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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (861 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Howard Kunstler Narrator: Jim Meskimen Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The World Made by Hand Novels Release Date:
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In the sequel to his bestselling World Made by Hand, James Howard Kunstler expands on his vision of a post-oil society with this novel about an America in which the electricity has flickered off, the Internet is a distant memory, and the government is little more than a rumor. In the tiny hamlet of Union Grove, New York, travel is horse-drawn and farming is back at the center of life. But it’s no pastoral haven. Wars are fought over dwindling resources and illness is a constant presence. Bandits roam the countryside, preying on the weak, and a sinister cult threatens to shatter Union Grove’s fragile stability. Here is a novel that seamlessly weaves hot-button issues like the decline of oil and the perils of climate change into a compelling narrative of violence, religious hysteria, innocence lost, and love found—a cautionary tale with an optimistic heart.

Already a renowned social commentator and a bestselling author, Kunstler has recently attained even greater prominence in the global conversation about energy and the environment. In the last two years he has been the focus of a long profile in the New Yorker, the subject of a full-page essay in the New York Times Book Review, and his wildly popular blog and podcast have made him a sought-after speaker who gives dozens of lectures and scores of media interviews each year.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “By the middle of the book you are immersed in a richly imagined ‘world made by hand,’ eagerly devouring every page...[Kunstler] has woven his nightmares into a vision or America after a complete economic, political, and cultural collapse.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “In the sequel to his bestselling World Made by Hand, Kunstler delivers another grim and suspenseful novel set in a post-oil world without electricity, Internet, or national order…Kunstler’s postapocalyptic world is neither a merciless nightmare nor a starry-eyed return to some pastoral faux utopia; it’s a hard existence dotted with adventure, revenge, mysticism, and those same human emotions that existed before the power went out.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jim Meskimen has all his talents on full display as he brings this thought-provoking story to life. Meskimen distinctly portrays the many characters in this postapocalyptic story, especially hitting the mark with the singing bandit and murderer ‘Billy Bones.’ A fascinating listen.”

    AudioFile

  • “[A] suspenseful, darkly amusing story with touches of the fantastic in the mode of Washington Irving.”

    Booklist

  • Selected for the September 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 2/19/2014

    " It was interesting if you like post-apocalyptic novels. I do, so I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heather Ormsby | 2/16/2014

    " This is a good follow-up to "A World Made by Hand". My only complaint is that the women characters in the book are either mothers, witches, or whores. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jackie | 1/1/2014

    " A good sequel to a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alex | 12/11/2013

    " It is a very valid description of life after the collapse of the modern world enveloped in a novel. Sometimes the fictional aspect is too thin a veil for very specific details about Kunstler's view of life after electricity and grocery stores-which seems to boil down to hard work and corn bread, lots of cornbread. Not entirely post-apocalyptic, Kunstler's world broke down more slowly, with our current world simply moving on to his logical conclusion. It is not a book that uses instantaneous catastrophe along the lines of " I woke up to zombies in my yard" or the strike of an EMP. For this fact I think this book is a whole lot scarier. "

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