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Agenda 21

By: Glenn Beck
Narrated by: January LaVoy
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Summary

Just a generation ago this place was called America. Now, after the worldwide implementation of UN-lead program called Agenda 21, it's simply known as the 'Republic'. There is no president. No congress. No Supreme Court. No freedom.

There are only the Authorities.

Citizens have two primary goals in the new Republic: to create clean energy and to create new human life.

Those who cannot do either are of no use to society.

This bleak and barren existence is all that 18-year-old Emmeline has ever known. She dutifully walks her energy board daily and accepts all male pairings assigned to her by the Authorities. Like most citizens, she keeps her head down and her eyes closed.

Until the day they came for her mother.

Woken up to the harsh reality of her life and her family's future inside the Republic, Emmeline begins to search for the truth. Why are all citizens confined to ubiquitous concrete living spaces? Why are Compounds guarded by Gatekeepers who track all movements? Why are food, water and energy rationed so strictly? And, most important, why are babies taken from their mothers at birth?

As Emmeline begins to understand the true objectives of Agenda 21, she realizes that she is up against far more than she ever thought. With the Authorities closing in, and nowhere to run, Emmeline embarks on an audacious plan to save her family and expose the Republic - but is she already too late?

©2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc. (P)2012 Mercury Radio Arts, Inc.

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  • tomwiles
  • 20-11-12

A Riveting Story!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you like scary stories of hellish futures that are all too plausible, I highly recommend Agenda 21. When moral values decline both individually and collectively, levels of suggestibility increase to unbelievably high levels, resulting in dictatorship of one form or another. The world of Agenda 21 is a vision of earthly Hell that is a mix between a totalitarian state blended with environmental extremism and animal rights gone mad. If you don't think something like this is plausible, simply take a look at real world accounts of life under totalitarian dictatorships of various kinds and then substitute the Agenda 21 details.

What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

January LaVoy does an excellent job of bringing the book to life.

Any additional comments?

Agenda 21 should cause us to redouble our efforts aimed towards moral revival as individuals and as a society. There is NO political solution to the human condition. Only genuine morals demonstrate any hope of change. Otherwise we are headed for a 21st Century dark age, enforced by technology. Without genuine moral values human beings are simply programmable, reproducible, vicious animals that give the word "animal" a bad name.

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  • ComputerBastard
  • 21-12-12

OK Thriller with an Important Message

I've heard this book marketed as the "1984" of the new millennium. Given the subject matter and the important message it seeks to communicate - it well *could* have been, but inexperienced writing and a story that ends far too abruptly will keep it from capturing that title. And I make that statement as someone who regards "1984" as one of my all time favorite books.

While Beck's skill at novel writing has definitely improved since "Overton Window", this story just doesn't quite "make it." There are many repetitive dialog devices used over-and-over again, often times within the same couple of sentences and to my great annoyance. It was to the point of becoming predictable - and that is not a good thing. The main character, which we understand to be a young woman, is rendered to be a bit too immature given her harsh living conditions to be believable. Imagine you took a 17 year old spoiled American mall rat and dumped her in the middle of a dystopian nightmare which, she supposedly grew-up in. Doesn't really work, does it?

The atmospherics of the "compound" and the eco-Nazi lifestyle of the citizens was developed much better than most of the characters, and one can almost see and feel what life would be like living under such conditions. Moreover, because this story is essentially an extrapolated trajectory of the hopes and aspirations of the more extreme elements of the "Green" movement, it provides an additional source of realism and does a decent job of communicating its primary warnings.

The story is very short, which doesn't have to be a bad thing, but in this case I don't feel that it works. Did the authors run out of plot ideas, or are we simply being setup for a serialized story? Whatever the reason, I came away feeling a bit "jipped" - not so much because I needed a neatly packaged closure to the story, but because I felt it failed somehow to deliver that essential existential "kick" that the "1984 of the new millennium" should.

I'd say Agenda 21 is a decent read with a very important and timely message. If you are curious to understand what the real Agenda 21 is and how it could potentially play out into the future, this isn't a half bad introduction and it is at least, entertaining and not dry.

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  • Joseph D. Klotz
  • 21-11-12

1984 for 21st Century America

What did you love best about Agenda 21?

The best part of this book is the afterword. In this section Beck gives a brief history of the all-too-real United Nations action plan called Agenda 21. In the afterword Beck traces the evolution of what would eventually become Agenda 21 from the early 1970's through its present day implementation by local governments across the US. Beck also connects specific initiaves and goals from Agenda 21, citing chapter and verse from the action plan, with elements with the seemingly far-fetched elements of the story. Reading the novel by itself, a person who does not immerse themselves in the strange goings-on of the leftist environmental crusaders at the United Nations would never for a second think that this story was based on anything other than the author's vivid (and possibly warped) imagination. Unfortunately, the thing that makes this 1984-goes-green novel come to life is the afterword, which points the reader to the theories and documents in which it is grounded.

Would you be willing to try another book from Glenn Beck? Why or why not?

I would most definetly listen to more books from Glenn Beck. With Glenn Beck you know what you are getting - a right-wing conservative who opposes socialism and champions capitalism. He is quite upfront regarding who he is ideologically, and what his purpose is. Knowing that, one is able to focus what Beck says and writes through the prizm of his conservatism, doing appropriate research to determine whether or not questionable things that Beck says, which challenge the reader's paradigm, are true. One may not always agree with Beck's ideas or assertions, but one cannot say that he is not documented in all he writes, or that he does not do his research. This type of transparency is refreshing in the media, when so many journalists and pundits claim to be "fair and balanced", or "perfectly impartial observers", when, in fact, they all have their own biased presuppositions.

What does January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

January LaVoy's narration was expressive and her voice was pleasant. While the production was not dramatized, neither was it simply a sterile reading of text. LaVoy was intuitive in her performance, and her use of emotion was appropriate.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This book reminded me a lot of Orwell's 1984, in that no real mention is made of how the world reached its dystopian state. Also, the indispensable afterword was, to me, reminicent of the Brotherhood's Manifesto, which is featured prominently in 1984. I would have liked for the author to have spent a little more time explaining how the changes from the "before time" happened to bring society to its present place. Without more of that transition explanation, I'm not sure the connection between the setting of the novel (the societal make-up and organization of the Republic) and Agenda 21 would be as clear as it could be to someone who is only casually interested in these issues, or politics in general. At any rate, it is imperative to dig in to the actual UN Agenda 21, which is readily available on the internet. Only after doing so will the truly terrifying nature of this work be driven home to the reader.

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  • Saltwateranglin
  • 23-12-12

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you....yours!

If you could sum up Agenda 21 in three words, what would they be?

ON THE WAY

What was one of the most memorable moments of Agenda 21?

Dash across the forbidden center stage.

Which scene was your favorite?

The realization that there were potential free people outside the fence fending for themselves but still free. A foreign concept to the younger ones in the prison colonies.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was one that already knew fully about the evil of the agenda 21 project before this was written. I had my own ideas what the extreme could look like and frankly, I think it will end up just as bad if not worse.We are going here...there are too many weak minded, takers, in the world now to stop this. I just hope I am dead before it gets too far.

Any additional comments?

Please...even if you do not buy this book, at least look into agenda 21. It is secretly found now in almost every community planning commission. It may be called Agenda 21 or a number of different names. A true sign it is starting is the high density neighborhood. The goal being to force all people into high rise, tightly squeezed housing area. You will not be driving any longer. Stores, business, and homes will be tightly woven into the area to stop car ownership and promote walking only.Animals will acquire "rights" that will be very powerful. There will be huge human free zones, similar to the ones set up for marine right now, that will be positively of limits to humans. Your food, your activity, and health will be judged by government panels and dealt with if out of "their normal".Don't think so...can't happen here...I feel very sorry you will have to live this way. I will never let them do this to me. By the way, this is only the mild part of the Agenda 21 plan.It gets more hideous as they gain more control over the people. Again, it not a theory or a conspiracy, they are starting to implement this across our country and around the world. You can that the wonderful UNITED NATIONS for this!

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  • Salo
  • 26-11-12

It's bad.

I'm a Glenn Beck fan - have most of his books, love his radio show, etc.. This is awful. The actress reading the novel and acting the parts is terrible. The plot is laughable. It might as well have been called The Vagina Monologue, but that title is already taken. This may be the most evil thing brought about by Agenda 21, which I do view as a threat to the United States. Skip it.

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  • Michael C.
  • 23-07-15

A brave new book, about an intended consequence

Would you listen to Agenda 21 again? Why?

No, I am not likely to forget any of it anytime soon. You are slowly drawn into the lead character and her circumstances. I am a senior male, yet the empathy I came to feel, for a teen girl, a survivor, heroic in a way few understand, is deep and real.

What other book might you compare Agenda 21 to and why?

Brave New World, This Perfect Day, and 1984. As an accomplished an author, not yet. A grasp of the unholy and real dangers of things set in motion in our time? Most definitely.

Have you listened to any of January LaVoy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I prefer Charles Laughton and an flat powerful voice, but she also drew me in.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not that kind of book, although I almost cheered at the end. It will stay with you, to be mulled over, savored perhaps.

Any additional comments?

An avid reader for fifty years, I miss the written word. Listening is an acquired taste. After a decade of trying, I finished a book at last, this one.

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  • Alan
  • 13-01-13

Whew just stopped half way thru.

Man what a poor story line and reading.
Won't be buying anymore of his books.
Better if it was a documentary I suppose.

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  • Kristina C
  • 09-07-15

Story behind the story

Not the best writing or story, but it's the message that needs to be heard by every American.

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  • Terri
  • 26-12-12

Bad Ending

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Clearly there's a sequel in the works, but I kind of resented having the cliff-hanger come where it does. I felt there was no pay-off for having read all the way to the end.

Which character – as performed by January LaVoy – was your favorite?

Emmaline

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not unless there was more to the story and it actually had a resolution, instead of ending right in the middle of the climax.

Any additional comments?

This book was pretty depressing and it took a very long time for me to root for the main character. Just when she begins to show some heroism, the book ends. The whole book seemed like a first act, and the moment the first plot point came, it ended. I don't think I'll care enough to purchase a sequel.

It also seemed clumsy in some ways. It would have read better if they had just used real words for things: kitchen instead of "eating space," bathroom instead of "washing up area," etc.

I realize the authors were trying to make a point about the consequences of the real Agenda 21, but they may have over-reached to the extent that it made the story seem too far-fetched and unrelatable. That may have caused them to miss the opportunity to raise awareness about Agenda 21 and how it is already beginning to happen in our lifetime.

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  • Joshua D. Polan
  • 15-09-15

frightening and powerful!

very cool way to get information out to the public, the story is frightening, but just wait for it. it gets even more frightening when you begin to understand your not just reading a story!

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