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The End We Start From

Narrated by: Louise Brealey
Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
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Summary

In the midst of a mysterious environmental crisis, as London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later the family are forced to leave their home in search of safety. As they move from place to place, shelter to shelter, their journey traces both fear and wonder as Z's small fists grasp at the things he sees, as he grows and stretches, thriving and content against all the odds.

This is a story of new motherhood in a terrifying setting: a familiar world made dangerous and unstable, its people forced to become refugees. Startlingly beautiful, Megan Hunter's The End We Start From is a gripping novel that paints an imagined future as realistic as it is frightening. And yet, though the country is falling apart around them, this family's world - of new life and new hope - sings with love.

©2017 Megan Hunter (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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"I was moved, terrified, uplifted - sometimes all three at once." (Tracy Chevalier)

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Stunningly book and great narrator

The first time I listened to this audiobook, I was completely struck by the style of writing which says so much but leaves big gaps for the reader/listener to fill themseleves. The narrator’s style is at times expressive and other times quite understated - perfect for this audiobook.

This is the only audiobook I have finished and immediately listened to again. Very highly recommended.

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Immersion in bringing up baby amidst turmoil

I loved this story, post apoc but the most riveting aspect is the description of engaging with your new baby - and the all consuming nature of this.

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excellent

I really enjoyed the writing and narration of this audiobook. Louise Brealey is always a joy. Highly recommended.

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London is drowned and I live by the river

Beautifully narrated, short novel, set in a future when climate change has caused an environmental disaster.

Can be listened to in one sitting.