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Audiobook Review

Fail State

End of Days, #2
John Birmingham
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average rating is 4 out of 5
average rating is 4 out of 5

Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects


Same Great Characters, A Clever Continuation


🧡 This was just as smart and innovative as Zero Day Code. I enjoyed catching up with existing characters and meeting new ones. I particularly liked the development of the James, Rick, Michelle and Melissa dynamic.

💚 Birmingham keeps things fresh, adding gripping new dimensions to the world’s problems.

💛 I like having the characters to love/hate paradox, but would have preferred less time in Jonah’s head. I also wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about some of Michelle’s dialogue. Possibly a bit heavy on the slang? Birmingham is British born, but it felt overdone. Not a massive deal though.


🎧 Excellent performance. I was gripped from start to finish and could have listened all the way through in one sitting.

🎧 Rupert Degas is an incredibly talented narrator who is just as convincing as a gruff middle aged Aussie as he is as a Southern temptress and a little girl. Howwwever… I wanted more narrators. There are so many characters of so many different backgrounds and I particularly felt that this would have elevated the female characters. Again, Degas is excellent, but when I think of performances like The End of Men and The Apocalypse Seven, I believe this deserves the same treatment.


No spoilers for this one. Maybe next time!
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Fail State


On Zero Day of the first and last cyberwar in human history the internet went dark, transport and power grids collapsed and cities began to starve. Ten days later millions have died from thirst and starvation, from violence and from the simple failure of the world’s machines to keep them alive.

This second installment of John Birmingham’s End of Days trilogy finds James O’Donnell and his friends Rick, Michelle and Melissa hunkered down in the wilderness, where they know a horde of starving, desperate exiles from the graveyard of the US East Coast is heading their way.

On the far side of the continent, in the Pacific Northwest, Jonas Murdoch helps lead the good folk of Silverton in defending themselves from waves of starving and desperate refugees pouring out of Seattle.

And slowly, cautiously navigating the inland waterways of California, Jodi Sarjanan and Ellie Jabbarah negotiate an apocalyptic landscape of burning skyscrapers and marauding gangs.

All of them are seeking sanctuary. A safe place where the madness hasn’t penetrated. But does such a place exist?

And what if they need to sacrifice their very humanity in the struggle to reach it?
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