Yes, definitely, but it's not for those who imagine that civilization and social stability come from government.
The confrontation with the prissy, upper-class woman on the sailboat who hates guns, but just had her life saved by a guy who knows how to use one, and did.
This is the best of his that I have heard.
The cop in England who befriends the main character out of simple Christian charity.
For me, Survivors was a very interesting read, even if it wasn't Hemingway or Faulkner.
Rawles may not be exactly right about future events, but if things do go South socio-economically in a big way, his scenarios would likely not be too far off the mark. The story is believable in many respects, and the author is at his best when describing scenes of a tactical/military nature. It is obvious that he has done his homework in this regard, and lots of it. As for Christianity in the novel, some might view it as too strong, but I would wager that in an apocalyptic event, all of the chic atheists and pagans out there would find that their ersatz morality was as dust in a windstorm. Rawles is something of a cross between the admonition of George Washington, si vis pacem, para bellum (If you wish for peace, prepare for war), and John Adams refrain that,
I have been an Audible member for over five years and have around fifty audio books in my library. I have read my fair share of doomsday books in that time frame and most of them have been pretty great. Then came one of the famous Audible Sales where I bought way to much and one of those purchases was Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse.
I tried with all of my might to get through this book but this book left such a bad taste in my mouth I could not get through it. The characters are a little to cookie cutter and the "coming collapse" although plausible was about as ridiculous as they come. As much as I love a good Apocalypse story this was just downright bad. The writing was poor, the narration below average, and the story-line is about as right wing as you could get. And I am a registered Republican. Good grief.
Movie loving Brit living Down Under. Anything 'end of the world' themed usually gets my attention, but The Stand has yet to be beat.
The key to surviving this post financial implosion world is to be a Christian and find other Christians. Do that, and you should be ok, though you'll have to defend yourself against many heathens. Oh, and buy silver and gold. There you go; saved you a download.
I just expected more from this author... I was hoping for a bit of realism and its clear he tried too hard to (demonstrate his knowledge) to describe things... I feel if we are looking at this SHTF book for buy, we already have an idea about survival. We are not infants, we want a good read! His other books were much better before he tried fiction. In hindsight, I wouldn't have wasted the money.
With a slight re-write
I enjoyed the overall story. Being from Southeast Texas, I was very disappointed in the narrator not getting the correct pronunciations of our communities(example: Anahuac is pronounced An-a-whack).
Mind Forge Games
Patriots was awesome. This book isn't as good as a story and lacks the same in depth survival content of the first book. Still a good listen though.
I couldn't see the story in my mind.
I am 3 hours into the story and I can't say I know any of the characters.
There is no emotion in the characters. If someone kills your daughter and both parents in one swoop. You should show some reaction. Same with loosing your husband. Show me some emotion or else I will think you did it.
Dick Hill is one of the worst narrators I have heard. I heard his narration on some Reacher Novels by Lee Child. He sounds like he is reading from a catalog. I can't visualize anything he reads.
I am not going to listen to anything he reads again. I will read it myself. I still know how :-)
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SURVIVORS: The Coming Collapse
Author: James Wesley Rawles
Type of Book: Audiobook - Unabridged
Length: 13 hours and 41 minutes
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genre: Fiction- Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Prepper Fiction
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Series: Founders - Book Two
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook through AudiobookBlast dot com in exchange for an honest review.
This book was written as a fictional tale of what the author envisions as the inevitable collapse of the world's economy.
I believe that the author set out to achieve two goals by writing this book. He attempted to write a compelling fiction story while also communicating to his readers tips and tricks to help them prepare for the "coming collapse."
The problem with having two such lofty goals for a single book is that the storyline was often placed on the back-burner to go into minute detail about survival strategies. Nowhere in the story is this more readily apparent than when the author starts to go 'on-and-on' about guns and the individual features of each one. I understand the need for a weapon (or possibly even two) if the country were to fall into lawless chaos, however, most readers will probably not care about the make and model of their weapon. All they will care about is whether or not it is reliable and whether or not they will be able to obtain ammunition for it.
I have read quite a few different reviews for "SURVIVORS" and those reviews have been varied. It seems like readers either love this book, or they hate it. There does not seem to be a middle-ground. The major difference between my experience and the experience of the other reviewers whose comments I have read seems to be in what format they "read." I listened to "SURVIVORS" on unabridged audiobook and I am very glad I did. I believe that I would have wanted to stop reading a few times if I was reading a paper or e-copy of this book.
The overly detailed descriptions of guns and their components struck me as tedious and boring. This is also true in the sections about religion. At times I felt like I was being told that if I was not a Christian then I would not survive. This seems simplistic to me.
I enjoyed the part of the story where Anders Lane was trying to return home from his tour of duty overseas to America and the hardships he faced on his journey.
There was another storyline that I enjoyed and that was the woman and her mother who had stockpiled seeds. (I can't remember their names.) However, this storyline gets dropped and readers never find out if they survived or not.
The narration by Dick Hill is very well done. He has a terrific tone and his cadence and pacing are excellent.
Overall I rate this audiobook as 3 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐