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Summary

Critically acclaimed author Ben H. Winters delivers this explosive final installment in the Edgar Award winning Last Policeman series.

With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force. But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank's safety is only relative, and his only relative - his sister Nico - isn't safe. Soon, it's clear that there's more than one earth-shattering revelation on the horizon, and it's up to Hank to solve the puzzle before time runs out - for everyone.

©2014 Ben H. Winters (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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A disastrous read worth reading.

Great ending to an intriguing trilogy. This third book was by far the best and had a great ending.

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  • Najima Rainey
  • 01-02-15

Best one!

I've read (listened to) all three books. The writing and vision have gotten better with each book. All thought the idea of a mystery set during the end of days sounds silly, you really come to understand that for Detective Palace solving mysteries is what's keeping him from going "bucket list." I found this story especially heartbreaking and original. I'd highly recommend this book.

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  • Matthew
  • 19-08-14

The Last Policeman series surprises yet again!

If you could sum up World of Trouble in three words, what would they be?

Clarifying, thoughtful, powerful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Last Policeman is ont of my favourite Audible characters, and he doesn't dissappoint here. Self aware, honest, principle driven. A memorable fictional character.

What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

He owns this series. All of it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last sections are amazing, clarifying the series.

Any additional comments?

So much to say, so little time and room. All I can say is, if you have tracked this series, this makes it even more worthwhile. Highly recommended.

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  • Kenny Hogan
  • 17-03-17

Not much to enjoy

The first 2 books of the series were entertaining, but book #3 was mostly just a series of unpleasant scenarios with no real payoff. There was far too much desperate whining, and I couldn't wait for it to end. Sorry. He's a good writer, but this is not a great book. I don't mean to be unkind, but I can't recommend this one.

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  • Big jim Picotto
  • 30-01-15

I love this trilogy...I really do

All good things must come to an end. If you are looking at reviews to decide whether to venture into this trilogy, do yourself a favour. Get it now.

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  • Thomas
  • 28-01-15

Satisfying Ending, But Takes Goodwill to Get There

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you listened to/read The Last Policeman and Countdown City, and enjoyed them, you will be glad to read the last part of the trilogy. it is a satisfying resolution of the threads that Ben Winters spun in the first two instalments.

Would you recommend World of Trouble to your friends? Why or why not?

But as a stand-alone book, it is pale. The story draws down on the goodwill that the first two novels established. The charming quixotic-ism of those stories becomes a bit strained here. Henry Palace gets just a bit too weird, unless you have already come to love him.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last one, which I will not spoil by describing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

As the great mystery begins to be resolved and Henry's quest draws to an end, it actually pulls you into his world, which is about to end. It is a sad book.

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The narrator, Peter Berkrot, departs from the verbal style he used in Last Policeman and Countdown City, and ruffles Henry Palace's easy calm. This Palace is hectic and talky, the annoying monologger sitting behind you on the Greyhound bus. I think it was appropriate to the change in mood of the story, but it was a bit wearing. I am giving full marks for the performance because I think it was a good artistic choice for a book that is, let's be frank, a bit hard to take.

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  • i love this game so much you will once you start playing it!
  • 03-09-21

Apocalypse trilogy-fantastic

When you list out the best apocalyptic tales this trilogy will be no doubt included. I can think of five compelling must reads and ten for those devoted to the genre.
1. The Stand
2. The passage trilogy
3. World War Z - audiobook more so than book. One of the least listened to audiobook but is so amazing but never met anyone that has read it. Just seen the terrible movie.
4. The Road
5. I am legend
6. The dog stars
7. Age of miracles (YA)
8. The girl with all the gifts

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  • Joel
  • 12-12-14

Its the End of the World As We Know It

I'm so conflicted on the entire Last Policeman trilogy. I purchased each of the three books in the hopes that it would build to a climatic conclusion. On paper these books are right up my alley. The world is coming to an end, and Detective Hank Palace is trying to figure out what to do with the remaining months of his life. The first two novels (The Last Policeman & Countdown City) were both good entertaining short reads. Nice appetizers in between some of my more meaty reads this year.

Out of the three books World of Trouble is probably my least favorite. Its not a bad book but I just found Hank's motives and mindset to be completely unbelievable. The fact that Hank is continuing to be a detective until the very last moments of humans existence doesn't even make sense. He has this vendetta to find a sister that throughout the novels never seems to really want to spend the remaining time alive with him. I also never got the feeling that Hank was a real person. He always felt like an ideal of a detective at the end of the world.

There were some interesting moments but I was kind of left without any emotion. I'm just not sure the idea of a detective at the end of the world made for the best story. I think it could have but this wasn't it. Still its a entertaining short read and a journey that although not exciting was worth the journey nonetheless.

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  • Cody S
  • 29-06-22

an enjoyable conclusion

Probably the weakest on it's own, just due to the tie ins and call backs to the previous two novels. Despite this, I think its the most powerful within the context of the two previous. If you find this review and haven't read series up to this point yet, I recommend you do so.

Of the trilogy this one certainly feels the most apocalyptic and rightly so. The first book and the majority of the second describe a world slowly sliding into chaos but largely compensating in increasingly more drastic ways. In this book, it is terminal and efforts to resuscitate have been ceased.

Palace reflects this as well - as his remaining time dwindles, he makes less logical decisions and clings ever more desperately to his "case" as the one thing driving him forward regardless of the futility. It's not about the cases themselves now, and even in the first book it really wasn't then either. It's a study of what drives a person when all purpose falls away, and what people do with what is left.

the narrator changes his style to a greater degree in this book, the pace more rapid, almost frantic at times. A far cry from his interpretation of the cool and collected detective in the first book. I think it fits well story wise and dovetails nicely with the theme of the book.

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  • Lilly Bell
  • 15-05-22

Absolutely enthralling! What a wonderful series!

I am still tearing up, having just finished this series. My Lord! This series! I am so happy a friend told me about this. I adored the moments the lead character has self-reflection and deep thoughts. It led me to had similar deep thoughts. The twists and turns of this plot were incredible and had me going, I should have seen this coming. The world that was built was amazing and totally believable. Ben H, Winters has remarkable talent.

The narration was absolutely perfect, and I couldn't imagine another voice for this series. His emotion and voice changes are incredible. We meet a lot of new characters, and they haunt you and stay in your thoughts.

All in all, this was an emotional journey I am glad I took! I cannot give it all the praise it deserves. Still reeling and wish it could have gone for hours and hours. This should be a movie! A+

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  • Double T
  • 07-06-21

Riveting

Incredible finale to an engaging series. I had chills! The concept was original and the characters were believable. It's a tragedy that helps you glide to the finish with updrafts of hope, countered by humility, landing softly in the embrace of humanity. Excellent series.