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
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, Kevin is a very good narrator.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I have listened to this series twice already.
When Lisa and the Kids came to the cabin to be with Grant.
His ability to ad proper inflection and delineate between voices.
When a certain member of the team was killed.
Would love to see this become a TV mini series.
Independant Conservative. Apocalyptic (pre & post) reads are my favorite. Live in North Western area of Connecticut.
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.
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 ---
"Loved this whole series, skip book 10 tho"
The story was really alive for me
The time the team first met
First 9 books of this series are awesome
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.
"Left wing liberal democrats beware!"
Its one of my favourites.
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.
Kevin pierce has an ok narration style, he is not my favourite but it seemed to fit with the story type.
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 :)
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.
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