One of the better books i have listened to lately.
I liked the way the author developed the story around the characters journeys
The voice acting was solid
I an from the area of the country that the story revolves around so it was fun for me to follow the journey.
Yes and no. I think the story idea is great as a concept but didn't like the writing or performance very much. It jumps around too much with no transition. Even a pause at times or a chapter break would have told you that the story was going to change locations, characters or time. Many times the story would be at the height of action and then stop. Later on you might find out what happened but not fully.
Entertaining reader and good with different voices.
No. Could be continued but the highlights of the concept have been covered.
Overall the story and variety of interesting characters keep this book going for me. I would have rated it much higher, but could not get past the author's insistance on making some of the "good" characters pagan satan worshipping witches. I would have thought the author might have been intelligent enough to know that this type of plot line would not appeal to 99% of the readers. Other than that, seems like a pretty realistic view of how society would react and collapse following an EMP type of event with a interesting twist. Great perfomance by narrator.
This was a fun book. "something" happens to change the world and now humanity has to adjust to survive without modern conveniences. There have been other authors with the same concept, but I loved the way S.M. Sterling pulled it off. The characters are believable and likable. Groups splinter off and those who are clever and willing, adapt, survive and prosper. I can just see the cities and suburbs panicking and motionless with fear. Any book that can make me both wince and laugh out loud are more than worth the credits! Todd McLaren's voice is rich, talented and gripping!
An avid listener! My taste runs from Non-Fiction to Sci-Fi and everything in between. Only novel I could not get through . . . 50 SHADES. Terrible! Falling from the reading train due to a busy life made for a boring person and finding Audible in 2008 gave back so much life.
Yes, because it is well written characters are interesting and believeable. Interesting story line.
S.M Stirling has become one of my favorite authors.
The first of the Emberverse books by S.M. Stirling.
I'd originally read this novel a few years ago, but I'm re-reading/listening to them not just because of the story, the quality of the books, but because I'm part of the team working on the Emberverse RPG and any review might well be considered biased.
I love the premise of the series, the way all tech, and explosives, cease to work in the blink of an eye. No one knows why this occurs, though there are several stories about Alien Space Bats - where characters discuss possible ideas behind the change and name the power behind it 'Alien Space Bats'.
Trying to survive in a world where everything you relied on suddenly stops working, is a challenge. Some make it, some devolve into cannibals, and others use it as a means to grab power.
If you enjoy post-apocalyptic settings this is a must. It's a well written series with engaging characters. The balance of personality types and the research that has obviously gone into the series, all combine to make the book shine.
A perfectly paced novel with the ideal blend of vividly descriptive prose, intriguing themes, noble and unique characters as well as the essential interesting evil antagonists..just a delight to experience. I loved his Nantucket series of the change and this is an amazing parallel novel...delicious and finely performed! I'm about to invest in book 2 and 3 of the series right now..
I've really enjoyed this whole series so far (this is the first book but I've listened to books two and three now too)
The concept of what would happen if the world just stopped working right is age old in survival fiction and scifi but this was a new detailed take that really caught my imagination.
My complaint, and it's only obvious to those of us who are historical buffs (but let's face it a story where the history geeks rule the world after the apocalypse this is part of the target audience) I wish the narrator would have studied up on correct pronunciation of things like the pieces of armor or weapons. He even mispronounced city names that are not that unknown. Oh well, mispronunciation is my bane but for once I was able to glaze over it and enjoy a book that I'm sure will be re-listened to over and over again.
This is a great read the plot is wonderful the charcters exceptional. A thrill from start to finish!