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The Apocalypse Seven

By: Gene Doucette
Narrated by: Zeno Robinson,Erin Bennett,Kiff Vandenheuvel,Grace Rolek,Farah Merani,Juliette Goglia,Will Collyer
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Publisher's Summary

Scott Sigler called Doucette’s cozy apocalypse story, “entertaining as hell.” Come see how the world ends, not with a bang, but a whatever...

The whateverpocalypse. That’s what Touré, a twenty-something Cambridge coder, calls it after waking up one morning to find himself seemingly the only person left in the city. Once he finds Robbie and Carol, two equally disoriented Harvard freshmen, he realizes he isn’t alone, but the name sticks: Whateverpocalypse. But it doesn’t explain where everyone went. It doesn’t explain how the city became overgrown with vegetation in the space of a night. Or how wild animals with no fear of humans came to roam the streets.

Add freakish weather to the mix, swings of temperature that spawn tornadoes one minute and snowstorms the next, and it seems things can’t get much weirder. Yet even as a handful of new survivors appear—Paul, a preacher as quick with a gun as a Bible verse; Win, a young professional with a horse; Bethany, a thirteen-year-old juvenile delinquent; and Ananda, an MIT astrophysics adjunct—life in Cambridge, Massachusetts gets stranger and stranger.

The self-styled Apocalypse Seven are tired of questions with no answers. Tired of being hunted by things seen and unseen. Now, armed with curiosity, desperation, a shotgun, and a bow, they become the hunters. And that’s when things truly get weird.

©2021 Gene Doucette (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Wow, this was a nice surprise.

What a fresh and unique perspective. This is not the standard worn our apocalypse genre with zombies, emp's or plagues. At first I as annoyed by the narration, but then it changed to a different character and that helped. The change between persons was very nicely done with the change of narrator for each individual. This had me guessing what had happened all the way up until the end. I would certainly recommend this book.

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Glad I gave this a chance

I almost skipped this because of the negative reviews but I liked the sample and Post Apocalyptic is one of my favorite genres. I really enjoyed this and will listen to it again some day. I didn't find it tedious or plodding at all. I couldn't put it down and finished it in a day. This is one of the few Post Apocalyptic stories I have found that is not violent. I am probably in the minority in liking Post Apocalyptic stories that are not violent .... The Last Tribe and The China Pandemic come to mind. There is enough violence and crazy in the news and I read to escape that. I gave this five stars based on my enjoyment and surprise, hope you give this book a chance and also enjoy it.

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A lazy attempt at a young adult sci-fi novel

This book is full of lazy writing, lacking meaningful exposition on any plot points. Here, I'll save you a credit-
"Why did the world end?" Because aliens.
"Ok, but why?" Something about an energy source.
"Can you expound on that?" No, that's literally the extent of the explanation provided by the author. There was a total of two sentences about it, I think.
"Well, then what happens?" Nothing. The book is over.

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  • 06-17-21

Loved all prior Gene Doucette books but gave up

I love Gene Doucette's work and have read everything by him. This one seemed to fall flat and, admittedly, I gave up and returned the title after the first 2 hours but...I give up. The book felt like I was listening to a bunch of clueless millennial and got old quick. Not a fan of the multiple narrators and the story just plodded along. I get that character development can take time but, if anything, I was just getting more annoyed with each character.

Returned this and hesitant to buy the other Doucette novel now (Two Suns at Sunset)

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Whatever lol

I loved this audiobook! It had such a cool vibe all the way through. Of course, I like some points of you better than others but they all converge really really nicely. I liked all the twists and turns and how unique this spin of the apocalypse was. Some parts left me confused or puzzled while others had me laughing and wanting more. I will admit, little confused by the ending as it leaves some questions on answered but room for expansion of the universe, so let’s keep our fingers crossed there’s more to come for the story. This audiobook had the perfect set up for multiple narrators and all of them were exceptionally good. I loved hearing each narrator spin on other characters that also had a narrator in the book. It was a really good cast of characters and I really really enjoyed this one.

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Great idea for a short story

This book really does have a great premise, and the end is satisfying enough, but 80% of the story is just filler to make it book length. Would have made a top-notch short story.

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So good!

This was on my wishlist for a long while. I don't know why I waited so long to use a credit for it. It's a great story, suspenseful in all the right ways, great character diversity and development and a more positive apocalyptic vision.

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Eehh

Slow to start. Took a long time to build to the key part of the story and then it was some what disappointing when it got there. A couple of the characters were unnecessary and were annoying. Not overly impressed by this story.

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Good idea but pedestrian ending.

Great, mysterious start with more questions than answers. Really interesting characters introduced but after the midway mark the story sort of peters out and all the character stuff is sidelined for an unfocused ending.

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Whateverpocalypse!

What a fun way to drive from Los Angeles to Oregon!! The story is surprising and always interesting, and the whole book is wonderfully performed by some terrific voice actors. The narrators constantly change, which keeps the experience of listening to this quirky story really riveting. I'm not even really a sci-fi person, but this story was so fun and thought provoking that I couldn't stop listening. When I had to pull over for gas, I was impatient to get back to the book! It made my 1000 mile drive seem to fly by! I highly recommend!!

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  • 09-17-22

a truly unique experience. kept me interested

worth a listen for the performance of many voice actors. the story is very creative. the story from many different angles keep you listening I really enjoyed it.

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  • 07-20-21

Exceptional. Beautifully Written, Brilliantly Read

Oh. My. Days. This was phenomenal. The plot delivers in a way so many mysterious stories don't. The questions is poses are both genuinely puzzling and satisfyingly resolved.

For me, this as much about the characters as the plot. The seven were each interesting and complex in their own right. My favourites were Robbie (Zeno Robinson) and Ananda (Farah Merani), but I liked them all. Except maybe Bethany... But even there I was fascinated by her motivations and wondered what she would grow up to be had the world not 'whatevended'.

This was my first Gene Doucette book. I'll definitely look out for more.
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The performances were excellent. I particularly warmed to Zeno Robinson as Robbie, who came across as affable and an all round relatable person. The casting just right and it's always fun to have one narrator per main character, lending it that extra realistic touch.

I appreciated the user experience of the back-end of this audiobook. For example, chapter listing was especially detailed, showing not just chapter numbers, but also titles and parts.
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The TV show Lost, but with a proper ending.