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Mike

"There never seems to be enough time in the day to do everything you want to do..."

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  • Soft Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Will McIntosh
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    What happens when resources become scarce and society starts to crumble? Soft Apocalypse follows the journey across the Southeast of a tribe of formerly middle-class Americans as they struggle to find a place for themselves and their children in a new, dangerous world that still carries the ghostly echoes of their previous lives.

    Linda B says: "Misleading! JUST a story about a guy's dating life"
    "Still thinking about it..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Soft Apocalypse the most enjoyable?

    I think that listening to this book as the Presidential Election draws nearer really seems to make the storyline plausible... Following the daily news I felt the story actually was pertinent as a warning on the choices we make today...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I did enjoy the Main Character because he wasn't a "Superman" but seems average. I enjoyed the "believability" of his actions and consequences as they related to this story.


    What does Erik Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Erik Davies helped the story along by not over-doing the different voices... which can really detract from a great book if not done right.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Not with a Bang...but with a whimper..."


    Any additional comments?

    Its not the Best Book, its not the Best Story...its not even the most plausible storyline. But it is a GOOD book, well written, with solid Characters and more than enough thought provocation on the subjects it touched upon that I still find myself thinking about this book almost daily. To me, that's money well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1382)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (862)

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    V. Sharol says: "Thought provoking and entertaining"
    "Wow..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Earth Abides to be better than the print version?

    While I absolutely love Audible Books and the opportunity they provide people like me who just don't have the time to be able to sit down and read... I don't feel they compare to the actual written book. I think the most obvious reason is that we become subject to the narrators voice, their inflections and their emphasis on the story line versus our own imagination. But please don't think I wasn't very pleased with the Narration, it was superb!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Earth Abides?

    Oh my Gosh... I've been sitting here for 30 minutes trying to think of one moment that impacted me more than the others...and I keep remembering situations and reactions and lives and Death... I was overwhelmed...by the whole book...


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Connie Willis ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not yet, but after this book I will....


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh? No,... Cry? Damn Close....


    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book thinking it would be a "Typical" apocalypse book... But I was Very Pleasantly surprised and Impressed with this "humanistic" book. I felt the whole range of emotions, from being happy, curious and apprehensive to being incredibly sad and everything in between. Money well spent!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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