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Publisher's Summary

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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Production could be better

Great story, great performance, but the audio levels varied wildly. Listening in my car (with windows up), I was often straining to hear, then getting my ears blasted when levels changed again.

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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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More like, the end of the world whining club...

But it's still good. I had to knock a star off the performance because the narrator made the little girl so obnoxious.

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Awesome audio!

Great audiobook. Narrator was awesome. Characters were brought to life. Story immediately captures you and keeps you interested throughout book. Really enjoyed listening, was sad it was over!

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Needs volume modulation

Way too quiet and way too loud in parts. Pity we headphone wearing runners who can't adjust the volume easily wearing mittens! But good story, well read.

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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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Below average.

Underwhelming.. non memorable character development. I’m not particularly picky, but I’d skip this one. Was hoping for something even 50% of The Grey or Commune, or odd billy Todd etc..

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Great story!

I loved it!
I’m starting another book by AJ Walker next. I know it will be great!

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Wow.

Wow. Wowwwwwww. Wow. Please read this book. It was excellent. I was so deep into I lost myself many times.

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A Great Reader for an interesting book!

fantastic narrating! various voices and tension made this a thrilling audio book. thank you!

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