I bought this book because I really enjoy Greg Stolze's work and the premise had me interested. It took less than an hour for the narrator to drive me out of my gourd. He sounds bored. Bored and sarcastic. I think I'll get the book and read it. Audio books are my preferred medium but this is too muck
First off this book takes a very strong stance right off the bat. Religion is bad for your sex life and your overall mental health. There are some obvious bias leanings. However, he does have evidence to support these statements although he offers little counter evidence to his arguments. He also paints a picture of almost all modern religions but only gives examples primarily, and almost exclusively, from the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
I will say I do not agree with all of his statements, but having come from a very religious home I found myself agreeing with most just based on my own personal experience.
I recommend this book to those out there who wonder about what effects being religious may have had on your sex life, especially if you are or were Jewish, Christian, or Muslim. However, do take everything with a grain of salt and weight it against your own experience. It hit home in many places for me, but everybody is different.
This book is by and large one big retelling of the entire "War on Terror." It takes the "those unable to learn the lessons of history" cliche to new heights. In the future on a colony of earth most of the 18th-20th century history is repeated almost event for event. Our story really starts just before a major terrorist attack which is a pretty faithful and slightly disturbing recreation of the 9/11 attacks. Then events proceed from there. There is a certain level of dissonance, because these colonist have access to earth history up to around 2050. Yet they somehow fail to note any similarities. However despite this it does become a rather interesting story of revenge and psychological turmoil. It also has some interesting things to say about human nature and the nature of religion. I don't agree with all or most of its points but it is an interesting perspective.
Overall fairly well written and plotted with some holes that one can ignore.
The narrator does a fine job and I look forward to some more of his work in the future.
D.J. Molles ... I dunno I see ability there but this was so cliche ridden. I love Christian Rummel's narration it was spot on for the way the characters were written in fact he gave a better performance than they deserved.
No. I like the post-collapse survive/rebuild story.
Well for the story yes it does. Cliff-hanger city baby, but I don't know if I want to listen to another in this series.
Okay, if you read the above you know that I liked the narration and disliked the story. The premise is great. There is a plague and the government has locked a guy in a vault in every one of the contiguous 48 states. Way far-fetched but fun. The problem is ... well everything else. The only character I enjoyed was the dog because it acted like a real dog... mostly. The humans that are around for the shortest amount of time are the most engaging. Mostly because they don't talk. The dialogue is stilted at best and outright un-listenable at worst. This guy internal dialogue is even more exacerbating. Its like being in the mind of a 14 year old boy. Which would have been fine if he was, but this is supposed to be one of the hand picked group to rebuild and reestablish order. He's also on of the most judgmental ass-hats I've experienced as a narrator. He derisively tears down everyone else whilst being a colossal moron in his own right.
Overall I wasn't expecting the great american novel. I was wanting something fun and engaging, It was for the first couple hours. Untill the parts that should have kicked it up a notch got started. Unfortunately the way the humans interacted were so inhuman it made it almost unbearable.
Okay so you've read the other reviews that say its a terrible book full of xenophobia, hate, and just an ignorant rant. Its not. This book certainly has a right wing slant yes. However, many thing said are quite accurate about the topics in question. It is a well researched piece of work. Also there is no xenophobia and America is not presented as perfect. He never once preaches hate, and if anything encourages tolerance. If you don't like the book do not count this author out. This is an usual work for him and an excellent addition to any fan's collection.
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