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48 Hours

Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)
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From The New York Times best-selling author of the smash hit One Second After series comes 48 Hours, a nail-biting and prescient thriller about a solar storm with the power to destroy the world's electrical infrastructure.

In 48 hours, the Earth will be hit by a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the sun, a "Carrington Event" that has the power to shut down and possibly destroy the world's electrical infrastructure. To try and prevent permanent damage, everything goes dark prior to the hit: Global communications are shut down; hospital emergency generators are disconnected; the entire internet, media broadcasting, and cell phone systems are turned off.

Will the world's population successfully defend itself in the wake of the CME, or will mass panic lead to the breakdown of society as we know it?

William R. Forstchen is at his best in 48 Hours, a tale of the resilience of American citizens when faced with a crisis.

©2019 William R. Forstchen (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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I enjoyed this book and production. Have the bad reviewers ever written a book and have it published!

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  • Preparing4SHTF
  • 16-01-2019

Not a typical Forstchen book

This was the worst book by him that I have ever read. Pinchot really did not deliver at all. Listening to Pichot repeatedly say "Mag-net-o-spere as opposed to "mag-ˈnē-tə-ˌsfir" was like listening to fingernails scraped along a chalkboard. Not to mention his frequent reference to the calibers 7.62 and 5.56 as "seven-sixty-two" or five hundred fifty-six was also annoying. These things broke the immersion. The whiney voice he attributed to Dr. Carrington was also irritating. While these seem like trifles, they took away from my enjoyment of an already labored read. I found it hard to be empathetic to the ill-conceived plan of the protagonist.

I loved the authors EMP books, by the way. This book, however, was painful to get through.

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  • Dante
  • 18-01-2019

Oh Bill...really? So, so disappointed.

I am a fan of this genre and have read and enjoyed several of William R. Forstchen’s books, to include the One Second After series. With that said, I had much higher expectations for this book. I regret to say that I could not even make it through the final portion. The book is very slow, exceedingly repetitive, childishly clichéd, and poorly researched (at least from the standpoint of all things that are not the science of solar astronomy). The characters are largely unsympathetic stereotypes of how the author perceives people in certain professions. The two main characters, a husband and wife, are so improbably devised and professionally connected that the story lacks believability straight out of the gate. She is an expert weapons customizer for special operations forces with mad commando-like shooting skills, a high level security clearance, and sat phone that connects her to the highest levels of the special operations command structure...even though she is retired. He is a former enlisted  infantryman with tours in “the Stan” which qualified him to return to the States and immediately assume the position of police chief. Together with their gun-toting preacher they seize control of an underground facility secured by the Missouri National Guard...see what I mean? Compounding this, they are both (and in her case screechingly so) morally self-righteous, overbearing, and unforgivably dim-witted. I decided it was time to put the book down when I found myself rooting for the bad guys. In contrast to his prior works, Forstchen really mailed this one in from a research standpoint. While his characters explain, re-explain, and re-re-explain CMEs, CPEs, and ELEs ad nauseum, Forstchen stumbles epically over the much more mundane facts related to the military, police, weapons, governmental institutions, and political machinery - which are equally vital to his story. There are countless examples of distracting factual inaccuracies, but I will just put this one out there as emblematic of what I am saying. The main protagonist shares a room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with a Marine sergeant SEAL. Just let that sink in. Later in the book he refers to a Navy SEAL as “colonel” (for those who may not be aware, SEALs are Navy, Marines are not SEALS, and Navy does not use the rank “colonel.” I know that some reading this will dismiss my complaints on this point as insider military baseball. However, as I previously indicated, these are just two examples of the relentless mistakes that plague this book and detract from its readability. C’mon Bill, two minutes on Mr. Google would have cured much that ills your book. What Mr. Google cannot do is make the storyline more compelling, the characters less obnoxious, the central mission less ridiculously improbable, and the characters’ backstories something more than laughable. Save yourself the credit. There are so many great books in this genre, don’t waste a minute of your irretrievable time on this one.

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  • Sean Jeffries
  • 30-01-2019

Fairly good, but a misleading summary

After listening to the entire "John Matherson" series and greatly enjoying it, I was looking forward to listening to "48 Hours". Having just finished it, I can definitely state that the summary description on Amazon and Audible is extremely misleading. There is nothing in the book about turning the entire grid off in preparation for a CME; instead, as others have mentioned, one CME has already hit, and something bigger is on the way next. But in no way do the characters prepare for the event in the manner mentioned in the summary. It's almost like someone wrote the summary based on the first draft of a book that was scrapped and then rewritten from a different perspective.

The story itself was good, but definitely repetitive. The multiple descriptions of what CMEs are and how they can affect the planet were completely unnecessary. Sure, many readers need the first description of them, but then to have the main scientist pretty much repeat what was just said a couple of chapters earlier was ridiculous.

The performance by the narrator was, for the most part, good. I did find his portrayal of Dr. Carrington to be overly whiny, especially in the second half of the book. This got to be annoying to the point that I could not wait for the scenes with Carrington to end. It's great when a narrator actually puts some emotions into the dialog, and he did a good job of bringing the scenes alive, but just overdid it a little in some places.

Overall, it was good, but not nearly on the level of the "Matherson" series.

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  • TJ
  • 14-01-2019

great read - scary and entertaining!

first time reading this author, and I was not disappointed. good sequencing and dialogue, as well as enough energy to ensure that exploring the characters inner thoughts and struggles still moved the story

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  • Robert Jackson
  • 10-01-2019

Another riveting book

W. Forstchen does an excellent job capturing the inner struggle of man, both civilized and savage. Although while listening to it I kept thinking, if this story would come to pass. How We humans would only be thinking about ourselves and not the millions of other beautiful creatures God created. Would we really want to go on if 90% of all life was destroyed? I think that would be such a bleak world.

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  • Bonnie-Ann
  • 23-01-2019

Narration destroyed the book

I am a huge fan of William Forstchen’s “One Second After” series. I absolutely loved “48 Hours” as to the story as well. Very few SHTF authors understand the moral (NOT religious) dilemmas better nor do many authors create just the right mix of practical descriptions of weapons, food supplies and other details. The book is great.

Read it — on paper, on Kindle, whatever your preference as to absorbing a book. Have someone else besides the narrator read it to you if you want to hear the book as opposed to physically reading it. The whispers and the growls and the lowering and raising of the volume were atrocious. It was difficult for me to understand half of the book because the sound quality was so poor; particularly when combined with the overly dramatic reading. It wasn’t just a problem while driving — I was sitting and knitting while listening and constantly had to rewind and change the volume so I could understand what was being said. I am sure this narrator has read other books I have listened to, but THIS book was bad.

And I say that despite a overall strong review. The story is great and every narrator can have a bad book. Hopefully, Audible will re-record this one because I’d like to listen to it again without all the fake Missouri accented screaming, grunting and whispers. I have never given a narrator a one star rating. I want to think this was just poorly engineered.

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  • Bob
  • 19-01-2019

Dreadful narration

A real struggle to finish this. The narrator was awful. I would have preferred Dick van Dyke's cockney to his feeble attempt at an English accent.

The science was interesting but the storylines were far fetched.

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  • R.Bishop
  • 16-01-2019

A Different Direction For A Solar Event

This book was a decent look into a solar event that followed a different path than the typical SHTF story. It was worth the credit and Bronson Pinchot provided an excellent narration!

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  • Erin
  • 15-01-2019

Amazing

This was such a powerful story and performance. I was moved to tears and found myself holding my breath in several parts. Dr. Forstchen has given us more than one warning that we are vulnerable. And that our nation and our lives are precious. No matter where you are politically or spiritually, there is a larger message in his stories that we all should consider. When the end of life/society as we know it comes screeching to a halt, what will you do? How have you prepared? What about your kids? This book, like One Second After, will keep you up at night thinking about all of those things.

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  • Alice
  • 15-01-2019

Magnificent!

A thoroughly terrifying, and very well researched novel of the end of the world not as we know it but truly the end of all life on earth - all within 48 hours. So realistic because it is based on possible facts.
Given this death sentence, this story reveals how people in different walks of life choose to face the last hours, from the US President to everyday working people. Very thoughtfully written and thought provoking. Bronson Pinchot perfectly sets the mood and urgency of the time given for each situation. He is one of the great narrators.
This book should be required reading for everyone and a pleasure to do so. I was glued to this book. You will be too!

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  • Joseph
  • 11-02-2019

gripping and educational how would you respond

Really enjoyed this listen thought provoking and enlightening must listen. A true reflection of how things are currently with half the population lost in populist rhetoric and self indulging politics set to destroy our civil society.