I have to agree that the beginning of this recording is hard to sit through. The narrator is whiny and annoying. I think she is trying to make the c..Show More »haracter sound like your average "not a real care in the world before the disaster" teenager, but it grated on my nerves. Once the story gets going, the narration is much better. I liked that the author took her time showing us what a typical family might endure if something like this were ever to happen.
I didn't mind the references to the president. I myself have mumbled gripes during certain presidential addresses. However, I do wish the mother had expressed herself a bit more than just saying "jerk" or "idiot". Without more explanation, the anger seemed displaced.
I didn't mind the religious references at all. I don't think the author was making a judgement call on ALL Christians...just those her character came in contact with.
Overall, I was pretty invested in the story. I found myself caring for the characters...all of whom are a little flawed...which I loved.
I haven't read "The Dead and the Gone". I was going to read Alex's tale after this one but doubt I will now. I really enjoyed "Life as We Knew It" b..Show More »ut could barely finish this book. I literally felt like I was listening to a difference series.
As another reviewer pointed out, the characters did things that were COMPLETELY out of character. And not in a learning way...like a character going down a difficult road to find their way back to who they really are - that would have been great. But no - these characters seemed like totally different people for no reason at all...like all of the sudden, this family seemed to care very little for each other.
And our heroine seems to have regressed in maturity about 4 years while gaining a huge helping of selfishness!! I REALLY wish I hadn't listened this one!