The World Burns: A Post-Apocalyptic Story Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Tension grips the country as the nuclear talks with Iran start to go poorly. This is largely ignored by the populace, and the threat of war goes unheeded.
Blake has lived his life through hard work and his blog - Back Country J. He's an off-grid homesteader, blogger, and author. He has the life that preppers dream of, and he never knows it. As an on-again-off-again handyman, he learns how to fix everything in his life except loneliness, until he meets Sandra.
Sandra is an army veteran who has caught his attention, and she's also the preacher's daughter. Sparks fly the first time they meet, and the shy hermit asks her out on a date.
Follow the couple as they try to survive raiders, hunger, and human nature when the balloon goes up after an EMP is set off.
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|Listening Length||1 hour and 56 minutes|
|Author||Boyd Craven III|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 23, 2015|
|Publisher||Boyd Craven III|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #130,058 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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For readers who are concerned about things like sex and violence in novels (which I'm not), neither are graphically described in this book even though they are part of the plot. However, there are some good descriptions of creative defensive tactics and a nice romance along the way. For readers who don't care for excessive religious dogma, even though one character is a preacher and another is said preacher's daughter, there is none of that preachy stuff here that can be such a distraction in some otherwise decent stories.
The ending is good. Even though it's clear at the end that there can be more to the story, this novel stands on its own (even though it's relatively short) - none of that swindle where an author writes one story and then chops it into three e-books.
This one is well-done, and I look forward to reading more by Mr. Craven.
The story itself was reminiscent of another book by Craven that I read with some little differences. I loved that the main character was a prepper by a different name. He considered himself part of the homesteading community. And while living this off-the-grid lifestyle, he would blog about his different projects so that others could learn with him.
In comes an EMP (or what they think might be an EMP) and when S is supposed to HTF he is more prepared than even he would realize. Oh, and there is a very cute love story thrown in the mix and it was honestly a nice and refreshing change of pace in the post-apocalyptic world.
My only complaint is that there aren’t more audiobooks available in this series. It seems like Craven and Pierce teamed up to do book one and then another book later. Now I want to read more and I’ll actually have to READ! haha.
Overall, a great novella that has an “ending” but I definitely want to continue the series. Kevin Pierce’s narration definitely made this already good book even better.
I am scrambling to find more of his books. I have read so many apocalyptic books lately so I have experienced the ones where it was heavier on the more graphic portrayal of the violence and devastation but this series told the story without being too heavy handed with things. It was a smoother type reading but still had all the trials and deaths and struggles portrayed of the other EMP destruction stories and also had the personal and emotional struggles of the people expressed. You were able to travel along with them in their thoughts and see things they saw. You became attached to them and hung on the words to see what happened to them. So many people learning to find how tough and resilient they had to be to stay alive yet keep their humanity. So many horrible things happening and just how horrible some people can be when rules are not keeping them under control. I also loved some of the military strategy used especially by King and Michael and also at the farm. Having the center of it all being Blake and his farm and his Rebel Radio was a great way to draw in stories from other areas going through the devastation. It allowed the story to continue with multiple experiences. I wish the books continued on longer. It was hard to see them coming to an end. Thank you Mr Craven for a very enjoyable series of books to read and experience through your writing.
I thought the practical advice peppered throughout the book was interesting, but the characters and the voice of the author were what did it for me. Yes, there were grammatical and POV errors here and there, but nothing that stopped me for too long, and nothing that a quick edit couldn't fix. Getting an edit is easy. Writing a sincere, interesting story is NOT, and thankfully Boyd succeeded in doing that.
Throughout, the plot pulled me along, and as the end approached, I had a real hard time putting my kindle down. Overall, this first installment seems to me like its a realistic portrayal of what could happen both from a disaster and from a downfall of society standpoint. But I mostly like the way that a makeshift family builds around Blake and his simple, but honest nature. This story shows the bad that will probably come about if a disaster like this occurs, but it also shows the good.
Top reviews from other countries
This book is painfully short, not giving any of the characters or situations enough time to be set up properly. The characters are one-dimensional, the dialogue is stilted, cliched and bordering on unreadable, and the story keeps up a breakneck pace by glossing over almost anything of interest. More time is spent going through the contents of a storage bin (Storage Wars style) than is actually given to the EMP attack.
Also, the characters seem strangely detached from the world. Though they speak about how worried they are for other people, no real action is taken based on that worry.
By the time the book finished, the one word that was going through my mind was rushed. This tiny little novella felt more like a long synopsis for a better (and considerably longer) book. Because of this, the story hasn't worked hard enough to earn the emotional attachment or lay the stakes that would make me care about the ending.
And talking of that ending... I don't want to spoil anything but... Nope, actually, I won't say anything other than to mention again that it was severely rushed. Anyone who has read to the end will no doubt know what I mean.
Now, there are 2 saving graces for this story:
1- I have already read better books by this author and know that he can write really good books, so I'll stick with this in the hopes that he ups his game sooner rather than later.
2 - The author is clearly a survivalist or just knows a lot about it. When reading about that, the book slowed down a little, the author took the time to put in the details, his passion for the subject showed through and it became much more interesting.
So, all in it was a disappointing book. If the next book is free on Amazon as well then I'll pick it up and see if it gets better. If not then I'll probably give the rest of this series a miss.
One minute the characters are helping someone they found...the next, they have already been captured, everything they own taken and they are locked away. This is a section that the author had TOLD the reader what happened...in a few lines as though it meant nothing. Important story lines are narrated instead of actually written in the book, so we can follow the story as it unfolds - new characters come and go and are then re-introduced which leaves you thinking...'now who is this one again'?
As I said at the beginning I liked this story - BUT I did have to stop at book six because it was just all getting too much. If the author had written the story as full length books then I believe they would have come out much better - taking shortcuts throughout just got too much for me and left me feeling almost cheated.