The narrative starts out very well, with dramatic and interesting perspectives on the EMP disaster, and the people and systems involved. I really enjoyed the first third or half. But when the journey begins, the plot thins out. Events become a little arbitrary and loosely connected. Something similar happens with the other journey narrative, The Road. The Journey is a difficult form to write, because it is inherently loosely structured. Things begin to happen for no connected reason, just because we have journeyed down the road a little further. However, these two narratives give an important view of the post-apocalypse world, in that the protagonists are not together at the moment when the disaster occurs, but in fact are far apart from each other. This is an aspect of the post-apocalypse that needs to be examined, because it is probably far more likely than the tidy plot in which the protagonists are all conveniently together from the beginning.
This is more of ladies love story than an adventure book
The ending was ok for a very non realistic love story that just happened to be set in a dark and sad time.
The hero and his wife (also a hero) seemed to be great people, just living in some kind of fairy tail instead of a dire situation.
This might be great for the ladies in the world who would value a girls love story, but very disappointing to those looking for some realism in what the country might be like after a major disaster. People crying "please don't hurt me, I just want us all to be friends", I don't think so.....
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.
1. A man's journey against all odds to get back to his family.
2. The both good and evil encountered along the way.
Yes, we would listen to this book again. Very entertaining.
The story was fiction but plausible in today's world.
The narrator did a great job of expressing the writer's intended moods throughout the book.
No, not at all.
The wife and I listen to audio books as we travel and I can tell you this book was one of the most enjoyable we have listened to lately. The story kept our interest and the reader did a fantastic job. We keep looking for Ray Gorham's next book but nothing yet on Audible.com
T&J in Tampa FL
I drive a truck so I listen to a lot of books.
I like these type of survival stories, after the big one or a nuke, what the country might be like after a devastating event.
It was a good listen, there were times I was really enjoying it and then there were some low points but I guess that is what the author intended so I would keep listening.
I have not, but he did a pretty good job, male and female voices were noticeable along with accents and children.
No, it was a steady listen, I was getting ready for an emotional ending but it did not come
There were times when I felt there was to much details and then there were times I felt there was not enough details.
Greater Seattle area real estate broker that loves to read...or listen.
I put myself in the position of the main character. It is not too far fetched, and caused me to consider things I would never have thought. How far from home should one wander when there are people who count on us?
The main character was amazing - well written thoughts!
Absolutely! A would be 'page turner' if by book. I wore my earbuds till finished!
A must listen!
I'm a truck driver that loves Audible! It is a wonderful way to "read" all the books I want to, with out having to stop working!
Joseph Morton, the narrator did an excellent job of reading the story and kept me interested in a story that was a little unbelievable in some parts.
Maybe a bit more on the main characters travels and maybe had a companion with the main character on the majority of the travel.
Joseph Morton kept my interest going with his reading. He did a great job of changing characters, especially the female characters. You could definitely tell who was talking by his change in voice.
I had no extreme reaction with this book. Being a truck driver I knew the route the main character was taking to get to his home and the possible run-ins he would have. I was excited about the part when his wife had to defend herself and kids from the local idiot/crazy guy.
I am glad that the author put the weather as an element that the main character had to deal with, because that is something many author's of these types of stories seem to leave out.
The general story line of a non nucear EMP ElectroMagnetic Pulse against the United States shutting down almost all things electronic is a very real threat that could have an amazing amount of promise, far better than the zombie craze which has becomes so popular.
Joseph Morton did a good job reading the fairly flat story of one man's attempt to get home to his family after such a horrific event when few cars run and no mass transit or communication is available. The scientific inconsistencies of the story will likely frustrate more educated readers on the subject, but Joseph's narration still makes it palatable. The overly simplistic writing made me constantly wonder if I had picked up a book more written for teens than adults.
There really wasn't a favorite character since the two main characters in this story spent a lot of time being either stupid or naive, putting themselves or their family in needless danger. The least favorite character was unfortunately a large part of this book, the creepy sexual predator sheriff that continues to stalk the wife of the main character. The purposely agnostic nature of the book forced a necessarily shallow depth to the story and the characters which leaves far more questions than answers. Truly, it reads more like a rough draft than a finished story. Knowing a lot of people from Montana, neither of the two main characters were believable.
The subject was so intriguing I will definitely look for more books along this same scenario. Hopefully one with more complex and realistic plots/subplots, characters, and storyline that isn't afraid to show the spiritual side of people that tends to accompany such a dramatic event.
As a huge fan of apocalyptic fiction, I was severely disappointed. The book is written and read as if it is for someone of a 1st grade intellect. The characters are not compelling, and do not build any suspense which would normally be basic in a fiction novel. The author, under the surface, puts into small attempts at proselytizing towards the reader that are annoying. This is certainly not consisten with the genre, and should be avoided if that is your expectation.