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Desperate Times | [Nicholas Antinozzi]

Desperate Times

Despite all the warning bells, Black Friday arrives as a devastating tidal wave that completely destroys our fragile economy in a single day. There is panic in the streets as banks close their doors, seemingly forever, at noon. Store shelves are swept bare and the gas pumps soon run dry. Jimmy Logan watches in disbelief as his world crumbles before his eyes. Luckily, he has friends who have planned ahead for this nightmarish scenario and he joins up with a group who plan to ride the storm out in northern Minnesota. Some of their group will be dead before the sun sets.
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Publisher's Summary

Despite all the warning bells, Black Friday arrives as a devastating tidal wave that completely destroys our fragile economy in a single day. There is panic in the streets as banks close their doors, seemingly forever, at noon. Store shelves are swept bare and the gas pumps soon run dry. Jimmy Logan watches in disbelief as his world crumbles before his eyes. Luckily, he has friends who have planned ahead for this nightmarish scenario and he joins up with a group who plan to ride the storm out in northern Minnesota. Some of their group will be dead before the sun sets.

Jimmy soon finds himself in the battle of his life. The world changes in a single day and there seems to be no going back. People want what they have and they are willing to do anything, even kill, to get it. The government responds to the crisis by using the National Guard to round up the population and to secure them in relocation camps. Those who resist are shot.

This is Jimmy's story, but the premise might have been torn from today's headlines. The diverse group of people in this story could be your neighbors; your relatives, and this is a very realistic look at what the future might hold for all of us. What would you do to feed your family if you suddenly found that your life savings was as worthless as yesterday's newspaper? How far would you go to protect what you had, in case it was all that stood between you and starvation? Desperate Times explores these questions from Jimmy's point of view, the result is a thought-provoking story that may change the way you look at the world.

©2010 Nicholas Antinozzi (P)2012 Nicholas Antinozzi

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    ken MUSKEGON, MI, United States 04-02-13
    ken MUSKEGON, MI, United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Pretty Marginal"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe someone that hasnt listened to a good book or an actual narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joe Cirillo?

    Anyone. It was really terrible. If I hadnt paid for the book I would have stopped listening. Its almost like he was reading one long sentence. The people that gave him a good review most have never listened to another narrator with any talent at all. To be honest im not going to listen to the rest of the books because of the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    CHANGE the narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 01-23-14
    Alan 01-23-14

    Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.

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    "Interesting story can't wait for the follow up[s]!"

    This is the first time I've listened to this author and found I liked the story and the characters, most where very much real life in my experience. The narrator was so so however, he makes for a bad women otherwise still very easy to listen to and get into it.
    I'm looking forward to the next 2 in the series, hopefully soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Bowles United States 01-01-14
    M. Bowles United States 01-01-14 Member Since 2014

    I don't have a bunker and I would starve in 2 1/2 days, but I like to listen to people who do and wouldn't.

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    "DON'T DO IT"
    Would you try another book from Nicholas Antinozzi and/or Joe Cirillo?

    If he was to create a story involving main character with a pair and a story line that doesn't sound like the next line should read "A is for apple, see the dog run." One (or a hundred) too many tears down a cheek, in an eye, through a beard. Ridiculous writting, descriptions and progression of a weak story line that started off pretty good; good enough to keep me listening, but eventually at 3X speed to see if the story would regain what it had in the first couple chapters; it didn't.


    Has Desperate Times turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. I am still looking for the next "Swan Song, Breakers, Escaping - Surviving - Going Home, This Shattered Land - No Easy Hope, Run, The Remaining Series, 77 Days in September etc...This was NOT it!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He did a fair job with what he had to read. Work on your female character voice.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first single star rating, I hope it is my last.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Lee 08-05-13
    Robert Lee 08-05-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a truck driver that loves Audible! It is a wonderful way to "read" all the books I want to, with out having to stop working!

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    "Ok, Not Too Shabby"
    Would you try another book from Nicholas Antinozzi and/or Joe Cirillo?

    Yes, that's why I gave an overall rating of 4, because I am willing to listen to another one of his books to see if his writing style got better like it did towards the end of this book.


    What other book might you compare Desperate Times to and why?

    If I compared this book to an outstanding book like "One Second After" it would not stand a chance, but I would put it in the same category as "American Apocalypse" in the style and with the narration. That book grew on me kind of like this one did.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Joe Cirillo?

    Mr. Cirillo seemed to do a bit better as he "got into" the story. He still needs to find his style when it comes to doing female characters besides trying to raise his voice and attempt at sounding feminine. Many of the good narrators seem to do a softer version of themselves and that seems to work fine.


    Did Desperate Times inspire you to do anything?

    No, cause I'm already awake, but hopefully it will inspire others to wake up, even a little bit.


    Any additional comments?

    I just hope the next book is better and Mr. Cirillo has found his style.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A Steven bouchard 12-30-12
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    "Fabulous and exhilerating!"
    Would you listen to Desperate Times again? Why?

    I purchased the 3 books from Amazon, read them and was truly fascinated and engrossed in the story of all 3 books.


    What other book might you compare Desperate Times to and why?

    I can't make a comparison to any other books/audible. When reading, one becomes engrossed in the characters. When listening, with voice changes, the story is so incredible that I wish this was a movie. Audible reader is fantastic and knows the characters. Coupled with the story, I will re-read and re-listen as much as possible. The combination is great with edge of the seat excitement, education, thought provoking and fairly true to human nature and what one could expect in the event of a catastrophe based on eletro-magnetic-pulse, grid shut-down, food shortages, disappearing and self-serving government as well as ways in which to survive and deal with the unexpected, which is included in the book and the masterful way it is read by Mr. Cirillo!!


    What about Joe Cirillo’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire story, but having read the story, the manner in which Mr. Cirillo is able to bring the characters to life! I just can't understand why this book isn't a movie!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone passing up reading this book, or more importantly, missing the audible story has truly missed out on life. I KNOW that any reader of the books will "chomp at the bit" to get the fantastic audible version!!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 01-08-13
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Dont have Joe Cirillo emulate a woman"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    LOL..NOT for the narration and ONLY if you are into yet another " end of times/apocalyptic" series. Waay over the top for me, but some might enjoy the concepts.

    Some really confusing aspects to this book. The references that begin each chapter are disjointed, and seem to be trying to make a point, without really making one.

    The first half of the book is dedicated to preparation and rationale, which actually works reasonably well. The second half , not so much. The resolution...lol.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nicholas Antinozzi? Why or why not?

    Perhaps, but not anytime soon.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes. Gawdawful narration. Over the top, and the females are terrible. Run far away from this narrator.


    Was Desperate Times worth the listening time?

    On balance, not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I am at the end times of my "end of times as we know them" period. We survived the Rapture and 12-21-12, so let's all move on.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    David SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, United States 05-25-13
    David SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book now we need the sequel on audio"
    Have you listened to any of Joe Cirillo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He does a pretty good job with the story, he is great with male voices, but his female voices suck


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, kept me listening and I found it hard to stop

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    steve pasadena, TX, United States 05-23-13
    steve pasadena, TX, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a apocalyptic story fanatic...maybe that's why I prep. I've read to many end of the world as you know it books.

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    "Horrible Narrator"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara La Grange, IL, United States 01-18-13
    Barbara La Grange, IL, United States 01-18-13
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    "Relevant and Riveting"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is fast-paced and full of action.


    What about Joe Cirillo’s performance did you like?

    Joe has a great voice. I'm looking forward to hearing him again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina hoffman estates, il, United States 01-13-13
    Tina hoffman estates, il, United States 01-13-13
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    "OUTSTANDING story and Narration combo!!! LOVE!"
    If you could sum up Desperate Times in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting
    Captivating
    Couldnt-wait-to-get-back-to-it!!!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, Desperate Times was awesome! Wthout giving the juicy details away-- A great story of a modern day depression with a lot of characters who begin as strangers but come together to act as one unit! I could not wait to get back in the car at the end of the day to hear what came next!


    Have you listened to any of Joe Cirillo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first, I LOVED him!! What an outstanding interpretation of each character!!! I think th different voices helped so much! I found myself once I heard ceratin voices not only did I know exactly who was speaking but the emotions they were portarying! I wish more Narrators had voice like Joe's!


    Any additional comments?

    A truly must "read" or listen which for this series I cannot wait until Desperate Times 2 and 3 are released!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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