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December 2012, a massive solar storm knocks out the power grid. Three hundred million Americans are suddenly faced with a survival situation. They have no water, electricity or fuel. Food rapidly disappears from the store shelves, not to be replaced. Only three percent will survive. Those three percent will have much in common. What does it take to be one of them?

©May 2012 to ? Lloyd Tackitt (P)2012 Lloyd Tackitt

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EOTWAWKI or prepper fans will like...

There are lots of books coming out in this genre lately and quite a few haven't been worth the time to listen... This one although the writing style isn't the best... was well worth my time and $. It follows a family who is scattered around the country, but has a prepper dad who they all thought was crazy.

There are some very creative and new to me solutions for EOTWAWKI problems. There is a lot of teaching from father to children, allowing us to learn his prepper ideas, theories and beliefs while reading. This is not a classic everyone would love to read like "Alas Babylon" or "One Second After." It doesn't include model numbers like the "Patriots" series. Those living in Texas would particularly like this book. There are no zombies or science fiction. Lots of violence, clean language, nice Christian family making hard choices... it got better as went along. A few hard to believe passages...

It is a part of a series, but this is stand alone if desired. The second book presents entirely different ideas and theories for a son traveling cross country alone. It was also well worth the read. At this writing the 3rd isn't out yet or I would be reading it now. Narrator was irritating at first with multiple accents really grating on my nerves, but he seemed to relax or do better as the book progressed... at least I didn't notice as much. I will probably read again.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Prepper training parable

If you could sum up A Distant Eden: Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

Always be prepared

Who was your favorite character and why?

Adrian because he's a bad ass.

Have you listened to any of Michael Hacker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first listen of any of Mr. Hacker's books.

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

Yes.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Technical problems with production?

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

Yes. A compelling story packed with useful information.

What did you like best about this story?

The thoughtfulness and planning for survival.

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Hacker’s performances?

First of all, there seems to have been problems during production that resulted in a tinny quality to the sound, right from the beginning. There are also faint sounds in the background, which as difficulty to ignore!

I was distracted the reader's accent and tone. Would have enjoyed the story more with a different reader -- and with better sound quality!

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

No. It's easier to digest in small pieces.

Any additional comments?

Please clean up the recording's technical problems and re-release. Thank you!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Disheartening

I honestly don't know if the author truly believes the nonsense that was typed across his page, but this story is chock full of sociopathic behavior. Roman is an insane man with a silver tongue and a loving family who stands behind his every action 100%. Alfred is a murder plan and simple, no matter how the author tries to justify his actions. No one seems to feel guilt or remorse, the extreme disregard for life in this book is atrocious and disheartening. When I read or listen to books like this I don't fear the masses so much as I do the supposed prepper who believes that killing men, women AND children first is the way to go.

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  • kim
  • colorado springs, colorado, United States
  • 05-12-15

poor narrator

good book but very weird accent for a narrator performing characters in Texas. a different narrator would've made the book much better

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Bloodbath

Has A Distant Eden: Volume 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

The main characters kill anyone and everyone they run into. They rationalized the killing of everyone by saying that no matter their intention they ultimately were a threat to survival and therefore must die. It was laughable how they rationalized it every time and the whole group always agreed. I am a fan of the prepper genre but this is just crazy. I would be scared to live next to this author if the grid went down. He had a simple solution to survival: if you don't agree with me or you do things differently or you are just trying to take care of your family, you must die. Please don't use this as a survival manual.

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Post technology world

What did you like best about this story?

It is a freaky thought of how life would go on should the world lose power/technology. This is far less dramatic that the zombie theme and far more gritty. It talks quite a bit on how to survive doomsday situations and in the preparation needed.

Any additional comments?

I did enjoy Mr. Hacker as the narrator. His tempo kept me engaged in the story and drew me through a book that was difficult to contemplate.

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Good listen

Lots of technical information, and lays it out like it would happen. If you like SHTF books, this is one for you.

Hacker isn't my favorite narrator, however, he didn't bore me. He does read the story and try to keep you entertained - I just don't like it when narrators try and do accents.

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A Distant Eden Vol.1

I knew I wanted to buy this book for the Learning Experience I would gain. I am not disappointed. In fact I am listening to it for a 2nd time to hear the lessons again.

I live in the edge of the Feral Hog region of this part of the State of Texas. I drive through their turf everyday, and know they are very dangerous. Who ever imagined a possibility that man would become a menu item for the Wild Hog population?

Very interesting work by the author. I almost didn't buy it because it was under a 6 hours listening time. However, I did not use a credit, and paid for it outright. It was worth it, and hope to see volume two here soon.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Besides being bad the book misinforms

What would have made A Distant Eden: Volume 1 better?

The narrator for one but that is minor compared to the misinformation on animal behavior and human behavior. The author has dog eat dog mentality. He even says dogs will only take what they can, but animal behaviorists have shown that dogs and other mammals cooperate both to catch prey for the pack and then met it out. He then says humans will do the same when there is lots of disaster studies where humans do just the opposite. In the worst of circumstances, they quickly develop cooperative working conditions to overcome disaster. The book simply promotes the survivalist paranoia without true facts. Oddly, even his own narrative contradicts his common theme.

What was most disappointing about Lloyd Tackitt’s story?

See above.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He can't read well and his accents are terrible.

What character would you cut from A Distant Eden: Volume 1?

All of them.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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