I have been a Real Estate Broker in Malibu, CA for over 30 years. I do a lot of driving and I enjoy listing to books on tape & Audio Books.
I have read many exciting and inspiring survival books. The main thread that links many such books is the development of the characters as they adapt and learn from the experience.
This book does not have that thread. The characters do not seem to learn from their mistakes. They would never survive a week in this situation. They remain as naive on day 77 as they were on day one.
The story is very unrealistic and sophomoric.
Feeding five horses in the morning, I'm listening to my audiobooks. On the tractor dispensing you know what I'm listening to my audio book. Daily brushing of each horse the audio book is running. Only time I shut it off is when I'm walking with the dogs or horses in the woods.
Good start to book but I think Kyle's masculinity is is shy. I'm a woman and in my early 20's was stuck in a blizzard for 22 hours. 15 miles from the nearest town white out conditions, freezing cold. I had more common sense then this man who supposedly had been hunting. As for the wife total idiot. As a widowed mother I learned to take my kids safety seriously. When in a old restruant early one evening a bullet whizzed by my head. I got my kids under the table. The robbers were nervous and at the time I didn't have a concealed carry permit but I do now. It takes one time having your life at risk and your children, you smarten up. So this book doesn't make me feel like it's realistic at all.
The Introduction, which deals with the actual history of the discovery of the effects on an EMP, is very interesting. However, I found the balance of the book to be trait and predictable. The characters are wooden and cast in the same mold as so many other disaster books (i.e., noble or evil). It is a rare author who can actually capture some of the reality that people would face in a wide spread disaster. In ``77 Days in September,'' the author doesn't come close to portraying a realistic scenario. A waste of my time.
The book was ok but the narration was just bad. The cadence of the rise and falls, tonality of the voice were off and made the story line more difficult to follow. Just not a great performance.
Good story, BUT I wish narrators would learn to,PAUSE when appropriate......run on sentences kill a good book. I suppose it could be the audio editors.....VERY irritating. Would be four stars otherwise.......
Very enjoyable story of a journey home. It is not a knock off of the book Going Home but, to me, a more realistic representation of how life would be trying to get home after an EMP. The main character is likeable and as you will see an honorable man. I highly recommend this book and am about to start the sequel even though it is late at night and I should wait until tomorrow.
Was this book good? I guess... I mean...it wasn't that bad. It was very typical End of the World stuff. If you want End of the World, and prefer PG13 this is for you.There is nothing new in this story if you have read other EMP books. The only advantage is that there is not a lot of "Adult" themes in this book (you know if that kind of thing bothers you). EMP happens, everyone scrambles, Some people fare better than others, some fail miserably. Humanity shows what it really is. Nothing new in the writing.
If you want to fall asleep because the narrator is whispering without emotion then this is also for you. Joseph Morton seems SOOOO bored reading this. He isn't enjoying the read, so I wasn't enjoying the listen. Maybe with a better narrator I would have given it more stars, but that is the best I could rate. The next book in the series has a new narrator, but I still wouldn't use a credit on it. There are so many other better EMP books to listen to.
The narration was so bad that it regularly distracted my thoughts from the story. Even when emotions should have been evident, the boring monotone of the narrator wore on, which took me by surprise and then called for mental criticism, over and over. I never have had such to say about the narrator and my reviews aren't usually this critical, but I thought of this so many times while listening that I had to say it in my review.