This first book of the Holding Their Own series, A Story of Survival, is set in the year 2015, when the world is burdened by the second Great Depression. The United States, already weakened by internal strife, becomes the target of an international terror plot. A series of attacks results in thousands of casualties and disables the country's core infrastructure. The combination of economic hardship and the staggering blow of the terror attacks results in a collapse of the government.
This is a realistic story of how an average, middle class couple survives the cascading events brought on by international politics, high tech military actions and the eventual downfall of society. All of their survival skills are tested during the action packed expedition in a world that resembles the American West of 200 years past.
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What a failure. I hear this book has a great storyline but I can not really tell you my opinion. I tried 3 times to endure the first hour of this book but the quality and performance of the narrator sounds like a 3rd grader recorded it on their Hello Kitty cassette deck. I mean it is really THAT bad. A have a friend that is a striving novelist and he has recorded his own audio narration. He deserves an Oscar if this was the baseline.
After about 40 audiobooks through audible I'm going to have to look into the "return" process on this one. I really want to read the book as I loved Rawles' Patriots and One Second After. I guess I'll have to pick up the print version.
I would not recommend listening to this book. I might recommend reading a paper copy.
This was the worst book, from a delivery perspective, that I have ever heard. Some chapters sound like they were recorded in a bathroom and were barely understandable. Many unedited mistakes.
Way too many sexual references that added nothing to the story.
Nothing, the narrator was so bad I did finish the book.
Not if the same narrator was used.
He can't read, it was painful to listen to. I should have listened to a sample, my bad.
I've never written a reveiw before but this narrator was so bad I just had to. Sorry Mr Nobody.
I would not be surprised to find that the author read this book in his garage. It sounds like he is sitting in an enclosed space with echos being heard constantly. Many times it sounds like he is moving a chair across a cement floor. There are several instances where the reader makes up words and constantly repeats sentences. NEVER get the book.
NEVER, NO, TOO PAINFUL
I would spend a few bucks and get a real narrator to read in a real studio.
The story itself was moderately compelling but the production and narration of this book were just dreadful. I listen to audiobooks pretty much non-stop, and I can say with complete honesty that this was by far the worst narration job to which I have ever listened. It had me wincing on a fairly regular basis. Seemed that any word over two syllables was just more than the poor guy could handle. Please Joe, in future, get a "Somebody" to narrate your books!
I have never felt the need to write such a negative review before, but this book has forced me too.
No. Too painful to listen to.
In every conceivable way.
Poor reading skills, low quality recording.Hire better voice talent next time.
I bought this book because I thought that I would be able to identify with it on many levels. I live in Houston, and I work in the oil field (same as main character). My wife and I are "preppers." We have a bugout plan which includes trying to get to the family ranch in south Texas in the event of a SHTF scenario -- all similarities with the story line.
Unfortunately the voice talent is so poor it makes the book difficult to get through. The performance felt "low-budget" and sounded as if it was recorded in the author's basement as opposed to a sound studio.
Some elements of the story were too far-fetched (ie. United States withdrawl from the U.N. among others).
As a veteran, the biggest disappointment for me was with the military engagements described in the book; they did not have an authentic feel. Accounts of military hardware and the manner in which they were deployed were wholly inaccurate (there is no such thing as a "stealth B-52", et al).
It seemed like the author failed to do his homework regarding the United States military. The author's apparent lack of reseach in this area made the battle sequences feel unconvincing and unrealistic.
I love this genre of books, and I hoped that this title would be great since I have so much in common with the main character. Too bad it did not live up to my expectations.
Couldn't listen to it. Tried for a while but gave up. Audio was terrible and the narrator read the words not the book.
I would recommend this book, but the audio recording needs to be redone.
Probably the main character peeing off a billboard.
Quality of reading and recording, repetition of lines, odd pauses, etc.
I think it could be done well. I like this type of story much better than all the zombie hype that has been circulating.
Helped me to think more about preparedness in general. Regardless of any conspiracy theory, attack or invasion, or economic meltdown- it helped me to think about how (or if) I would be able to care for my family.
I was really interested in starting this series, but after listening to 5 minutes of this audio book I stopped listening. The guy reading the book is very boring and the audio quality is the worst that I have ever heard at audible.com. This book should have never been released or needs to be redone. audible stole 17 dollars from everyone who buys this.
RE RECORD THIS BOOK AUDIBLE OR GIVE PEOPLE THEIR MONEY BACK
one second after
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
This is the only audible book by Joe Nobody so you'll have to get his paperbacks for the other 2.
These are really good books, exciting, well written and the story is not only plausible but I figure it'll happen one day.
The narrator does an excellent job and hope to see all the rest from this author very soon here in audible.
HIGHLY recommend this book and author.
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