This book is not only entertaining - it's IMPORTANT. Everyone should read or listen to this book, and more importantly pass it on to a friend.
So many of these types of books never get into what life would actually be like in the event of a complete cut off of communications. I don't begin to understand the reviews calling it "right wing", etc. It was not political in that sense at all. The narrator was excellent as well. I loved it.
I read, not listened to, Alas Babylon many times it's a classic great book. One second after is a poorly executed update. It makes me more sad than i was when i watched Romeo + Juliet.
This book has a WEAK story line! Sure... The set-up has great potential for a really good book, but he never develops a narrative. It is just a bunch of poorly conceived "what if all of the lights went out" scenarios. This is really a bunch of political viewpoints loosely strung together in a shallow plot. And his obvious view of the character of the American people is low. City people are all bad, while town folk are mostly good! When I heard "forward by Newt Gingrich”, I thought... Oh no! What have I purchased - but I gave the author his well deserved chance to entertain me. He failed.
After reading several reviews I decided to purchase this book. It was an entertaining read. We had a long drive this christmas and the book delivered. It was entertainment. I failed to see what some of the negative reviews were claiming. This is not a right or left book, it is a work of fiction based on possible events. It reminded me of the movie "The Day After" back in the early '80s dealing with a nuclear attack. Please check you political views at the sign-in prompt.
Never heard of this author, but WOW what a great story. Narration was great, story was great, didn't want to stop the car (and therefore stop listening). My all-time favorite book is Stephen King's "The Stand," and this story swept me up much like that one did. I absolutely, positively recommend this to everyone. Great, great book (found myself wanting a sequel!).
Although the telling of the story reflects a political agenda, the thought that this story could come true in the near future is sobering and absorbing. Would 80 to 90 percent of the U.S. population die within a year if all transportation and communication were fully disrupted by an EMP weapon? Would the chaos be even worse that the book portrays? The book is well worth the reading. If the scenario is realistic, we need to take action now to harden our electronic systems.
The ability for a few to propel our country back into the 18th century is frightening but very real. This book bought tears to my eyes, always a sign of a good, well written novel which covers a subject which we all should know more about. This book is about the use of a an EMP to destroy our infrastructure, by an unknown enemy, and forever change our country. This book is a must read for these troubling times
If you watched the Jericho TV series, you would have a good idea of what this book is a about. The book is focused on one particular family and their struggle to survive after the USA attacked by an EMP pulse. I really enjoyed the family drama that was created by the situation and the book does have a good bit of action, not much, but decent. "The Road" this book is not, but it does well in its own right.
BTW-What is it with people writing such rude reviews. If you don't like a book, explain why, but don't insult it or others who enjoyed reading it. Comments like written for Sub-GED readers is just uncalled for or calling it Right Wing propaganda is just rude. Whether you like it or not you can at least be courteous to the author and fellow audible members.
This is painful to listen to.. the author seems bright enough, but has the tendency throughout the book to write below our threshold for literacy. It's like he's afraid of using large words or complex situations. It reads like a Hardy-Boys book, except he uses linked cliches to complete sentences. The fact that it's narrated by the dude who did the Pepperridge Farm voice overs doesn't help the overall pseudo-macabre subject matter either. Out of 50 completed downloads, this is the one I wont finish.