• The Way the World Ends

  • (Warmer Collection)
  • By: Jess Walter
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (394 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sleet in Mississippi? In March? A crazy ice storm lays waste to the South in a #1 New York Times bestselling author’s invigorating, touching story of one slippery night, an open bar, and total abandon.

For three strangers whose paths will cross, the storm hasn’t even reached its peak. Two of them are the kind of climate scientists no one ever listens to in disaster movies. The third, against even icier opposition, has just moved to the Magnolia State to come out. Soon they’ll all be pushed closer to the edge, where the bracing winds of cataclysmic change can be so wildly liberating.

Jess Walter’s The Way the World Ends is part of Warmer, a collection of seven visions of a conceivable tomorrow by today’s most thought-provoking authors. Alarming, inventive, intimate, and frightening, each story can be read, or listened to, in a single breathtaking sitting.

©2018 Big Text, Inc., Jess Walter (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Excuse for Political Rambling

There is no story. This is just an excuse for political rambling about climate change, gay rights, gun laws, drugs, sex, the President, racism. Even where you agree with his politics, you'll just want the book to end.

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Boring.

Boring. The juxtaposition of sex and orgies with climate change and gay rights isn’t really compelling.

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Nope

I don't need left-wing Nazi bull thrown at me when trying to enjoy books.

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Unexpectedly hilarious

I thought this story would be more grim but it was both nuanced and funny. The actors were very good. Their accents really added to the tale. I'm glad I listened to, rather than read, the one.

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Liberal agenda wrapped loosely in a story

I admire that the author took political issues [they] are passionate about and attempted to educate people on climate change and homosexuality. What I didn’t like is how obviously partisan it was and that the story was so loosely woven it was obvious that it was only there to try to offer cover for the writer’s agenda.

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Thoroughly enjoyed

A toughtful, amusing, fun handling of some tough topics, this story created some serious thoughtful moments.
At the same time I was frequently chuckling at the author's humor. All together a well done production. I will be searching out more of Jess Walter's work.

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interesting story

“The Way the World Ends” by Jesse Walter is part of the Warmer Collection of noted author’s ideas of a conceivable tomorrow.

Jess Walter diverges from other author’s ideas which heavily involve climate change. This short story is more about society. In fact, this is tagged under “Anthologies & Short Stories”.

There is a nod to climate change in that the story takes place in Mississippi during a once in a generation sleet storm. The three main characters are at a bar at the beginning of the story. Two of the characters are interviewing for a position at Magnolia State. The third is a young gay black man who is going to college to be liberated (ie come out). Basically the story is about the human condition.

Dan John Miller narrates and does a fine job. This was an OK listen. The previous ones I listened to were more fascinating to me.

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spoilers be here

Well written but two distinct stories (young man comes out gay while attending Mississippi State and two climate scientists interview for same professorship at same school) crammed together without a well thought out arch. HEA is contrived. But ... the audio was free.

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Seriously!

I wanted to listen to a book not heard the author’s political views. Move on

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Too many subplots

What started out with potential ended up being bizarrely confusing.

We have Anna who really does not want the job, but wants to continue with her long distance partner by moving closer. We have Rowan who is self deprecating and tries to pass himself off as someone else. Then we have Jeremiah who has recently come out and is unsure of what is future holds as he navigates gay culture.

Chaos ensues as a freak snowstorm rages in Mississippi, closing roads and airports, and leaving people stranded. This alarming storm takes place in the Deep South where snow rarely makes an appearance and is in the background of all the human noise as the message that our planet is in danger leaves Jeremiah even more freaked out. Carbon footprints are increasing by those who refuse to believe what's in front of them or the scientific data that backs it all up.

If you are not a fan of climate culture discussions, nor believe that climate change is real, skip this book. If you are a fan of Trump, you may want to skip this book, unless you're able to ignore a few jabs at him. To be honest, if you read this book anyways and you get all in a tizzy, you only have yourself to blame after my helpful hints.

Disclaimer: I read and listened to this short story as part of my Kindle Unlimited subscription.