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Audiobook Review

End of Story

Louise Swanson
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average rating is 3 out of 5

Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects


Atmospheric, moreish and unique


🧡 Virtually impossible to review this without spoilers, but here goes. As a dystopia, it has an eerie, foreboding atmosphere that keeps me listening. This especially comes from the painting of a world that is a mere pixel away from being exactly the same as our own. Shivers.

💚 It’s always fun for fiction to offer up surprises and this clever tale does just that.

Big thanks to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton Audio for providing me with an ALC in return for an honest review.


🎧 Sophie Bentinck’s smooth, clear, understated delivery makes her an absolutely compelling narrator. Would I compare listening to her voice to eating Nutella directly from the tub? Perhaps, if I had ever done so (which of course I have never, no follow ups please).

🎧 This was an easy to follow, smooth production. And, at 12 hours or so, there’s plenty to get your teeth into.


💜 I can’t fault the writing style and Fern is a fantastic, relatable character. But I can’t deny I was disappointed the dystopia wasn’t real. I think I’m going to be alone in this - in fact a cursory look at other reviews tells me as much - and this totally derives from the fact that I LOVE dystopias and they are a rare find.
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End of Story


It's the year 2035 and fiction has been banned by the government for five years. Writing novels is a crime. Reading fairytales to children is punishable by law.

Fern Dostoy is a criminal. Officially, she has retrained in a new job outside of the arts but she still scrawls in a secret notepad in an effort to capture what her life has become: her work on a banned phone line, reading bedtime stories to sleep-starved children; Hunter, the young boy who calls her and has captured her heart; and the dreaded visits from government officials.

But as Fern begins to learn more about Hunter, doubts begin to surface. What are they both hiding? And who can be trusted?
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