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3.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 5 3.29 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Kroese Narrator: Kevin Stillwell Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mercury Series Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781469243405
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Christine Temetri is at her wits’ end. For years she’s covered the increasingly bizarre activities of End Times cults for the Banner, a religious news magazine. Yet Christine, who once dreamed of being a “real” writer, has nothing to show for the gig other than a regular paycheck and serious doubt that Armageddon will occur in time for her next deadline. But after a mysterious man entrusts her with a locked briefcase and orders to “take it to Mercury,” Christine finds herself face-to-face with a ping-pong-playing angel by the name of Galileo Mercury. It seems Mercury was sent from heaven to make preparations for Armageddon, yet became sidetracked by the earthly delights he discovered: Rice Krispy treats, table tennis, and beer, to name just a few. Mercury’s concern for the fate of mankind is middling at best, but he is happy to educate Christine on the details of the elaborate, if poorly organized, calamity to come. When Christine inadvertently saves the Antichrist — an obnoxious, thirtysomething gamer who still lives with his mother — from celestial assassination, she begins an ambitious battle to stop the Apocalypse and save the world. But the heavenly host is nothing if not persistent, and Christine, aided only by an apathetic angel and a reluctant Antichrist, has her work cut out for her. Packed with outrageous characters, Mercury Falls is a viciously funny (and occasionally absurd) morality tale for the twenty-first century. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Clever, inventive, and original, Kroese’s hilarious romp has cult favorite written all over it.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roy | 2/4/2014

    " If you loved Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, then you'll love this book. Same irreverent humor and wry commentary on human nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Waller | 2/2/2014

    " Devilish fun. Angelic antics. It's the end of world as we know, only not. Irreligious and snarky, meet the old gods, same as the new gods, and the angels, cherubim and seraphim., thrones, dominions and principalities. Yes, there will be a test to see if you are keeping your Archangels and ordinary angels straight. If you pass, Armageddon averted. If not, check your linoleum pattern; it may be a portal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 1/30/2014

    " This book had a fun tone, very Douglas Adams. It also had some rather funny ideas on the bureaucracy of heaven and hell "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 1/17/2014

    " A very funny, light read, with a lot of creativity, I thought. Dry, ironic humor... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alasse | 1/7/2014

    " The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Apocalypse. Amusing, but got tedious after awhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 1/7/2014

    " This was a fun idea. A little clunky at times. But, I enjoyed it for the most part. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 1/5/2014

    " As a fan of the "Hitchhiker Guide" books, I thought I'd like this more than I did. Same type of humor, but I didn't connect with it the same way. I'll probably try the second book in the series and see if I grow to enjoy the characters more than I did in the first one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keisha | 1/1/2014

    " I had to force myself to finish this book. It started off well, but it quickly faded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia Bishop | 11/30/2013

    " I read this book right after my mother died. I will always be grateful to it for brightening my outlook and giving me reason to laugh. It was well written, hysterically funny, smart and engaging. I have never read another book like it. Honestly, I can't recommend it enough. Just awesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle | 10/31/2013

    " Fun goofy apocalypse book. Sort of like a less good Good Omens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 10/19/2013

    " This book is pretty great. It's witty, kind of sarcastic and kept me smiling. It was amusing to watch Kroese's version of the less-than-efficient "higher powers" try to do much of anything "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Kearns | 10/10/2013

    " The clever, absurdist fun of it kept me going, and I did like it. Yet, it's religious underpinnings are just so different than my own. An accomplishment, this one, that I'm not able to appreciate like I perhaps should. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 6/9/2013

    " Love the premise, loved the plot. I just couldn't get past the rather insipid writing. Here's hoping that the author has a better editor next time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 5/29/2013

    " I loved the humor in this book. I rarely laugh out loud while reading, but a few times I definitely did with this book. I also couldn't put it down a few times. The only disappointing part was the end. I felt like it was really rushed. I guess I don't know what I expected but it wasn't that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bcoghill Coghill | 3/21/2013

    " The grim thing about starting a series is that the d*** thing may never have a conclusion. Not that real life has conclusions but imaginative fiction is not real life. I enjoyed this book but it makes me despair of the series... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edna | 3/14/2013

    " Highly sarcastic writing. A bit Christopher Moore with a lot more Douglas Adams' style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stanley Townsend | 1/26/2013

    " Quite witty and readable. Enough so that I'm sure I'll eventually read Mercury Rises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Baracz | 1/3/2013

    " This book was humorous and witty and a great read. A funny and different take on the apocalypse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 12/28/2012

    " really liked this one- made me laugh out loud several times "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenni | 12/24/2012

    " Everyone needs to read this book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Frank Vasquez | 12/13/2012

    " Trite, cliche, unoriginal glib. While the conclusion was fun to read, this novel is hardly satisfying. The humor insisted upon itself, the commentary was more pervasive than satirical, and the characters were one-dimensional. "

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About the Author

Robert Kroese’s sense of irony was honed growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, home of the Amway Corporation and the Gerald R. Ford Museum, and the first city in the United States to fluoridate its water supply. In second grade, he wrote his first novel, the saga of Captain Bill and his spaceship Thee Eagle. This turned out to be the high point of his academic career. After barely graduating from Calvin College in 1992 with a philosophy degree, he was fired from a variety of jobs before moving to California, where he stumbled into software development. As this job required neither punctuality nor a sense of direction, he excelled at it. In 2009, he called upon his extensive knowledge of useless information and love of explosions to write his first novel, Mercury Falls. Since then, he has written two sequels, Mercury Rises and Mercury Rests, and a humorous epic fantasy, Disenchanted.

About the Narrator

Kevin Stillwell is an actor that has voiced a number of audiobooks, including Careless Love, Last Train to Memphis, The First Assassin, The Millionaire Affair, and others. His film and television credits include Looper and Drop Dead Diva.