It was ok but I had a hard time following the story line a lot of times. There seemed to be a lot of unimportant nonsense mixed in. Perhaps this was the authors method of building depth to the story/characters but I found it derailed the plot.
The first book was better...however, I found that the author trying to pass creatures that can modify and improve advanced technology as unintelligent animals was more than a stretch.
No...much better audiobooks out there.
Use a different narrator
The story has a good plot and could have been great with the right author and narrator. The guy speaking sounds like the book was narrated by a computer for the first half and the last half he tries harder but was still exceptionally awful in my opinion. The performer's inflection needs a lot of work I had to force myself to listen to it. The author made the characters say a lot of goofy stuff no one would say and a lot of things happen that are just to silly to believe. It's almost like the author read to many Dick Tracy stories or something and watched a lot of B movies. Others seem to like the book and its the reason I purchased it. I can only assume most haven't heard quality books. You can see from my library I've listened to a LOT of post apocalyptic books and this ranks near if not the bottom of my listening list. the first story was so bad I don't think I can risk trying another in the series. Very rare for me....
The narrator was acceptable. The story was pretty good, however grew a little tired of the excess Catholicism. Perhaps the author felt this was needed to build the main characters. The actions of the characters left that hollow if this was the case.
He over does it when he's narrating characters other than the main one. He reads the book in a childish way and adds inflection in the wrong way. It adds excitement or apprehension to the character when there shouldn't be. It's not fluid. Very hard to listen...feel like I listening to a Japanese cartoon.
If you're looking for prepper tips with a story behind it, this is not the book you're looking for.
That being said, this book is a great story. Its main focus is the travel of one very dedicated average man trying to get home to his family across the U.S. The writer did a very good job with dialog. He wrote in such a way that listening to what was happening made it easy for your imagination to take hold and visualize the story.
If Rawles would have continued writing based on his first two books it might have made a 4 or 5.
Rawles spends several chapters attempting to convert the reader into his idea of the appropriate way to practice religion. It's not a indirect approach either its an all out assault.It's no secret Rawles is a religious man. You could tell that from his first two books and how the characters were portrayed as practicing Christians.I didn't mind it at all in those books. However, this book goes well beyond that and provides you with the finer details. I honestly thought I was listening to a book on religious doctrine. It was absolutely unnecessary and served no real purpose in the story. Rawles also copies word for word sections out of his other books...it was very disappointing. You could have done so much better Rawles. If you had saved your religious teachings for a book specifically on that subject and took your time with this one. You could have created a great story based on the same events depicted in your other two books. If you had plans for any more books, you may find your sales disappointing. With this book you will have lost a lot of your dedicated readers such as myself.
The plot was good and the story believable. It seemed short though and left a lot unexplained.
Jim needs to add inflection to make it easier to discern characters. I found myself lost at times wondering which character was speaking or even that another character was involved in the conversation. A great example of a narrator who does this well is Will Patton in Alas, Babylon.
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