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One of The Wall Street Journal's Best Science Fiction Books of the Year

“[A] chilling dystopian debut thriller...Sweeney-Baird’s look inside the heads of these and other shocked, desperate characters and her portrait of a bizarre new world are both thought- and fear-provoking. Readers will either wolf this down or elect to stay miles away from it, but controversy moves titles off the shelf. A top choice.” (Booklist, starred review) 

"Philosophically sweeping and emotionally intimate.... [The] personal politics and gender dynamics are spot-on, and readers will feel connected to the main characters’ struggles and resilience. Sweeney-Baird is a writer to watch.” (Publishers Weekly

"So much speculative fiction amounts to nothing more than just that: idle what-iffing, spitballed at the reader with little conviction and even less imagination. But The End of Men, like only a very few novels published since The Handmaid's Tale - think Naomi Alderman's The Power, think Children of Men by P D James - builds an alternate reality so persuasive, so confident, that it soon evolves from intriguing fiction to you-are-there docudrama, as vivid as Max Brooks' World War Z. Part parable, part thriller, and altogether provocative, this is the stuff that classics are made of." (AJ Finn, New York Times best-selling author of The Woman in the Window

あらすじ・解説

"The End of Men is a fiercely intelligent page-turner, an eerily prescient novel, at once thoughtful and highly emotive." (Paula Hawkins, number-one internationally best-selling author of The Girl on the Train)

Set in a world where a virus stalks our male population, The End of Men is an electrifying and unforgettable debut from a remarkable new talent that asks: What would our world truly look like without men?

Only men carry the virus. Only women can save us all.

The year is 2025, and a mysterious virus has broken out in Scotland - a lethal illness that seems to affect only men. When Dr. Amanda MacLean reports this phenomenon, she is dismissed as hysterical. By the time her warning is heeded, it is too late. The virus becomes a global pandemic - and a political one. The victims are all men. The world becomes alien - a women's world.

What follows is the immersive account of the women who have been left to deal with the virus' consequences, told through first-person narratives. Dr. MacLean; Catherine, a social historian determined to document the human stories behind the "male plague"; intelligence analyst Dawn, tasked with helping the government forge a new society; and Elizabeth, one of many scientists desperately working to develop a vaccine. Through these women and others, we see the uncountable ways the absence of men has changed society, from the personal - the loss of husbands and sons - to the political - the changes in the workforce, fertility, and the meaning of family. 

In The End of Men, Christina Sweeney-Baird turns the unimaginable into the unforgettable.

©2021 Christina Sweeney-Baird (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Joolz
  • 2021/05/06

WOW! The timing is perfect!

This is a masterpiece. Loved every second of it!
A horrific pandemic that almost destroys the world! Told from the point of view of different members of society, some in political power and others in the medical field and one VERY brave journalist who makes people take notice after a heroic Emergency Room Dr is ignored while trying to raise the alarm.
This novel really makes you think about our male dominated society and the resilience of women.
All the narration was top notch too. Spot on.
Two thumbs up!

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021/04/30

Very Interesting

Very interesting idea. Especially in enduring COVID, this book brought back memories of the start of our own global pandemic. I really enjoyed the style and concepts. Very creative.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    1 out of 5 stars
  • vespertine
  • 2021/10/12

Couldn’t finish

Conceptually interesting, but so much repetition. Feels like we keep reliving the personal losses which are a valid part of this, but it lacks balance. Could not keep me interested. Returned.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Laura
  • 2021/06/13

Amazing.

One of my new favorite books. This is beautifully written, incredibly emotional, and has really touched me.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Bill
  • 2022/07/29

Incredible lack of empathy

I spent hours listening to women emote about what THEY had lost - my son, my husband, my brother. Personally I am horrified by the thought of a loved one dying, scared and in pain. Aren’t you? My own misfortune in having to go on without them would pale in comparison. Yet that is all these characters seem to care about. I was left feeling pretty queasy.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ZenMuppet
  • 2021/11/05

One of the best books I’ve ever read

No exaggeration - this book is brilliant. The writing is excellent, the storyline is creative and well thought-out, the different perspectives break up the rhythm well, and the voice acting is first-class.
There are 3 or 4 books I continually recommend to anyone who will listen, and this will be one of them, going forward.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Heather
  • 2021/05/11

Good emotional roller coaster.

I don’t write reviews but this book deserves one. This book is so good. The story has happy moments, depressing moments, moments of hope and joy, moments of anger and shock. This is a good story. If you are looking for a thought provoking story this is it.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Peteypi135
  • 2022/07/28

Very good book!

Very clever book. A bit long but not boring. I enjoyed it. Something outside of the normal themes and plots. Reveals the sexist, world we live in as well as the necessity for women to be seen fully! Strong statement to our current world conditions.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Jennifer J. March
  • 2022/05/17

One perspective, I guess

This was one perspective on what it would be like if this happened, but I feel it was narrow.
I have to say that the concept was good. It wasn’t your run of the mill plot.
It just seemed like most of the characters had very similar reactions to what was happening. In reality there would have been such a wide array of reactions, because we don’t all have the same personality, backgrounds, experiences or general beliefs.
Maybe other authors will take the premise and put their spin on it. That would be fun to read.
This was but one angle though.
Kudos to the author for coming up with such an interesting idea! I hope she keeps writing. I look forward to reading more of her work as she continues to expand on that wonderful imagination of hers!
The narrator did a good job with the accents, though there were so many characters it was still tough to keep everyone straight.
Some characters were frequently heard from and others very little, so it was a memory exercise through parts of the book.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Cecilia Reynolds
  • 2022/03/12

dark story. good narration

I did not like this story, too dark of a topic. I read it as part of a book club and so I made myself finish it. The narration was good, though.