Solid book overall. Interesting story. However, the characters lose depth on account of the narrator. The narrator's normal voice is fine, but her dialogue voice makes the women, who are supposed to be in their 20s and the 30s, sound like 16 year old girls. The men all sound one dimensional as well.
Still overall enjoyable, especially if you like the era.
Fantastic book, great narration! Inevitably, the book ends and you find yourself wanting more!
Will Patton never fails to bring the book to life. I am often hesitant to recommend books narrated by Patton because I'm not sure people will enjoy the book without Patton's superb ability to bring characters to life. However, in this case, I'm certain the book would hold up on its own. Without losing depth, Frank's precise descriptions and likable characters keep the story focused and prevent the book from lagging.
Being born in the 80s, I never really experienced the cold war, and am always amazed when I discover bomb shelters in houses and when my mom talks about doing drills when she was younger. This definitely made me understand the magnitude of the nuclear war threat back then and how easily it could have been to trigger disaster.
It is amazing how easily the topics relates to modern day life, especially after being in NYC without power during Sandy for three days before high tailing it to my parents generator-powered house. I learned some useful information and definitely updated my 'survival' pack to include some items I would have never thought of.
It wasn't a bad listen, but it wasn't a great listen either. The narrators voice made the main character seem somewhat whiny and annoying, but maybe that was the intent. It was a somewhat entertaining story and interesting, and while it didn't disappoint there was something missing. If you like historical fiction, you will probably enjoy it. If you like fast paced reads, this is probably not for you.
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