Audiobook Review: When the English Fall, David Williams

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By: David Williams

Narrated By: Eric Michael Summerer

Published: July 11th 2017

Length: 5 hours and 41 minutes

Rating: ⭐️⭐️


When a catastrophic solar storm brings about the collapse of modern civilization, an Amish community in Pennsylvania is caught up in the devastating aftermath. Once-bright skies are now dark. Planes have plummeted to the ground. The systems of modern life have crumbled. With their stocked larders and stores of supplies, the Amish are unaffected at first. But as the English (the Amish name for all non-Amish people) become more and more desperate, they begin to invade Amish farms, taking whatever they want and unleashing unthinkable violence on the peaceable community.

Seen through the diary of an Amish farmer named Jacob as he tries to protect his family and his way of life, When the English Fall examines the idea of peace in the face of deadly chaos: Should members of a nonviolent society defy their beliefs and take up arms to defend themselves? And if they don’t, can they survive?

David Williams’s debut novel is a thoroughly engrossing look into the closed world of the Amish, as well as a thought-provoking examination of “civilization” and what remains if the center cannot hold.


When the English Fall was an unusual apocalyptic journey. I wasn’t sure what to really make of the audio. The narrator’s voice was seemingly Amish sounding. I know that may sound weird but I don’t I live in Pennsylvania and we are surrounded by Amish and his voice definitely sounds like he could be Amish I guess it’s a good thing for the book audiobook that is.

The formatting of this book was in a journal like or diary depending on your preference be followed Jake up and his journey through an apocalyptic type situation. I’m not really sure exactly how it came about maybe I missed that part.

I found a Book to be a bit slow. Authentic to real life situations within the Amish community of their farming and church and their religious believes it was all pretty much on point for what it really is. And I think that didn’t exactly help the storyline. We got to see what would happen in a world where the English are so used to technology and how the Amish or not.

I can’t say that I am thoroughly enjoyed the story it wasn’t the worst story but it also wasn’t that great of one. I don’t think this would be a story that I wouldn’t considering picking up in the physical form of a book.

The characters are bland their toes their demeanor they all seem very similar from the English to the Amish with the exception of the use of technology and vehicles and such everything just kind of blended together. Elizabeth for the storyline was really slow to start really slow in the middle really Sony and nothing too exciting happen and you would think with it being a pop elliptic journey something exciting what happened.

I applaud the author for thinking outside the box. I’ve never seen an apocalyptic book based on the Amish up brining, background and such so it was definitely, a change of pace, of characters, of setting but I think it could have been so much more than what it was.

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