surprise for me was what I enjoyed the most: the writing about running. I hate running, so kudos to Walker for sucking me in!

As for the audio narrator, very good. Unfortunately there's a lot of yelling--or conversely, characters that speak softly--that it was hard to get the volume right. I was constantly turning it up or down, and jumping out of my skin when I didn't expect a voice blaring in my ear.

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  • Marci
  • portland, OR, United States
  • 2017-09-20

Best Book I've Listened to in a Long Time

The word that keeps coming to mind is "tight" when describing this book. There's nothing extra, there's nothing that makes you think "what? really?" there's only rare cliches. It's just great writing.
The story line is super creative. After reading the description and then meeting the main character, I couldn't wait to see what happened. The author does a great job of not having you like the main character necessarily, and maybe not even rooting for him, but I hung on every word and couldn't wait to see what happened.
The narrator was superb.
I highly recommend this book.

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  • Steve
  • SUNRISE, FL, United States
  • 2017-10-10

It's never the end.

I enjoyed the story. There was a lot of action and it was full of interesting characters. As I read more, I grew to enjoy the story.

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  • Jill
  • 2017-09-06

Great read!

Held my attention the whole time while listening to it Great story and plenty of action.

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  • Stephen Kaltenhauser
  • 2017-12-04

Inspiring read

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What can I say? I love "End of the world" fiction and I love running, so I was intrigued by the title alone. The story, well narrated by Jot Davies was a great read. I actually listen to audio books during my running, especially the long ones, so this was an easy pick.<br/>Don't be put off if you're not a runner. I am one, and Adrian Walker writes poetically about the running experience from time to time, but there are many layers and nuances to the story and the character development is very good. I agree that the audio becomes a bit quiet and difficult to hear at times, but it wasn't a deal breaker. Excellent story - off to look for more works by Adrian Walker...

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  • M. J. Reiter
  • 2017-12-02

Good book

Great storie(s). The 3/4 major sections were well done. Great characters and eventual resolution. Love the post apocalyptic theme and this specific take on it.

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