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Summary

Penguin presents the audio edition of The Warehouse by Rob Hart.

Gun violence, climate change and unemployment have ravaged the United States beyond recognition

Amidst the wreckage, an online retail giant named Cloud reigns supreme. Cloud brands itself not just as an online storefront but as a global saviour. Yet, beneath the sunny exterior lurks something far more sinister. 

Paxton never thought he’d be working security for the company that ruined his life, much less that he’d be moving into one of their sprawling live-work facilities. But compared to what’s left outside, perhaps Cloud isn’t so bad. Better still, through his work he meets Zinnia, who fills him with hope for their shared future. 

Except that Zinnia is not what she seems. And Paxton, with his all-access security credentials, might just be her meal ticket. 

As Paxton and Zinnia’s agendas place them on a collision course, they’re about to learn just how far the Cloud will go to make the world a better place. 

To beat the system, you have to be inside it.

©2019 Rob Hart (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • 08-10-19

Totally Absorbing!

Fantastic book that was totally absorbing. A very different post apocalyptic concept and maybe a cautionary tale too!
Excellent narration - great character portrayal and differentiation.
An audible credit well spent - I will certainly be looking out for more from this author.

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Imaginative story and great narration

Fascinatingly imaginative story with narration that has both pace and gets you right into the characters. Didn’t want it too finish.

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Engrossing ! Fantastic narration. Plausible!

Look it's pretty obvious which company The Warehouse / Mother Clouds are referring to (clue; you and I are using this company's services as I write/you read and it's not a dying forest). The most disturbing aspect of the story is how plausible it all is - this could be exactly how things pan out for the company concerned and its unfortunate employees (and indeed the rest of humanity). Heck, judging by the many testimonials from employees (I was one once as well), they are well on their way to this future already.

However that aside, the story-telling is excellent and I found it very hard to stop listening when real life had to be attended to. Another thing which I liked was the all too rare thing of have different characters voiced by different narrators rather than one or two narrators putting different voices on!

I particularly loved the juxtaposition of the storytelling from the founder's perspective and what it's actually like 'on the floor' - how dehumanising it all is. Yet the cleverness of the storytelling highlights how reasonable, charismatic people like this can make the most unreasonable and plain wrong viewpoints seem. I suppose this is how cult leaders do what they do so well.

Very definitely recommended.

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Hooked

I found this absolutely enthralling and I was hooked throughout. My favourite genres in literature are post apocalyptic, end of the world stuff and I also enjoy dystopian fiction too. This is a really convincing in the not so distant future story that has really strong, likeable characters who the author builds up very well and I felt invested in both protagonists. The relationships and interactions were genuine and believable.
The plot of the story was entirely believable and very entertaining.
This is a story I didn't actually want to end. Not once did I get bored.
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enjoyed this but poor ending

enjoyed hearing about how a global merchandiser works, and the characters are great, but im still not sure what happened at the end.
no surprise about the burgers, but eating the corpses of cows and pigs is utterly disgusting and viciously cruel too and most people think this is normal, so not too sure what the issue is there.
i was expecting something dramatic like cryogenics / immortality and I wont give a spoiler but it wasnt exciting.
story is worth a credit for the journey, pacing and build up, but dropped stars for the damp squib ending,