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299 Days Audiobook

299 Days: The Preparation, Book 1

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Meet Grant Matson: lawyer, father, suburbanite husband who awakens to the fragility of modern society and embarks on a personal journey that introduces him to a world of self-reliance and liberation. 299 Days: The Preparation, the first audiobook in the 299 Days series, depicts the inner struggles Grant must face as he exists in a social system he recognizes as unsustainable and on the verge of collapse, but one in which he has built his life around. What begins as a return to his roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come.

Engaging, insightful, and a bit suspenseful, follow Grant's transition from a self-perceived "sheeple" to a full-blown "prepper". Will his fears come true? Is he an extremist? What if nothing happens? What if something does?

©2012 Glen Tate (P)2014 Sellerman and Sweeney, LLC

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    Jan 10-30-14
    Jan 10-30-14 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Planted Reviews - be careful with your purchase..."

    I have a weakness for prepper & disaster books and was very aware this series was coming out in the near future and planned on picking up the first one right away, and all of them if they were good. I was surprised how quickly the reviews for this series appeared... and was delighted everyone liked it.

    My friends, most of these reviewers only own one audiobook and have only done one review... I know because after I forced myself to listen to the entire book... I went back to see who the idiots were that gave the book a 5 star award.

    I don't expect the writing to be amazing in this genre, but I would at least like to learn something or a creative slant. This is just a tangential, unedited, repetitive, boring, semi-autobiographical, plot less, self-important, extremist political rant... by a prepper podcaster with a following... who I honestly think means well.

    I wanted to like it, wanted to find the good in it and kept thinking... it will get better anytime now. But it didn't happen. There is no violence, swearing or sex in this book, just a little pissing off the porch and repetitive gun purchases. No incredible information either, though... sorry. And the writing... is just wrong, you will know what every character in the book is thinking, jumping from head to head to head in the same short sentence.

    The narrator wasn't bad in other books I've listened to... but the material he is reading combined with the poor flow of sentences... makes him sound slow and the listen painful.

    Watch closely, I am about to have major not helpful votes attached to my review.

    211 of 244 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Story 01-23-15
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    "Just not that good."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is not very well written and the characters are pretty one dimensional. It's repetitive and just in bad need of editing. Book 1&2 could have been done in half the time. Its just not all that exciting and its pushing a specific viewpoint, no depth to the story,. I was surprised at the quality of the writing it after seeing all the great ratings and I actually returned it. But someone else in the family wanted to hear book 2 so I was honest and repurchased book 1 but returned book 2 after it was no better- I just can't see how this could be worth a 10 volume story ($150) and all the five star ratings.


    What could Glen Tate have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Having someone edit it more and cut the length in half and it might have been a reasonable story. Also written characters that had more depth to them, the wife just doesn't ring true to an ER doctor at all and their are errors in the book such as thinking he had PTSD straight after an event - an ER doctor would not make such an obvious diagnostic mistake or spend most of the book crying or yelling or being shocked at peoples behaviour - just not realistic.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kevin Pierce?

    Yes, Kevin is a very good narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It raises issues about the current state of affairs and about prepping for events that could happen, might help people think about how prepared they are for a disaster and get started on preparing.


    Any additional comments?

    I love dystopian novels and spend many hours listening to all kinds of audio books, this just doesn't make the grade for me. If you like a quality novel then give this a a miss and try Alas Babylon, Swan Song or One Second After.

    26 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Kay Newton 07-24-16
    Kay Newton 07-24-16
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    "awesome author"

    I couldn't stop listening to this book, I am really excited to start listening to the 2nd one in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike W. NORFOLK, VA, US 05-26-16
    Mike W. NORFOLK, VA, US 05-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "very detailed description of the current USA"

    very amazing book to listen to, the author's preface made me really excited to listen, and his story kept me listening. I finished it in 2 days and can't wait to listen to the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jami Ninneman 04-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Completely believable!"

    The narration takes a bit to adjust to but you'll quickly lose yourself in the details of the story. Would love to write a more detailed review but have to hurry up and download the next book and get listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    david 04-17-16
    david 04-17-16
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    "Glen Beck called this book series Faction,I agree."
    Would you listen to 299 Days again? Why?

    I have listened to this series twice already.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 299 Days?

    When Lisa and the Kids came to the cabin to be with Grant.


    What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

    His ability to ad proper inflection and delineate between voices.


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

    When a certain member of the team was killed.


    Any additional comments?

    Would love to see this become a TV mini series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E J P 03-29-16
    E J P 03-29-16
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    "Essential"

    Everyone should read/listen to this book. Disasters happen all the time and being prepared will put most people's mind at ease, it's not a matter of if but when.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mick J 03-20-16
    Mick J 03-20-16 Member Since 2016

    Independant Conservative. Apocalyptic (pre & post) reads are my favorite. Live in North Western area of Connecticut.

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    "I'm hooked"

    As a fan of apocalyptic reads, it was natural that I found and started this series. I highly recommend it to all prepers and those who know what is coming. There is always something else we can learn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phil edelestein, IL, United States 01-25-16
    Phil edelestein, IL, United States 01-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Unusual prepper fiction."

    This is the slow burn kind as opposed to the world comes crashing down. Nice change of pace.

    The author has an interesting take on how central banking works, wrong but interesting.

    You better get used to hearing the term sheeple and sheep dawg you’ll hear it a lot. Also a lot of Oath Keepers. Great people in the real world but some of them do have the tin foil on a bit tight.

    You also should get used to hearing about the Survival Pod cast and the forum there to.

    In all it’s worth a credit and I’m downloading book 2 now ---

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LT 12-19-15
    LT 12-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "must read."

    this is a book people really need to read. the things in the book are happening around us now it's time to wake up

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jason Smith
    7/24/15
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    "Loved this whole series, skip book 10 tho"
    What did you like most about 299 Days?

    The story was really alive for me


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the sherif


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The time the team first met


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    First 9 books of this series are awesome

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • martin
    5/28/15
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    "Patriot propaganda"

    This book is filled to the brim with tea party propaganda and government hating patriotism. Its also filled with guns and constitution.

    As a norwegian living in the worlds most happiest country, who also has one of the largest governments in the world, while also having some of the lowest crime rates in the world, i laugh alot of the politics uttered inside this book.

    But bad propaganda aside, the story is very entertaining. I like to call this a guilty pleasure, or dumbtainment. My mind shuts off and i enter the universe of the Matsons, and thats exactly what i like about this series.

    I am now in book 5, and i have just decided to buy the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 as well. I am going through these rather fast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. Swales
    England, uk
    3/27/15
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    "Left wing liberal democrats beware!"
    Where does 299 Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its one of my favourites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author clearly shares a lot of similar points of view to myself so of course I enjoyed the book. Following a person becoming aware of preparedness and the detailed course of his journey was enjoyable as the first part of a series.


    What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

    Kevin pierce has an ok narration style, he is not my favourite but it seemed to fit with the story type.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Ok, so a lot of mixed reviews on here. I was unsure at first whether to take a chance.As I stated in my title if you are a left wing liberal democrat you will not like the book.If you dont like guns you will not like the book.If you have faith in your government you will not like the book.If you want a stand alone book you will not like this book.If you are interested in preparedness and survivalism you WILL like this book.If you are a republican you will like this book.If you are interested in guns you will like this book.Hope this helps clear things up I have tried to be clear as to whether you should spend your money or not :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • BillyBlackBear
    South Wales
    4/26/15
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    "Disappointing !"

    This pre apocalyptic tale should be the most believable and hence the greatest in its genre as its is based on a more reasoned and thoughtful build up to the end times. However, for me it was like pulling teeth, the pace of the story is sooooo slow you find yourself praying for the end to come. I do now have a great understanding of weapons but have abandoned the series as I simply can't put myself through that again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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