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Audiobook Review

The Apocalypse Seven

Gene Doucette
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12 hrs and 26 mins


Erin Bennett, Kiff VandenHeuvel, Juliette Goglia, Zeno Robinson, Will Collyer, Grace Rolek, Farah Merani

average rating is 5 out of 5
average rating is 5 out of 5

Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects


Exceptional. Beautifully Written, Brilliantly Read. The TV show Lost, but with a proper ending.


Oh. My. Days. This was phenomenal. The plot delivers in a way so many mysterious stories don't. The questions is poses are both genuinely puzzling and satisfyingly resolved.

For me, this as much about the characters as the plot. The seven were each interesting and complex in their own right. My favourites were Robbie (Zeno Robinson) and Ananda (Farah Merani), but I liked them all. Except maybe Bethany... But even there I was fascinated by her motivations and wondered what she would grow up to be had the world not 'whatevended'.

This was my first Gene Doucette book. I'll definitely look out for more.

Big thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing me with an audio ARC in return for an honest review.


The performances were excellent and the casting just right. Robbie in particular had a a friendly, relatable voice that let the listener in.

I appreciated the user experience of the back-end of this audiobook. For example, chapter listing was especially detailed, showing not just chapter numbers, but also titles and parts.


Whoever played Noah was brilliant and made me smile
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The Apocalypse Seven


The whateverpocalypse. That’s what Touré, a 20-something Cambridge coder, calls it after waking up one morning to find himself seemingly the only person left in the city. Once he finds Robbie and Carol, two equally disoriented Harvard freshmen, he realizes he isn’t alone, but the name sticks: Whateverpocalypse. But it doesn’t explain where everyone went. It doesn’t explain how the city became overgrown with vegetation in the space of a night. Or how wild animals with no fear of humans came to roam the streets.

Add freakish weather to the mix, swings of temperature that spawn tornadoes one minute and snowstorms the next, and it seems things can’t get much weirder. Yet even as a handful of new survivors appear - Paul, a preacher as quick with a gun as a Bible verse; Win, a young professional with a horse; Bethany, a 13-year-old juvenile delinquent; and Ananda, an MIT astrophysics adjunct - life in Cambridge, Massachusetts, gets stranger and stranger.

The self-styled Apocalypse Seven are tired of questions with no answers. Tired of being hunted by things seen and unseen. Now, armed with curiosity, desperation, a shotgun, and a bow, they become the hunters. And that’s when things truly get weird.
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