The whole EMP event that acts as a catalyst is simply a plot device to launch into a sorrowful story that devolves the US both into a medieval society and a loss of over 250 million people. It could very well have been an asteroid bombardment in the beginning and 99 percent of the novel wouldn't need to be changed.
If that weren't bad enough, after every loss of life episode, the author somehow manages to recollect what seems to be every post-war aftermath from photos and paintings that the pitiable protagonist recollects seeing. From Napoleonic era, European plagues, WWI, WW2 and so forth.
Lastly, the tone of the novel always tends to reference society before electronics as being better able to adapt to such an attack, going as far as highlighting a 1959 Edsel as the standard of survivability! It often comes off as almost preferring an EMP attack to happen to bring us back to the good old days. As an example, the rag tag civilian militia that was formed for defense were named -- get this -- Company B. I kept thinking that a reference to the Andrew Sisters "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" would be alluded to but was saved that hilarity.
If you are an uber Red Dawn survivalist fanatic, you'll probably enjoy the novel; otherwise ... not so much.
This book has left me haunted by the possibility that this could really happen to us and will leave you wondering how you would fare. I disagree with many of the previous reviews and think this is a must read. The narrator does a brilliant job with the different characters. In fact, there wasn't anything I didn't like about this book. Get it.
An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.
If you your politics are ultra conservative and you were disappointed when the cold war ended because there was less to fear, this fantasy is for you. If you believe the world should belong only to strong and the fit, this is your Bible. If you thrive when there is something to fear then be refreshed by this view of dystopia. As for me and my house, we will continue to believe that man continues to evolve and will ultimately conquer that which is most elusive, peace and justice.
I would not be attracted to another book by Forstchen, but I don't think Joe Barrett is to blame. I wouldn't necessarily avoid another title narrated by him .
I love the genre. One mediocre apple doesn't spoil the barrel.
Granted the narrator didn't have much to work with, but the narration didn't add anything to the pedestrian quality of the writng.
Some information about possible electromagnetic weapons, but once that is covered, there isn't much else.
The writing of this book is pedestrian at best. What should be absorbing and suspenseful is bland and obvious. I thought the premise of the book was intriguing and expected a page-turner, but the writing is so unimaginative that I gave up before finishing it. I just didn't care what happened.
I'm mad at Audible for not providing "Republican" or "Religious" warnings! I wish a refund and a compensation for the aggravation I've gone through listening to this idiocracy.
The dialogue and interactions between characters were analogous to a bad comic book. The main character was an EMP expert who took way too long to figure out that an event occurred! You think he would have known long before he discovered the only working appliance he had was his gas grill. The breakdown of society appeared to be depicted from the author's own imaginings rather than from any research into actual catastrophes caused by nature, man, or war. It was just not believable.
Yes, he is not to blame for this poorly written book.
Beware: not for the faint hearted. The author didn't pull any punches in describing life in a post-apocalyptic world. At times it was almost painful to listen to - a result of the author transporting the reader into a world of isolation, hardship and challenge. The characters are believable - the baddies are really bad and the good people aren't too saintly - especially as times get tougher. The horrifying thing is that those in the know say this really could happen...God, I hope not... To be obliterated in a nuclear blast (ground zero) would be kinder.... A long book but necessarily so. Well worth the time - but be warned...you may need to take a break every now and then. Parts of the story are quite depressing. It's definitely made me see the things we take for granted (such as electricity and fresh water) in a different light. Great work by both the author and the narrator.
You don't want to think about it, but what if it happened? What if you had to live without the things we take for granted? It would probably unfold very much like this story reveals. Information worth knowing, thinking about and preparing for.
And it was always interesting. Never a dull moment. Could not wait to find out what happened next.
An eye opening, "page turner" listen about what could happen if Americans had to survive long term without electricity or technology, the impacts to our society and the horrible choices that might have to be made. It also illustrates the current vulnerability of our electrical grid and technology to electro magnetic pulse weapons.
It can be a real downer so I wouldn't recommend it if you are in a vulnerable place in your life.
At the end I wanted to run out and buy a pre-1980s car, build a home underground, buy a generator, and store away enough supplies for 5 years. Logic prevailed and I called my Senator/Congressman and asked them if they understood how vulnerable we are. If enough Americans start asking the question - we may collectively address the risk before it is too late. Although I wouldn't argue against buying extra canned food, fuel, bottled water and storing it away. If someone offered me a great deal on a pre-1980s Volvo 240................
Not if it's like this. A slow lingering death of a novel. A great concept that gets bogged down by details, and explanations.
Most interesting? I could turn off the recording. Least? I'd have to listen to more.
He did fine, just a slow, tragic read.
Too many to remove. Get rid of the diatribe of wasted words, paragraphs. Less is more. In THIS case, a LOT less.
I cannot recommend this read. Well, if it's read this or get a root canal...no, get the root canal.