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What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Unfortunately I felt that there were some things that were wrapped up way too quickly and conveniently which caused the story to lose some of its plausibility. Although the overall ending was fine, and the expected resolve has been experienced, I kind of felt...I don't know exactly...I guess cheated is the right word.
Which character – as performed by Kevin Pierce – was your favorite?
In my opinion, one of Kevin's greatest assets is his ability to read characters without actually characterizing them. There is no character better or worse than another based on his performance, they are all solid, easy to follow, and enjoyable to listen to.
Any additional comments?
Overall I enjoyed the book; it was fun, action filled, and it was nice to listen to something with a slightly different twist. However, I think it would have been more enjoyable if there was a stronger emphasis on the survivalist aspect of the "event". Instead it read a little more like an action movie. This isn't necessarily a terrible thing, but it was enough to make the listen somewhat agitating at times.
There were a few characters that didn't seem to have a reason to exist other than as convenient vessels or fodder to assist in passing from one scenario to another, timings that were way off to the point where i had to go back and re-listen to a couple of spots to make sure I didn't miss something like "...days went by before Bishop...", and activities that took place seemingly only to setup a scene rather than making sense to the situation and characters. Sometimes it was as if there were a bunch of "scene's" written first then "filler" was added between them after the fact to move us from one to the other. It's tough to discuss these without posting spoilers but they are the reasons I gave the story only 3 stars.
I will probably go ahead and pick up the next book if one is released. Although it wasn't my favorite it was still fun and my expectations will be adjusted accordingly.
This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
Where does Surrender the Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of the better prepper disaster type of books. Well written and researched and mostly plausible.
What does Kevin Pierce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Kevin Pierce always does an excellent job of narration and brings more depth and characterization to the books he narrates. This one is no exception.
Any additional comments?
Well written book about a unprepared mother and son. Of course most of the other characters in the book are unprepared as well. The signs are all there and as probably will always be true, they are ignored. Fortunately the prepared ones are mostly decent and do help as they can. There are a lot of hard cold facts as well. Facing a total breakdown of the infrastructure, at least locally as well as the extreme cold prove more than most can cope with.
There are a few moments that stretch credulity, but by in large this book is credible, possible and entertaining.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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When it started to snow at the end of October and they cancelled Halloween, few people were prepared for how bad it would get. Certainly not still grieving widow, Mauve. Her husband, Roger had been killed in the war a year before leaving her alone with a young son, Ben, in an isolated house by the Forrest. fortunately, he had asked an old military friend, now living as a recluse in the woods, to look out for them. And he did.This is their story of survival as a mini ice age envelopes their world, a fight against the cold, lack of provisions and the rapidly escalating civil unrest. And it is a terrifying tale as there is a real sense of both immediacy and possibility, sometimes missing in other apocalyptic books.
The main characters are well drawn by the author and Kevin Pierce's excellent narration really brings them to life as well as his reading being pleasant on the ear. A good pepper's starter book, too, reminding us all that disaster can strike when least expected and at least some basic provision should be made for when it does -even if this only means keeping the larder stocked up with more than just a couple of days food. More could well be hard to come by even in a temporary disaster.
My thanks to the right's holder for gifting me a copy of Surrender the Sun, via Audiobook Boom. It was most enjoyable, well written and certainly worth the listen. I believe there is to be a sequel. If so, I will certainly want to hear it.