Probably. An interesting read if you keep the historical context in mind, This is a pre-television story. It's probably 8 or 10 years pre-Atlas Shrugged
I have not.
Not an extreme reaction, but I thought Ish was much too easily pushed around by the other adults and did not stand up for the intellectual growth of the group. He started with mid-20th century people of a western civilization and and led them back maybe a thousand years.
That didn't have to happen.
I did find the last portions of the book annoying where the tribe was abusing Ish. I really didn't get that.
The story was writen in the late 40s. The way it plays out it represented that time in our history and the way we Americans thought back then.
The way it could have been.
I first read this book in the early 50s. One of my first book reports as a kid. To reread this today, with all that has changed, really took me back. It really was simpler back then.
Although not a complete stranger to the genre, this was a title new to me. Originally published in 1949, it will be soon obvious this is THE classic of its kind, one which laid the foundation for virtually every apocalyptic adventure tale that would follow, for another half-century and beyond.
I especially enjoyed the first half, joining our "lone" survivor as he explored a road map of barren, vacant cities and deserted highways, and while a few aspects are agreeably dated, even unabashedly racist (not completely out of step given the man's rather inflated self-perceptions), the mass of this epic is an engrossing, often "scientific" depiction of an end of the world that still rings true even sixty-plus years later.
Yes. It was very good look at life after a disaster years later and how "non-American's" dealt with it. Being a long book, you have to be patient.
It was very long and detailed.
Learn as much as you can now because you will be teaching the future society.
For being an old book, it only showed its age once when the main character was waiting for the tube-radio to heat up. I also find it annoying that in most sci-fi future books, people still use gasoline over 100 years later. Even using a fuel stabilizer only gets you a year's worth of use. Other than that, it was a good story.
I first read this book when I was a teenager in the 1960s. I've always remembered it and wanted to see if it was as good the second time around. It's better. Maybe because the reader was so good, or maybe because I'm older and have a family now, but it is a wonderful book. The protagonist, Ish, is one of the very few people to survive an epidemic and the book is about his journey to find others, the small settlement of people that he winds up with and the re-formation of society. Stewart, the author, has interesting ideas about how people would react to such a disaster. It's not exactly dystopic, but has a certain bleakness about it. Well worth the time spent to listen...
Okay, let's get to it. When you read a book that's an insightful and challenging subject such as an earth completely upturned by a virus that kills almost everyone, you want a reason to listen for hours. A GOOD one. For example, overcoming the end in a triumphant victory. Or, perhaps, restoring the world to its previous state. Hmmm. Maybe a hopeful rebirth that takes every last ounce of effort to achieve. You get the idea: Some value for the reading/listening.
This book falls short. Yes, there IS an apocalypse. NO, we don't see it happen, not a bit. We see the after-affects, and its lasting consequences. Yes there IS a hero...ALMOST. He's not even an anti-hero. Sort of a whiner and dreamer. We've all met this guy. He's one of the guys who dresses out for gym class, but sits in the stands. He's the guy at the beach, sitting under the umbrella, never going near the water. He's the guy that does average things in a mediocre way, and constantly complains about his situation. Yawn.
Ironically, most of the survivors who the anti-anti-hero finds are drunks, mentally imbalanced or a bit off-kilter. The normals are wiped off the planet, not by the disaster, but by the AUTHOR. We DO get to see the cities crumble, and the effects of a eco-system once in the firm manipulative control of man freed up to strike its own course. However, that's about it for insightful writing.
Eventually, the author gets TIRED of his own writing, and it's obvious. At points in the story, he rushes through years, decades of time, in a matter of a few pages or paragraphs. When an author does this, a re-write is definitely in order, because if the author is getting bored, guess who ELSE is getting bored? WE are.
If you've not yet run from this audiobook, screaming at the top of your lungs, waving your hands in the air, here's a final note. My favorite character in the book is the dog. Yes, the dog. You read right. A beagle. She didn't have a single line to say in the entire audiobook, and yet she's the best written character in it. And the author killed HER off in the end. Touché, George. Touché.
I won't tell you the ending, because it's frustrating. It will be ironic and frustrating for anyone who spends their valuable time listening to it.
Save your credits. You want an apocalypse? There's SCORES of audiobooks here that are better.
You've been warned.
It was a great listen and will listen again one day. I felt like I could feel what it was like during Ish's life. However I got very frustrated at Ish's lack of foresight and planning. He just pretty much let everyone do whatever they wanted . Other than that an excellent book!!!
It was not as compelling as others in this genre (Alas, Babylon, The Stand). The only character the author developed was Ish. I found him weak and not very likable. I don't understand why he didn't make better use of the university library and insist on education for the survivors. I found it depressing that in 2 generations mankind would revert to basically cave men.
An excellent story - you will always remember the story.
The story is well told.
They were all good.
The pandemic comes to an end before you know the world’s population has been decimated. From there you follow the caricatures thought their lives. The book moves very quickly once it gets started and is very easy to listen to.