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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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  • 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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Just say no.

This is just ramblings, that's all. I'm very disappointed. I was really expecting so much more.

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Slow and Flawed

I generally like books that make you think through different ways this earth can shake us off. The premise of this book looked good. However, the execution of the story was so tedious and drawn out, revisting the same topic over and over. barely moving forward. The author sqandered an opportunity to make the story more realistic and interesting. This premise should have been more about survival among dwindling food supply, energy needs, etc. Instead the author waived his hands on a dubious premise that star trek technology food replicators and perpetual energy generators get invented just in time. All that was left was long monologs of lamentation.

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Different Mankind Disaster

This book heralds the end of mankind without fanfare. Children (Blocks) are born that have no significant brain activity and can’t move, talk, or do anything voluntarily. Quickly every human pregnancy produces a Block. The population ages and no normal children are born to replace them.The economy collapses and the future becomes bleak because there isn't another generation to take up the mantle of humankind. As the Population ages the care of aging invalid siblings falls on their older siblings. The Man Who Watched The World End is the 82 year older brother of a 78 year old "Block". Through diary entries the unconditional love and responsibility a brother has for his invalid brother is detailed.

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🤷🏼‍♀️meh..

The beginning of the book starts decent and seems to lead somewhere, about halfway through the book the storyline dies and seems to just drag on from there.

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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 pearson
  • 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.

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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.