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Publisher's Summary

Robert Ralston is an average guy living in one of America's largest cities. He is the perfect definition of an American prepper. When three events in succession trigger a breakdown in society, Robert Ralston has to survive with his wife and two children.

Knowing the general rule that society totally collapses when there is no food or law and order, for three days he does his best to save his family. He makes many mistakes along the way. Although Robert is the perfect definition of a modern day prepper, he finds that much of what he learned about preparing to save himself and his family and to prepare for society's coming collapse wasn't enough!

This is a thriller that is both educational and suspenseful, with nonstop action. It will leave you wanting more, and it is written by one of the best authors of today.

©2014 MediaWorks Publishing (P)2015 MediaWorks Publshing

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Poor production

Not sure if it is the narrator or was just poor recording, but it sounded poor compared to other Audible productions.

Story was decent, but the dialog between characters was very poor at times. Author needs to understand what 4 year olds are capable of saying. Same with 12 year olds. The dialog with the kids was terrible overall. Dialog among the adults wasn't much better. BUT the story was interesting and when there was just straight narration - it was well written and descriptive.

As for the narrator himself? He has no business attempting to alter his voice for women and children characters. It was awful. Awful.

Poor choice of narrator.

Sorry to be negative, but these issues REALLY distracted from what was otherwise an interesting story line.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Narrator Drove me Crazy!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Definitely use a different narrator. The story was like one of those disaster movies where the onslaught of catastrophe's is just relentless. A disconcerting listen. Also, in multiple spots the editing overlaps and the narrator repeats the same couple of lines twice.

If you’ve listened to books by Farrell Kingsley before, how does this one compare?

Have not listened to any of his other books.

What didn’t you like about Jim Donaldson’s performance?

This narrator used a tone and reading style that just drove me crazy. Speeding up when he shouldn't slowing down when he shouldn't, and using voices for different characters that just did not fit. A couple of the voices he used grated on my ears like fingernails on a chalkboard.

Was Nine Meals to Anarchy: The EMP worth the listening time?

Not really. Between the style used by the narrator, and the poor story line, I turned it off with over 2 hours to go. Just couldn't spend anymore time trying to follow it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Just Bad

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

11 year old boys

Any additional comments?

At least the horrible writing and unbelievable plot distract you from all the technical inaccuracies. I feel bad saying this, because I could not write a book any better. I love the Prepper, SHTF books I have literally listen to an read hundreds of them and, every book has things you may not think are realistic, but in this book 10 days into a collapse and the author writes about a District Attorney who with no rule of law has joined a Rouge Biker Gang who pillage and rape. In the book after just 3 days of the little town is publicly executing people at the court house. I just could not even enjoy some of the good parts of the book because they were immediately followed by 9 more unrealistic plot twists. So sorry to throw the author "under the bus" but it read like a comic book version of the Apocalypse.

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Needs more research

The writer made several mistakes that I was willing to overlook, but the line about a new magazine with 30 clips in it made it sound like the author has no idea about semi auto weapons or he just didn't do his research.

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Fastasy

Okay story however, it just seemed like the writer was writing about himself and how he fantasize how everything would work in the end of the world scenario.

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This is bad.

clumsily trying to tell you how to be a prepper. unrealistic stiuations. protagonist constantly doing things out of character just to make a small point. very bad.

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  • Curtis
  • New Canton, VA, United States
  • 12-07-15

Worst audio book I've ever bought

Would you try another book from Farrell Kingsley and/or Jim Donaldson?

No

What could Farrell Kingsley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He shouldn't have watched so much doomsday preppers. Was that show his ONLY point of reference for prepping?

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Donaldson?

Kevin Pierce, but I'm not sure he would have narrated the book

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

Severe disappointment

Any additional comments?

This is the genre of book which I will read and listening to all the time. This was without comparison the worst written story line and worse narration I have ever attempted to listen to. I made about halfway through the book before I cut it off.

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PAINFUL! If you like this genre..don't do it!

Would you try another book from Farrell Kingsley and/or Jim Donaldson?

GOOD LORD NO!!!!

Would you ever listen to anything by Farrell Kingsley again?

Good Lord.....NO!!!

What didn’t you like about Jim Donaldson’s performance?

There is not enough space! Without doubt the WORST ever!! Idiotic is a compliment. Voices are literally painful to listen to.

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

Not one thing! Absolutely the worst book ever in this genre. It's like a 10 year old boy wrote it. Completely unbelievable and childish.

Any additional comments?

If you have read Alas Babylon, Lucifer's Hammer, any G. Micheal Hopf, Franklin Horton or One Second After, this book will have you wanting to scream. The characters are beyond stupid, the author obviously knows very little about guns, prepping or general survival. The conversations between characters is ridiculous. Like I said, it's like a 10 year old boy wrote this book. There is literally mention of boobies numerous times. UGH!! I was embarrassed for the author. The narrator is actually painful to listen to. He is HORRIBLE!! He tries to do voices, and fails miserably. DO NOT DO IT!! DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. Even if someone GIVES it to you, they are not your friend. Friends wouldn't do something that cruel.

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Not bad story, a bit wordy

The narrator's voice has so much bass in it hard to listen to in a car.

Story repeats some concepts. Gets a bit unbelievable with the continuous action when realistically improbable.

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  • Bruce
  • Newaygo, MI, United States
  • 06-26-15

Almost painful

The premise is flawed so heavily it is almost laughable.
What this hero doesn’t already have stored away he finds without any trouble at all.
The tragedies that this novel purports to take place are individually difficult to prepare for and yet when not two but three all take place this guy is prepared.
I have no problem with the “suspension of disbelief” for a novels sake, but this one pushes the envelope to the breaking point.
Too many things are just plain wrong to be a good read.
All weapons have “clips” and a .50 cal sniper rifle has a hammer.
Gritted teeth make this one a terrible story and useless as any sort of real post apocalyptic knowledge base.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful