Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
I love books about dystopian societies. This one is seriously one of the best in this genre. At first I was worried that the author was going to try to bite off more than he could chew; try and tackle big picture topics and scenarios that would have been too broad. However, once I got into the novel I found that this was not the case at all. In fact, most of this story centers around one family and their immediate community. It is honestly a very well written, well thought out book. The characters are spot on, and the protagonist is really one that I could get behind. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Amazing writing and excellent narration. I do not give out 5's across the board very easily, but this one deserves them! Well done!
The narrative was all wrong for this story, he has a wonderful voice, but was not suited to the story. I did not care for the main character, he was arrogant and very 'know it all'. I understand the story was about the deterioration of society during a pandemic, but I just could not relate to the characters. Overall, the book was 'meh'.
I would have toned down the arrogance and know it all attitude of the main character.
His voice is more suited toward literature or classic novels.
The pandemic is a very scary event, and it was described in detail about what could go wrong.
The story worked really well on identifying how different people would approach the preparation and how people really are not ready for being on their own.
when the migrants moved into the neighborhood, it was scary.
yes, need to have a clear communication strategy no PC.
I finally managed to listen to the entire book. The narrator droned in a monotone the entire book making a less than mediocre storyline even worse.
Seemed an interesting premise but the story was dull. I spent the whole read thinking that something truely interesting and exciting might happen and was sorely disappointed.
The reader had terrible syntax, poor pacing and all the characters sounded alike. It was excruciating to listen to. He sounded bored with the entire project.
Narrator was very good.
Expected this to not have as much left wing Bologna in it though. That deterred from the book, almost like the author had to put it in there to be well rounded and balanced or something. A gulf war veteran wouldn't have made the mistakes this guy made. They make mistakes but not THESE mistakes! The story was good enough though that I will give the next book a shot. Just hope he got all the political balancing out of his system on this one and focused more on the beneficial survival details!
Best part of the book was getting the "Mansons" out of the neighborhood. Yay for neighborhood victory.
A world-wide flu pandemic and the resulting impact on a family of four in a small Maine town. Dad is a PTSD laden Iraq War veteran. He plays war-battle-brainless video games with his son, likes wearing camo-gear, guns, disaster preparedness, etc. There is an undercurrent of a visceral enjoyment in this character. He seems to relish the militaristic life they now lead. A lot is written about the military accouterments, night vision goggles, camouflage, more guns. The family is ready for the pandemic, basement loaded with food, anti-viral medication … and eventually the flu permeates their surroundings. Not much is related with regard to world or political impact, although it is briefly mentioned. The story primarily involves a picturesque neighborhood and a few neighbors. People become desperate, offensive, defensive, predictable killings, vagrants appear, disappear, etc. Most people are not prepared.
I think I would have liked this book if the main character had been a reluctant hero. Personally, at least to me, the guy was nuts and a bit scary. He enjoyed this scenario too much. Mentioned only once, this would have been an excellent opportunity to explore the ramifications of PTSD - the causes, symptoms, treatment. The author missed his chance here.
The Jakarta Pandemic is read by Joseph Mortan, approximately sixteen hours of listening. In my opinion, Joseph Mortan is more suited to a different genrè, historical fiction, for example. This story is action-thriller … maybe Scott Brick or Dick Hill?
If you’re into the ‘pandemic’ events, I suppose you’ll want to check it out, but be prepared to wear camo and peer out your bedroom window with night vision goggles several times. No spoilers, but the ending is a bit anticlimactic … meh.
It could happen!
The Goldfinch...The storytelling by the narrator was so very convincing, it felt like it could happen tomorrow. I was on edge waiting for the next chapter after each chapter. I was aware that anything could happen in the story because in reality anything could happen as well. Another great story and storyteller!
Alex, of course! The nuances in tone depicting Alex's thoughts made me smile, smirk, and grimace.
I could not stop thinking about it. I work in medicine and appreciate the book was not about the disease, rather the sequela and fight for survival.
I hope this isn't the end of Alex and his family.....I would love to read more.