Tuscola, TX, United States | Member Since 2010
Thought this was a really good book. I have a leaning towards ag and sustainable ag so I was very interested in the concepts brought forward. I have to admit while the exhaustion of the topsoil may not be the sole cause of some of the societies downfall, the thoughts brought forward make you think it played an important role.
The 1st part of the book was excellent. Very interesting about the time spent in the hospital. The 2nd part was unexpected but gave quite a summary of the background on relevant cases and other items key to the story. The narrator was very well spoken and easy to listen to although she did have trouble with some of the local last names.
I would say that it was time well spent listening to the book.
The best of the 3 volumes. Editing issues seemed to be resolved. The complete set was well worth the listen. Gives you a detailed summary of this event. Has a good mix of battles and politics behind certain events.
Bought this on a whim and figured it would be one of those books I never finish. Boy was I wrong! I found the writing to be very good, the storyline was excellent. I was sad when I finished the book as at that point I was so invested in the main character. I really think this book would make a fantastic movie.
Yes, it's a dark book, but it really makes you think too. The characters feel real.
It's worth the read, seriously, give it a go!
The only issue is editing but after a while you get used to it being choppy.
The book is well done and you should come away with a very good understanding of this part of the Civil War. Really changed my viewpoint as I guess I knew very little.
Get Audible to send the book in multiple downloads as if you download as a single it will fail on you and you'll have to contact them for the multiple download. Vol II did the same also.
My first impression of this book was the somewhat awkward presentation of it by the narrator. It took me the first three chapters to 'adapt' to his reading style. He can be quiet, steady, almost monotone, then suddenly gets very loud when voicing different characters. I'm not a fan of this narrator.
Next, the book was a slow and awkward start. I can't tell you how much of it was the writing, or how much of it was the narration. I came very close to quitting and asking for my money back in the first three chapters.
As the book moved on, I found it very convoluted. Most zombie books will introduce you to up to three different sets of characters. Not this one. This one has at least five, maybe more, I'm not sure, I've lost count. I find this to be very confusing. Each chapter seems to focus on one character or set of characters, then the next chapter moves to another bunch. There are so many people, so many names, so many different scenarios. Sometimes I find myself two pages into a chapter before I remember who they're talking about this time.
Some of the story lines are well written, others are boring, and still others are just, in my opinion, absolutely grotesque and very difficult to read/listen to. It seems to me, the author was trying to cover every different scenario he could think of in one book. There's the military guy; the average joe from the city; the group of geeks; the crazy rule the world folks (actually two sets of them);
...but the one that bothers me the most is the guy who likes to rape women and young girls. I understand the 'rape' guy seems to have the need to make an appearance in almost every zombie novel... However, I do not feel it was necessary for the author to go into such extreme detail concerning the acts of rape and violence against women. Far too much DETAIL... to the point it actually makes me wonder about the author himself.
THIS, above everything else, is the main reason I will NOT be buying the rest of the books in this series. Frankly, I don't want to hear that crap. It's sick, it's twisted, and it makes me feel sick to my stomach having to listen to it.
I listen to books for pleasure, not to hear this kind of crap.
It makes me a little bit sad, as there are a very few characters in the book that I like very much and I'd like to continue to see where they go. But, it's not worth it for me to have to endure another rape scene of a 15 year old girl...Or a rape scene of a woman being fed to zombies while she's being raped.
The was an excellent listen all around. The narrator did an excellent job, the story was great. It was hard to stop listening to this one. Highly recommended.
The story was very interesting, the narration was great. Very much enjoyed this book plus learned a wealth of information about the 50's and 60's.
The presentation was well done. The story covers more of the political nature of the period rather the business side. If you tuned to that aspect you'll enjoy the book. If you're not then you may be disappointed.
The story was good, well written book. The editing distracted you from the book. Parts were very choppy.
This book really starts with a bang! Well thought out, great story line. I'm hooked for the entire series. Hey Mark Tufo, thanks, I'm thoroughly entertained!
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