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The Last Day

Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
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Publisher's Summary

A world half in darkness. A secret she must bring to light.

2059. The world has stopped turning. 

One half suffers an endless frozen night; the other, nothing but burning sun.

Only in a slim twilit region can life survive.

In an isolationist Britain, Ellen Hopper receives a letter from a dying man.

It contains a powerful and dangerous secret.

One that those in power will kill to conceal....

The Last Day: an utterly original debut thriller, perfect for listeners who loved Robert Harris' Fatherland, Emily St. John Mandel’s Station 11 and The Wall by John Lanchester.

©2019 Andrew Hunter Murray (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A stunningly original thriller set in the world of tomorrow that will make you think about what’s happening today." (Harlan Coben)

"I read this hungrily. Its intelligence and bravura characterisation will have you turning page after page. A fabulous achievement." (Stephen Fry)

"Wonderful: boldly imagined and beautifully written - the best future-shock thriller for years." (Lee Child) 

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Engaging... And wanting more

I've always loved a female protagonist, well written and not a stereotype, and this very much delivers, the secret driving the narrative is compelling as more parts are unveiled... The situation and results are unique and the only thing I really want is to know what happens next...

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  • Claire
  • 15-02-2020

Highly recommended

Thoroughly enjoyed this book! The iceberg cowboys, a fact from No Such Thing As A Fish podcast! Love it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-2020

Worth a read! Loved every minute of it

I really enjoyed the imagery, I felt fully immersed in that world. Easy to follow and I really was routing for the main character.

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  • Stuart McQuaker
  • 15-02-2020

Great story very though provoking too.

I love science fiction books and stories and this is one of the most original I have listened too or read in recent years. Gripping characters and story with lots of twists on the way. Well worth a read / listen and I hope there is another one in the same world.

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  • Dexlovesol
  • 14-02-2020

Gripping dystopian drama

I really enjoyed this novel. The strength of the plotting and characters and the tightness of the drama meant that I didn’t question the science of the premise closely.
Very well read by Gemma Whelan - she is a perfect choice.
The central female protagonist is well written and credible.
Highly recommended.

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  • Shanefg
  • 08-02-2020

A wonderful Achievement

The book is wonderful. Beautifully crafted writing. Great premise. Gripping story. Read with real skill and brings it all to life. Well bloody done. The author and reader have produced something special. Best wishes. Shane

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  • Tony Evans
  • 07-02-2020

Highly recommended

I really enjoyed this debut novel. Told almost entirely from the perspective of the main character, this thriller had me gripped from the beginning. A good vs evil story, set in a unique post-apocalyptic environment with the world no longer spinning. It's a fresh approach to the thriller genre, and I look forward to any future novels from the author.

The narration was excellent, Gemma was the perfect choice for this novel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-2020

An enticing story of which I was excited to keep reading

I really enjoyed this story, the character development is good and I found myself really being able to picture the world in which this story is set. I enjoyed the continual references to the ‘before’ where we see the comparison of ‘pre-slow’ Britain to ‘post-slow’ Britain.

I was a little disappointed with the ending, it does feel rather abrupt, but I would recommend it to a friend nonetheless.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-2020

kept me listening without stopping

Love the unique twist to this story. don't usually like the doom world's, alternate realities all too often go over the top picturing doomy situations yet this story kept me listening multiple hours in one sitting. Pulling me in deeper and deeper.

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  • Olly Emmett
  • 17-02-2020

Loved it

I wasn't sure what to expect from this debut novel, and usually I just listen to fantasy and tend to prefer to read older dystopian fiction like this. I gave it a go becasue i loved the concept, and I've listened to Andrew on no such thing as a fish for years. This is one of my favourite titles in a long time. I often find my attention waning, and have to rewind a lot, not with this one. I listened almost non stop for a few days and finished it in less than a week. Great narrator, great characters, engrossing story. It's an interesting look at a strange dystopian future which is still similar enough to the UK we know to to feel familliar. The author clearly knows his Eric Blair, but the book never drifts into derivation or pastiche.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-02-2020

Fantast debut novel

Really enjoyed the book, I'm a big fan of Andy and his ni el writing skills did not disappoint. Great character development, and so original. I couldn't stop listening. Also very well narrated.