The writers' voice and the narrators are captivating and engaging. You will be charmed by how well Pat Frank captures and distills the conventions of daily life pre and post apocalypse (I was).
The strength of this book is how terrifyingly plausible Frank makes the situation seem. It's unnerving.
10/10 would listen again.
10/10 will dig a bunker under the house.
10/10 adding salt and a crank powered radio to my list of apocalypse provisions.
10/10 starting a list of apocalypse provisions.
I read this in high school and for the last few years it kept poking me to hear it again. Its incredible that it was written in 1959. Many of the scenarios in the book echo to todays world. It makes you think a lot about what kind of person you would be if this happened now. A really good book that I and my husband enjoyed to the last word.
I feel so alone in my opinion of this book. I found it pedantic and too focused on the military which the author must have held in high esteem even though it was the military that carried out the nuclear war.
Not only that, but the characters were so cardboard, not fully-realized at all except for their actions for survival.
Which leads me to what I gleaned from this book---the need to have a survival kit in case of crisis.
And don't get me started on some of the writing, such as: "Randy went to the store, for he needed milk." instead of "Randy went to the store because he needed milk."
And the narrator...goodness! His throaty, whispery voice used for all the characters made me cringe.
Yikes! The ending! No spoiler alert here, but really?
I am a 67 yo disabled Vet who lives in N. Texas. I was a medic in the Army during the Viet Nam war, got an MS in ecology and just retired.
Perhaps. it's not a zombie apocalypse. It is however a terrific portrait of a fight for survival after a nuclear holocaust. The characters are well drawn, believable and the behavior of the people is probably spot on.
I'm 67 in August. Yup, that means I was born in 1948, and was in Grade school in the fifties. My father was in the Air Force, so we lived on AF bases often and so quite often I went to schools run by the AF, especially if we were overseas. While in those schools in the 50s we regularly had "Air Raid drills", where we practiced "ducking and covering", which meant getting on the floor under our little desks in school, putting our heads between our knees and kissing our ... no... putting our hands over our heads, which was the approved way of "covering"; like any of that was going to help if a thermo-nuclear explosion went off anywhere near us. Silly wabbits... But there it was.
As we grew older the threat lessened, or perhaps I was just in less military minded schools. When we were in the states, I didn't do those drills as often, if at all, and by the time I was in high school in the early sixties there were no drills at all other than fire drills. But for many years I lived under the threat of "Mutual Assured Destruction" (MAD). This book is about "what if MAD happened?"
It was well written and the narrator did a terrific job. I thought they caught the fifties perfectly. I recommend this book to anyone who would like to know that that time in history was like.
Yikes! This was great. Realistic story, not sensational rhetoric. Written in 1959, it lacks too many slick tricks. Just enough! Will Patton is amazing! Love his voice and the unique qualities he gives characters!
Riveting novel. Makes you want to go out and buy Mylar bags and store beans, water and ammo. For being published in '59, it crosses all generations. Great read...couldn't put it down.
I have recommended this to a number of people. The story is wonderful, but unlike some books of this genre, it leaves you with hope. The narrator has the perfect voice for this book, and delivers the narrative with sensitivity and feeling.
I don't have a favorite character. I loved Florence for her old fashioned moral convictions, and Randy for his ability to live in what ever world presents itself. I loved the other characters also, maybe because I have read the book so often, they feel like old friends!
My favorite scene was probably Randy running through the grocery store at breakneck speed, filling his basket with everything he thought would be needed for a long period of time. The description of that is great.
Yes, but it is too long. I listened to it several times, and some scenes more than once.
This is a book I'll probably not ever delete. I have the paperback, I have the kindle and now the audio version. One of my all time favorites.