THE BORROWED WORLD
Author: Franklin Horton
Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged
Narrator: Kevin Pierce
Length: 7 hours and 55 minutes
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
Release Date: July 2, 2015
Publisher: Franklin Horton
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook through Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review.
ISIS is a terrorist organization that everyone has heard of. A group that only a year ago no regular US or Canadian citizen had ever heard of, is now extremely well known and much discussed.
Jim travels the five hour distance to Richmond, Virginia on a semi-regular basis for work. He hates it, but has no choice.
He is what is known as a Prepper. He is always ready for any emergency scenario and even travels with a “Get Home Bag.”
When small groups of terrorists simultaneously hit large numbers of key infrastructure targets all over the United States, they set in motion a devastating effect on the United States. They hit oil refineries and hydro stations – leaving 65% of the USA without power and without the means to create and distribute the fuel that is such an integral part of American life.
Stranded in Richmond, 500 miles from his wife and children, Jim is determined to get home to them.
At home his wife Ellen and Jim’s two children face a different set of challenges. Thankfully, Jim has written a manual to help assist and prepare Ellen in case of emergency.
With the power out and food and gas supplies quickly dwindling, it does not take long for the more primitive (and violent) side of human nature to start rearing it’s ugly head.
This audiobook is an excellent listening experience. Kevin Pierce, does a spectacular job as the narrator. He emotes very well and his sense of timing and pacing is perfect and keeps the listener enthralled. I especially liked the fact that he did not “overact” during dramatic scenes. Instead, he infuses his voice with just the right amount of urgency and inflection to pull the listener into the story.
I read and listen to a lot of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction because the genre fascinates me. I love the fact that Franklin Horton has added a Prepper twist to his book. It is a nice change from the typical book in which the characters are caught completely unaware and much of the book is spent in disbelief.
In this audiobook, the main character, Jim clues in very quickly to what is happening and the listener does not have to endure chapter upon chapter of disbelief. It is a refreshing change.
Franklin Horton has also done an incredibly believable (and I believe – accurate) description of how people react when faced with a major catastrophe. He takes into account that not everyone will act in the same way when faced with the same circumstances. The scene at the Interstate Rest Stop is particularly well written. He has a great sense of timing and every single event in this book comes across as believable. This is what makes THE BORROWED WORLD such a compelling audiobook. The print version of this book is also available, but I highly recommend listening to the audiobook instead. As I mentioned above, the narration by Kevin Pierce is excellent. In fact, I give the narration 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My biggest complaint about this audiobook is that it ended with a cliffhanger. I did not want to stop listening. I need to know what happens next with Jim and his companions. And, what about Ellen and the kids? I need to listen to the next audiobook in the series asap. I will be eagerly awaiting the release of the second book in this series.
Overall I have to rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I loved it! Give this audiobook a chance and I think you will love it too.