His open-hearted, unflinching honesty.
His narration was great, didn't hinder the story at all.
You will be inspired!
The way the author kept "raising the stakes." The situations would get stickier and stickier until you were just squirming for the heroine! Then, when you think it can't get any worse--it does! I lay awake til 4 am some nights because I just couldn't stop this confection of guilty, silly pleasure. Makes you feel great after reading it.
I've enjoyed other books by this author and I must say, when I heard the first 15 minutes (or hour?!) of this narrator I was like: "Oh please, I can't do a whole book of her!" Just a bit too whiny and screechy. The other Kinsella books have a better narrator. But after I got into the story, it didn't bother me too much. The story was SO GOOD that I was willing to put it aside.
When you stand up for yourself, an amazing life happens!
I gasped out loud. I got teary eyed (and thought: "Get a grip! This is FICTION you idiot." But there you go, the situations and comedy were so brilliant that it completely hooked me. It's easy to write off these books as "chic lit" but really, Sophie Kinsella is a great plot builder.
Of course. All of this series is BY FAR the best novels I"ve listened to on Audible. None come close. Gabaldon's research and attention to details is outstanding.
If you have to ask this, you've missed the point. JAMMF!!!
Well, young Ian is a most compelling character. Not the main event, but it would be fun to see a series on him.
OMG!!! Each and every one of this series just takes OVER your life!!! Great value. A ton of hours, fantastic story line.
Read all of these, in order and count yourself blessed. Repeat.
Executive bails out.
Definitely. Fun to listen to, entertaining, makes any chore or journey fly by.
None, I thought she was great.
Alas Bablylon, One Second After. It's similar. Love this genre. It's not as good as those two, but if you're hankering for this theme, this one will please.
The older guy poisoning the enemy and wiping out hundreds. Or maybe, his daughter turning into a warrior after her fiancé is killed.
Are you ready for society to collapse?
Wakes you up to realize how quickly things will move south and God-fearin' people will turn to animals if it ever hits the fan. Wake up and get prepared.
Yep. I got it at a discount and thought, "Oh, it'll probably not be so great." But happily, that wasn't true. Although, I rarely listen to suspense/murder stuff so maybe I'm not much of a critic. But I really was hooked. I was happy that there wasn't any abuse of women, overly gory violence (ok, lots of people get killed- but it wasn't too gross), not much swearing (I don't mind the occasional f--- or s--- but not when there is a ton of it, it's off-putting.
Also, I HATE it when men refer to women as objects and use offensive terms for body parts. To me, that screams, "This is written by an guy who emotionally and intellectually didn't move past 12 and I can't write a great plot so I'll resort to these testosterone-idiot-infused terms and moments as fillers." Happily, there was none of this.Just a compelling story, great characters and great narration.
Loved his ex-CIA friend, the neighbors at the marina, the whole setting.
Hmmm, something that quietly builds and pulls you in. Since I don't read much in this genre, I can't compare. But the characterization was great. The reading was great.
Of course, Sean O'Brien, the main protagonist. Talented, smart, resourceful veteran and loves his dog. What's not to love?
(Also loved his Seminole friend. Would love to see more on him)
No but I loved the surprises. Twists and turns...
Unless you like zombies gnawing on babies and violence against women, I think you can't go wrong with this one! Well crafted.
Probably not. Waaaaay too much detail about guns, ammo, tanks how to make bombs etc. This is Timothy McVey's dream book! As a woman who likes the genre, I found this lacked story and was heavy on the weaponry details.
And don't get me started on the "Christians who kill" idea....(Does the name Jesus mean anything to you? We are not living in Old Testament times! But that is a whole 'nother topic)
On the other hand, Rawles' book, How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It is excellent in it's details about prepping for SHTF scenarios. I just didn't care for all the weaponry and obsession with guns and killing in this story.
More story, less getting bogged down in the details of guns, ammo, etc. Jakarta Epidemic, Alas Babylon, Night Light and other books in this genre have much better/developed story lines. Like I said earlier, I love the genre and I put up with a lot of guns and killing to listen to it but OY VEY! Too much testosterone-laced stuff for this woman.
Basic, okay, poor female voices.
There are much better books in this vein than this one (as I listed above). However, the TEOTWATKI one that Rawles wrote is good to have in hard copy. Fiction is not his strength.
Just a riveting story, so plausible (mostly, except for the 'execution' of criminals--didn't think that was totally going to happen. But maybe it would in Texas!)
It's a can't-put-it-down story.
Jakarta Pandemic. Alas Babylon. Same genre, same plausible story line.
The father (can't remember his name). He had to take care of his girls, his mother, and be the voice of reason. Oh, and the African American ex-soldier at the college, he was a cool dude too.
SPOILER ALERT: When his daughter died of diabetes because they ran out of insulin.
Not so thrilled with the young/child female voices the narrator did. But that was minor.
I had low expectations. Mostly because of the age of this novel. Cold war/nuclear attack so ancient history! But, it was FANTASTIC. All of what they went through we will go through with either economic meltdown/pandemic/name-your-event.
Also, got some great tips- like the importance of salt!
One Second After
Didn't get in the way at all, really liked it.
You will NOT be disappointed (well, unless you like blood and guts and lots of gratuitous violence). It's very professionally done. Well written.
The story was extremely plausible (which I can't always say with this genre). The people were your next door neighbors (or yourself). It just shows how quickly the craziness can start (and how stupid/risky people can be) when there's a one-two punch of pandemic and food shortages.
The night they had the shootout with the crazed "neighbors" (people who had broken in and taken over a home). Loved the slow, tense build up.
Also, if you liked the movie/TV show "The Office," you'll love it when this guy's obnoxious boss gets his just desserts.
I liked his narration so much, I want to hear more from him. Just smooth and wonderful.
Pandemic Survival Tips!
Where can I buy some Tamiflu???
The overall message I took from it: Overcome your amygdala's panic response. STOP and THINK. Panic is normal but let it pass. Those are the ones that survive. (And it doesn't hurt to dress sensibly, look around--be aware, and always check exits).
None stand out. I really liked the narrator's voice. Very commanding.
It might work as a documentary, with different scenarios.
Liked it a lot. Better than most of the survival ones. (Sometimes too much psychological details but excellent).
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