Amazing story about one possible outcome of Civilization crash. I listened to the entire book pretty much from front to back, very engaging, superb piece of literature.
This really is my favourite book. It's such a simple story yet told in a way that is so believable. You find yourself thinking about this books for months and even years after reading it.
I know it's supposedly the first of its kind, but I honestly wasn't impressed. It lacks much in the way of reality. Most technology fades slowly. While this adds to the overall themes of the book, I found myself constantly thinking it wasn't realistic. The "hero" is a very consistent character, but his self doubt and pedantic manner make him hard to like. Finally, most of the book is narrative. The narrator does really well at these points. On the other hand, the brief moments of dialogue suffer immensely. Final analysis: glad to have this classic checked off my list but won't listen to it again.
Yes, although this book is 60 years old, it holds up remarkably. It being the father of "disaster" stores is a must read by any sci-fi fan.
Funny thing, it was a disaster but somehow and for some reason I found it to be comforting, that even in the midst of horrible circumstance a man can still be true to himself.
I a sucker for a good ending, shame how many books miss this. I let out a sigh and contemplated what I had just heard.
No, I wanted it precisely because I knew it would take a while and I didn't want it to end once I was into it.
It could be accurate for some people, but the lack of desire to rebuild, sustain or improve the way life disturbed me. (spoiler ) Why not develop a way to keep electricity running? spend time understanding the water system? relocate to areas of manufacture to keep certain important systems running? I realize it would change the story, and maybe intended, but ithe complacency bothered me.
Listens to short-stories in the horror, fantasy and science fiction genres. Loves Terry Pratchett and wants to go to Discworld some day.
Possibly the least engaging protagonist I've ever encountered in literature.
Isherwood Williams is a droll, conceited, elitist that attempts to lead a band of survivors in a post-apocalyptic California, circa 1947.
The story's premise is interesting but the main character's superior attitude is galling. Plus there are chauvinist and racist undertones to the narrative, which is barely tolerable. I had to keep reminding myself of the 1940's mindset.
The narration is the saving grace of this audio book.
I realize that's an odd title for a review, but it pretty much sums up how I feel about the book. This is less a review than a compare and contrast to similar books in the genre, so beware there are some serious spoilers. I found it hard to do otherwise, which is probably one reason I enjoyed this book so much.
I've read a lot of post-apocalyptic novels, from On the Beach to The Stand, to The Postman, War of the Worlds, and many others. There is something about this "sub-genre" that appeals to me, probably the idea that anything can be overcome if a few good people will step up to the challenge.
What strikes me in Earth Abides, is the difference between a novel written in its time, vs the novels written in the present. Today's novels are filled more warring factions and pillagers, murderers and rapists, while the books written in the past are more about the individual's struggle to come to grips with the loss and how to cope. Frankly I would wish for humanity to behave more like the earlier books, and less like the latter. I hope I never have to find out the real answer to the question though.
A common thread in most of these books, take S.M. Stirling's Emberverse series for example, is to rebuild civilization including technology and the societal structure. In Earth Abides, the population is generally content to live among the ruins, and forage from the canned goods and have few worries about tomorrow. Although personally I was frustrated about their choices, on the other hand isn't it possible a better civilization might come of it? The children grew further and further apart from the past as the generations continued. They knew little of the past and saw no reason to emulate the ever acquisitive and technologically advancing society of the past. They evolved more into hunter-gatherers and, if it continued, would have been much more like Native Americans than any other society I can think of.
I suppose, more than anything, my review proves the book is thought provoking and interesting. After pondering the differences, I have to say that it's a kinder, gentler, and perhaps much better society than emerges. But that's just one opinion.
rates very well
Ish,Much like myself
I like the way this aproaches life not as a horrible apocolypse but as just what is.
although it is viewed as tragic, which it would be. The story explores how things might be without the dark violent take that is often portrayed these days.
Somewhat melancholy towards the end. It may be that I have read the book twice and then listened to it. It kind of took me back to my teen years when I first read the book.
I'm a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and music educator. I've spent the majority of my life wearing headphones . . .
If you normally listen to your audiobooks in your car or at the gym or on your morning jog . . . don't do that with this one. Reserve some time when you can give Earth Abides your undivided attention. It deserves that kind of special treatment.
It is a post-apocalyptic tale of exquisite beauty and heartfelt humanity . . . so different from the cynical and blood thirsty modern renderings that litter modern, post-apocalyptic fiction.
I came away from this story saddened in a very deep and profound way, but at the same time my spirit and optimism for life felt somehow restored.
Jonathan Davis' narration was perfect
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to do something that I rarely do, I'm going back to have another listen.
I write a Film and Food blog called Tinsel & Tine (Reel & Dine). However, that doesn't yet pay the bills, what does, is boring, monotonous and tedious. But by the Grace of God, I'm able to entertain myself listening to audiobooks while working.
Fascinating, Realistic, Thought-Provoking.
I wish they had gone into more detail when they vote to kill the newest member of "The Tribe".
No. Too complicated and spans too many years. As interesting as it is, it's not a page turner to want to read it in one sitting.
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