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One Second After Audiobook

One Second After

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Publisher's Summary

In a small North Carolina town, one man struggles to save his family after America loses a war that will send it back to the Dark Ages.

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States, literally within one second.

This book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future and our end.

©2009 William R. Forstchen; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[An] entertaining apocalyptic thriller....fans of such classics as Alas, Babylon and On the Beach will have a good time as Forstchen tackles the obvious and some not-so-obvious questions the apocalypse tends to raise." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jennifer United States 05-24-13
    Jennifer United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2016

    Hi there! My name is Jen! One of my New Years Resolutions is to read more! I'll try to review all I can!

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    "Gets you thinking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd mention it, but s for a recommendation, I'm not sure. This book was recommended to me, and i guess his and my views of an 'excellent' story differ, so i guess if the person i was talking to W's into it, then sure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Second After?

    I don't want to give much away, but Jennifer's and Gingers last scenes of the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really didn't have a favorite.


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

    Ginger. I say more, I'll ruin it for everyone.


    Any additional comments?

    Though the concept of this book is gripping and plausable, i feel a little disappointed. The writing was done all in John's perspective...a character i felt WA not introduced enough and found myself wondering how it is he got the position he did;;why he knew the people he did, why military men turned down their roles to let a history professor with barely any field experience rule the town.
    John and his family, though they had their own troubles, seemed a little too mary-jane, but not enough to stop me from getting attached to a few eamily memberrs as it hit close to home should it ever happen.
    The author used a bunch of 'it reminded him of this scene from this movie' comparisons, which rattled my nerves as it seemed every paragraph had one.
    I also found it was quite fortellable, a well; the foreshadowing happening without much time to forget about it, or even sink in.
    The narrator did an excellent job, however, so I'm rather pleased with that and would listen to another story done by him.

    Overall, don't go into the book expecting action, as morethan half of it is listening to the people in charge groan over how they'll help the community survive.

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    Mark las vegas, NV, United States 05-21-13
    Mark las vegas, NV, United States 05-21-13
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    "This book scared me!"
    What did you love best about One Second After?

    This was a very plausible story, the setting seemed appropriate and the characters felt very real.


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

    Yes!! The plot keep me on the edge of the seat because I never knew which way it would turn, either good or bad.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I lost a lot of sleep becaus I could not put it down


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    Abby Ohio 05-16-13
    Abby Ohio 05-16-13 Member Since 2015

    Abby

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    "Apocalyptic Fans will Enjoy - and Learn Something!"
    Any additional comments?

    I listen to a lot of apocalyptic literature and this was one of the better ones.

    The author successful paints a realistic and sobering picture of what happens when the lights go out in a society that has become completely dependent upon electricity and technology to meet even our most basic needs. In keeping with this purpose of educating the public on this real threat (think North Korea), the author does not offer up false hope at the end of the book. Instead he shows that life will go on, but will be incredibly hard for generations. The forward by Newt Gingrich is worth listening to, regardless of your politics.

    I hope that the movie - if it is ever released - will hold true to the author's intend of educating the public through story.

    I did not particularly like the narrator's voice, but it did not detract from the story and I would consider purchasing another book that is read by him.

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    Karl King, NC, United States 05-15-13
    Karl King, NC, United States 05-15-13
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    "Fantastic!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The world needs to hear things like this


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole book is as scary as its is informative. I Really liked that the story is set close to where I live.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    All were great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, to many emotions to truly just to pick one.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    angela United States 05-08-13
    angela United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2014

    I am a middle aged woman with an open mind and many interests, my reading/listening moods change like my teen-age daughter changes her clothes.

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    "then what? My eyes are wide open"

    I listened to this book 4 times, not because of its hellish, ruthless, and so primitive survival ways after a major catastrophe like an electrical magnetic pulse (EMP), but because it really made me think about my own life and how we would survive thrown back into the dark ages. I bring so many life experiences to this scenario (Retired Army Major, advanced nurse, gardener/farmer, mother, wife, and friend), but I cannot imagine living in a world without electricity, fresh water, law and order, medications or a dang grocery store. I was so drawn to listening to this book so many times because I did not want to miss anything; I wanted to imagine myself (and my family and friends) in this world so that I could see where we need to make changes in our current lives to make them more simple, meaningful and capable of surviving any type of catastrophe even if it is for a few month or years. We have come so far with regards to technology, where is the breaking point and what will it take and is it worth the fight to start over or just survive?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Racine, WI, United States 05-02-13
    Paula Racine, WI, United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Hard to take seriously"
    Where does One Second After rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I came across a random review of this book and thought I would give it a chance. While this story does a good job of outlining social decline on a massive level in the event of a crisis it managed to do so in a pretentious way that comes off as preachy rather than informative. There were parts of this story that were poignant and touching, the effect was overshadowed by the stereotypical and predictable characters and actions presented by the author.


    What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator did a great job and made this book much more palatable. I can say in honesty I would not have made it through this book if I was reading it in print.


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    Aleeta R. Hall 04-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Will make you think..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of One Second After to be better than the print version?

    Outstanding story. It will draw you in. Makeyou think... And make you cry.


    What other book might you compare One Second After to and why?

    Alas Babylon


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    Ginger


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

    The book has many moments.


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    Debra EAU CLAIRE, WI, United States 04-25-13
    Debra EAU CLAIRE, WI, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting concept."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It was an okay book - kept your attention, but not much different from some of the movies out there.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When it first happened and everyone realized what was going on.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Have seen several.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Morrisville, NC, United States 04-24-13
    James Morrisville, NC, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great survival book similar to Patriot"
    Would you consider the audio edition of One Second After to be better than the print version?

    Audible version is fine. No need for any visuals.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Covering / explaining a possible time line to the deterioration of societal breakdown. And making aware the very threat of a possible EMP attack and how ill prepared we are for a devastating attack.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Narration was great; no issues.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Tried to but it is very long, but if I had the time I would listen for as long as I could


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randy 04-14-13
    Randy 04-14-13
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    "A disturbing, important book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of One Second After to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but the narration in the audio book was very good with unique and believable voicing for the many varied characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Second After?

    There are memorable moments but it would be unfair to future readers of the book to give any hint of how the story unfolds.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, this is a book I could not take in one sitting - too depressing and disturbing the story. Many times I was tempted to abandon the book but I am glad that, chapter by chapter, I did finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    "One Second After" reminded me of a Stephen King horror novel but without a supernatural element to place the story, comfortingly just beyond the reader's reality. "One Second After" is based on a real technological possibility and a spectrum of very believable human behaviors - that's what makes it so scary!
    This is an important book. It will make readers think - and many, many people need to think about the premise of this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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