I really enjoyed this story. I found myself sitting in the car just to hear more. When i finished this book I raced online to buy the second title.
when the world ended as we knew it. The change was very real
the entire book
Interesting and easy to listen to. I found the ideas within the story quite good even if a little
unbelievable. It soon becomes obvious this is more a story of medievil Life and its values, rather than a serious story of social collapse. If your looking for a knife wielding, horse riding, empire building story. This is worth a listen
I was surprised when this turned out to be an end-of-the-world story--didn't get that from the book description. Lots of action and interesting concepts of what happens next. I got a little tired of the female protagonist, but the rest of the characters were great and the story moved right along.
Better story. Better writing.
The whole story is so cliché. He advances through time without bridges (jump cuts). It seems okay for a 7th grader (Maybe 7th graders are his target audience?), but not for adults.
It needs to be completely re-written. It is all so poorly executed that there is no place to start. It's just silly and contrived.
This is a terrific read! It is much more enthralling than the slightly similar TV show. Don't hesitate to purchase this one!
This audio book is in my top 10
Many people thought the Juniper arc was pushy on neo-paganism. While descriptive, it was no more pushy than the Catholic and Protestant religions described later.
I might, to refresh my memory.
Juniper; she is intriguing.
Narrator relieves wordiness somewhat.
It could happen.
The premise is old, treatment well done.
This seems to be a veiled attack on Christianity more than a book about struggling to live after an EMP event.
I will continue to listen to other books about life after an apocalyptic event.
Todd McLaren's style and pace are very easy to listen to, and are why I continued to listen as long as I did.
It is hard to say which characters are my favorite or which ones I would cut. I have only listened to about half of the first segment and have had enough. Just when I get into the story, the author finds an opportunity to explain how Wiccan beliefs are better than Christian. This was not what I was looking for in a book.
Perhaps I am spoiled by writers like Tad Williams and Stephen King, but when I pick up a book I don't want to feel like I'm slogging through unnecessary baggage to find the meat of the story. In the first chapter alone I was drowned by a clumsy list of character facts, and then fed the very same information again two paragraphs later through dialogue. Stirling's descriptions were all similes (i.e. "a blow like the world's biggest donkey kick" or "a verdant green like summer's grass"), which served less to draw me into a visualization of the book and more distract me with the effort required to suspend my disbelief.
Stirling could have told his tale with half of the words he printed and with virtually none of the inner monologue or adverbs. I was hoping for a rocket ship to another dimension. I found myself on a barge.
Absolutely not. Life is too short.
Todd read the book as I would have read it aloud -- stilted, halting in places, and largely monotone.
Stirling thought out the logistical requirements of a people caught in a global level catastrophe that completely destroys all electrical and digital power.
I like the concept, but as a writer myself I found the book an excellent study on what not to do. I will look elsewhere for an author who values the craft of writing as much as storytelling itself.