• The Man Who Watched the World End

  • The Great De-evolution, Book 1
  • By: Chris Dietzel
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (155 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The end of man was not signaled by marauding gangs or explosions but with silence. People simply grew older knowing a younger generation would not be there to replace them. The final two residents in the neighborhood of Camelot, an old man and his invalid brother, are trapped in their house by forests full of cats and dogs battling with the bears and wolves to eat anything they can find. As the man struggles to survive, he recounts all the ways society changed as the human population continued to shrink.

The Man Who Watched the World End is the haunting account of a man who has witnessed the world fade away. It is also a story about the power of family.

©2014 Chris Dietzel (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Repetitive

This book had so much potential, but it's literally a constant reiteration of an old man recounting his past, how animals are a danger, and how his brother cannot do anything.

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Just as wonderful as reading the novel!

Listening to this novel was as wonderful as reading the novel had been! Already have the second novel/Audiobook downloaded to listen to next.

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Probably the most important book I've ever read

It's not often that I get to read fiction where the point of the story is the questions one is forced to ask oneself as they read. For sure, certain plot elements do not hold up to scrutiny, but a more introspective reader will understand that the plot is merely a vehicle for the question that so many are afraid to confront - When all the world has failed... when wealth has no meaning and we are presented with an end that we cannot avoid... what do we become? What do we hope for, when living itself is an exercise in futility? What do we live for, when there will be no one left to remember?

I would recommend this book for anyone who seeks a look at the darkest of all possible futures, and the weight of living through it.

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  • jl
  • 05-03-21

Awesome book!

Completely engaging and informative! I can't wait to get the next one! Really makes me think about how all this world will end!

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Wow, what a great story.

This book has been on my wish list for some time. I'm not exactly sure why I put off getting this book, but now that I've listened to the novel, it has become one of my favorites. This is a mature and enthralling story in the vein of The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Martian by Andy Weir or the movie Cast Away.

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Excellent Story

Not your typical end of the world story but excellent explanation and great story.

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Horribly depressing

I found the main character to be apathetic and uninteresting. The scenario with the animals was silly and not at all likely considering the wild before human encroachment. How the guy survived so long was not plausible either (food, supplies). Held out hope for a redeeming ending, did not find one.

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Interesting, also slightly depressing

I do not typically like books that are on the depressing side, but I actually liked this one. The major gripe I have is the audiobook voice performance was inconsistent. I don't know if that was on purpose, I can't see why it would be, it was a bit off-putting.

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it's okay

I don't know what I was expecting after listening to "The Last Teacher". that was an amazing book. This book however is very fuzzy, no real climax or goal. Overall I wouldn't read it again.

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Well I just kept waiting for a plot twist

Due to my appreciation for the narrator- I expected something to happen. I hate to give up on a book so stayed with it since Ray Chase can keep me engaged just hearing his voice.
It was a long sedate storyline and my anticipated plot twist never showed up.

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  • Charlie
  • 06-08-22

What in the ableist hellscape is this?

I really struggled to listen to the negative portrayal of disabled people as a burden to be carried and cared for but not valued for themselves. I didn't get very far with this as all I could hear repeatedly was how the main character's brother can only be considered an adult when he can 'wipe his own backside'. This book may have a plot twist that I didn't get to that offers some redemption but otherwise it is a lament on how much the main character resents his disabled brother and how worthless they are as an individual.

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  • Audiobooks Nest Reviews
  • 05-23-22

A Melancholy Swan Song Worth A Listen

🧡 This is a sad and difficult story, but one which opens up many a fascinating thought wormhole. Amongst these are existential questions about quality of life and the nature of family. If you like grappling with such mind mazes, I high recommend this.
It is also an incredibly moving account of brotherly love.

💚 Having said all that, this is about the most depressing thing I have ever heard. I won’t be listening to the sequel. I have confidence in Dietzel’s writing and am sure it will be equally fascinating, but I can’t do this again.

Content warning for a lot (just so much) animal suffering. To be fair, most of the violence is animal on animal, but it’s tough.
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🎧 Ray Chase has lent his gravelly voice box to many sci-fi titles and he is, as always, excellent. Expressive and likeable and engaging.

🎧 If you’re looking for a relaxing escapism, this is not it. Between the general hopelessness and animal animosity, this is pretty much a downer. BUT it’s easy to follow and, at just under 7.5 hours, is not a massive commitment.

I listened to this for free on Audible Plus.

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  • Denise field
  • 01-17-22

the man who watched the world end.

yes, like the majority of you all I too have listened to endless dystopian books. THIS is one of the finest bits of writing and the amazing voice acting was sublime. so I gladly give this my full stars.

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  • Buysalot
  • 11-28-21

Engrossing and Emotional

The setting of this novel is unusual, but the central character and his relationship to his brother is the main focus. Extremely good

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  • Richard
  • 10-22-19

Depressing

Don’t get me wrong great storey had me hooked all the way but wow it’s depressed me, put a real life situation on a apocalypse the slow decline of humanity and it’s almost scary how real this scenario could be depressed me and left me slack jawed...

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  • Glitter
  • 08-25-17

A quiet end to the world.

Would you listen to The Man Who Watched the World End again? Why?

I really loved this story. The world is ending, but is such a slow, quiet way. People started to be born without the ability to look after themselves. The population is ageing, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.
The story is not a happy one. The ending is inevitable, but I still needed to keep listening because I kept hoping I was wrong about what would happen.

Any additional comments?

I wasn't keen on Ray Chase's performance. I found his voice a little slow, but that could just be because I am not used to listening to American accents. It didn't put me off listening to the story.