Brian Cartwright just wants to work and run his farm in peace. The police keep showing up as the HOA from the new neighborhood keeps filing nuisance complaints against him and his farm. What makes matters worse, his former boss George and his son built a big house overlooking the farm. His prepping lifestyle and following the news online is his only other hobby other than church activities.
George's son is the teenager responsible for causing the accident that killed Brian's wife. Every interaction with the power hungry father drives him insane. To make matters worse, George's son has been trespassing and gets injured on Brian's property causing him to build bigger and taller fences.
The neighbors that once shunned Brian Cartwright now need him like never before. America has been attacked with an EMP and they find themselves requiring the help of the widowed farmer the same time he realizes he needs them as well.
When things get dicey, can they mend the wall, or do good fences make good neighbors?
©2015 Boyd Craven III (P)2015 Boyd Craven III
I enjoyed this book much more that I thought I would. While I like the genre, I tend to be pretty critical of authors that are looking only to write a “how to” book with a thin veneer of fiction or write a “perfect scenario” for the prepper protagonist to flourish in. This book did have a bit of both of those issues but not to the extent that I couldn’t enjoy the story.
This book has really locked itself into a point in time (now) in mentioning names of current political figures and popular podcasts and Youtube channels, but for me that added some reality to it and illustrated that this author is genuinely interested in the topics he is writes about.
I also like the narration by Kevin Pierce. Pierce has narrated several books that I have listened to (The Borrowed World, Ashes of the Unspeakable, The Days of Noah and the "299 Days" series by Glen Tate). For some reason the genre has latched onto Pierce, and my only issue is that hearing his voice and having listened to several of his narrations the stories sometimes will run together in my mind. But maybe that’s just me.
“Full Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.”
Prolific reader and listener of books of all kinds.
Kevin Pierce does an excellent job with all the characters without distracting from the story. I've listened to quite a few books that he's narrated and often search for books by good narrators instead of subject or author.
Kevin Pierce is one of those narrators.
The book points out the difficulties in having a prepared environment in the middle of a urban/suburban area. The main character is forced to make difficult decisions when dealing with looters, neighbors, HOAs and other idiots.
The book is well written book with more focus on relationships than the event. The characters all have flaws and discover that life is better together than alone. It seems that the EMP crises actually ends up being good for several of the characters as they find each other, find love and purpose as they learn to survive.
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I'm a technology teacher and love all kinds of books.
This book is amazingly well written with superb narration. The story is introduced nicely with great character development and plot.
I loved how the author really made the characters feel like real people with real issues and problems in dealing with a difficult situation.
His narration style makes me feel like I am in the background just listening to the characters talk to each other. He is an amazing narrator.
Absolutely! This story was hard to pause as it was so easy to get involved and feel like I was there.
This is a very good book and I hope there will be more like it in the future.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast. I would recommend this book, it's well worth a credit! I am not usually a fan of these types of books, but I must say I was engaged from beginning to end! The character were well rounded and animated to a tee by the narrator. This book was fiction, but in the event of an EMP, the events in this book could definately happen. So many ups and downs in this book and props to the author. I can't wait to hear more by this author and from this narrator!
I loved the story and Kevin Pierce was absolutely perfect for this title. Awesome job! I am really looking forward to searching out more of his works.
The beginning really set the background and there were several memorable moments
He's freaking perfect for this title! His voice seems to match this character dead on, I don't think the story would be the same without him.
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I have not read the print version.
Does it make me a bad person to say my favorite part is when I found out George committed suicide? Seriously I connected with Brian Cartwright so much and I found myself loathing and despising George. What an awful human being. When the rules and structure of society broke down he could no longer hack it without bureaucracy to get his way and push his will on others. I hate injustice and that guy just reeked of it.
Additionally I just loved how the book highlighted something I think others don't: the way preppers are often afraid to talk about it for fear of seeming crazy. Granted, I feel the fact everyone Brian was running into after a time seemed to also be a prepper which seemed a bit far-fetched, but the fact there were several people all sort of keeping it to themselves I think is kind of accurate to real life.
This is now my third book narrated by Kevin Pierce. The guy is great. He has the right tone and inflection to draw me in and get me interested in the book. His narration is perfect. He is a real find!
Yes absolutely. I really enjoyed the story and cared about the characters. That is difficult to do these days I find. Many of the books I listen to the characters start to run one into the next and feel disposable. In this book, the little group Brian forms at his farm mostly by accident were the kind of people I would hope I could find if things ever went south.
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Good Fences is well researched and the story is fast paced. Dialog between the characters stands out as natural and at times humorous. Craven knows his subject matter and makes sure the reader is entertained beginning to end.
Brian Cartwright, the protagonist of the novel, personally knows tragedy. As a recent widower, he struggles with feelings of guilt and loss, made worse by unrelenting harassment from his wealthy neighbor. Cartwright desperately seeks to find forgiveness within himself, although the want for vengeance is often lurking beneath the surface. After an earth-shattering event, hope and forgiveness may turn out be the only way to survive.
Kevin Pierce expertly narrates the story. His voicing of the novel fits smoothly with both the characters and the genre.
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This is the first book I have purchased from Craven and nowhere near the last. Everything about the book is well done and I appreciated the humor that was mixed in as well.
I hate when romance is tossed into an action movie just to appease the wives and girlfriends who get dragged along to the movie they didnt want to see in the first place. So I worried when the first hints of a love story showed up in Good Fences.
However this is not romance, it is emotion. Emotion so well done that it had my constantly dry eyes misted up with empathy. The pain, healing and joy the main character Brian goes through as he discovers that surviving the apocalypse is not worth much if you're doing it alone really hit me hard. Live together or dont bother living at all.
In regards to the narrator: Freaking Fantastic! Simple as that. Just a great audiobook all around.
PS - Brenda is my favorite character.
Brian Cartwright was happy with his life until his car was hit by a drunk driver, killing Brian’s wife. The teen driver was the son of Brian’s boss who arranged to get all charges dropped while he also cut Brian’s insurance and terminated his position. Brian moved to his family’s closed up farm where he could try to heal. Brian is a prepper and he is glad to rebuild the farm and store up supplies for days of trouble.
But all is not quiet on the farm. His old boss, George, built an upscale subdivision on the adjacent land. George is repeatedly sending the cops to the farm to complain of animal smells, gun shots or any other excuse he can make. Brian decides to raise his fences and set up a large gate trying to keep his neighbors out.
Then an EMP strike changes everything. Brian and a handful of his closest friends set up on the farm. This group includes a young widow, Lucy, and her toddler son, Spencer, who met Brian while he was building the bigger fence. The neighbors aren’t prepared for loss of power, water and food. They resent the fact that Brian and his friends have survival supplies and they begin to grumble and threaten the farmsteaders. Brian has to make hard decisions and tensions quickly build. News comes of a more brutal outside threat that is headed towards their community. Can the neighbors find a common ground and plans to help each other to move forward and to stand against the outside threat?
I was drawn in by Brian’s character and the story became even more engaging with the inclusion of Lucy and Spencer. Brian’s other friends are reasonably developed characters too. The story portrays real-to-life issues and mostly realistic difficulties and conflicts that would arise from an EMP strike. There are prepper sites and resources shared through the dialogue in addition to aspects of prepper survival. The story moves at a steady pace, is a nice length and I found it completely engaging.
I like this post-apocalyptic genre and I am interested in reading/listening to more of Mr. Craven’s Scorched Earth series. I suggest this is a must to add to reading lists for readers who enjoy the genre. I also recommend it to those who enjoy strong social and family drama. Caution – there is some foul language, which I found a shame but I still enjoyed the overall package.
Audio Notes: Kevin Pierce does a wonderful job of narration. He captures the different character voices and moves the story along. I was wrapped up in the listen and had a hard time turning it off.
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies." -George R.R. Martin
I really enjoyed listening to Good Fences. The story is interesting, the characters are realistic and likable, and the narrator does a fantastic job. I'd like to hear more from this Michigan community as they do what needs to be done in order to survive the after-effects of an EMP event.
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