Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, 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 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.
You want me to take out both ear buds?
So first off yes it seems it bit contradictory to have a main character as both a liberal and a prepper. Not just a liberal but an anti conservative, NPR and NBC following FOX news hatting liberal. Just because it doesn't seem probable doesn't mean it isn't possible. I say just laugh, let it go and be entertained.
The other 2 main points about the over description and slow narration may be true, but I didn't notice. I guess I will have to listen a 3rd time to see.
The story itself is awesome/scary. The concept behind a pandemic shutting down our economy seems very probable and the author thought out the scenario pretty well. I don't think I made it halfway through before I started ordering and assembling items for my 72 hour kits.
This ended up being the most expensive credit I have ever spent.
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.
I was pleasantly surprised by this story. I went into it expecting a zombie virus outbreak story. This is not that. It deals with the build up of a flu pandemic and how it affects a single street community during the outbreak. The main character is a prepper and is well prepared for the event. However, his naive neighbors are unbelieving that an outbreak could happen. The story deals with the main character convincing his neighbors that the outbreak is real and the government will not be able to help the residents for some time to come. Of course some of the neighbors do not have enough food or supplies to survive. They turn on their neighbors out of desperation. The story is believable. There are protagonists and antagonists amongst the neighbors which is what I would expect during a major crisis.
If you enjoy this story I would suggest you read "One Second After" for a different perspective of how a local community deals with a world apocalypse.
No. But this book really didn't have anything interesting in it to read about. It basically was a very very realistic telling of one family staying safe in an epedimic that really didn't get to out of hand. It was so realistic (no zombies, no massive gangs, no aliens) that I'm sure this is what will really happen but it was pretty boring as a book
The reader was fine
not really fun
Great storyline. Love Alex but he can be a little wussy at times. His wife is ok but annoying at times with her anti gun crap Are there really people this on the fence about their own survival?
I read like a madwoman all my life but now I have bad eyes. Thank goodness for audio books
I enjoy this kind of science fiction that goes in to a story about what could happen if a disease becomes rampant in our country. Maybe just thinking about this will help us be better prepared if something like this did happen. I know it got me thinking and it was a very good read. Great narration as well.
Yes, as it was a thought provoking presentation of how an upper middle class neighbor would probably react to a pandemic. Our recent history show how some refuse to isolate for fear of contaminating the many.