Listen free for 30 days

The Way the World Ends

(Warmer Collection)
Narrated by: Dan John Miller
Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
5 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

Sleet in Mississippi? In March? A crazy ice storm lays waste to the South in a #1 New York Times bestselling author’s invigorating, touching story of one slippery night, an open bar, and total abandon.

For three strangers whose paths will cross, the storm hasn’t even reached its peak. Two of them are the kind of climate scientists no one ever listens to in disaster movies. The third, against even icier opposition, has just moved to the Magnolia State to come out. Soon they’ll all be pushed closer to the edge, where the bracing winds of cataclysmic change can be so wildly liberating.

Jess Walter’s The Way the World Ends is part of Warmer, a collection of seven visions of a conceivable tomorrow by today’s most thought-provoking authors. Alarming, inventive, intimate, and frightening, each story can be read, or listened to, in a single breathtaking sitting.

©2018 Big Text, Inc., Jess Walter (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for FJC
  • FJC
  • 14-08-19

Boring.

Boring. The juxtaposition of sex and orgies with climate change and gay rights isn’t really compelling.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Abby
  • Abby
  • 07-09-19

Excuse for Political Rambling

There is no story. This is just an excuse for political rambling about climate change, gay rights, gun laws, drugs, sex, the President, racism. Even where you agree with his politics, you'll just want the book to end.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for wordgirlsam
  • wordgirlsam
  • 05-07-19

a knockout story that will lift you up

funny touching story about the frustration of scientists trying to save the world and a young man trying to establish his identity

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for WWaltonG
  • WWaltonG
  • 23-05-19

Love this author - wish he wrote more

Jess Walter is the author of Beautiful Ruins - one of my all time favorite audiobooks. This work is a lunchtime listen that reminds me that I wish he wrote more books. An interesting and amusing take on the human condition. Always pointed but never preachy. Jess, if you read this, get to work!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mikey
  • Mikey
  • 21-02-19

GREAT STORY NICELY TOLD

If you've ever been to Starkville MS you will understand the setting that prompted Mr. Walter to create this excursion train ride to our destruction.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for dtamayob
  • dtamayob
  • 20-02-19

Cheesy but free, so why not give it a try?

I received this short story as one of Audible's new free Audible Originals, something they offer as a "free purchase" each month for subscribers in a weird attempt to make people feel better about the $15/month fee they charge. (I'd rather have Audible Channels back, but no one's asking me.) So far I've taken at least one of my two freebies every month, but none of them have held much interest and they're just stagnating in my library. This one seemed vaguely relevant to my tastes, so I thought "what the heck?" and hit play on my phone.

It was just okay. Just.

It was very climate-change preachy, which I figure will be super alienating to any deniers still holding on out there. (FWIW, I can remember when there were still plenty of people disputing the science behind cigarettes causing lung cancer, so I get what's going on here too. Companies lose money, livelihoods are risked, the reality of bad news sucks.) But if we're trying to change anyone's minds about the science of it all, going in with mild ridicule of people who don't yet understand or accept is NOT the way to go, and this short definitely hits all the triggers in a mocking way.

In addition to the preachiness -- which I'm not entirely sure is a word, but I'm going with it -- there were a lot of characters thrown together in a rather outlandish set of events. I did have one laugh out loud moment when the two job candidates were caught getting high, doing shots and dancing naked in a hotel room. If only for that hilarious slo-mo scene of utter humiliation, I think I'd say "Sure, give The Way the World Ends a try."

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Robert M.
  • Robert M.
  • 14-02-19

Easily the best of the Warmer Series

This was a great story masterfully told. I was literally LOL at some moments in this. The author does a great job weaving humor into factually correct science concerning the crisis we are in...I loved this story.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Altivo
  • Altivo
  • 17-01-19

Amid a dark shadow of doom, hope glistens

This you must hear. All of it is real, true and accurate. From the depths of despair, hope can emerge like a phoenix rising from ashes. Brilliant performance, encouraging conclusion.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Cy Hy
  • Cy Hy
  • 14-01-19

The Gay the World Ends

This is such a fun story, going from deeply serious, to messy, hilarious, awkward drunkenness.. Pretty diverse little cast. Cute and filling. Spoiler Alert: P. S. I'm so glad they corrected Rowan's use of "y'all."

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for al jay
  • al jay
  • 03-01-19

Fun listen but leaves you empty

clever and fun most improbable story that delivers little or no real information or insight