I'm not sure where to even begin. I really like the overall premise, but the execution and delivery of this story was amateur at best. The dialog was lame and predictable, not much in the way of character development. The central characters are incredibly stupid and naive; after a few close calls you'd think they'd wise up.
There's a preach moralistic sub-theme running thought the story. I really didn't care to know about the families dark secret of STD's, or that Kyle and his wife waited until marriage to have sex. The plot line on Kyle's struggle with an "adulterous" relationship (oh no!) was ludicrous. And yes, I think he should have left grandma by the road.
Nothing by this author.
I'm not a fan of the narrator. He seemed as bored with this story as I was.
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.
I read a lot in this genre. Some books are better then others. HOWEVER!! This book is awful. I forced myself to keep listening hoping it would get better.... It got worse and worse. Total cliche writing and absolutely the most boring story line I have ever followed.
This is a very enjoyable and entertaining SHTF novel for those who are not looking for a story about the former special operator who's trying to stop terrorists or the 16 year old kid who somehow plays the roll of a hulking natural born leader with 20 years experience. This book is just about a normal guy trying to make it home to his family. I definitely recommend this one.
The narrator is definitely not my favorite, but he's passable... especially for a stand-alone novel.
The story is good somethings could be written a little better. I personally think the characters are overwhelmingly stupid I could be wrong maybe more people then I know are that dumb. How many times can a guy face death before he learns to not trust people or at least be apprehensive of them. The wife being a mother really has no "mama bear" instincts she does ok in her predicaments but I'd think she could and should do a much better job. They do represent the crowd in libssoula well though aside from they're willingness to share with people.
A liberal who is somewhat intelligent, I know that's an oxymoron, but there may be some out there. This is not for people who prep and know what could truly happen when the shtf. It will just aggravate you and have you wanting to smack someone
The most interesting part is seeing how liberals would deal with it, it's almost funny.
The least interesting is the absolute stupidity of the characters.
He should stick to REAL books like G. Micheal Hopf.
All of them. None of them were realistic to the situation. The characters are incredibly stupid, and would die quickly if they really were in this situation.
If you are a true prepper, you will find yourself wanting to smack the crap out of all the characters. They are true FEMA camp residents. It is frustrating and immature. There is no true survival instincts in anyone. The shtf and they are clueless and unprepared, and don't really seem to know what to do. Pathetic and unrealistic.
Narrator was excellent. Story was superb. Im an audiobook junkie so believe me when I say this is a good story. Did I have any issues with the story? Maybe Kyle was too nice for my liking but at least he wasnt an ex army ranger with all these elite skills like most other books out there. Its a nice book.
Based on the story I would recommend this to anyone that love a good societal collapse story. However the reader really killed it for me. Very little inflection and monotonous. Just stringing words together. No pauses where needed at times. He went from a straight deadpan dry read to a moment of excellence and them back to dry.