• The Hauntings of Playing God

  • The Great De-evolution, Book 3
  • By: Chris Dietzel
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Everyone is dead. All that remains is an old woman and a gymnasium full of unresponsive bodies. Each day another storm approaches, threatening to destroy the building they call home. Each night a series of nightmares leaves the woman screaming for help. Alone and overwhelmed, will the final member of the human race be thought of as a caretaker or as a monster?

The Hauntings of Playing God is a story about the possibilities each life holds. It is also a lesson about the importance of believing in something greater than yourself.

©2014 Chris Dietzel (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Boring Post Apocalyptic Story.

This is by far the worst of "The Great De-evolution" series. Boring, repetitive and downright depressing. I stayed with it thinking it would get better, but it never did. I guess the fact that the main character was 93 years old and confined by her work to the former gymnasium where she tool care of a decreasing number of "blocks" limited the various scenarios afforded to the main character in "A Different Alchemy" as he got to travel up the east coast of the US - in a tank! Even the old man in "The Man Who Watched the World End" got to travel down his street and see how his neighborhood had changed.

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not boring

**Partial spoiler**...
My least favorite of the three in the series. I didn't find it boring, maybe because I'm 72 and have some of those same questions. Narrator was very good as was the other one. I probably wouldn't have waited as long as she did. That's ME.

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you can do it!

years ago I couldn't have sat through this book! I'm glad I'd did.. I still don't know how I feel about it. but it got me thinking in a new and at times devastatingly profound way!

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Speaking of devolving...

This book is about as boring as it gets. If it wasn't free, I wouldn't have listened.
is this a new genre, book after book of ignorant people dying of boredom.
on the bright side, I hope I live to 93 and can care for 64 vegetables.

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Boring

Compared to the other books, this one's super boring. The life of a caretaker feeding and changing 64 vegetables. I'm gonna go watch paint dry now.

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Could you imagine?

What a nightmare it would be to be in your 90's and feeling responsible for the care of so many lives.

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kind of long ..

this was a little repetitive. I liked the premise, but wonder if it couldn't have been crafted into something shorter and more impactful.

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**SPOILER ALERT**

I have never written a review before I finish the book. Stop reading now if you do not want to read spoilers. The author is a very good writer. I very much enjoyed his other two books in the series. I am finding this one tedious. I like the protagonist and I want to find out what happens to her so I continue to listen. There is so much repetition about what the blocks are doing to her in her nightmares or how the wild animals and vermin will eviscerate the blocks if they get into the gymnasium. Her guilt and shame that keeps her tied to her post at times is maddening since she ends up killing a lot of the blocks anyway. She is 93-years-old and exhausted and cannot physically keep up the pace. Her eventual illness that causes her to sleep for a few days caused more than half of the blocks to die made a lot of sense. This could have happened two to three hours earlier in the book. The book does bring up interesting philosophical and ethical questions and I have spent time wondering what I would do in a similar situation. I have to admit I would place self-preservation first and walk away...in which case there would be no book.

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  • roland
  • 08-20-22

Oh dear - depressing and boring

The worst of the series fo three. I don't mind depressing stories as such - it is post disaster after all. bUt thos was just so repetitive and drawn out. i hung on to the bitter end in the hope of a good ending - but no - definitely not worth the bothing of listening through it all.

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  • Buysalot
  • 11-30-21

Very Gripping

Another in the series. A very deep and powerful character depiction using a first person narrator.
Full of pathos and the inner voice of the main character coming to the end of her life, possibly the last fully capable person left.

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