When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets talking to themselves in 140 characters or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement, while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act.
For Gladstone, the Net’s disappearance comes particularly hard, following the loss of his wife, leaving his flask of Jamesons and grandfather’s fedora as the only comforts in his Brooklyn apartment.
But there are rumors that someone in New York is still online. Someone set apart from this new world where Facebook flirters "poke" each other in real life and members of Anonymous trade memes at secret parties. Where a former librarian can sell information as a human search engine and the perverted fulfill their secret fetishes at the blossoming Rule 34 club.
With the help of his friends - a blogger and a webcam girl, both now out of work - Gladstone sets off to find the Internet. But is he the right man to save humanity from this Apocalypse?
For those of you wondering if you have WiFi right now, Wayne Gladstone’s Notes from the Internet Apocalypse examines the question "What is life without the Web?"
©2014 Wayne Gladstone (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
The last chapter gave me chills and gave me a lump in my throat. Laugh out loud moments are sprinkled throughout the book.
This is an extremely beautiful story about a man not only searching for the internet, but also himself and his purpose in life. Wayne Gladstone does an amazing job of painting a picture of a man who has lost everything, and goes on a mission to reclaim what was lost. Paul Michael Garcia does a wonderful job of making the characters and the punch lines come alive without sacrificing the emotion and the heart of the book.
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Almost unlistenable. The premise is interesting, and the take on it in a "South Park" episode was extremely amusing. This book is the opposite. The writing is bizarre and unfunny. Not recommended at all.
I love technology and the thought of life without the Internet really intrigues me.
I haven't read any other Apocalypse-type books, so I can't really compare. I know most of those are really grim and serious, while this one was light and fun! You never guess what's coming.
I believe this is the first book I've listened to by Paul Michael Garcia. To be honest, I don't pay much attention to the narrator unless it's bad...and I have heard at least one or two that really put me off, but most are really well done. This was no exception...fantastic narration.
The only "extreme" reaction I had was the ending. Not sure it made me cry, but it was an absolutely unexpected and rather tender ending.
Short, fun read. Highly recommended for those of you that love the Internet...imagine life without technology. I wouldn't know how to get up in the morning. Food for thought, but you'll never see the ending coming (no peeking!!!).
It is set in real life world, and makes references to current culture. East flowing story.
Eh, it was ok. I think that it leaves a little to be desired, but overall fits well.
When he is finding Oz in the peep shows.
No, I worked it into my schedule. However, it was good for listening to when i was working out in the gym.
Good story, satisfied with it.
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