I am not sure how this book ever made any bestseller list, unless his book "Patriots" was A LOT better. I have read self published books downloaded from Amazon FREE than I found this one to be. That said, the story line was probably one of the best post apocalyptic story lines as it is the more probable, but the way the author bounced around from storyline to storyline and wandered with agonizing details in long unnecessary chapters, ruined what could have been an outstanding novel. It was so bad it makes me want to read "Patriots" just to see what people enjoyed in that "best seller." Sure glad I didn't pay for the book!
If you attempt to watch 8 televisions at once you will have a great idea of what this book is like. Rawles skips from storyline to storyline at a breakneck pace. One page you are in the Middle East, then you are in New Mexico, then you are in Louisiana, then Michigan, etc... To make things worse the stories are not very interesting. People are buying seeds, going to Sams club, and having conversations about how bad things are. Even when people start to die you're thinking, "Who was that again?". There is no connection to the people detailed in this book.
I listened to 3 discs before I finally had to stop. The narrator does a Mexican accent that is something you would expect from your Crazy Uncle who claims not to be racist, but everyone knows he really is. It is done so poorly that you will get some laughs out of it. The funniest part is that the narrator will keep doing the accent after the character is done talking.