character driven plot, realistic amount of preparedness, nitty-gritty survivalism
I really liked seeing how the plot plays it's self out. There's a lot of slow building in this book which draws you in to the characters and helps cement the next books scenes; something I like to see. You get in to the survivalism aspect of the apocalypse here, but it also focuses on emotions of people around the main characters which are realistic. It helps that the people in the book act realistically as well. There really isn't a prepared hero here, someone who just so happens to have X gear, just encase. It's a good read if you like character involvement and driven plot as well as realism. Since I'm about that stuff, it worked well for me.
I've listened to his read of the second book in this series. It's a great performence. I am deaf and have limited frequency ranges I can hear anything in, so listening takes a lot for me. I want nd need a reader who falls with in my range, he does. I also want a great performance, mostly because listening takes up large ammounts of energy for me, so I figure I should get rewarded for it. He is one of the things that makes this book come to life in my head for me. It's easy to picture scenes as he described them and on the second book he keeps the voices the same as in the first lending the characters a sense of realism they may not otherwise have had.
I deffenitly wanted to listen to this all in one go, but my disabilities wouldn't let me. If I could've though, I would/ve.
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