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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,563 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. D. James Narrator: David Case, Frederick Davidson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult. Civilization itself is crumbling as suicide and despair become commonplace. Oxford historian Theodore Faron, apathetic toward a future without a future, spends most of his time reminiscing. Then he is approached by Julian, a bright, attractive woman who wants him to help get her an audience with his cousin, the powerful Warden of England. She and her band of unlikely revolutionaries may just awaken his desire to live . . . and they may also hold the key to survival for the human race.

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  • Extraordinary … daring … frightening in its implications. The New York Times
  • She writes like an angel. Every character is closely drawn. Her atmosphere is unerringly, chillingly convincing. And she manages all this without for a moment slowing down the drive and tension of an exciting mystery. The Times (UK)

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kaeli | 2/19/2014

    " If she used one more poorly placed simile, I was going to throw the book out the window. Excellent plot, great premise, and decent character development. I wish I could stand the author's writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by S. | 2/8/2014

    " Saw the movie first and loved it (who doesn't love Alfonso Cuaron?). But then we had a display at the library called "The Book Was Better" and I decided to grab it. It veers differently from the movie; so much so that the movie in the end is described as being "based on" the book more so than a straightforward adaptation. But I'll say it's one of the rare works that was good onscreen and on the page. Of course the book would give far more detail into Theo's life and background, but in some ways, the details of this little dystopia were far more grizzly than the movie. Flagellators, mass executions of the elderly, people transferring their love for children into their pets and into baby dolls. A nice twist that was completely omitted from the movie but turned into an excellent meditation on the ways in which absolute power corrupts. Well-played P.D. James, well played. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shaina Leitch | 2/5/2014

    " I hate reading a book after I've seen the movie. It takes me forever to read because I have no need to know what happens next. While the book is very different from the movie, it follows the storyline close enough to not keep me at the edge of my seat. I love this idea though. A different kind of dystopian world. Everyone is sterile, the human race will be extinct, while all other life forms seem to continue to move on. It does a good job of putting you in the mind set though. I was able to see how people might just stop caring. You still have your whole life to live, but if humans are going to be gone in a few decades anyway, then who really cares what we do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Drew | 2/1/2014

    " This is very different than the film but as good in its own way. "

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