• When the English Fall

  • A Novel
  • By: David Williams
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-07-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (2 ratings)


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?
©2017 David Williams (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Michelle Robbins on 31-07-17

Read for the characters and community

I was enthralled by this book. Something about the pace of the life of the main character's family, and his community, was lovely and hypnotic. And it was very grounding to have the real tangible concerns of the land, the animals, and the health of family while the "English"society was falling apart.

I would only warn that if you are looking for some exciting post-apoocolyptic story this isn't quite that - not really at all. It is an intimate character study of an Amish man, written in diary form.

And I absolutely loved it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Deb C on 30-07-17

worth a read for fans of alternate apoc fiction

A good length, I found it interesting. I suspect things would have progressed much more rapidly in real life as far as bad English preying on the simple folk.

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