Same, perhaps a bit better.
Yes after the first chapter or two.
Opens your eyes to real possibilities you never want to happen. If the story is not for you, then there is a good bit of knowledge and ideas for your brain to process.
The dialogue was extremely stilted due to the excessive and unnecessary amount of detail. The premise of the story was interesting but I struggled to get through it. I would be afraid to try anything else from this author.
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I loved this book because of the way the people in the book used survival skills in a true to life crisis situation. Rawles is obviously a survivalist and prepper to the nth degree. But when I bought the book I bought it for this reason. It is invaluable to those people trying to prepare for a crisis.
I was pleased with the ending. I like books where the good guys seem to win out in the end.
I was enthralled with the many voices of Dick Hill including different accents and tones for both men and women. Really quite a stunning performance.
Yes I got emotional during a couple of situations in the book. I don't recall laughing much if any. The whole book was pretty intense and really got me thinking a lot about what Brigands or the State might do in a crisis situation. It was very scary.
Overall I liked Rawles book for the survivalist information imbedded as part of the storyline. I thought he went overboard describing all the different guns and ammunition and weapons. There were some things that really bothered me in the book. Rawles seems to characterize the main characters as lovers of the Constitution but yet they don't seem to think much of the 4th amendment. They seem fine with interrogating, and searching people at gunpoint without their permission. This seems like a conflicting message.
I know the book is fiction but I didn't like the way the police and the Federal government were portrayed before the collapse. Obviously Rawles can create any type of fictional stories or characters he chooses. It just when something is so completely opposite of what me and most of the rational God-Fearing Christians that I know believe it was a little hard to swallow.
I'm still reading it. Had to stop because the narrator is really bad.
This reader was almost "unlistenable". Several times I considered turning it off and buying the paperback. He sounds like a geriatric robot and he shouts a lot. The voices he gives to the characters makes them sound like uneducated rednecks. The voices he gives to the women are almost offensive. This should have been read by someone younger and with much better cadence. I think the choppiness of the reading is from lack of oxygen.
Do over. Get another narrator. Sorry.
Slow but very interesting. As a crazy survivalist I found the conversation in the book very engaging but I would say it might bore some people. The book is not all that fast paced book good, I'm "reading" the second one now.
No wish I had know about Mr. Rawles before I got the book. This is mostly a guide book for how to do a retreat for survivalists. There is not much story to it and what story there is becomes propaganda for the Constitutionalist Christian Libertarian agenda. He ends with these United States existing as a confederation with a federal government weaker than the one we had in 1776. I would like to see an actual sequel about 20 years written by a realist.
not one of Mr. Rawles
I do not fault Mr. Hill's reading of the book he is an enjoyable listen.
I agree with the characters reaction to the new "American Government"
I should look up the background of the authors before I by the book.
Although this book is currently fiction. It does follow what many of us believe is in our future. The information and scenarios included give you reason to be better prepared for societal breakdown. Very enjoyable
This is not for the average fiction lover. This book is for preparedness readers only. Lots of detail. Almost too much detail! But it's a good story and contains information that preparedness folks would want to know.
I sometimes got list in the weeds of technical details. It appeared to be a how to manual at times, but yet the story was compelling. I did enjoy the homemaking details and added a few things to my list after hearing from the author.
I wish I had read some of the reviews in more detail before buying this book, It's not really a fictional story as much as it is a tedious list of instructions on how to set-up a survivalist camp. Boring to the extreme. There should be a t-shirt given out to those who make it to the end of the book. I only have 7 hours left (out of 21), but I'm giving up.