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The Man Who Lived at the End of the World [Kindle Edition]

Robert Davies
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 346 pages
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Book Description

• "Dark, haunting but beautiful."
• "One of the best books I've ever read."
• "Not your average apocalypse survival story."

Armageddon has never been so colourful.

Watch it unfold through the jaded yet childlike eyes of Silas Stanley, a recently escaped psychiatric patient who must travel hundreds of miles across a devastated Britain to find his dying daughter before the world ends.

Less grim survival and more a one-way journey toward redemption, The Man Who Lived at the End of the World is a story for those who prefer their apocalypse to be more personal.

• "Quite simply one of the most beautiful books I've ever read."
• "More depth and dimensions than other post-apocalypse books."
• "An amazing book."
• "Couldn't stop reading it."


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3539 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AR0T45K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,326 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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British author, once an early-morning cleaner, now a full-time web programmer, but with an undimmed passion for writing nonsense short stories and slightly off-kilter novels. Builder and lover of mountain bikes, occasional hiker of British mountains, more occasional player of guitar, less occasional creator of terrible electronic music, and a writer at heart.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 12 Jun. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One of the best books I've ever read. I cried, laughed, fantasised, hoped and grieved. It's one of those books that you pick up and before you know it you've lost half a day and your coffee has gone cold. It's one of those books that makes you wish you could write. It 's one of those books you need to buy and put on your bookcase so you can lend it to people, which is what I'm just about to do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mark K
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I felt compelled to write a review as I hoped the author might read it and while it is only my personal view, it seems to echo a few of the other reviews.

In short, the author, Robert Davies is very talented. This book had some beautiful and stunning moments. The characters (generally,) were well written and in the chapters where the Silas meets his future partner there were moments of real emotional connection.

His writing style, in this book, is very descriptive. This is completely wonderful to start with; there are also periods where it is justified and it is up there with the very best I have read.

However...

Reading this was incredibly hard work. It took me far longer to read than it should have. I had to push through through sheer will and determination (not generally a good thing in a book). The descriptive prose was so over the top in parts, that it really took away from what could have been a spectacular book. For example I could write about a puddle, tell the reader in incredible detail about the puddle and what I have written is beautiful and insightful; however if I spent the next paragraph still describing the puddle then when I eventually finish I start to describe the pavement it sits on in the same way, it starts to lose impact and slows the entire flow of the story. If this happened once, not a problem. However 60-70% of the book is like this. Entire sections of the book seem to add little to the story progression.

Fewer descriptive paragraphs would give them far greater impact. It would also enable what is a wonderful story-line and great characters to take more prominence.

As I said at the start he has a genuine talent, but sometimes less is more, far far more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More, please, from Robert Davies! 2 July 2013
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I read a lot every day, and have done so for decades. I can neither afford to buy paper books nor have any more space for them. So, since I got my Kindle I have downloaded so, so many books, crime, SF, fantasy, post-apocalypse and more, by Scandinavian, UK, US and elsewhere writers. This is one of the few that really, really impressed me, and it is by a relatively new writer. Beautiful, loved it. It seems to have more depth and dimensions than other post-apocalypse books. Even though Robert Davies says his first novel is not so good I have downloaded it. More please, Robert Davies!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good, Addictive Read 5 May 2013
By Beckie
Format:Kindle Edition
So, this isn't my usual genre for reading. I gravitate more towards fantasy and sci fi, and though this supposes an apocalyptic ending to the world, it is still rooted very firmly in the real world. However, I enjoyed it greatly.

The book flips about through time, telling the back story of the main character as well as the present. This character, Silas Stanley, is very engaging and feels real. The book is really about his life, and how he deals with the end of the world and his journey to find his daughter, and gives a personal point of view.

I found the story gripping, especially as it went on. I had tried to ration myself to one chapter a day, but that became three chapters a day very quickly, and then I abandoned that completely and read the last few chapters straight through. I cried at the end, which is always a good testament. I highly recommend it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Lived At the end of the World 25 April 2013
By James
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OK, so this is the first review I have written, but I feel that I have to due to the lack of decent reviews (why if you say the book is very good do you only give it 3 stars?) that I would give it a go.

I won't say much about the story, for what it costs, read it yourself!

The book is set in England in the year 2013 and follows the story of a man who is surviving in an apocalyptic landscape as he searches for his family. It is hard to write much more without giving anything away as the author leaves you to work it out for yourself as you go along.

I know what you are thinking, there are millions of books like this on the kindle store at the moment. That is true, but what sets it apart from most others is the beautiful and skillful style of writing. The story is as much about the main characters' past than about how he copes in the current scenario.

So in conclusion, this book is dark, haunting but beautiful. I am glad I read it.

P.S. only one typo that I noticed in the whole book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I wasn't expecting much from yet another end of the world story but the characters were interesting and intriguing as were the various situations they encountered. An unsentimental love story and a calm telling of world shattering events! I was very tempted to read the whole book in one sitting so wished that I had started it earlier in the day. Looking forward to more by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It could have been better 31 Oct. 2013
By ken
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The concept of the book was good and for the most part well written It keeps you interested but for me it was spoiled by thoughts of "Well that wouldn't happen." A little research would have shown the author that his scenario would have resulted in very different but equally terrifying conditions for his hero to survive. The characters were well constructed and the turmoil in the main character well described. I found some of the language used a little awkward. Little girls who grew up in the lake district referring to her mother as Mom not Mam or Mum. The main character does a not of leaping, he never jumped or even leapt he always leaped. Sounds like nit picking and perhaps it is. I think this is the author's second book. If it were mine I'd be very proud of it. I just think that a little research would have made it better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing style (ignore the few mistakes)
Read this book!!! I have just created a new folder on my kindle entitled favourites, it has got 1 book in it, this one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by robstan
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written - Wonderful Story - A MUST READ!
I was going to write Wow as my heading but see that somebody has beaten me to it. However the sentiment remains - wow! Read more
Published 3 months ago by batbinbogbloke
4.0 out of 5 stars The man who lived...............
I really enjoyed this book. I had no expectations as I do not know the author. I tend to read thrillers, but this came up as a daily free read, the synopsis interested... Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. Watkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual ending
I really enjoyed this book! For a change the ending wasn't a "Happily Ever After" kept my interest all the way through.
Published 13 months ago by Mr. B. Hughes
1.0 out of 5 stars Probably one of the worst books I've ever read.
I'm a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, particularly if it's set in Britain, so I had to get this one. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Fazeshifter
1.0 out of 5 stars not great
Couldn't finish this, main character is pathetic and intensely annoying. One reviser said this book was over written ~ understatement! Might have succeeded with a good editor. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Caz
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling reading
A poignant story, which kept me glued to the book. Well written and conceived. The title of the book was what made me buy it, but only realised what it meant at the end of the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Deedee
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear...
Sadly I've spent the last seventy percent of this book flashing through it simply because l never like to abandon a book completely. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sirius Dogstar
3.0 out of 5 stars Different
A bit annoyingly over written in places but a good read even though it jumps all over the place,very sad at end with lucy
Published 18 months ago by A. C. Springett
3.0 out of 5 stars A good idea but....
The storyline is good and almost believable but the writing style is over descriptive and hard work to read. Read more
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