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The Deluge
The Deluge
The Deluge
Audiobook40 hours

The Deluge

Written by Stephen Markley

Narrated by Corey Brill, Danny Campbell, Aida Reluzco and

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

“This book is, simply put, a modern classic. If you read it, you'll never forget it. Prophetic, terrifying, uplifting.” —Stephen King

From the bestselling author of Ohio, a masterful American epic charting a near future approaching collapse and a nascent but strengthening solidarity.

In the first decades of the 21st century, the world is convulsing, its governments mired in gridlock while a patient but unrelenting ecological crisis looms. America is in upheaval, battered by violent weather and extreme politics. In California in 2013, Tony Pietrus, a scientist studying deposits of undersea methane, receives a death threat. His fate will become bound to a stunning cast of characters—a broken drug addict, a star advertising strategist, a neurodivergent mathematician, a cunning eco-terrorist, an actor turned religious zealot, and a brazen young activist named Kate Morris, who, in the mountains of Wyoming, begins a project that will alter the course of the decades to come.

From the Gulf Coast to Los Angeles, the Midwest to Washington, DC, their intertwined odysseys unfold against a stark backdrop of accelerating chaos as they summon courage, galvanize a nation, fall to their own fear, and find wild hope in the face of staggering odds. As their stories hurtle toward a spectacular climax, each faces a reckoning: what will they sacrifice to salvage humanity’s last chance at a future? A singular achievement, The Deluge is a once-in-a-generation novel that meets the moment as few works of art ever have.
Release dateJan 10, 2023
The Deluge

Stephen Markley

Stephen Markley is the acclaimed author of Ohio, which NPR called a “masterpiece.” A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Markley’s other books include the memoir Publish This Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland.

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    The Deluge
    by Stephen Markley
    Fiction Speculative Politics
    Scribd Audio

    Climate change is still denied as the world suffers through heat waves, floods, and other destructive weather phenomena, but those in Washington and the rich and powerful refuse to do anything about it, calling it false.

    If the author's research isn't overly fabricated and dramatized, kudos to him for taking the time to dive that deep into it, and also with the politics, and the descriptions of the rich and powerful with how willing they were to deny and let others suffer so they could live the life a luxury were spot on. Also, the author went into great detail into the truth of how evil, immoral, corrupt, malicious, and hateful the human race is. And that truth of humans being evil, along with the overwhelming number of characters and trees killed to publish one 900-page book, makes this a scary read.

    But overall the book sucked! There were way, way too many characters to keep track of, and because I listened to the audio, with most of the narrators lacking any emotion, monotonely reading their character's story during this time, in the first, third, and even second person. And to add even more rambling; newspaper articles, essays, and other news info dumps were also included.

    I couldn't help but think of it as a cheap radio/tv reenactment documentary with how generic most of it felt. I think the script for that shark and tornado movie would be a more entertaining read.

    Besides confirming that humans have the potential to be corrupt, malicious, vindictive, and enjoy the pain they inflict on others more than Satan himself, this book has also taught me to never believe the recommendation of an author. I'm pretty sure that the only reason Mr. King liked this book so much is because one of his novels had a semi-starring role in this tree-killing story.

    And the ending, because of above reasons, is B.S.

    1 Star

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    I don’t even have words for this novel! World shattering!