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Meet Grant Matson: lawyer, father, suburbanite husband who awakens to the fragility of modern society and embarks on a personal journey that introduces him to a world of self-reliance and liberation. 299 Days: The Preparation, the first audiobook in the 299 Days series, depicts the inner struggles Grant must face as he exists in a social system he recognizes as unsustainable and on the verge of collapse, but one in which he has built his life around. What begins as a return to his roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come.

Engaging, insightful, and a bit suspenseful, follow Grant's transition from a self-perceived "sheeple" to a full-blown "prepper". Will his fears come true? Is he an extremist? What if nothing happens? What if something does?

©2012 Glen Tate (P)2014 Sellerman and Sweeney, LLC

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Planted Reviews - be careful with your purchase...

I have a weakness for prepper & disaster books and was very aware this series was coming out in the near future and planned on picking up the first one right away, and all of them if they were good. I was surprised how quickly the reviews for this series appeared... and was delighted everyone liked it.

My friends, most of these reviewers only own one audiobook and have only done one review... I know because after I forced myself to listen to the entire book... I went back to see who the idiots were that gave the book a 5 star award.

I don't expect the writing to be amazing in this genre, but I would at least like to learn something or a creative slant. This is just a tangential, unedited, repetitive, boring, semi-autobiographical, plot less, self-important, extremist political rant... by a prepper podcaster with a following... who I honestly think means well.

I wanted to like it, wanted to find the good in it and kept thinking... it will get better anytime now. But it didn't happen. There is no violence, swearing or sex in this book, just a little pissing off the porch and repetitive gun purchases. No incredible information either, though... sorry. And the writing... is just wrong, you will know what every character in the book is thinking, jumping from head to head to head in the same short sentence.

The narrator wasn't bad in other books I've listened to... but the material he is reading combined with the poor flow of sentences... makes him sound slow and the listen painful.

Watch closely, I am about to have major not helpful votes attached to my review.

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Just not that good.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story is not very well written and the characters are pretty one dimensional. It's repetitive and just in bad need of editing. Book 1&2 could have been done in half the time. Its just not all that exciting and its pushing a specific viewpoint, no depth to the story,. I was surprised at the quality of the writing it after seeing all the great ratings and I actually returned it. But someone else in the family wanted to hear book 2 so I was honest and repurchased book 1 but returned book 2 after it was no better- I just can't see how this could be worth a 10 volume story ($150) and all the five star ratings.

What could Glen Tate have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Having someone edit it more and cut the length in half and it might have been a reasonable story. Also written characters that had more depth to them, the wife just doesn't ring true to an ER doctor at all and their are errors in the book such as thinking he had PTSD straight after an event - an ER doctor would not make such an obvious diagnostic mistake or spend most of the book crying or yelling or being shocked at peoples behaviour - just not realistic.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kevin Pierce?

Yes, Kevin is a very good narrator.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It raises issues about the current state of affairs and about prepping for events that could happen, might help people think about how prepared they are for a disaster and get started on preparing.

Any additional comments?

I love dystopian novels and spend many hours listening to all kinds of audio books, this just doesn't make the grade for me. If you like a quality novel then give this a a miss and try Alas Babylon, Swan Song or One Second After.

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Good series.

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This is a good series. Overall good story line and kept me interested long enough to listen to the whole series.

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Just plain boring and poorly executed

I was very disappointed with ‘299 Days: The Preparation’. I’ll start by saying that I really like the premise. It’s a solid idea which could be good, maybe the whole series is, but this book is just poor. Here are my issues with this book: 1) The plot doesn’t go anywhere. The guy spends the whole time discussing how he’s putting food and ammo away and getting a bug out location all while ranting about liberals. Which brings me to my next issue. 2) The execution of the book is poor. He keeps pounding on liberals bringing up big government examples like the auto bail out. What did you say that was orchestrated by republicans? Never mind your details liberals are bad and then republicans are good. Then he shows this by having a republican elected to change things but that guys doesn’t do anything other than start running for office. Instead of showing his dissolution as the system he just bad mouths liberals some more. Both parties are corrupt and both should be demonized equally (it’s my review so I can put in my opinion). 3) The main character not likable. In the preface the author tells us he’s supposed to be a normal person with flaws and not some hero which again I like the idea of but he doesn’t any ANY redeeming qualities. He admits to being lazy and not helping his wife around the house until he starts prepping. Then once he starts prepping he has to continuously lie to his wife. Also the author tells us that he and his wife are perfect together but never shows it. They’re constantly bickering, never do anything that a normal person would construe as being selfless for each other and even at the beginning of the book we know they end up living apart. Why are these guys made for each other again? Also the outside voice makes him sound sort of mentally deranged. I guess if you’re ultra conservative and want to read all the books (just one is such a boring waste) if it a shot otherwise don’t even bother.

Mr. Pierce does an OK job with the narration but there's not a lot of differentiation in the characters so it's almost more of a reading.

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As a prepper I enjoyed this book

I wished we could all have a setup as perfect as the character in the book. There were some good suggestions for beginner preppers too. Unfortunately most of us don't have the money or space to do so. Also, I really struggled to identify with the character as a hillbilly lawyer
Mr Tates political bias really showed. I'm sure that was on purpose. In my experience the Libertarians are a little too extreme. I'm not ready to give up on the system just yet.

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Great start to a series!

I thought the book progressed at the right pace. not sure where other reviews are at. . although the next book being only 5 hrs is bunk... i will review that later. great book overall. if you like the the Going Home books or the One Second After, you will love this book.

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Absurdly biased

I was hoping for an insightful but enjoyable story of prepared people overcoming the disaster of societal collapse. But Tate blames the collapse entirely on liberals. It’s absurdly biased and insulting even to conservatives. And he tries so hard to point out that particular races are not to blame that he inadvertently reveals his own racism. It’s really too bad because there are elements of the story that would have been fun to play out.

Another issue I have is that this is at most a two book series, but he unnecessarily stretches it into multiple volumes in a cheap attempt to squeeze as much money out of us as he can.

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Interesting Story - Horrible Editing

The first is the best of the series (I couldn’t get past book six). The story is original and well thought out. However, there are two horrible aspects to the writing/editing 1) cliche characters out the wazoo and 2) extreme amounts of repetitive writing. If the author would hire a reputable editor/coach, this could be a real contender and reach a broader market vs just preaching to the choir ... where the underlying message could really be useful. I greatly applaud the goal, but the execution is extremely amateur.

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Absolute crap

This was simply a drawn out propaganda piece for the ultra-right wingers. Oh it was so so boring, and ONLY talked about how terrible left wingers are and how the government in its entirety is corrupt and evil. I can’t believe I wasted money on this lifeless rant with no story line or suspense or ANYTHING to make it interesting. Absolutely terrible.

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Badly written, right-wing propaganda

What would have made 299 Days better?

Let me get my bias out front here - I'm an American who believes in democracy. I vote in every election - local, town, state and federal. I support our political institutions, and believe that the U.S Constitution (and its many amendments) is a solid guide to how a society can develop with fairness and equity. From this book's description and introduction, I thought it would be a good read.

Sadly however, this collection of incoherent statements, unending repetition, and right-wing anti-"liberal" diatribe is only worth reading if you are looking for someone to confirm your already strongly held belief that the country is being run by crafty, venal, and corrupt socialists and communists. The population is just too lazy to do anything about it because, being liberal, they expect government to do everything for them, and the only solution to the country's problems is to double-down on the National Rifle Association's distortions and corruption of the second amendment.

This is not a novel, it is simply a right wing propaganda brochure.

What could Glen Tate have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Glen Tate is dishonest in his description of the book and his lengthy introduction, drawing you in, thinking that this is based on careful observation and facts. Sadly, he is either living in an alternative universe, or relying the recently popular "Alternative Facts". If Mr. Tate would be honest in his introduction I would never have bought this book, neither would I have wasted several hours listening to it before growing to understand the deceit being carried out.

I might have been able to listen to the end if Mr. Tate actually had any writing skills. Sadly, if he does they are not demonstrated in this book. Any valid points that Mr. Tate may have about government corruption, rural/urban inequities, or survivalism are unintelligible amidst the shockingly poor writing, sentence construction, and grammatical nonsense.

What didn’t you like about Kevin Pierce’s performance?

Kevin Pierce does a passable job narrating and this is hardly surprising as he seems to be the "go-to" reader for books of this genre. I felt quite sorry for him at times.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I could not recommend this book to anyone, and am only glad that I bought it in a $4.95 sale.

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  • Jason Smith
  • 07-24-15

Loved this whole series, skip book 10 tho

What did you like most about 299 Days?

The story was really alive for me

Who was your favorite character and why?

the sherif

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The time the team first met

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really

Any additional comments?

First 9 books of this series are awesome

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  • martin
  • 05-28-15

Patriot propaganda

This book is filled to the brim with tea party propaganda and government hating patriotism. Its also filled with guns and constitution.

As a norwegian living in the worlds most happiest country, who also has one of the largest governments in the world, while also having some of the lowest crime rates in the world, i laugh alot of the politics uttered inside this book.

But bad propaganda aside, the story is very entertaining. I like to call this a guilty pleasure, or dumbtainment. My mind shuts off and i enter the universe of the Matsons, and thats exactly what i like about this series.

I am now in book 5, and i have just decided to buy the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 as well. I am going through these rather fast.

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  • M. Swales
  • 03-27-15

Left wing liberal democrats beware!

Where does 299 Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its one of my favourites.

What did you like best about this story?

The author clearly shares a lot of similar points of view to myself so of course I enjoyed the book. Following a person becoming aware of preparedness and the detailed course of his journey was enjoyable as the first part of a series.

What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

Kevin pierce has an ok narration style, he is not my favourite but it seemed to fit with the story type.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

Ok, so a lot of mixed reviews on here. I was unsure at first whether to take a chance.As I stated in my title if you are a left wing liberal democrat you will not like the book.If you dont like guns you will not like the book.If you have faith in your government you will not like the book.If you want a stand alone book you will not like this book.If you are interested in preparedness and survivalism you WILL like this book.If you are a republican you will like this book.If you are interested in guns you will like this book.Hope this helps clear things up I have tried to be clear as to whether you should spend your money or not :)

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  • Chris Martin
  • 04-26-15

Disappointing !

This pre apocalyptic tale should be the most believable and hence the greatest in its genre as its is based on a more reasoned and thoughtful build up to the end times. However, for me it was like pulling teeth, the pace of the story is sooooo slow you find yourself praying for the end to come. I do now have a great understanding of weapons but have abandoned the series as I simply can't put myself through that again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-20

awesome series

definitely a new favorite series of mine, will be getting the next book. Kevin Pierce really does this story justice as he does all of his other books. Glenn Tate is an awesome writer too, very knowledgeable and keeps me on the edge of my seat.