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Just a generation ago this place was called America. Now, after the worldwide implementation of UN-lead program called Agenda 21, it's simply known as the 'Republic'. There is no president. No congress. No Supreme Court. No freedom.

There are only the Authorities.

Citizens have two primary goals in the new Republic: to create clean energy and to create new human life.

Those who cannot do either are of no use to society.

This bleak and barren existence is all that 18-year-old Emmeline has ever known. She dutifully walks her energy board daily and accepts all male pairings assigned to her by the Authorities. Like most citizens, she keeps her head down and her eyes closed.

Until the day they came for her mother.

Woken up to the harsh reality of her life and her family's future inside the Republic, Emmeline begins to search for the truth. Why are all citizens confined to ubiquitous concrete living spaces? Why are Compounds guarded by Gatekeepers who track all movements? Why are food, water and energy rationed so strictly? And, most important, why are babies taken from their mothers at birth?

As Emmeline begins to understand the true objectives of Agenda 21, she realizes that she is up against far more than she ever thought. With the Authorities closing in, and nowhere to run, Emmeline embarks on an audacious plan to save her family and expose the Republic - but is she already too late?

©2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc. (P)2012 Mercury Radio Arts, Inc.

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  • Derek
  • Ellsworth, NE, United States
  • 12-04-12

great way to get nieve kids attention

Would you try another book from Glenn Beck and/or January LaVoy?

Glenn yes, Fiction I don't know

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

nice and neat

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

good reader, nothing to dislike

Did Agenda 21 inspire you to do anything?

want to listen to this with my family on a road trip, excellent way to get them to ask questions

Any additional comments?

Although the plot is a little predictable, it is entertaining, hopefully entertaining enough to get peoples attention. I'd like to see a tv mini-series or made for tv movie

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  • Paul
  • Montgomery, IL, United States
  • 12-01-12

It could have been better.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It moved very slowly. I did not get a real feel for the world that Beck was trying to create.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The book plodded along toward the ending so I was happy when it came. As far as what actually happened at the end, I was not suprised based on the tempo if the book.

Was Agenda 21 worth the listening time?

For me, it was worth the time but it was not a very long book. It was very easy to stop listening and I found that, at times, I really did not want to turn it back on again.

Any additional comments?

Over all I did like the book but I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. My take on this book is that it was a re-telling of Anthem by Ayn Rand (which I read many years ago and loved). That may be the reason for my two star score for the story told here. Rand told this type of story well. Beck's book may be more important due to the actual Agenda 21 document. But I feel he could have told a better story. The afterword was interesting. I downloaded the Agenda 21 document, I may even read it one day.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Salo
  • Goose Creek, SC, United States
  • 11-26-12

It's bad.

I'm a Glenn Beck fan - have most of his books, love his radio show, etc.. This is awful. The actress reading the novel and acting the parts is terrible. The plot is laughable. It might as well have been called The Vagina Monologue, but that title is already taken. This may be the most evil thing brought about by Agenda 21, which I do view as a threat to the United States. Skip it.

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  • Janie
  • CAIRNS, Australia
  • 12-05-12

ridiculously far-fetched

about as believable as going to heaven or hell. This writer and his ilk are really paranoid to the extreme. They must have very miserable lives.....
Trying to make one a true believer through fiction is an old trick. This book, however, is not even a good story, nor is it well written or narrated. See for yourself, if you like, but I would not waste a credit.

7 of 15 people found this review helpful

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A Riveting Story!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you like scary stories of hellish futures that are all too plausible, I highly recommend Agenda 21. When moral values decline both individually and collectively, levels of suggestibility increase to unbelievably high levels, resulting in dictatorship of one form or another. The world of Agenda 21 is a vision of earthly Hell that is a mix between a totalitarian state blended with environmental extremism and animal rights gone mad. If you don't think something like this is plausible, simply take a look at real world accounts of life under totalitarian dictatorships of various kinds and then substitute the Agenda 21 details.

What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

January LaVoy does an excellent job of bringing the book to life.

Any additional comments?

Agenda 21 should cause us to redouble our efforts aimed towards moral revival as individuals and as a society. There is NO political solution to the human condition. Only genuine morals demonstrate any hope of change. Otherwise we are headed for a 21st Century dark age, enforced by technology. Without genuine moral values human beings are simply programmable, reproducible, vicious animals that give the word "animal" a bad name.

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  • Joy
  • Annapolis MD United States
  • 11-24-12

Is there really an Agenda 21

The story was engaging and I didn't want to put it down. It's a good story about what could happen in a Socialist type society when pushed to the extremes. What is interesting to listen to is the commentary at the end where the author discusses Agenda 21 and the ramifications he envisions if any or all parts are put into play. Some I agree with, some I disagree with. I have to admit my ignorance of such a summit and such a document. I just googled "Agenda 21" and downloaded the document. In these days where the World's current structure is collapsing all around us, it could be a good document to read and understand.

7 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Please don't let this happen to us

As a work of literature, I must say Glenn's story is an improvement over his previous fiction. As a comment on what could happen to us if we don't do more to guard our freedom, it is terrifying. Everyone should read this book with an open mind. Don't close off and say it could never happen here. Yes it could. It is, in the end, up to us.

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Is there really an Agenda...?

the 1984 of today's literature...
Set in the future... but not far enough.
A Fiction Novel... at least for now.

This book paints a picture that can't be imagined... and shouldn't.

There is a reason that Hitler came to power... by the will of his people.
There is a reason that President Obama is in charge of the US now.
There is a reason that gun sales have increased... and that taxes are placed on ammo.

Read this book as soon as you can... and share it with a friend.

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  • REBECCA
  • WILLISTON, ND, United States
  • 06-26-13

Ridiculous storyline

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

Bought a different book

Has Agenda 21 turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Did January LaVoy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation

Any additional comments?

Didn't look at author before I bought, otherwise, I would not have purchased!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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1984 for 21st Century America

What did you love best about Agenda 21?

The best part of this book is the afterword. In this section Beck gives a brief history of the all-too-real United Nations action plan called Agenda 21. In the afterword Beck traces the evolution of what would eventually become Agenda 21 from the early 1970's through its present day implementation by local governments across the US. Beck also connects specific initiaves and goals from Agenda 21, citing chapter and verse from the action plan, with elements with the seemingly far-fetched elements of the story. Reading the novel by itself, a person who does not immerse themselves in the strange goings-on of the leftist environmental crusaders at the United Nations would never for a second think that this story was based on anything other than the author's vivid (and possibly warped) imagination. Unfortunately, the thing that makes this 1984-goes-green novel come to life is the afterword, which points the reader to the theories and documents in which it is grounded.

Would you be willing to try another book from Glenn Beck? Why or why not?

I would most definetly listen to more books from Glenn Beck. With Glenn Beck you know what you are getting - a right-wing conservative who opposes socialism and champions capitalism. He is quite upfront regarding who he is ideologically, and what his purpose is. Knowing that, one is able to focus what Beck says and writes through the prizm of his conservatism, doing appropriate research to determine whether or not questionable things that Beck says, which challenge the reader's paradigm, are true. One may not always agree with Beck's ideas or assertions, but one cannot say that he is not documented in all he writes, or that he does not do his research. This type of transparency is refreshing in the media, when so many journalists and pundits claim to be "fair and balanced", or "perfectly impartial observers", when, in fact, they all have their own biased presuppositions.

What does January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

January LaVoy's narration was expressive and her voice was pleasant. While the production was not dramatized, neither was it simply a sterile reading of text. LaVoy was intuitive in her performance, and her use of emotion was appropriate.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This book reminded me a lot of Orwell's 1984, in that no real mention is made of how the world reached its dystopian state. Also, the indispensable afterword was, to me, reminicent of the Brotherhood's Manifesto, which is featured prominently in 1984. I would have liked for the author to have spent a little more time explaining how the changes from the "before time" happened to bring society to its present place. Without more of that transition explanation, I'm not sure the connection between the setting of the novel (the societal make-up and organization of the Republic) and Agenda 21 would be as clear as it could be to someone who is only casually interested in these issues, or politics in general. At any rate, it is imperative to dig in to the actual UN Agenda 21, which is readily available on the internet. Only after doing so will the truly terrifying nature of this work be driven home to the reader.

12 of 31 people found this review helpful