His open-hearted, unflinching honesty.
His narration was great, didn't hinder the story at all.
You will be inspired!
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).
Not starting off with endless, boring details about too many characters in the beginning. Too many characters with similar sounding names is hard to keep track of and frankly, I didn't care that much about their detailed back stories. I just wanted to know how they survived the concentration camp experience. It took foreeeeeeeever to get there.
Once there, it was riveting. Really brought home the importance of community and friendships in survival. They couldn't have done it alone without the support of each other. And even then.....not all made it through.
The boring beginning. Took forever to get to the meat of the story.
I liked the narrator and I felt I was right there and could picture his country. HOWEVER, I didn't WANT to "be there" hearing about the rape, the bullying of this poor, innocent little boy servant. I did not enjoy this pampered selfish, rich boy's constant failings of character. I could not finish it. There is enough bad news every day on the news, I don't need it for "entertainment". I went to another web site and saw a chapter-by-chapter synopsis of the plot and encourage would-be listeners to look at the outline of the plot. If you're okay with all the misery, then by all means, listen to it.
But I for one, could not finish it and want my credit back.
All the character failings, the miserable treatment of the faithful, innocent boy servant. The GROSS, detailed rape of a child. Hated it.
Good description of life in the Middle East before the invasion by the Soviet Union. Interesting details about customs and routines.
I certainly don't expect, nor always want, a "Pollyanna" ending. But this book.....meh. Go watch the news to get your depressing pathos of moral failures, or, listen to this!
Yes, it says so much about character and how when the circumstances are dire, true character shines through. It says a lot about moral fiber, how to treat your fellow man, and you learn a lot about nature and history in the process. Fascinating.
Learning so much about the character of Theodore R. Although he started out as a weakling boy, he set his mind to improving himself until he actually had robust and unflagging stamina. He raised his kids to never grumble, whine and always share and take a back seat. Very cool to learn about the Amazon too.
Nice, smooth voice. Great execution on the accents too.
Made me gasp in some parts!! Made me want to read even more on Teddy R.
Much better than I thought! I learned a lot more than the traditional lore about the Donner party. It was much more difficult, gruesome and heartbreaking than history had taught me. What was really compelling was realizing how many times they were warned, "Don't go that way-- it is NOT a shortcut!" They had grizzled experts warning them and so many examples of why they shouldn't have trusted certain people but they refused to turn back.
Which, is an interesting psychological study. Why it's so hard to admit you've made a mistake and backtrack when invested heavily down a certain path in life? It's a lesson for all of us.
Also fascinating is who survives and why. I live 5 hours from where they died and I can't wait to go there after the snow melts and see the monument dedicated to them.
I grew up in Wisconsin and if your car dies in 30 below weather and you're not prepared--you die! Be prepared always, everywhere!
That huge man (one of several rescuers) who refused to let children die just because they couldn't walk. He carried several for a few miles, set them down, came back for the others and repeated- like a relay. Everyone else was content to let them die.
He doesn't get in the way of the story at all, very comforting listen. Like you are around the campfire!
It made me wince, gasp, but most of all, think a lot. What would I do if the rescuers were there and I could walk out with my little children--or choose to stay by the side of my husband who was dying and then I would die for sure, I would be stranded because the rescuers left and wouldn't be coming back. Fascinating.
Always have food bars and water in your cars folks!! CB might be a good idea too along with the cell phone.
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