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Off the Grid Audiobook

Off the Grid: Living Blind Without the Internet

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Journalist Robert Kingett accepts a dare, one that at first seems simple: to adapt to his blindness without the Internet. This account is a cozy diary of battling with an FM radio, hooking up a landline phone, and the journey of adapting to a brand new way of living from someone who has never disconnected from the World Wide Web.

©2015 Synergebooks (P)2015 Robert Kingett

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    jey cee 03-31-16
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    This is a great audio book. Especially at this time, I can't imagine everyday activity without the internet. I listened to this audiobook in one sitting

    I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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    Ryan 04-27-17
    Ryan 04-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    I find it ironic that I am about to review this title on the Audible website. It was really a fun, witty, informational and really just an all around great listen. The author really does a great job catching the humor and irony in everyday life whether you are blind or not. Myself being blind this really was interesting to me and I could really relate with the trials of not having the internet. It is written in a journal style where each day the author attempts to accomplish something without using the internet. Some of these include finding out information about a company, solving a argument by asking Google, and even attending a job interview. let's not mention starting a new dating relationship without facebook... those were the days. This book also included some helpful hints whether intentional or not and even helped me remember some facts of life when you are blind. For instance, just because I cannot see someone does not mean they can't see me lol. I really enjoyed the piece on how us blind folks associate voice with how someone looks. I could not stop laughing during this part. #BlindfolksProblems for real. I cannot say enough great things about this book. The narration was really well done too. The tone and pacing was great. It really added emphasis to those scenes or stories that needed it. Just an amazing all around listen. ** I received this audiobook at no cost from Audiobook Worm Promotions, gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it **

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    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 04-16-17
    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 04-16-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprising! Educational and entertaining!"

    In Chicago, legally blind Robert Kingett takes the dare to live without the internet for one month. Has the internet really added to the degradation of society? Kingett shares his experiences, both positive and negative, in this journal-entry like publication.

    Initially, due to the main title, I was expecting the author to go off the grid, which means disconnecting from public utilities and trying to live off rainfall and solar power and the like. As I got into the book, I realized this was just a small, but very interesting, experiment of trying to live without the internet in a major city. The author still has his apartment, public utilities, and access to public transport and such. At first, I thought that living without the internet wouldn’t be too big a deal. (Living off the grid is a bit more rigorous.) However, I was wrong. I’m glad the author only had to suffer for a single month as he underwent this experiment.

    I really enjoyed the diary-like entries as I felt I was discovering these little nuggets of wisdom at the same time as the author. As he struggled to get movie times for a visually-impaired screening, I struggled with him. Installing a land-line phone was hampered by the fact the manual that came with it is in really tiny print (the author, while legally blind, can read large type… if it’s large enough). Meanwhile, he experienced the rush and joys of meeting people in person and getting to know them through long phone calls or conversations in person, instead of digging up stuff about their hobbies on the internet first. The author uses well-placed humor even when he’s clearly irritated with something, making this a fun read.

    There were two scenes that really stood out for me. First, the author was job searching during this month and the lack of internet service definitely affected his chances of getting a job or internship. The other one concerned his gaming system (I think it was Xbox, if I recall correctly). His efforts to play a certain game, which he had the CD for, were cut short when the game required him to be logged into his online account. Customer service was unable to assist him in this.

    All together, this humorous account of one man’s adventure made me appreciate the internet more for the services it makes so much easier. I can pay all my bills online. Obtaining information is generally very easy. I have access to news, anything from immediately local to world view. Also, I quite enjoyed all the little references to nerdom – Harry Potter, gaming, etc.

    I received a free copy of this book.

    Narration: T. David Rutherford was pretty good for this book. He gave a sense of humor or frustration as the story dictated. The production was very good, lacking any external noises or lip smacking. While he only had to do a few voices, he did them well.

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    Finola Jennings Clark Saint Lucia 01-26-17
    Finola Jennings Clark Saint Lucia 01-26-17
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    "Such an unusual view"

    the combination of a legally blind person and a decision to go off grid for a month provides plenty of scope for unexpected turns and reminders of what we can be grateful for in the digital age as well as what we have forgotten existed.
    this was a good listen

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    Jessica Willis Evanston, IL 07-15-16
    Jessica Willis Evanston, IL 07-15-16
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    "Exceptional experiences online and offline"
    What made the experience of listening to Off the Grid the most enjoyable?

    I found that Robert's sense of humor a wonderful reminder of how great people can be. I also enjoyed having a great friend mentioned in the book.

    Habits are definitely hard to break, and I cannot fathom what it would be like to be offline. However, Robert makes the experience seem easy, like having to phone people instead of emailing or facbooking someone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how Robert expresses himself by phone instead of being online, how he managed to reconnecting to others in his life. How would your routine change if you were to go offline?

    I wouldn't like that fact, as I am in school and am taking online courses.

    Having a very low blood pressure? Hmm. A reminder of how certain things work in daily life without being online, and having to rely on other people. A scary thought, but it's something that I admire how Robert handled the situation.

    I also liked how Robert attempts to look up things in relations to every day things -like the low blood pressure. Good job, Robert!


    Have you listened to any of T. David Rutherford’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't (that I'm aware of) listened to any of T. David Rutherford's other performances before, but I do look forward to listening to his books.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Time out from the internet -Scary.


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder how Robert would handle being offline for a total of 3 months?

    Keep up the good work with your challenges, Robert!

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    Daman 04-19-16
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    "Living in the past in todays world...."
    Where does Off the Grid rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's unique and the subject matter is interesting.


    What about T. David Rutherford’s performance did you like?

    It was coherent and easy to understand.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Living in the past


    Any additional comments?

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

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    7/25/17
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    "Journalling"

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    This was a journal entry style novel following a legally blind man who attempts to live for a month without the internet. It was really interesting to see the diverge between sighted people and blind people and the needs of the partially sighted and blind. This novel really does back up that the internet is becoming so ingrained into society that it's needed, rather than wanted. I really liked it, I thought that it was interesting, partly funny, partly informational, it was just great.

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