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Summary

Glasgow, 2025. Dr Amanda Maclean is called to treat a young man with a mild fever. Within three hours, he dies. The mysterious illness sweeps through the hospital with deadly speed. This is how it begins.

The victims are all men. 

Dr Maclean raises the alarm, but the sickness spreads to every corner of the globe. Threatening families. Governments. Countries.

Can they find a cure before it’s too late? Will this be the story of the end of the world - or its salvation?

Compelling, confronting and devastating, The End of Men is the novel that everyone is talking about.

©2021 Christina Sweeney-Baird (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Fiercely intelligent page-turner...at once thoughtful and highly emotive." (Paula Hawkins)

"The stuff that classics are made of." (AJ Finn)

"Brilliant, prescient, unputdownable." (Jenny Colgan)

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  • 29-04-21

Thought Provoking

A very thought provoking novel. Intelligently portrays the way the world could be affected by a gender specific pandemic.
Fantastic narration - especially by one of my favourites - Cathleen McCarron.
I will look forward to further audio books from this author.

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Impossible to stop listening

This book gripped me so much so that I finished it in one sitting!
Excellent book, fantastic characters and narration. By far the best book I’ve read / listened to so far this year, likely to be my favourite of 2021

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A great concept that wasn't done justice.

In reality this was probably more of a 2.5 star book but I've rounded it up to 3 stars mainly because I love the concept of the book as a whole. I can't begin to tell you how excited I was for this book!! I LOVE a dystopia and everything about this book, (the title, the cover, the blurb) screamed to me "BUY THIS BOOK!". So it's fair to say I had high expectations for it and if I'm honest, now that I've read it I feel quite flat and let down by it.

I purchased the audio book and I was shocked to see that it has 11 different narrators. I've never listened to an audio book with this many narrators but the thought of it really excited me. On the whole, I think the narration was brilliant. My favourites were the lady who narrated Amanda and the the lady who narrated Catherine. I was pleased that these two characters had the majority of the chapters and yet a little disappointed that they didn't have more.

There are A LOT of characters in this book, from different parts of the world with their own plots. Some of the plots do link up in a way but not all of them. And so it really had me questioning if some of the side stories are really needed. I understand why the author did it - the story is about a global pandemic so she's portraying how people all over the world were effected. I was hoping all the stories would be linked in some way, like Love Actually but nope, some are linked, others are just 'there'.

I don't mind books with lots of characters. But because there were various plots here I do think that if I didn't have the different voices narrating different characters then I would have got myself a bit muddled. I definitely recommend the audio book version if you're going to give this one a go.

At the time of writing this review, there is a glitch in the audio book. I contacted Audible about it and it's not just my version, it's all of them. It's just a breif glitch and I don't think many words were lost in the middle of it. If I remember rightly, it was about 2 mins into the first 'Dawn' chapter. I did carry on listening to the book regardless and it didn't effect my enjoyment of the book. While I'm on the topic of the character Dawn, I feel the need to say that she was my least favourite narrator. It felt like she was just reading out loud with no emotion at all. And I noticed little pauses mid sentence at the weirdest times that really bugged me. Again though, it didn't bother me enough to stop listening.

The reasons I've rated this book a 2.5/3 star instead of a 4 or 5 isn't down to the narration (okay maybe half a star went because of Dawn). The real probelm with the book for me is the many plots. The boring meetings that are discussed, the story about unrest in China (which took up too much of the book considering it's got nothing to do with the main plot at all). I wanted more of the emotion from Catherine and Amanda. I wanted to hear their opinions on what Lisa chose to do with the vaccine but after the vaccine was discovered we didn't really hear much more about that. I just think it could have been so much better. It's such a great concept and it just wasn't done any justice here.

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A tragedy

A sad story. Beautiful written. Loved the fact that the author spent some time to build the characters.
Felt very very very real. I empathized with almost all characters 😊.

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BRILLIANT

What a book for our times. Couldn't put it down. Best listen in a while

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very thought provoking

this is really interesting to listen to especially in today's environment of the covid pandemic and feminism. I loved it

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Loved it but OMG the accents 🤦🏼‍♀️

I really enjoyed this and it’s fascinating to look at it through the lens of COVID.

Some parts are scarily prophetic, and it is very believable.

My only gripe is that some of the accents are truly dreadful, as well as not accurate (one person has a Liverpool accent and is described as being from Yorkshire) and they really jolt you out of being immersed in the story. Nevertheless, it’s still five stars from me.