This novella contains major spoilers from the novel Until The End of the World. It's suggested you read the novel before you hear So Long, Lollipops. Unless you're someone who likes to read the last page of a book first - in that case, enjoy!
Peter watched his new family drive away, certain it was the last time he'd ever see them. But sometimes plans go awry in the best way. Now, the plan is to get back to them. But sometimes plans go awry in the worst way.
Sometimes the only plan is to believe it will be all right, even when it's almost impossible to believe.
©2014 Sarah Lyons Fleming (P)2014 Podium Publishing
We are a married couple who love listening to audio books, luckily we like mostly the same things. Rosie is severely ill & bedbound.
Yes definitely, it's a fantastically written story and I was hooked by it from very early on. I just love the story and how the author has written it. It's done so well from all the small details to the bigger ones. As you read (well listen) you really feel for the characters, in fact I felt like I was with them and along for the ride or even like I was them. This author is very talented and I'd recommend this book and anything by her any day!
I think it would have to be Peter for this one, he is the main character in this story and it's hard not to fall in love with him. He has such a kind heart and he is an amazing guy, I love how he kept going even when the odds were really against him.
She is a great narrator and I feel she plays each character well, you never get confused which character is which as she has her own way of doing each one. To be honest at times I'd forget it was just one narrator reading this book.
Yes and actually I did. I listened to it when I was going through a really bad time and I was up most of the night due to pain. This book was an excellent find for me, it really distracted me and took me away from everything that was happening to me. I got completely lost in the story and before I knew it it was finished.
I was actually naughty, I'd read the warnings about not listening to this book until I'd heard the first one but I did it anyway. I'm glad I did though as it got me completely hooked on this series, I just wanted to keep going as I became totally addicted.
For me I didn't feel it ruined the first book that much to be honest, I listened to it after this one and I didn't regret it. It meant as I was listening to the first book certain things would add up or fall into place. I actually listened to this book twice, as after this book I went onto the first in the series and then I came back and listened to this one again. This was all I a short period of time and I partly came back to it again as I had a few days until my next credit. I was so hooked on this series I couldn't wait. I have to say I enjoyed this book just as much each time :) and second time around I obviously knew more so it gave me a different view of it all.
I can highly recommend this book and just know if you choose to listen to this one first you'll become truly hooked and you'll be addicted to listening to the rest of the books in this series as soon as possible. So WARNING you will get hooked on these!
Thank you Sarah for writing these amazing books and for helping me through a really hard time in my life, your books really helped me and I'll forever be grateful for that. My words cannot truly express how thankful I am, I'm now one of your biggest fans and I look forward to seeing what you do in the future as your truly talented!
When is someone going to write something original! although well written its old hat . Good writer will certainly look for more books by the author, just ..... not zombies !
One of the best freebies I have come across. Was never confused as to who was speaking (a peeve of mine), narrator did a good job there. The story kept me going and the pace was just right.Zombie-related stories like these are in no short supply, but the execution made up for parts that were slightly predictable. May check more out by this author.
This isn't usually something I would read/listen to but I couldn't turn it off. I listened from start to finish.
Peter is stuck and gets help from a unlikely bunch.
He has a long struggle to get to kingdom come but a very interesting one.
Fantastic and looking forward to listening to the second book.
I think you will enjoy this if you like books where it takes an age to establish characters.
Didn't finish it because the narrator was so mono tone found myself almost falling asleep any time I tried to listen.
The author is trying to write a multi book series about zombies the undead whatever you want to call them based on the success of Tv shows such as the Walking Dead it feels. But the action is not pacy enough and the lead up to the action is still long coming you lose interest. M.R Carey's ' the Girl with all the Gifts is a much better written and thought out post apocalypse tome.
Really enjoyed listening to this, the story sucks you in & builds a vivid picture of the world after the virus takes over. The taster chapters made me want the other books to fill in the gaps. I need to know more about the characters & how they evolved to survive!
"Zombie, Chick Lit"
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Yes, this has Zombies or Lexers. It also has white lace curtains, sewing, Twilight, best friends and more. It is well written, but in the style more appreciated by the romantically inclined. No sex.
I GUESS WE JUST CALLED THEM ZOMBIES, THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE, I DON'T SEE NO REASON FOR ANTOHER NAME.
Finally, someone who thinks like me. I wanted to love this story for that statement alone. The military was calling them Lexers and I am probably spelling that wrong.
The narrator is pleasant to listen to, but does not change her voice per the action in the book. The few times the Zombies attack, I almost missed it. Tone of voice does not change.
"Hidden gem of books"
So Long, Lollipops isn't as good as the first and not completely necessary to listen to if you could care less of Peters struggles as he was missing. I enjoyed it and he had done so much in the time he was gone.
This book was all about Peter and his journey.
This whole book gave more insight. It doesn't really bring much more into the story moving forward but helps understand Peters thoughts and struggles. This might be more useful in the next book.
I suggest listening to this book also. Great story. Ready for the next!
"More please! :)"
I loved this story & can't wait to read more survival stories! I'm especially interested to learn more about the virus.
"Surprisingly excellent and captivating ."
As someone who shuns the poplular as a rule of thumb and not even tempted to get into the the newest pop culture of Dark and Occult , Werewolves, Vampires Zombies have NEVER been a choice I would make.
That said, I was completely captivated by this book and its story and people. The theme was presented in such a way as to make the impossible very real and plausible.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to start book 2 . I thank you Audible for offering this book as I might never have experienced such a heartwarming and gripping tale otherwise.
Clear your calendar and settle in for the read and enjoy.
I would naturally have chosen Peter if I had not listened to the excerpt from book 2 and now I am torn between the two leads of him and Cassie.
I really appreciated how real the monologues are as they let us into their worlds and minds and hearts. It was so endearing to see that these two protagonists have all the failings of every single person on earth and are not some kind of superhuman.
I guess the bridge scenario where Peter appears to lose everything in an attempt to avoid the zombies.
Yes, as a matter of fact, the scene with the child in the mobile home was heart wrenching, and I tried to imagine the feelings I would have experienced in Peter's place.
The early scenes when he meets the Father of the young girl are priceless.
Just to add another thank you for offering this book. I would not have chosen it on my own, for two reasons, 1. the name gives the impression it is about children or for children, and 2. Had I seen a review that mentioned Zombies I would have skipped it. That would have been a bad choice! Thank you !!! :D
The narrator did a great job.
It was short enough that I was able to.
I was not sure what to expect when I found this little gem, and I am glad that I did as it was an entertaining listen. Note: this is a zombie story, but that being said, the story came together very well for a great listen.
"Great Zombie Page Turner"
This was a great zombie short story and I was quite surprised I enjoyed it because I'm not really into zombie stories. Now I am very interested in reading "Until the End of the World" Book 1, and "And After" Book 2.
The novella makes me want to know more about the main characters and how they will survive in this zombie environment. Great writing by the author Sarah Lyons Fleming and great narrating by Julia Whelan.
"A Free, Middle- of- the- series Novella"
Free listens are wonderful.. thank you Audible. As far as this Novella enhancing Fleming's "End of the World" series? No. When you read the first book of this series, the other books are much of the same. " So Long Lollipops' is actually a "slice of life" that further explains the attack of one the main characters by zombies, which occurs in book one. I am undecided on this series. What's different, even odd, about the series is that it has your typical post-apocolyptic, graphic, zombie violence, but is equally full of warm, fuzzy, relationships that are a little over the top. It didn't quite fit in with the end-of-the-world devestation and zombie massacres that are occuring at the same time. It seems directed toward the YA and/or female audience.
Excellent reading effort. I'm shocked at how much I enjoyed this.....me, a middle aged woman !
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I love this series, the story is well written and well narrated. There are some several surprises therefore making it not predictable.
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