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December 28, 2016 / Leslie

Good Morning Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

A Rapid Review

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Publisher: Random House Audio | August 2016
Format: Audio Download | 8½ hours | Rating: 4½ stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy – Intermediate

In crystalline prose, Good Morning, Midnight poses the most important questions: What endures at the end of the world? How do we make sense of our lives?

What’s it about . . .

Augustine, an aging astronomer who has remained behind after an evacuation of an Arctic research station, and Mission Specialist Sullivan, an astronaut on the first manned flight to Jupiter, tell their stories in alternating points of view. When earth suddenly goes silent and all communication is lost, each begins to reflect on their lives, the choices they’ve made, and what comes next.

What did I think . . .

The story reminded me in some ways of Station Eleven: A quiet post-apocalyptic novel that begins with a crisis. Here we don’t know what happened other than all communication is lost. I liked this book for what it wasn’t: It’s not an action story, there are no wars, vampires, or zombies. It’s thoughtful, haunting, and at times beautiful.

I enjoyed the parallel stories of these two scientists that gave up their families for the work they loved. My only negative was the ending. I liked it, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. Ultimately, I wanted more.

It’s science fiction for the non-scifi reader. Don’t be swayed by the genre; give this one a try.

Audio production:
The audio was read by John H. Mayer and Hillary Huber. This was a very enjoyable and easy to listen to performance. The tension of not knowing why communication was lost and wondering if anyone is still out there continues to builds, and at the same time the narrators maintain a calm, even pace with soothing tones that propel the listener along to the conclusion.

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  1. BermudaOnion / Dec 28 2016 4:12 pm

    This one might work for me!

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  2. Suko / Dec 30 2016 1:43 am

    This sounds like a very good audio book, Leslie!

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  3. stacybuckeye / Jan 3 2017 12:44 am

    This looks like one both Jason and I would both like!

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