Will Patton magnificently brings a story I haven't read in thirty plus years to life. His flawless accents and seamless transition from character to character makes the work of fiction as real as flesh and blood. This story of what almost was leaves me breathless & makes my heart skip. Absolutely a fantastic ride from the first word to the last!!!
I've loved this book since I was a kid. Read it in high school with earnest. Now that it has been produced as an audio book, I'm in heaven. Patton does an awesome job narrating while covering the taboo topics.
Okay, so keep in mind that when this was written, "Negro" was the correct and even legal term. If you're not prepared for a world of segregated water fountains, then the depictions of everyone who isn't a white man will seem outmoded and offensive. That said, it was extremely progressive for its day.
Warning out of the way, this is what One Second After and all the JW Rawles trash wishes it could be. On par with The Postman, and with as little deus ex machina as possible. Short on moralizing soliloquy, which is refreshing in an apocalypse book. Not quite 5 stars, as it does still rely on some ex machina saves and the way women and Negro characters are written is a bit hackey, but if you're used to pulp fiction you'll be quite comfortable.
Well performed. Will Patton has sort of a Mid-Atlantic cut to his voice that brings to mind the movies of the day, and his tone generally conveys the grim tension of living in Florida with no refrigration or medicine quite well.
Just finished this audible classic. I recall it was suggested reading in middle school but never got to it. Amazing how timely it was then and now.....any day could be THE DAY. Are you ready?
This is a book written in the 1950s about the end of the poor via nuclear annihilation, that truly does not seem to age. I was engaged from beginning to end.
Will Patton again transported me on a new adventure, best book narrator in my opinion and the reason I got this amazing book. This story was disturbing because of the possible reality of it happening, yet encouraging that the incredible characters struggled on, survived, overcame racial barriers and even found love. Well written and thought provoking. Now excuse me while I go shopping for doomsday supplies....