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299 Days Audiobook

299 Days: The Preparation, Book 1

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Meet Grant Matson: lawyer, father, suburbanite husband who awakens to the fragility of modern society and embarks on a personal journey that introduces him to a world of self-reliance and liberation. 299 Days: The Preparation, the first audiobook in the 299 Days series, depicts the inner struggles Grant must face as he exists in a social system he recognizes as unsustainable and on the verge of collapse, but one in which he has built his life around. What begins as a return to his roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come.

Engaging, insightful, and a bit suspenseful, follow Grant's transition from a self-perceived "sheeple" to a full-blown "prepper". Will his fears come true? Is he an extremist? What if nothing happens? What if something does?

©2012 Glen Tate (P)2014 Sellerman and Sweeney, LLC

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  • Jan
    Rochester, NY, United States
    30/10/14
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    "Planted Reviews - be careful with your purchase..."

    I have a weakness for prepper & disaster books and was very aware this series was coming out in the near future and planned on picking up the first one right away, and all of them if they were good. I was surprised how quickly the reviews for this series appeared... and was delighted everyone liked it.

    My friends, most of these reviewers only own one audiobook and have only done one review... I know because after I forced myself to listen to the entire book... I went back to see who the idiots were that gave the book a 5 star award.

    I don't expect the writing to be amazing in this genre, but I would at least like to learn something or a creative slant. This is just a tangential, unedited, repetitive, boring, semi-autobiographical, plot less, self-important, extremist political rant... by a prepper podcaster with a following... who I honestly think means well.

    I wanted to like it, wanted to find the good in it and kept thinking... it will get better anytime now. But it didn't happen. There is no violence, swearing or sex in this book, just a little pissing off the porch and repetitive gun purchases. No incredible information either, though... sorry. And the writing... is just wrong, you will know what every character in the book is thinking, jumping from head to head to head in the same short sentence.

    The narrator wasn't bad in other books I've listened to... but the material he is reading combined with the poor flow of sentences... makes him sound slow and the listen painful.

    Watch closely, I am about to have major not helpful votes attached to my review.

    231 of 265 people found this review helpful
  • Louise Story
    Australia
    23/01/15
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    "Just not that good."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is not very well written and the characters are pretty one dimensional. It's repetitive and just in bad need of editing. Book 1&2 could have been done in half the time. Its just not all that exciting and its pushing a specific viewpoint, no depth to the story,. I was surprised at the quality of the writing it after seeing all the great ratings and I actually returned it. But someone else in the family wanted to hear book 2 so I was honest and repurchased book 1 but returned book 2 after it was no better- I just can't see how this could be worth a 10 volume story ($150) and all the five star ratings.


    What could Glen Tate have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Having someone edit it more and cut the length in half and it might have been a reasonable story. Also written characters that had more depth to them, the wife just doesn't ring true to an ER doctor at all and their are errors in the book such as thinking he had PTSD straight after an event - an ER doctor would not make such an obvious diagnostic mistake or spend most of the book crying or yelling or being shocked at peoples behaviour - just not realistic.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kevin Pierce?

    Yes, Kevin is a very good narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It raises issues about the current state of affairs and about prepping for events that could happen, might help people think about how prepared they are for a disaster and get started on preparing.


    Any additional comments?

    I love dystopian novels and spend many hours listening to all kinds of audio books, this just doesn't make the grade for me. If you like a quality novel then give this a a miss and try Alas Babylon, Swan Song or One Second After.

    30 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Drew (@drewsant)
    Watertown, MA, United States
    3/08/15
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    "Just plain boring and poorly executed"

    I was very disappointed with ‘299 Days: The Preparation’. I’ll start by saying that I really like the premise. It’s a solid idea which could be good, maybe the whole series is, but this book is just poor. Here are my issues with this book: 1) The plot doesn’t go anywhere. The guy spends the whole time discussing how he’s putting food and ammo away and getting a bug out location all while ranting about liberals. Which brings me to my next issue. 2) The execution of the book is poor. He keeps pounding on liberals bringing up big government examples like the auto bail out. What did you say that was orchestrated by republicans? Never mind your details liberals are bad and then republicans are good. Then he shows this by having a republican elected to change things but that guys doesn’t do anything other than start running for office. Instead of showing his dissolution as the system he just bad mouths liberals some more. Both parties are corrupt and both should be demonized equally (it’s my review so I can put in my opinion). 3) The main character not likable. In the preface the author tells us he’s supposed to be a normal person with flaws and not some hero which again I like the idea of but he doesn’t any ANY redeeming qualities. He admits to being lazy and not helping his wife around the house until he starts prepping. Then once he starts prepping he has to continuously lie to his wife. Also the author tells us that he and his wife are perfect together but never shows it. They’re constantly bickering, never do anything that a normal person would construe as being selfless for each other and even at the beginning of the book we know they end up living apart. Why are these guys made for each other again? Also the outside voice makes him sound sort of mentally deranged. I guess if you’re ultra conservative and want to read all the books (just one is such a boring waste) if it a shot otherwise don’t even bother.

    Mr. Pierce does an OK job with the narration but there's not a lot of differentiation in the characters so it's almost more of a reading.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Maurice
    30/11/14
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    "Much to do about what????"
    Would you try another book from Glen Tate and/or Kevin Pierce?

    I have managed to stay awake through the first leg of this story(???) leaving about two thirds of the monologue left to cope with. Am afraid I can no longer pay attention to a writer who obviously knows everything there is to know about firearms but very little about telling a compelling story. I was faced with a choice of trying to figure out when the story might eventually provide some semblance of a compelling tale or signing off on it. I chose the latter and would apply for a refund were I to know how.Tracker303


    Has 299 Days turned you off from other books in this genre?

    wish I knew what genre it might fit in other than "boring"...I certainly would most certainly not lay out any money for book2 of this series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    monotonous monologue...little if no effort made to differentiate between the few characters I have come across so far.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment to be sure.


    Any additional comments?

    Put it out as a special.....someone with a lot of of patience might not mind spending a few dollars to learn how many types and configurations of firearms there are on the market and who uses what!

    19 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • J. Oliver
    Indiana
    28/10/14
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    "Right Wing Propaganda"

    I'm halfway through it. Considering returning it. The first half has been an anti-government rant focused on blaming Democrats. The author paints them as evil and as being the reason for big government without even acknowledging any programs that came under Republican administrations such as the Patriot Act. I'm not a fan of either party or politicians in general. I think the majority are corrupt. It becomes propaganda when you focus on one to blame, though. He even uses one guy as an example saying something like, "I've been a Democrat all this time and so are all my friends. How could so many people be so wrong?"

    It gets worse. The first part of the book is an intro from an author trying to come off as reasonable and not some nutjob extremist. But, in addition to the above, his lead character has a come to Jesus moment and suddenly (I kid you not) starts hearing a guiding "outside voice". So, we are to believe that he is not a nutjob, but he hears voices telling him to do these things?

    I'm a prepper. The intro made me think that we'd finally have a reasonable book that wouldn't make us all sound like paranoid super religious crazy people that think God is directly talking to them. . . literally. Instead, the book seems to work to cement the stereotype in place. I could have dealt with the Right Winger thinking the Left is evil part considering that just because he left out the bad things on the Right doesn't mean he was far off the mark with the Left. Adding in the hearing voices aspect turned the main character from far Right Winger to paranoid schizophrenic.

    54 of 82 people found this review helpful
  • Michael J Hora
    6/12/14
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    "Sophomoric Libertarian Manifesto"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Libertarian doom-and-gloom survivalists.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Glen Tate again?

    Unlikely


    What didn’t you like about Kevin Pierce’s performance?

    It may have been the material, but the reader was slow and flat.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This sophomoric Libertarian manifesto should be referred to as a wordy chapter, not a book. “Book 1” as it is called ends abruptly without logic, planning or closure. It feels as though someone arbitrarily flipped though the manuscript, and randomly selected a page, paragraph and sentence as the point at which ‘book one’ shall end. Technically: not abridged, but genuinely overpriced. There is no hook or cliff-hanger that leaves the reader with any desire or expression of urgency to order book 2. If anything, the reader will want a refund.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is a predictable one demonstrating little imagination. The world economy is fragile, U.S. bond ratings are slipping, and the U.S. debt is a monumental burden to the ignorant youth and their unknowing offspring. Unemployment is on the rise, and the government and employees thereof are satanic evil-doers. Only those extremist-dittoheads that prepare for the forthcoming fiscal collapse of the United States will survive. Become familiar with the concept of fecal matter hitting the proverbial fan, because the phrase is used repeatedly. Sh*t hits the fan, when the sh*t hits the fan, and what happened… the sh*t hit the fan, over and over; it’s not if, it’s when. In short, stock pile weapons, ammo and dry goods because the world’s supply will be diminished and largely unavailable, and that which remains will be grossly overpriced. The eventual devaluation of paper money will make bartering the traditional method of payment for goods and services. Learn a skill, buy a cabin, arm your family, build a fence and prepare to shoot any that dare to encroach. The author’s self-righteous foreword implies that he had to edit the manuscript after completion, because amazingly enough… he predicted future events, and was compelled to adjust the plot accordingly. One-star.

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • joe
    beaverton, or, United States
    15/01/15
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    "1 hour 45 minutes of nothing. I'm out."

    If you listened to somebody read the ingredient list off the back of your favorite fabric softener box it would be more entertaining than this book. The first 20 minutes of this mess is the author reviewing other books and how they all got it wrong. Luckily Audible has a fast forward button.

    Then you hit the actual story. Or, you think you do. The book begins in the time just after anything interesting happened in the story. You hear over and over how the last 299 days were terrible, and the lessons learned in the last 299 days, and 299 days, and 299 days, and 299 days. Never once actually hinting at what those events might be, but everyone was apparently hungry.

    If from there you expect the story to tell you about those events... YOU WOULD BE WRONG. Instead we back up the tale of our protagonist a bit. And by a bit, I mean to his birth. Yes, that's seriously how far back we go. So we went from the time just after the actual events we wanted to hear about to 40 years before them. Then it's a sorrowful story about how daddy was mean and didn't love me.

    I'm done with this steaming pile. It's being returned. I really tried. I gave the story a full hour and a half after I hit boredom just in case SOMETHING might happen. Save your credit, save your money, stay away.

    12 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • ROY E CHOPPING III
    26/10/14
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    "Audio Books? But I read all 10 in the series"
    Would you listen to 299 Days again? Why?

    I am definitely impressed. I was hesitant to purchase an audio book for a series of books I had already read. Well just like I was hooked reading 299 Days for the first time, the audio book brought it to life. I could not put it down and stop listening. The story came to life. The narrator's voice instantly drew me in, and I felt like I was hearing the story for the first time. The tale of Grant Matson was so real. I could relate to the character. They are all ordinary people with the same problems we all face on a daily basis. All too often in this genre the main characters are the "special forces" type. Not in 299 Days, everyone is real. I would highly recommend this audio book to everyone, even if you have already read the books. Glen Tate is a fantastic author and in my humble opinion he is bringing prepping mainstream.


    36 of 60 people found this review helpful
  • Samuel W Hillenburg
    26/10/14
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    "A Cautionary Tale Torn from the Headlines"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A very engaging narrative which builds a deep understanding of the central characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story delves deeply into the main protagonists difficult upbringing which not only adds depth to his character but also makes him seem truly human. We see the root causes character's underlying motivations which are formed by his childhood experiences. Few books do this and even fewer do it well.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Pierce – was your favorite?

    Grant Matson of course, he's clearly the hero


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he started to get past his shallow fixation on the trappings of success and started trying to be a real man, a real father, a real hustband


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent foundation for the book series.

    21 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Valerie
    26/10/14
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    "Great book series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this audiobook to my friends. I've tried lending them books to read, but they normally don't take the time to sit down to read them. The audiobook will give them the flexibility to listen any time they want.


    What other book might you compare 299 Days to and why?

    This book is pretty unique. It is about a partial collapse, rather than an total collapse like most books in this genre. The closest book series' that I've read are probably American Reset by Mark Goodwin (which I'm in the middle of) and the Patriots series by James Wesley, Rawles(I've read all of these, but they are about a total collapse).


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Pierce – was your favorite?

    The "Outside Voice" is probably my favorite character. It's there throughout the series providing reassurance and encouragement in the most stressful of situations.


    Any additional comments?

    I’ve read the first nine books of the series and now book 10 is on the way. I’m so excited about the release of the audio books. What a great way to share a book with someone that may not take the time to sit down and read it. My wife is on the road a lot with her job and loves listening to audio books. This one is the next on her list. Although this is a fictional story, it seems like so many parts of it are true. With everything going on in our nation right now, I can't help but think much of the story will come true. The weaknesses of our entire system which are discussed in the book are obvious when you step back and take an objective look. This book motivates you to look at yourself and your own life, and then make some changes. It’s a great reminder of the journey I’ve been on myself over the last few years. There are many things to be learned from this book, which are all well written into the story. The people in this book are amazing. The characters are based on real people and although I’ve never met them, I feel like I know them now. You get that feeling by reading the book, but when you hear the audio version, they really seem to come to life.

    18 of 30 people found this review helpful
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  • Jason Smith
    24/07/15
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    "Loved this whole series, skip book 10 tho"
    What did you like most about 299 Days?

    The story was really alive for me


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the sherif


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The time the team first met


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    First 9 books of this series are awesome

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • martin
    28/05/15
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    "Patriot propaganda"

    This book is filled to the brim with tea party propaganda and government hating patriotism. Its also filled with guns and constitution.

    As a norwegian living in the worlds most happiest country, who also has one of the largest governments in the world, while also having some of the lowest crime rates in the world, i laugh alot of the politics uttered inside this book.

    But bad propaganda aside, the story is very entertaining. I like to call this a guilty pleasure, or dumbtainment. My mind shuts off and i enter the universe of the Matsons, and thats exactly what i like about this series.

    I am now in book 5, and i have just decided to buy the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 as well. I am going through these rather fast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. Swales
    England, uk
    27/03/15
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    "Left wing liberal democrats beware!"
    Where does 299 Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its one of my favourites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author clearly shares a lot of similar points of view to myself so of course I enjoyed the book. Following a person becoming aware of preparedness and the detailed course of his journey was enjoyable as the first part of a series.


    What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

    Kevin pierce has an ok narration style, he is not my favourite but it seemed to fit with the story type.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Ok, so a lot of mixed reviews on here. I was unsure at first whether to take a chance.As I stated in my title if you are a left wing liberal democrat you will not like the book.If you dont like guns you will not like the book.If you have faith in your government you will not like the book.If you want a stand alone book you will not like this book.If you are interested in preparedness and survivalism you WILL like this book.If you are a republican you will like this book.If you are interested in guns you will like this book.Hope this helps clear things up I have tried to be clear as to whether you should spend your money or not :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • BillyBlackBear
    South Wales
    26/04/15
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    "Disappointing !"

    This pre apocalyptic tale should be the most believable and hence the greatest in its genre as its is based on a more reasoned and thoughtful build up to the end times. However, for me it was like pulling teeth, the pace of the story is sooooo slow you find yourself praying for the end to come. I do now have a great understanding of weapons but have abandoned the series as I simply can't put myself through that again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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