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.
There do not se to be many books by this author available in audiobook format. That is a shame, as its very rare for a book to move you or make you think as wonderfully as this book. I felt as if i was actually there as the painting of the scene in words was delicately put forth. I will not soon forget this experience.
More depth and psychological realism to the characters. The author clearly has as little comprehension of people as he ascribes to his admittedly socially and characterologically impoverished protagonist.
The changes to the ecosystem after the extreme reduction of the human population were interesting. His characters, however, were shallow and wooden and evoked little sense of connection or believability.
Good variation of tone and timber among the different characters, but he needs to address the whistled sibilants. On a less than stellar car audio system with harsh treble, it was quite distracting at times. Willis warned listeners that the characters would be somewhat secondary to the natural phenomena in the storyline. She understated the situation.
No. I did not finish it. Only the fourth book or audiobook I quit before finishing in 56+ years of avid reading.
Earth Abides is a post apocalyptic novel that was written by George Stewart over 60 years ago.
Stewart writes of one man's strengths and weaknesses as he struggles with loneliness, confusion, and the realization that the world he once knew is no longer familiar after a virus wiped out most of the population.
Stewart brilliantly stays clear of technology, which would have most likely outdated the book after a short time. Amazingly, not addressing the things he could not foresee in the future was the exact thing that keeps readers interested 60 years later.
Well written, thought provoking, tragic, and uplifting, Earth Abides is a classic. Don't miss this one.
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 was surprised with how much I really enjoyed this story. I am not usually a fan of post-apocalyptic stories, mostly because they are often about angry and violent men but this one was so different! I read one review that said it was beautiful and also incredibly sad and I think both completely apply. While I don't agree with all of his assumptions about how society could possibly develop after being wiped out, I did find it very intriguing and thought-provoking as to how some of the elements that I've never considered would need to be addressed when society would start all over again. Again and again I forgot this was written before the digital age - so many of the elements of the story are applicable even now. Amazing story.
How was the reader? He was so good that he disappeared into the background completely. He emphasized where needed and inflected where needed. I was completely lost in the story because his reading was so masterful.