I can think of no one with an operating brain who would like this performance or the writing and characterizations within this dreck.
I have barely gotten though the first 1/4 of the book. I am struggling to continue. The writing is so poor, and the character of the so-called hero is, well, bi-polar at best. I have screamed at the dash of my car, where I do my listening, many times that he is asking inane questions and can't figure why things are happening as they are, despite the alleged fact of his having been a Colonel in Army (it is assume the US Army, but really? This guy is a DOLT.) Hes the one who tells the town leaders about the EMP that he thinks happened, then is continually astonished that things are breaking down. The scene in the Assisted Living Facitily is very instructive on this guy's mental imbalances. But I put that on the author. He did excellent research into the EMP phenomenon, but has ZERO clue how to draw a sympathetic hero, nor tell a compelling story. This supposed hero, John Matheson, would've made a great clerk in the enlisted ranks, but a General (a rank he was supposed to have been offered)? No friggin' way. Dumb, dumb, dumb. This work of fiction is so fraught with cliches and basic idiocy as to be cringe inducing.
Will Patton, hands down.
None I can discern.
Don't buy this book, if your brain works and you can think clearly for yourself.
Science Fiction fan
This book has a thinly veiled conservative agenda, is overly melodramatic and the characters are wooden. I'm not sure why this got good reviews. The EMP angle is new, but otherwise, if you want to read about the degradation of society, read Steven King's "The Stand" or Nevil Shute's "On the Beach". I am sorry I wasted 11 hours of my life listening to this overly patriotic Fox News broadcast in narrative form.
Since an emp attack could happen, this book helps you to think about the little things that you can do to be prepared. It is in a sensitive novel format that is quite interesting
I was happy to read about a scientific phenomenon, the EMP, so rarely discussed. The scenario depicted in the book, the collapse of our technological infrastructures, is a real danger that we expose ourselves to increasingly everyday, and one I have often found myself thinking about.
My only complaint is that the melodrama did seem buttered on pretty thick at times. While those in need of special medication would indeed be imperilled, I simple can't quite buy that the tragedy would be a societal devastation on a greater order than a Black Plague. A little heavy handed, a little sappy, caught myself saying "Oh brother..." once or twice, but it was kind of part of the fun. Would have to agree with a fellow reviewer on the TV movie of the week feel.
As a hopeless, helpless, unrepentant addict of every technology, device, and media, I know I'd go out of my mind in seventy-two hours. So on that, and many other levels, it was indeed an effectively frightening tale.
I will listen to this book, although that is something I rarely do.
The setting of this story blends the interaction of metropolitan, urban, and rural life, as well as the interaction of several groups, professionals, politicians, military, students, business,and just plain everyday folks , as well as the seedy underbelly of ne'er do wells.
The inflections of the performers added credence to the events as they happened.
I have to say this book makes me sad, anxious, and mad at the same time. I think it is not only plausible, but highly likely, as the author points out. The point mentioned about money spent on global warming, yet not spent on defense, is very current and applicable !
It is very easy to find yourself depressed and anxious after this book, but without a doubt, this is and should be at the top of ANY listeners list !
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.
Other reviewers have complained that this book is too preachy regarding our dependence on technology... but I have a slightly different take. To me, this felt more like a history class film where the teacher keeps turning off the projector to reference historical examples (in this case, popular movies) of why this or that happened. It is a decent story, and there is certainly a lesson to be learned here, but if you're after an edge-of-your-seat thriller, you won't find it here.
Top 10 list
The execution scene. Sometimes doing the right thing for the long term goes against and beyond doing what should be right for the moment.
Shooting the Dog.
Similar and hopefully smaller evens will happen. Are you ready & could you make the hard choices?
I suppose we all should take seriously the problem that we now live in a world where we are entirely too dependent on technology. (Most of us have now realized that all it takes is a power failure to make it almost impossible to buy gas or groceries!) But this novel did little to keep me interested in the characters or much else. After about 3 hours I decided to move on to something else.
I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.
The author is absolutely correct about the effects of an Electromagnetic Pulse. But his take on the breakdown of society is purely fiction. It was entertaining and probably will be made into a movie some day, but I'd like to believe there's more good people than bad in the world and we as a society will step up to help our fellow man during a crisis such as this. I think the author has somewhat of an pessimistic, atheistic, agnostic view of the world. And as a practicing Christian, I hope and pray the world never comes to this. Still, "hope" is not a business plan, so I guess I better start stocking up on food, guns, and bullets. Just kidding (or am I?).