Never read anything comparable
Suspense stalked every page.The stark reality of feeling it could happen kept me listening until 3am and finishing it the next morning. The vividness of the writing created a mind map of the neighbourhood and transported me into the homes of the characters. Easily the most engaging audiobook I have listened to.I just ordered another of his books to see if its as good ! Really good narration too!
Constant jabs at Fox News. For instance, in a phone conversation the protagonist questions his brother's getting his information from Fox News. This is ridiculous because the brother in question was unquestioning in his acceptance of government assurances the the pandemic is not as bad as some people were saying. Furthermore, the NPR watching leftist protagonist is the prepper? Seems to me that the author has reversed the roles here. Yes we get it, the author has a political point of view, but give it a rest at some point.
I know this is nitpicking but it is the details that paint a picture.
Beyond this, the story could have been better fleshed out with more realistic (less stiff) dialogue and better imagery (similes and metaphors). It does not help that the narrator barely has a pulse.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end! The story was very believable. It is a pandemic story without all the doomsday hype!
I don't like when a series starts with one narrator then switches to another who changes the nature of the characters, etc.
I didn't read the print edition.
Joseph Morton is GREAT, I also heard 77 Days in September by him.
I enjoyed this book. Must read for the prepper.
Yes- Because the main character is so "mASSachusetts".
I don't really know what I expected from this book. It was okay. Not much action, but a lot of character development. There seemed to be a lot of build up to the actual epidemic. This was not a "scientific" book, but more about how people reacted to the crisis.
Speak up please!I was not so impressed by Morton's performance. I understand why he performed in the manner that he did, but sometimes it was sooo difficult to hear and understand him. His voice was so low in parts. I would have to rewind and turn the volume up a lot to hear him. This was the most frustrating part of the book. And it happened a lot.
All in all the book was okay. I kept hoping for something more...or that events would speed up. It was interesting enough that I wanted to keep listening. I must say that depiction of the main character's family was the most interesting. It was a very close knit family, and the interactions between the parents and the kids were superb. I mean, they were not a "Stepford" family, but the crisis was handled and everyone knew how to conduct themselves. Maybe the author should write a "building better family communication" book. I think listening to the family events were my favorite part of the book.
This book is slow and dull- the author tells us whats going on then again then again, then explains it again- I couldn't get through it- made it to the second half and was still facing ~ 6 more hours!
I am about 4 hours into the first part of this book, and I am very close to completely giving up on it. The subject matter is interesting although I don't care for the way it is written. The main character, Alex, is written in such a way that he is incredibly arrogant, annoying, completely unlikeable and unrelateable. I'm rooting for the flu to take him out!
Then, the narration is horrible. Definitely the worst I've heard on any audiobook. Joseph Morton narrates the thing like a grumpy old man, which almost works since Alex is THE WORST, but since half the book is written in the form of Alex's internal thoughts, Morton legitimately mumbles those lines in such a way that is barely audible. Literally, I cannot understand half the narration of this book because I cannot make out what is being said.
Like I mentioned before, the subject matter is interesting, so I am sticking with this one. If it takes a turn for the better I'll come back and update my review. But it's looking pretty grim right now.....
Yes, I would give them one more try.
Depends on the story line.
Ii do love the narrator, speech is excellent.
No follow up on this one. The story was just too detailed and drawn out. it was like using 20 words when it could have been said in five.
I did like the overall story, and I did understand how people need to be prepared for disasters of any kind. it was like the book taught a lesson on dog eat dog when it comes to surviving but in too much detail.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
Unlike a lot of apocalyptic style novels, the story here starts at the same point as - or perhaps just before - the virus that causes the apocalyptic situation. This gives the reader a chance to see how the main character lived prior to having to change his lifestyle to accommodate disaster.
Alex comes across as quite dry and serious, and there is an occasional hint of possible PTSD, but this doesn't actually come into play in the story (which I think makes it a stronger story - we didn't need Alex to be a sob-case in order to like him).
There are points where the descriptions of what people were wearing, or how they walked down stairs, etc, were excessively detailed, but most of the time, this over-description didn't occur. In fact, it was so uncommon that when it happened, it was particularly jarring...
The story has a very realistic feel to it - unlike most apocalyptic novels, you don't really have to suspend disbelief to see how a virus could spread and affect the entire economy in a matter of weeks. The 'dealing' with the apocalypse was also particularly real... while Alex was reasonably well-prepared (more so than most people would be), he was forced to cope with an entire community which started out in denial of the seriousness of the situation, and ended up devolving into anarchy when the going got too tough.
The narrator is okay. There is no sex, no gore and I don't think there was much swearing. Overall, it was an engaging, realistic (and mildly terrifying) story.