The Last Man

  • by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • Narrated by Barnaby Edwards
  • 22 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Last Man is Mary Shelley's apocalyptic fantasy of the end of human civilisation. Set in the late twenty-first century, the novel unfolds a sombre and pessimistic vision of mankind confronting inevitable destruction. Interwoven with her futuristic theme, Mary Shelley incorporates idealised portraits of Shelley and Byron, yet rejects Romanticism and its faith in art and nature.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) was the only daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, author of Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and the radical philosopher William Godwin. Her mother died ten days after her birth and the young child was educated through contact with her father's intellectual circle and her own reading. She met Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1812; they eloped in July 1814. In the summer of 1816 she began her first and most famous novel, Frankenstein. Three of her children died in early infancy and in 1822 her husband was drowned. Mary returned to England with her surviving son and wrote novels, short stories and accounts of her travels; she was the first editor of P.B.Shelley's poetry and verse.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Set in the late 21st century, Mary Shelley's apocalyptic story about the end of human civilization rejects Romanticism and its faith in art and nature. Narrator Barnaby Edwards' measured performance allows the nihilism and rebelliousness of protagonist Lionel Verney to seep through as he narrates his life story, set against the failure of the English monarchy and the establishment of a republic. However, when a plague arrives, most of the population falls to this implacable enemy and Verney's life is plunged into chaos and desperation. The rules of society crumble, a messianic cult rises, and law and order is overturned. Listeners will be fascinated by Shelley's Gothic vision of the future and fatalistic view of mankind.

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Meticulous literary artwork

Would you listen to The Last Man again? Why?

This is a great book, although the tempo of the story itself is slow. But it’s never boring, it paints the scenes in your mind. And there are such wonderful sentences. Meticulous literary artwork, put together neatly and perfectly as a Swiss watch. You can only marvel at the intricate mechanics.
These are sentences you want to remember, but can’t because there so far & above daily communication.
The audio book is read by Barnaby Edwards, a true artist of the trade. I bought a few books, based on that instead of on knowing the writer or the book. And the best narrator for this book’s masterful literary artworks.


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- piroen

bad book

quite possibly the worst book I have ever listened to, I got this after listening to Frankenstein read by dan stevens, if you are tempted to do the same just no, don't do it to yourself it will drive you to insanity. 22 and bit hours of never coming to the point . You would think a book of this length would have well drawn characters a world you can believe in a plot to engage in, but no it has none of these things, the characters have all the substance and depth of stick figures, supposedly set in the future it makes no effort to show that things might have moved on from the time it was written we all still use horse drawn transport and gas lighting, the personalities of the main characters are almost non existant and none of them likable and the story is so boring and is more interested in the main character's political ambitions and paranoia than in actually moving forward, by the the time it starts to get to the point when the plague happens and the population of the planet stars to die off you wish you could be one of them. It does have one thing going for it though the narration is excellent. this is a poor excuse for post apocalyptic fiction a poor excuse for a book in general, my one big regret over this is that I waited too long to be able to return it so that I ended up waisting a credit.
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- A Warner

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios