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The Last Man

Narrated by: Matt Bates, Anna Bentinck
Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
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The Last Man is Mary Shelley's apocalyptic fantasy of the end of human civilisation. Set in the late 21st century, the novel unfolds a sombre and pessimistic vision of mankind confronting inevitable destruction.

Interwoven with her futuristic theme, Mary Shelley incorporates idealised portraits of Shelley and Byron, yet rejects Romanticism and its faith in art and nature.

Public Domain (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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Badly in need of editing

This is probably the worst book in my library. It is twenty hours of irrelevant dribble about how much all the main characters love each other, pages and pages of pointless dialogue that doesn't drive the story forward in any way at all.

It's set in the far future but Shelley has put no effort at all into what that future might look like, it might as well have been set in the eighteenth century as the tech is identical.

The novel should have been about a quarter of the length it was and then it might have just about been tolerable.

It's impossible to imagine this is the same author that brought us Frankenstein. I suspect the hand of heavy editing went into making that one the masterpiece it is.

Avoid like the plague.

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You need patience

Persevere. When you get to the end it'll be like scaling mount everest. Is quite poignant though given how we are killing our planet.

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  • Stephen P. Suelzle
  • 01-10-16

A great book, with a great story.

Both the story and narrator were interesting and engaging. I really cannot say to much good about this book.
I know some people would see this as a long story, but I never was bored or hoping it would hurry up and get somewhere.

My best advice would be just try it for yourself.

I am definitely going to look for more books by Mary Shelly (Frankenstein is her only other book that I have read), and more books narrated by Matt Bates. He really brought the book alive and made it feel like I was listening to a real person tell their story.

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  • Gerad
  • 29-11-16

Over explanation snoozer

Over described situations that are irrelevant to the over story made it very difficult to follow. The entire book could have been half the length and nothing would have been missed.
The ending just ended....no closure no anything.....

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  • Dixie
  • 10-04-17

Typical Mary Shelley

Simpering and saccharine descriptions clothe this odd tale. Only the last few chapters are about being the last man. Many of the themes in post apocalyptic literature are here. Glad it's over.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-03-19

I'm a sucker for Mary Shelley

The dreaded epidemic foreshadowed by the title doesn't happen until halfway through. So ya gotta love all the philosophy & romantic ideals & character development (of the men. women aren't allowed to have big ideas....but of course these ARE a woman's ideas). What an interesting 21st century she creates.

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  • Dr. Joe de Beauchamp
  • 16-01-19

No Future

No future that you would want. Brilliant narrator and writing of this this dim future.

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