In some ways this is the scariest book I've read/heard in a long time.
It is a Robinson Caruso type of situation in which the character evolved into something way more than a survivalist. This might be something that todays "reality TV" mentality might not be able to appreciate.
Not only does the book describe a world all too plausible in todays war filled climate, but the situation Robert finds himself in is truly the stuff of nightmares.
Drinking, smoking, bouts of self-pity and occasional descents into madness are truly scary behaviors for the one suffering them. No therapy available either! With an alternative of illness that robs one of humanity and/or life, I felt that he came through with grace, courage, and some unusual insights not many people would have.
I could have been shorter but the reader was so good that I didn't so much mind listening for 5 hours.
Almost gave this a 4 but really only felt it is 3 1/2
I really enjoyed the movie, so I thought I'd check this out and hopefully get an expanded version of the story that I liked so much. Unfortunately, it turns out that the movie was only very loosely based on this book. By comparison, the book is just not near as interesting imo. The Robert Nevill character, his quest to find others and save the world, his relationship with the dog, and also with the woman. All of those things and much more, were done so much better in the movie.
Well, at least I now have far more respect for those that adapted this novel. They re-wrote it is more like it, and much much for the better it turns out. This, on it's own, is a pretty poor novel, that moves at a snails pace.
The plot of the story is what had me hooked.
The dark tower books, which is my favorite, would be comparable to this book
The dog scene was sad.
Hoped it was similiar to the movie....it's nothing like it.
Too much narrative...Too much talking to himself.....Not enough plot.
Set back around 1975...so seemed out of date.
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A good story but way too out there for my liking. Though I will say this, this book was way better than the movie!
I have never said this before in my life but this book was terrible!!! The movie was so much better! I have never known that to happen before!
I didn't listen to this book until I had already watched the movie,which I thought was good. After listening to the book I was pleasently suprised with the differnces. Near the end it really sends you for a loop! Much better ending than the movie!
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Wow, wow, wow. I loved the book and I loved the narrarator. I've read some reviews that complain about the narrarator and so I was hesitant to purchase the book for that reason alone. I think the narrarator can make or break or story for me. However, I thought Robertson Dean did the job perfectly. I was completed mesmerized by the story. Although I truly enjoyed the movie, the back was far more haunting and I think the author did an excellent job portraying the loneliness this man suffered as well as all the psychological problems that come from being entirely alone and fighting for your life for 3 years.