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Publisher's Summary

Wilderness survival? With nothing but a knife and hatchet?

When you're alone, and the wilderness is Earth at the end of the ice age?

Not all the dangers come from predatory animals....

Fans of Jean Auel, Robert A. Heinlein, and S.M. Stirling will enjoy this take on hard-science survivalism.

©2013 Jack L Knapp (P)2017 Jack L Knapp

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Like Nothing I have read or heard before!

Great story line that combines an Ice Age location full of scary dramatic adventures that only exists because of a real Sci-Fi future. People from the future send the characters back in time. Very unique and creates a compelling adventure. Multi-dimensions, time travel, saber tooth tigers, and seriously bad guys all in one book! Heck there is even some sex on the sidelines.

A little too much detail on some of the survival techniques for me as I am not an outdoor adventure type, but I can see how some people might love that.

I really liked the narrator and he kept me interested in what was going on through the entire book.

Will definitely be looking for the second in the series.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Darma in the Ice Age

Based on many Amazon reviews this seemed to be a book full of survival tips. Maybe the ultimate Boy Scout manual. Well it is, but that isn't half what makes it great.
There is much ore excitement than I expected. Evil and danger are everywhere. Bad guys are both two and four legged. Even a little romance.
The time travel premise really comes Delete repeated word fairly credible here. As credible as in any such book.
Didn't expect a survival book to turn into a can't put it down thriller.
The narrator did a good job keeping me in the story during some of the longer detailed portions. Laid back and easy to listen too. Like an old friend telling the tale. Perfect choice.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • ron
  • mars, Pa
  • 04-20-17

great book for any collection

the best out of time books I have had yet. well written. outstanding narrator. story line is well thought out.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Far Better than I expected

Would you listen to Darwin's World: An Epic of Survival again? Why?

Yes, There is so much action here that I am sure I missed some on the first listening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Darwin's World: An Epic of Survival?

Fighting with the bear.

Which character – as performed by Tom Lennon – was your favorite?

Matt. HE sounded exactly as I pictured Matt.

Any additional comments?

I never expected this book to have as much action as it does. You really grow to care very much about the characters and I really want to get on to the next chapter in the series and see how they move on from here.

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Keeps you interest all the way through

The opening introduces the concept of time travel through at least three distinct period of Earth's History. Past, present, and future. It had my interest right there.
While billed as a kind of Boy Scout Handbook book for the stone age it is the plot and character interaction along with all the exciting action as man against man and man against animal are described in very realistic detail that really draws you in and makes you want to keep reading faster and faster.
The narrator was perfect. I always knew who was speaking. He is really engaging as a story teller and crystal clear.
I will be waiting to listen to the next in the series.

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Pleistocene Survival Guide

The story is interesting, if a bit heavy on survival techniques and procedures and thin on character development. it also ends on a bit of a cliff hanger. Tom Lemon"s narration is not excruciating but I'd prefer that he not deliver every line as if he was reading a peppy children's story. "The cave bear was enormous! Yippee!”

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Poor narration

The narration was more like the robotic voice that gives information, following the radio emergency tone.

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there are better books

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

those how like dry books

Would you be willing to try another book from Jack L. Knapp? Why or why not?

maybe, the technical descriptions are good.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Lennon?

Nick Podehl. Tom Lennon just has nothing to work with in this book and his naturally clam voice takes away what like excitement there is in this book. if the book had been written defiantly he would have been perfect narrator because his voice is both young sounding and full of old dog experience.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Darwin's World: An Epic of Survival?

the scene were the woman first appear it introduces a character and then just kills her off screen a few pages later. it is just a waste of space. and just lessens what little emotional impact this book has.

Any additional comments?

if you want a book about the ice age and surveil read 'the clan of the cave bear' and its sequels, it has better story, better characters, better descriptions of life in the ices ages, better sex(except for the clan of the cave bear it's self), and invests you in the world far better. there are better books out there.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful