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World of Trouble

The Last Policeman, Book 3
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
Series: The Last Policeman, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
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Critically acclaimed author Ben H. Winters delivers this explosive final installment in the Edgar Award winning Last Policeman series.

With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force. But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank's safety is only relative, and his only relative - his sister Nico - isn't safe. Soon, it's clear that there's more than one earth-shattering revelation on the horizon, and it's up to Hank to solve the puzzle before time runs out - for everyone.

©2014 Ben H. Winters (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Najima Rainey
  • 01-02-2015

Best one!

I've read (listened to) all three books. The writing and vision have gotten better with each book. All thought the idea of a mystery set during the end of days sounds silly, you really come to understand that for Detective Palace solving mysteries is what's keeping him from going "bucket list." I found this story especially heartbreaking and original. I'd highly recommend this book.

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  • Matthew
  • 19-08-2014

The Last Policeman series surprises yet again!

If you could sum up World of Trouble in three words, what would they be?

Clarifying, thoughtful, powerful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Last Policeman is ont of my favourite Audible characters, and he doesn't dissappoint here. Self aware, honest, principle driven. A memorable fictional character.

What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

He owns this series. All of it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last sections are amazing, clarifying the series.

Any additional comments?

So much to say, so little time and room. All I can say is, if you have tracked this series, this makes it even more worthwhile. Highly recommended.

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  • Big jim Picotto
  • 30-01-2015

I love this trilogy...I really do

All good things must come to an end. If you are looking at reviews to decide whether to venture into this trilogy, do yourself a favour. Get it now.

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  • Thomas
  • 28-01-2015

Satisfying Ending, But Takes Goodwill to Get There

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you listened to/read The Last Policeman and Countdown City, and enjoyed them, you will be glad to read the last part of the trilogy. it is a satisfying resolution of the threads that Ben Winters spun in the first two instalments.

Would you recommend World of Trouble to your friends? Why or why not?

But as a stand-alone book, it is pale. The story draws down on the goodwill that the first two novels established. The charming quixotic-ism of those stories becomes a bit strained here. Henry Palace gets just a bit too weird, unless you have already come to love him.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last one, which I will not spoil by describing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

As the great mystery begins to be resolved and Henry's quest draws to an end, it actually pulls you into his world, which is about to end. It is a sad book.

Any additional comments?

The narrator, Peter Berkrot, departs from the verbal style he used in Last Policeman and Countdown City, and ruffles Henry Palace's easy calm. This Palace is hectic and talky, the annoying monologger sitting behind you on the Greyhound bus. I think it was appropriate to the change in mood of the story, but it was a bit wearing. I am giving full marks for the performance because I think it was a good artistic choice for a book that is, let's be frank, a bit hard to take.

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  • Kenny Hogan
  • 17-03-2017

Not much to enjoy

The first 2 books of the series were entertaining, but book #3 was mostly just a series of unpleasant scenarios with no real payoff. There was far too much desperate whining, and I couldn't wait for it to end. Sorry. He's a good writer, but this is not a great book. I don't mean to be unkind, but I can't recommend this one.

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  • Joel
  • 12-12-2014

Its the End of the World As We Know It

I'm so conflicted on the entire Last Policeman trilogy. I purchased each of the three books in the hopes that it would build to a climatic conclusion. On paper these books are right up my alley. The world is coming to an end, and Detective Hank Palace is trying to figure out what to do with the remaining months of his life. The first two novels (The Last Policeman & Countdown City) were both good entertaining short reads. Nice appetizers in between some of my more meaty reads this year.

Out of the three books World of Trouble is probably my least favorite. Its not a bad book but I just found Hank's motives and mindset to be completely unbelievable. The fact that Hank is continuing to be a detective until the very last moments of humans existence doesn't even make sense. He has this vendetta to find a sister that throughout the novels never seems to really want to spend the remaining time alive with him. I also never got the feeling that Hank was a real person. He always felt like an ideal of a detective at the end of the world.

There were some interesting moments but I was kind of left without any emotion. I'm just not sure the idea of a detective at the end of the world made for the best story. I think it could have but this wasn't it. Still its a entertaining short read and a journey that although not exciting was worth the journey nonetheless.

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  • Andrew
  • 16-07-2020

Highly recommended

The overwhelming feeling of dread with this trilogy is something that will stick with me for some time. Listening to these books was like walking through a room where the ceiling is too low and kept getting lower.

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  • escoocoo
  • 19-05-2020

Holy Moly!! This was Great! 👍🏼

I thought this series was great, just great! This book is the last in the trilogy, filled with a number of shocking surprises as the end draws near. Ending is very chilling.

Good character development: I really liked Henry Palace(the lead protagonist) very much. A straight up young man, a policeman, earnest and sincere who is just trying to do his best here in an overwhelmingly untenable situation.

If given a choice between reading and listening to this series, I would definitely recommend listening. I read the first book several years ago, and simply was not impressed enough to continue on with the other two. Enjoyed it so much more after listening. The narrator is terrific. He breathes life into the characters and truly makes them come alive.

This series is about an impending “natural” world wide disaster, an apocalyptic (or pre-apocalyptic?) situation where the whole world responds before hand in abject terror. I enjoy this type of fiction, especially in light of the vey real true life condition of the world today, and the idea that we ourselves here and now may be hurtling towards our own apocalypse. I certainly hope not, but...😕

This story is not so much about the singular incident itself(which we are never really sure about ), but more about our human condition and how humanity reacts to a serious probability of impending doom.

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  • ajcb
  • 20-10-2019

Depressing, average, slightly toxic but rewarding

The scenario for this series is conceptually simple and predictable. There is a constant variable, an asteroid. There is the predictable quest for survival. The writing is not the greatest.

The Trilogy economics is that this series did not need to be three books. This is really one book. Yet, you will need to read all three for the full literary experience, meaning you are buying an average work at three times the cost. This is a problem with all post-apocalyptic trilogies, and a reason you should probably avoid reading them.

Yet authors need income, and this is a good author. So even an average effort on his part will be an above-par literary experience compared to most other stuff out there. Winter's writing style is magnetic and absorbing. He conveyed the misery so well, I was genuinely thrown into a kind off addicted depression when listening to this series. It's a miserable story, and a miserable hero. But it keeps calling to you to finish.

There are toxic parts to this series. The violence is very graphic, much more so than you would expect. Women are not treated well. Liberal-minded people are gullible throwaway idiots. Guns are idolized. Religious people are valuable and idolized. If I believed the author engineered the story specifically for political purposes, I would have classified it as right-wing propaganda. But he didn't. It's merely a product of his rather biased imagination.

The hero is flawed, self-righteous and obsessive. The scenario is unrealistic, and the public's behavior and identity politics are unrealistic. But within that unreality, each scene is plausible. People do things for plausible reasons. Liberals and women just happen to be motivated badly. It takes some objectivity to tolerate (once again) the unlikely scenario that reality wouldn't have been setup exactly in the opposite manner, with religious conservatives being the badly-motivated kooks.

In any case, a lot of "fun things happen" and it's quite engaging. You can't allow your attention to stray too much, or you'll lose the thread of the story and not know what's going on. The location and time changes are not remarkable, but scenes slide into each other with little to no fanfare. Bit things can change in a sentence or two, so although it's not a hard read, it requires your attention. The author tends to defer identification of the location of each scene until the middle of the scene. He jumps around a lot and you have to think about where the hero is, what he is doing, and the context of what is happening.

The narration is very good, and gets better with each book. My only complaint is the narrator's voice is oily. Hard to get over, but his other talents make you forget his "I'm going to read some porn to you" tenor.

My thoughts are with people who enjoy detective fantasy, probably something you will want to experience. There is a lot of inner voice, introspection, misery and hallmark plot twists from the author.

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  • Patrick Strouse
  • 26-06-2019

oof

perfect ending to a series of unrelenting certainty of destruction. this has become one of my favorite series

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  • Phil Gibbons
  • 30-08-2019

A disastrous read worth reading.

Great ending to an intriguing trilogy. This third book was by far the best and had a great ending.