Western Society is in a state of confusion, the industrial world is teetering on collapse, and it looks like things could continue to get worse. Agrarian blogger, historian, and "plain" preacher Michael Bunker has been living off of the grid for many years, and he has some advice for those living in the industrial/consumerist economy... Living an off off-grid life is achievable. It has been done for thousands of years, and it can be done today... It is quite possible that many people who have relied on a failing system for their means of survival will very soon find that they have made a mistake of historic proportions. Historic, because every major "classical" culture went down the same road our society is on today. This audiobook is about the lessons we should have learned, and what you can do to survive what history tells us must come next.
©2011-2013 Michael Bunker (P)2013 Michael Bunker
Much useful advice
Reads very clearly - good pacing
Lots of practical stuff about living without the power grid. Many of these things can be applied, not just in the event of a disaster, but as a way of saving money and living healthier in everyday life.
Really don't understand why some people are so upset about his faith. Yes, be believes and is not afraid to say it but that is not what the book is all about. It's all about very practical advice about not relying so much on something that could easily stop working for a few hours, a few days or a long time. Very practical advice about getting through such and event and preparing for such an eventuality.
I enjoyed the thoroughness of his paradigm, as well as the history. Thanks for a thought-provoking book that has changed my perspective on what it truly means to be sustainable and to survive.
Yes. Like the boys scouts...we need to be prepared.
Not really. Not that kind of book. The past couple of days we had three power outages and it got me thinking about this book. I listened to it a while back but never really put any of its advice into practice. But, what if we lost power for a few days or weeks, not just a few hours? Frightening possibility. My family will never go completely off the grid like the author, but I am going to look into not becoming so dependent on the almighty 'grid."
Really didn't understand why a few people got so upset because the author talked about his faith now and then. That was very minor. The huge amount of practical advice was what the book was all about...not religion.
Loved the content and the viewers presented perspective. Was not a big fan of the readers style and the Christianity preaching crept in a few too many times. Even still, I recommend this for anyone looking to expand their knowledge and preparing to sever ties with the grid.
a little too heavy on religion, but great information on how our ancestors survived. so
Most memorable moment:
How much I struggled to get past the first three chapters. It is just the the theological ramblings of a mormon libertarian.
Theological is fine.
Mormon is fine.
Rambling is fine.
Libertarian is fine.
Put together, it's crap put together by enablers that don't have better sense.
This book might appeal to fundamentalist Christians who believe the world is at odds with God's will. It isn't enough to believe our modern society is flawed. You MUST believe it is EVIL.
Only the heavy handed, uber-religious ones.
Unmemorable average pleasant
It is finite.
The author exhibits the unholy trinity of arrogance, close-mindedness, and irrationality. He spends more time lambasting the wicked world than proving his own points. Please please please make your points on their own merits and do not presume to tell me what I think and believe.Pride is one of the seven deadly sins, if you believe in that sort of thing.The author is overly pleased with himself and his apparent moral superiority.
This book nothing more than a religious diatribe. Take out the religious ramblings about the authors personal beliefs, and there isn't much left.
I purchased this book in the hopes of learning something about "Surviving Off Grid". I wasn't expecting an instruction manual on religion. Had I wanted an instruction manual on religion, I would have purchased one.
I feel like the author misrepresented his book and took my money based on false pretenses. This is not honest. I actually expected that the book would have something to due with the title and the description, but it does not. It's a rambling religious diatribe couched in the guise of a guide to learning about off grid survival.
I read almost exclusively non-fiction; there are so many real stories that are worth knowing, and learning from.
The reason I'm writing this review is that I believe people need to hear the overall message Michael Bunker writes. We are far too dependent on "the grid" for electricity, our food, and most especially water. What will happen when all these supplies are disrupted? Most who are dependent upon mass-produced food and energy will not survive. If you are trusting in trusting in major corporations or municipalities to provide these essentials, you are rolling the dice. The world we live in today is both dangerous and unpredictable.What made this recording hard to listen to was the poor job of narration, and the author's sometimes irritating script. Bunker's message is very timely, and there was enough valuable information that I bought the book after I finished listening to it. However, I would caution you to listen thoroughly to the narrator's sample recording, and decide if you can overlook a very pedantic style, often incongruent with the message; the narrator is not a Southerner, but Bunker is, and the author writes about his personal experiences growing up in Texas. Bunker discusses his Christian beliefs frequently, but the narrator shows he lacks a basic knowledge of the Bible, and his performance in general belies the seriousness about this subject which the author obviously intends to communicate. Also, occasionally Bunker is dogmatic about his position, and when combined with Mr. Killavey's reading style, the message comes off badly.This Audible recording could have been much more palatable and helpful; but if you can tolerate the above, I think you'll find real value in the author's hands-on experience with getting off the grid, and moving to a more sustainable lifestyle.
Bunker admits that his effort to dig a well on his property was unsuccessful. This was no doubt an expensive undertaking, as he clearly expresses how important water was and is to us all. He still, at least at the time of writing this book, does not have a working water well, but he went on to other methods of providing for his family's needs, such as rain collection and storage, and dehumidifiers. His initial difficulties in providing this essential evoked my compassion, as I know how hot the summers can be in Texas. Having to drive long distances to obtain water must have been a grave challenge to his commitment to, and his family's belief in their new DIY life.
NO; absolutely not. If I thought the book were worth digesting, I would get a hard copy.
Early on in this listen I was asking myself, is it worth it to finish listening to this recording, given my disappointment with the narrator. I kept listening, and I'm glad I did. There was enough vital information (if you see the need for being self-sufficient), and I decided I would ignore the performance flaws. You may have to endure the same if you choose to buy this recording. If not, I can wholeheartedly recommend that you buy the book, and read it. The message is worth "hearing".
"Religious Fundamentalist Manifesto!"
Author should be more honest in the book decription on his fundementalist
reasons behind the book. It was painful to listen to a few chapters and then I had to give up as the bible quotations were getting too much.
I've requested a refund. Silly me should have read all the reviews first.
Paniful to listen to.
Sadness and disappointment.
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