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The Toll

Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Series: Arc of a Scythe, Book 3
Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
4.5 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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In the highly anticipated finale to the New York Times best-selling trilogy, dictators, prophets, and tensions rise. In a world that’s conquered death, will humanity finally be torn asunder by the immortal beings it created? 

Citra and Rowan have disappeared. Endura is gone. It seems like nothing stands between Scythe Goddard and absolute dominion over the world scythedom. With the silence of the Thunderhead and the reverberations of the Great Resonance still shaking the earth to its core, the question remains: Is there anyone left who can stop him? 

The answer lies in the Tone, the Toll, and the Thunder. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2019 Neal Shusterman (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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love it

love it. Soo sad this is the final book. great story telling and plot twists.

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Just not nearly as good as the first two

The first two books were really fun and I enjoyed them much more than I thought I would. A world was created where I really cared about the characters and what happened to them. However, in this one there are many additional storylines and characters that I just don't really care about. There's also a bit of time jumping going around and I just lost interest. Of course listen to it to finish the story, but I just wasn't as satisfied with the story as I was for Scythe and Thunderhead.

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excellent

excellent ending to most stories but the series is so great I need another ;) loved it!

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Greg Tremblays voice is soothing.

I love this three book series, Scythe.
I greatly enjoy hearing the narrator read out this imaginary world as I picture it in my mind.

Each time I went onto the next book in the series, I hoped to hear it to be Greg to read it. Continuity in generally makes me happier but I find his accents and tones per character engaging.

Can't forget about the Author, Neal Shusterman. Such amazing storytelling, that I only sometimes struggle to get through the chapter without skipping, but I sat through it anyway as it always held some importance to the world building and character development.

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Now that was an ending

To all authors: please see Neal Shusterman on how to write endings! What an epic ending to this fantastic series. it had everything. From the start it was engaging, having multiple timelines really worked with this book and having them revealed in the subtle changing of the animal/year between each section really kept me wondering about when everything was happening. There was so much destruction but also so many answers. The last few chapters really amped it up and I couldn't read fast enough. A great new beginnings out of the destruction of an ending.

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He’s done it again!!

There is always trepidation when you get to the third book in a series. Will it let me down or live up to the two previous books.
And Neal Shusterman manages to keep the twists coming so you don’t know what will happen next. Even when you guess a few clues you can still be blindsided.
I wasn’t sure if he was taking a few pot shots at Christianity and resurrection but the story is definitely gripping and interesting.
I would recommend the whole series and the narration is great!

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Perfect Ending

What else is there to say but it was an absolute perfect ending to the series the last few chapters had me smiling and so full of joy at how the author chose to finish this series.

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  • Bells
  • 07-11-2019

A lot for one book.

Arc of a Scythe's first two books kept me entranced. The story combined with the narrator's acting actually made me feel how tense some of the moments were meant to be. The Toll, seems a little all over the place..almost like the author couldn't decide which direction he wanted to go. Neal jumped around in to many different time periods, and tried to wrap up side plots. There was a lot of build up through out the story, and the pay off was...lack luster. Coming to an abrupt conclusion.

This book introduced a lot of new characters, and put the original main cast of characters in a back seat role. To me this made the story feel more shallow than anything. It hinted at the adventures of Rowan and Citra and brought focus back to them just long enough to make sure they were still relevant enough for the end of the story. Other moments in the story, the author has the point of view bouncing back and forth constantly, making it difficult to keep track of who is who. It also doesn't get any easier when every character goes by at least two names.

This book also takes time to pander to certain crowds. One character in particular had minimal impact on the story, and was obviously used for pandering., Neal spends quite a bit of time being in your face about their upbringing and life choices. As another review has said, this information did nothing to progress the story.

Disappointingly, this audio book comes with a PDF, and Audible is very upfront that there is a PDF to accompany this book, and in my excitement on this book's release, I opened it. It was pretty much spoilers. DO NOT OPEN THE PDF if you have not read/listened to the book. Luckily my friend and I pieced together what might have happened and it wasn't a big surprise.

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  • HappyCow
  • 09-11-2019

Surprisingly dull

I'm quite surprised at how dull this story is. The pacing slows to a crawl and more than half of the book is just characters interacting with one another without anything really happening. When things finally start moving, it jumps around too much and some of the content feels like filler with little purpose or significance to the story. I started tuning out because the content felt pointless to keep up with. Once again, our main couple spends 95% of the time apart doing their own thing, yet somehow we're supposed to believe there is some great binding love between them. Anastasia is somehow even more one dimensional and flat in this installment. After reading the last book, I was expecting more.

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  • bio_student
  • 21-11-2019

Had Potential but Didn't Deliver

5 stars for the narration, 3 stars for the story.

The second book had built such a great setting for the third book. We had a mysterious island unbeknownst to the Thunderhead, an unstoppable villain, and two heroes that would come back and surprise the world by avenging all that was lost. This could have been an amazing, action-packed mystery thriller, but instead the storyline was rather lackluster. We received some nice character development between the Toll and the Thunderhead, but not with the scythes. In fact, the main scythes were rather passive and non-confrontational, which became very clear in the ending. This book had so much potential and it's a bit disappointing that the series wrapped up this way.

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  • OrtalG
  • 07-11-2019

DONT OPEN THE PDF UNTIL YOU FINKSH

It contains a spoiler! I don’t know what audible is thinking! Do not make the same mistake I did.

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  • Jay K.
  • 14-01-2020

New Age gobbledygook

Families that lean toward a Christian/Faith based value system will find this book Blasphemous. The author takes religious undertones and attributes them to a computer diety. The outright disdain for religion is evident and I regret listening to the series. I did listen to all 3 audiobooks in an attempt to find something in common with an adult son, and I felt like my should needed a shower.

Greg Tremblay has an amazing voice and his storytelling ability kept me involved in the story and I found myself wanting to know the outcome of the protagonists all the while disliking the plot.

If you are looking for a young adult book series for your children, keep them away from this garbage.

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  • Deborah
  • 07-11-2019

I dunno..

I was super excited for this book. But like the others were saying, the ending seemed rushed and not what I was expecting. There were parts that were confusing, side stories that didn't need to be there. parts that should have been explained better- weren't. Plus trying to keep track with the time travel jumps and trying to figure out where/when everyone was, was honestly exhausting. Overall, it was a let down. I loved this series, but I just didn't want a book that centered mostly around Greyson With Citra and Rowan being the back-drop as they were the most interesting of characters.

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  • Mike
  • 11-12-2019

Leave out your political agenda

Loved the story but inserting your own political agenda was so obvious and took away from the authenticity of your story.

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  • Mercy
  • 09-11-2019

Not as good as others

This book concludes this story. It is different, not as good as other two but I wanted to know what happened so kept listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-2019

Pc gender BS

You ruined this story with the PC gender bull. Just tell the story. The gender BS has nothing to do with the storyline

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  • Jonas Lee
  • 06-12-2019

Out Like the Thunder

Overall, this was a great series! So many nuance issues that people could spark conversations over the possibilities. Very centric on life/death and the value of living. It's a series to make the readers think beyond and hopefully revel in their own mortality.

There were some parts that were too woke and made it feel a little heavy-handed. Beyond those, quite a wonderful trilogy. One of my favs.

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  • Garreth
  • 19-11-2019

A total mess, and completely dull ending

I was really excited to listen to this book. In fact it was on of the books I was most looking forward to this year.
Unfortunately it has just been a total mess from beginning to end. It seems to be plagued with pointless characters and unnecessary and obnoxious pandering.

All I wanted was more Rowan and more Citra...

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  • Flutterbi
  • 13-11-2019

An exellent end to the series

I am going to have to listen to this series of books over and over again. The writing is imaginative, serious and in places amusing. The storyline is complex yet leaves you wanting more.

The Toll is a fitting ending to the series and brought together so much from the first two books. I wonder if there is a prequal in the pipework as some in depth history for Faraday and the Thunderhead would be something I would love to hear.

Neil Shusterman is an excellent author and Greg Tremblay a brilliant narrator who gave depth and life to all the characters.

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  • Lauren Reynolds
  • 13-11-2019

A new favourite trilogy

I'm not crying 😭
What a fantastic end to this fantastic trilogy.
My heart still hurts from the ending of book 2 and this has both healed me and broke me. Not a dull moment or character.

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  • daniel bowkett
  • 04-12-2019

great end to a trilogy

very good book with a good voice actor worth a read and a 're read

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  • Julia
  • 09-11-2019

Eagerly awaited, but not as good as first 2 parts

The positive first, there is a third part, there is nothing worse than listening to two parts of a trilogy and then the third never materialises. So I am glad, that this was not the case.

And it was not totally bad, just not as good as the first two books had lead me to hope.

The story meanders and too many new characters are introduced, the story does not follow a strict timeline, but there is a lot of foreshadowing I found not gripping but annoying.

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  • amie jakubiec
  • 08-03-2020

Amazing

Amazing book after listening to all three of these I am going to buy them in physical form to put on my shelf deffinatley reccomend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-2020

didnt enjoy it as much as the other ones

I didnt enjoy this as much as I'd hoped. I really struggled to finished it, not like the thunderhead. it felt like 5 books in one and I couldn't really follow, all the different characters really didnt help. The only satisfying thing was the ending.

Even if I didnt enjoy it, I wouldn't tell anyone to not continue after the second book. Give it a shot and you might enjoy it more than me. I don't regret finishing the trilogy mostly because the ending was as good as it was.

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  • levi proctor
  • 04-12-2019

Wow

Fast become my favourite series, all I can say is wow what a ride that was

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  • Jay Cuffy
  • 13-11-2019

The Toll

I personally was satisfied with the ending of this series. It was a rollercoaster ride with a slow build up, but when the plot moves it move fast to almost to the very end, until it gives you a chance to breath and settle down. it was great

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  • rebecca bebbington
  • 11-05-2020

great

narrator voice bit annoying
great story though
good trilogy of books for teenagers
thank you