Yes - I enjoyed the narrator's voice.
I read this in paperback many times in the 1970's and again in the 90's. I guess the story just resonated with me...it takes me back to my days in elementary school when we had the nuclear fallout placards on buildings you were to go to if a nuclear war broke out and we children had to practice huddling in the hallways of our school. That is a very vivid memory I have from the 60's.
I can't pick one.
Very happy that Audible has put this into their library, and Will Patton did a first-rate job of narrating the story.
Of all the books I read in my late teens, only a few stayed with me. Alas Babylon was the one I most remembered. I bought it on Audible, not sure if I could bear listening to it again. Would it be less now, or would it still have the same powerful effect on me, and did I want to experience that again? I finally listened and yes, it is still powerful, thought-provoking, and haunting. But I'm glad I reread it. So many of the mystery/thriller/adventure stories that I read will be gone from the world in a snap. Alas Babylon will still be powerful, thought-provoking, and relevant in another 50 years!
As revelent then as it is now. Puts you in the scene imagining how you would cope were disaster to strike.
I went to a school with a fallout shelter under the gym. After reading the book, I paid more attention to the practice drills. Listening to the audiobook renewed the "Doomsday Prepper" in me. I am recommending 'Alas, Babylon' to all my friends and family.
Read this as a kid, but didn't remember much about it.
This is one of those stories that you want to keep listening to when the drive has ended and it's time to get out of the car.
Like always, Will Patton nails the narration.
Kinda makes the guys on the Prepper show not look so crazy... I was amazed at how the fact that the story took place in the 1950s really didn't impact the relatability or believability... Especially with recent threats from South Korea. The characters were warm... the pulling together of a community against all odds.. good vs evil.. and the Narrator was amazing. I love a good story of the brave and conquering human spirit and this is one good story.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Just finished this audio book, which by the way was written when I was only four years old . . . but for a few things, like the prices of things, etc., it could have been written today . . . America thinks the Federal Reserve is infallible . . . nothing is as sure as death and taxes . . . well, if there were no IRS, no central government, no grocery stores, no televisions or dvd players, no drive thrus . . .how WOULD we be able to survive? I grew up in the time when the threat of nuclear war was a real and present danger . . . when fall out shelters existed, and we had drills in school. The cold war was real, the USSR was our enemy. After high school, I became an army wife. We were stationed in Europe when the Berlin wall fell, and the cold war ended. Two sons have served in Iraq, a very different kind of war, yet the similarities of America's political correctness, complacency, and underestimation of the enemy are still here . . . and greater. We are a nation even more spoiled by conveniences than in 1959, yet the author had an uncanny grasp of human nature, both the tendency for evil, as well as good that exists, whether it is current day or centuries ago. The book will cause one to think, to ponder what is truly valuable, and for that alone it is priceless.
Its a top 10.
It's different than any other book I've read. Just a different tone and genre than any other story I've read.
He gives a good voice to the story. He fits the characters some how. Maybe its because of his accent.
Yes, but I made myself break it up. I use audio books for workouts.
This is a guy story if ever there was one. A man who survives disaster and must keep his family and friends alive through adversity...great story. It also makes you wonder how close the Cold War got!
Not at the bottom, somewhere inbetween
Really did not have a favorite
There were some sad moments and the wedding was a happy moment
I rated this only a 4 star on the story part, because, for me it was to technical with all the military slang. The beginning starts out ok, but then it jumps to the military and I almost did not finish listening to the rest of the story. The story without the technical part was enjoyable and I am glad I finished listening. No where in the class of SWAN. It is hard to believe that if we were to have a nuclear war that one little town in the middle of complete fallout would not be touched. Possible, but not probable.
no. I like them both equally
Helen. I admired her for her strength and resolve.
Will Patton has something of a "military" persona to me, and I feel he was perfect for this. His gritty performance complemented the stark nature of the writing.
This book makes me tear up, especially when Dan Gunn was beat up and robbed.