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Summary

Do the impossible, or lose your family forever....

Edgar Hill, unsympathetic husband and halfhearted father, finds himself in a hopeless situation. Despite all his best efforts, he hasn't managed to keep his family together. In fact they are further from him than ever - 550 miles, to be precise.

And in a world near annihilated by a terrible disaster, leaving the UK harsh and brutal, uncrossable by car or bike, his journey to find his loved ones will be fraught with challenges.

His best option is to run. But what if your best isn't good enough?

Includes original music by Adrian J. Walker.

©2016 Adrian J. Walker (P)2016 Penguin Random House UK

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Best book I've listened to all year

I listen to dozens of books each year from Audible as I walk the dog. Without question, this is the best I've listened to in many many months. Fantastic narration and a story that is gripping. My dog has had much longer walks these past few days as I've listened on that little bit longer! Can't recommend highly enough.

24 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Great British PA fiction

At first , i thought i could not continue with this narrator despite being a compelling plot. i have though spent 59 hours and the last 3 audio books in the presence of Scott Brick and there don't come many better.

I'm glad i persisted, the local accents being startlingly good , well the Manchester accent sounded like Liam Gallagher mimicking the Scouse accent!

The story , well read the reviews and believe the hype, it is really good and set in the UK. Not over gratuitous with the violence or bad language, so suitable for young adults.

And no Zombies thank god !

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Brilliantly performed

I really enjoyed this, read brilliantly with great accents that really captured the essence of the characters. Good story, bit drawn out in a couple of parts but soon picked up again. Engrossing listen. Excellent.

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Heartfelt , emotion stirrer.

One of the most enjoyable Audiobooks I've listened to , to date.
The writing is fantastic as is the narrator.
Brought me to tears near the end.

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A very different take on the theme and it works

Where does The End of the World Running Club rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to hundreds so somewhere around 3/4 of the way up my good list.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of the World Running Club?

The meeting with the old school master and schoolboy is what seems to have stuck in my head most 3 weeks later though I don't know why!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really but I felt empathy with the lead characters, especially at the end

Any additional comments?

I never know what to expect with these 'global disaster - survivor' stories. They can get a bit samey over time. This was totally unique though. I really enjoyed it as I didn't know where it was going next

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fantastic absolutely fantastic

Brilliant believable characters, solid story. I honestly wasn't expecting much when I downloaded this. How wrong was I. I'm already missing Brice and Edgar.

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  • Martin
  • Inerness, United Kingdom
  • 06-02-17

Post apocalypse UK ...and running

Enjoyable listen and finally i get to travel the length of Scotland and England in a post apocalypse story, having always wondered when I listen to any what would be happening here. the main character I related to very much, from his childhood daydreams to his thoughts on exercise. The narrator was superb but one minor issue was with any parts where characters shouted, the narrator actually shouted too, which occasionally was a bit too loud but did add to the atmosphere i guess, just made me jump a couple of times! Some of the characters met along on the way were extremely memorable and very well portrayed by the narrator, very hopeful for a sequel to this one. Some laugh out loud moments and some sad moments too. Was just exactly the book I was hoping it to be from the description

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British Walking Dead without Zombies

Not bad, I would call it a middle class British version of the Walking Dead, but without zombies. Jot Davies did a great Jon with the narration, loads of different voices!

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V v good

Get beyond the first couple of chapters & this is a very good book. If in doubt stick with it!

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A gripping yarn

I don't often read modern fiction. There are some telltale stylistic issues but they did not detract from the overall pleasure I derived from the story which was made even more gripping by the brilliance of its talented narrator. I recommend it highly.

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  • R2D2theHutt
  • 29-09-17

Exceptionally Human!

The characters are relatable and perfectly mirror reality. Their individual depth only makes relationships with each other.... So human. I laughed, cried and shouted out loud while listening. And of course the amazing Jot Davies is wonderful! This is my favorite work of his yet. He nailed each voice and brought personality and life to the characters... after a while Jot phases out completely and you're left with only the people in the story. Tragic get beautiful. Thank you for this!

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