It moved very slowly. I did not get a real feel for the world that Beck was trying to create.
The book plodded along toward the ending so I was happy when it came. As far as what actually happened at the end, I was not suprised based on the tempo if the book.
For me, it was worth the time but it was not a very long book. It was very easy to stop listening and I found that, at times, I really did not want to turn it back on again.
Over all I did like the book but I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. My take on this book is that it was a re-telling of Anthem by Ayn Rand (which I read many years ago and loved). That may be the reason for my two star score for the story told here. Rand told this type of story well. Beck's book may be more important due to the actual Agenda 21 document. But I feel he could have told a better story. The afterword was interesting. I downloaded the Agenda 21 document, I may even read it one day.
Im awesome at listening to books.....your welcome world.
Interesting prophetic political fiction. Glenn beck is a bit "out-there" for me. However, this was a neatly written thought provoking work. Really fun and worth a credit. It would really suck if Beck turns out to be right and all or some of the things in this novel come true. We really don't want to piss our own freedom down the drain.
no, kind of knew where it was going due to all the other books and movies
I would like to, but just not enough free time
I am a middle aged woman with an open mind and many interests, my reading/listening moods change like my teen-age daughter changes her clothes.
I appreciated the idea of how things could be in a very controlling and closed society in an apocalyptic scenario; however, this particular book ends too abruptly. I felt like I fell off of a cliff with no resolution, I really hate stories that end like this, it would not be so bad if there was a sequel but have not seen one. The author had an alternate motive, to prove a point, but I was not able to buy into it even in a fiction kind of way.
Fictional, though possible.
I think there was so much detail in other parts of the book, but the last few chapters were lacking. I felt as though the author got through writing 3/4 of the book, and rushed through writing the last part in order to meet a deadline.
There were several scenes that were powerful. The description of the baby nursery, and the Children's Village, was touching. The narrator described well how the babies struggled to thrive without consistent parental contact.
I didn't laugh or cry, but I did think. I do not agree as the book implies, that these drastic social upheavals could be accepted as normal in one generation. But then I think about the 'working mothers' who were rare just 40-50 years ago, and now everyone thinks 'stay at home moms' are so lucky! I think if we allow incremental slips in cultural norms, then before long, we wonder how we got where we are.
There are people who think this book is all conspiracy and black-helicopter fiction. I just think it's a book to make us think about what could happen if we don't pay close enough attention to what's happening around us.
I do not recommend this title. It was a long story for the point, probably not book material, a short essay.
Yes, and I have in the past.
If it wasn't for her, I would have given up! Great Story Teller.
I expected More
Took a little bit to get into the characters and I felt the groundwork was lain for an adventure ... and then it ends.
not without combining this book and its sequal
With out giving anything away take time and listen carefully cause you will see yourself as one of the characters if not the main character in this story and before the last page you will know you place, and after you may not. An amazing story that opened my eyes and my mind all while listening to something so fictional that I could believe but something so reasonable that I have goose bumps.
The emotion expressed by the readers brought the characters to life, helping bringing color to the very gray and depressing compound in Agenda 21.
Emmeline, her transition from a naive young girl to a woman of passion, courage and conviction was inspiring.
Where our erroding freedoms lead.
Read from December 15, 2012 to March 04, 2013
I don't know if I'm going to finish this one.
It is depressing, boring and the writing is juvenile. The female lead character is kind of stupid and childish. All the hype about this, was only that, hype.
Update. March 4th 2013
I finally finished the thing.......talking about the agenda behind the Agenda.....Aghhh.
Only to add that I have never wanted to actually hit a female character since Anna Steele......ugh. An emotionally retarded eleven year old would have been better.
The dystopian setting was so badly done, it had contradictions and was full of holes.
Don't waste your precious time (and credit) with this, it was torture.