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One Year After – Audiobook ReviewOne Year After four-half-stars
ISBN: 9780765376718
by William R. Forstchen
Published by Blackstone Audio, Inc. on September 15, 2015
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic & Dystopian
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Bronson Pinchot
Pages: 303
Length: 9 hours and 51 minutes
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Two years after "The Day", One Year After takes us on a rollercoaster ride of love, war, patriotism, deceit, unbreakable respect and friendship. A community so strong and proud, so determined to survive that they lost touch with what it means to have the odds set against you.

Now they have to face their biggest threat of all. Bigger than the cannibals. Bigger than the Reivers. How can you fight a true military force?

Review/Post Reading Time: 4 minutes

One Year After by William R. Forstchen is a sequel to One Second After. If you haven’t read or listened to One Second After, I HIGHLY recommend you start there.

Brian’s Overall Rating Of One Year After

A very strong four and a half stars. I really enjoyed book two of this trilogy, A John Matherson Novel. Even with the narrator switch, it was an ear sticker. I totally just made up that term. LOL

I couldn’t recommend this more to anyone that enjoyed the first book. This one is almost THAT good.

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A John Matherson Novel Series Book One Recap

In book one, One Second After, the country is brought to her knees after an EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) strike. No electricity, most cars and electronics are useless, no delivery trucks, gas production or the internet. Most medicines are gone and nothing is being developed or produced.

John Matherson lost his little girl to type one diabetes, the community fought off a large gang of violent cannibals and people were dropping like flies from starvation.

The Storyline

“Promote a troublesome thorn up and out of the way if you cannot crush him, and then, once gone, impose whatever was planned in the first place.”

William R. Forstchen – One Year After

One Year After doesn’t begin immediately after One Second After, it actually starts off on day 730. I guess that makes sense since One Second After took us to about the one-year mark. Then, One Year After begins a year after that, which is two years after the EMP event.

Without giving too much away, John and Makala are married, Elizabeth is the mother of 14-month old Ben and the Country is still in tatters.

John is the Town Administrator and Makala is Director of Public Health and Safety. Fancy titles for people with frayed clothing and no running water but they take their duties seriously.

The community faces war, a ruthless politician out for blood and even a military draft. As some things seem to improve, others are still deteriorating fast. How on Earth will humanity survive? And what in God’s name is a Reiver? Because there are a bunch of them to deal with as well.

One Year After offers touching friendships, heartbreaking scenes and examples of bravery and hope.

“This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.”

T.S. Eliot

Mature Subject Matter:

Violence: Enough violence to make Al Capone nervous.
Profanity: Very little.
Sex: Not really.
Alcohol/drugs: Nothing that would bother Daisy May “Granny” Moses.

One Year After Main Characters

  • John Matherson – Main character
  • Makala Turner Matherson – John’s wife and the town’s Director Of Public Health And Safety
  • Elizabeth Matherson – John’s 18-year-old daughter
  • Ben – Elizabeth’s 14-month-old son
  • Jennifer Matherson – John’s deceased 13-year-old daughter
  • Jennifer Datson – John’s Mother-in-law
  • Dale Fredricks – Federal Administrator in Ashville

*Spellings may be wrong, I’m going by audiobook only.

Other names and mentions in Forsaking Home

  • Mabel – Runs the post office
  • George – Mabel’s husband
  • Jim Barnett – Volkswagon mechanic
  • Reverand Black – Local rock and counseller
  • Step Family – Local prepping family
  • Pat Step – Killed
  • Ernie Franklin
  • Lee Robinson – John’s neighbor
  • Seth – Lee’s son
  • Ed – Police Chief
  • Grace Freeman – College student and a local soldier
  • Phil – BBQ cook
  • Paul & Becky Hawkins – IT and Librarian working on hydroelectric generation
  • Abe & Mira – Local grandparents of twins
  • Richard Black – Town Hall
  • Maurey Hurt – Pilot & Reaction team
  • Forrest Burnet – Leader of the local Reivers
  • George – Reiver
  • Maggie – Reiver nurse
  • Billy Tindle – Pilot
  • Danny Mullin – Airplane mechanic
  • Don King – College president
  • Secretary Jenson – Secretary Of Unification
  • Captain Dedra Johnson – Captain taken prisoner
  • Major Calman – Pilot taken prisoner
  • Keven Mallody – Town soldier

Constructive Criticism

My biggest complaint about books two and three are the switch in narrators. Book one, One Second After, was narrated by Joe Barrett and the final two audiobooks of the trilogy were narrated by Bronson Pinchot.

I’m not sure why the switch in narrators but that is always an issue in an audiobook series. It’s generally not that one narrator is better than the other, it’s that you get a mental image based on the character’s voice and changing that midstream is a bad idea. This can literally ruin an audiobook series for many listeners.

I intentionally reviewed several other audiobooks between One Second After and One Year After to ease that mental transition I had to navigate. This TOTALLY worked for me. The transition between narrators wasn’t nearly as difficult with a small gap of time and outside reading.

One Year After Author: William R. Forstchen

About William R. Forstchen

William R. Forstchen

Dr William R. Forstchen lives in Black Mountain, NC where he writes, teaches college and pilots his WWII recon bird.

Bill Forstchen is a semi-retired full professor of history at Montreat College in Montreat, NC.

Forstchen has written over forty books and is an American historian and specializes in Military History. Dr Forstchen holds a doctorate in history from Purdue University.

EMP is a real threat; I believe the most underestimated threat in the history of our country. ~ William R. Forstchen

One Year After Audible Narration By Bronson Pinchot

About Bronson Pinchot

Bronson Pinchot

If you're an old-timer like me, you may recognize the voice of Balki from the 1986 sitcom Perfect Strangers. Yep, Bronson Pinchot played Balki and had quite a nice television actor carrier.

Pinchot didn't fare as well in film but he has been nominated and has won many Audie Awards. He was also Audible's Narrator of the Year 2010.

Here's a little cool trivia, Bronson Pinchot graduated high school class valedictorian and earned a full ride at Yale. This guy is smart, funny and talented.

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Overall: four-half-stars
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Brian Hawkins

I'm a blogger, avid reader and daily audiobook listener. This is my second book review website and I'm excited to see how well it works out for the Audiobooks I consume.

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