I am a D-Bag.
They say "you will never forget" when describing the earth abides but they say that because the long winded lady who reads the intro tells you that. Its okay to listen to a book and think for yourself. This is a great book. One could see certain sections that are on par with The Grapes of Wrath chapters not relating to the Joads. Skip the intro and listen to the book with an open mind. Who was that lady anyway, alright I get it she liked it but what would a intro at the beginning of a book say, I hated the book you are about to here.
Maybe 60 years ago, this was a good book. In 2009, it's not a good listen.
Great start, but the protagonist turns out to be lazy and a bit stupid. The author gets us through the first few months after the Apocalypse, then skips through years, with the only description being the "naming" of each year. What? How about schooling the young? How about trying to rebuild civilization? How about making a effort to improve the situation? In thirty years of time, they never got around to building the pump house to give them running water.
The most difficult part is that the reader has no one to identify with or like throughout the entire book. I listened out of obligation to the purchase, but wouldn't recommend this "classic" to anyone I respect.
I don't think I could make the end of the world boring, so this writer is special. He did it.
I had to review this before finishing it and I'll try and come back at the end - IF I ever make it there. This is staggeringly boring. I think its the delivery of the reader. Its so laconic and sleepy - even HE sounds bored to death with it. I don't think Ish is very smart, or certainly has no clue how to survive in an apocalypse, so its unfathomable that he actually would survive - for example: "I saw several cows, but didn't kill any because it seemed too messy." Despite the fact that he killed a calf early on and then didn't even DO anything with it. I'm missing something here - if its supposed to be profound, it isn't. If its supposed to make you feel like "oh well, at least the earth abides.." well, no kidding and probably not enough of a hook to write a book about. I will be asking for my money back on this one. It nearly puts me in a stupor while driving.
In fact, I already had to shut it off a couple months ago because it was so boring. I only put it back on the other day because I finished a couple other books and was on a long commute. Again, story might be good, but the narrator's style is awful, IMO.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
This book is very dated. I like some older sci-fi stories (2001: A Space Odyssey was pretty good) but the age of this one was a real factor for me. Also, there's not a lot of dialogue or character interaction.
It's starts off really good, but then it kind of devolves into... well... something depressing and slow. The reader does nothing to breath life into it. His performance nearly put me to sleep.
I got over half way through, but I just couldn't finish it.
This was not a bad book. I enjoyed it. However, it is definitely not action-packed. The book follows the life of a man called Ish, who finds himself one of the few who survives a plague that kills nearly all of mankind. He later is the leader of a small group, mostly made up of his children (born post-apocalypse) and grandchildren, plus a friend and his wives, children and grandchildren. The story mainly follows Ish's cerebral musings regarding life, the old civilization, and how the post-apocalyptic children will grow and adapt, not having the knowledge of anything concerning modern life in the past, other than the remnants that man had left. This is an old book, and quite different than the books I have read recently, and different than most other books about an apocalypse. It is more of a saga, chronicling the life of Ish, his mullings, and his hopes and fears about the future. Not everyone will like it, so be aware of what type of book this is before you listen.
The narrator was okay. Nothing special, but not irritating in any way. Probably a good choice for this book.
Maybe a more modern book would get my attention
On and on and on! Much ado about nothing! In my humble opinion!
Disappointment, The review sounded terrific! The book was not!
Maybe it's just me but this book and Bill O'Riley's "Killing Lincoln" are two of the worst books I just couldn't get thru! I am 63 yrs. old and maybe I am not mature or intelligent enough to appreciate fine writing! Please tell me "it ain't so!! Did you honestly enjoy this book?
I love the post apocalyptic genre, and I really wanted to like this book, but for me, this book had some major problems. Before I start I should state that I only listened to the first part of the audible download for this book (about 7 hrs). It's possible that by some miracle the second part is far better, but I see no reason to believe that. My biggest complaint with this book is the way it's written. The lack of dialogue really made this a dry read. I know that there aren't many characters in the book, so the lack of dialogue makes sense, but it really made this a boring read. Give this guy a ball named Wilson to talk to, or an imaginary friend, ANYTHING. I thought when Princess was introduced that there would finally be some dialogue; nope. This book is 99% narration and 1% dialogue. Speaking of narration, normally a character's personality is revealed through their dialogue, and their actions, but this book is almost all straight narration. Instead of "showing" us an action and leaving it to us to understand Ish's motivations based on past actions and dialogue, the narrarator literally tells us everything. His reasoning, thoughts, motivations, dialogue, none of this is "shown" to us, it is all stated. We never see Ish's suffering, we are just told about it, occasionally. What I'm trying to say is, there are times when reading a book that your imagination takes over and as you read the book you can almost "see" the things taking place in your imagination, this never happens in this book. It's like this book was narrarated to deliver information, and not to engage the reader. It's boring. Last, I don't think this book is realistic at all, I imagine that after a catastrophe like this, a person would try to satisfy their basic needs (food, water, shelter, companionship), instead Ish just drives around judging people; and the thought that a snake bite would cure a plague just seems ridiculous. I can't recommend this book. Avoid it like the plague.
Sorry, I know this is suppose to be a 'classic'. It was classically boring to the nth degree. I even skipped about and nothing ever really changes. Let me sum it up for you. Plague, a few people find one another, plant plants, plant more plants, watch the ants and rats die out, have kids, scribble on a rock for 20 years, the end.
If you want to listen to a really great book, get One Second After. Blows this dull piece away.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
This book is about what is wrong with us as humans. The beginning of the book is very interesting as the main character, drives around the country to see what is left in the aftermath of the disease that has wiped out most of the population. After that the book goes downhill. The characters are not that likable. The children are brats, and the adults lack the conviction to make them better people. The items which are in the story aren’t realistic (it is very unlikely that gas would not be usable after 20+ years even if stored well), and overall the story just wasn’t very interesting to me. If this is who’s left after then I hope I don’t make it.