Didn't read the print version, but the audio version was great.
Randy. The majority of the story was told through his eyes & he was very likable & a leader.
Randy was the favorite, but most were well done.
Yes, but I actually split it over months.
This book in spite of when it was published, has much relevance in the threats we face today & the scenarios would probably play out the same.
wow what would it be like to be streamed I your little town bet like to with out communication. not really knowing what happened after nuclear war but knowing most major cities were wiped out. .this book explores that possibility. no gas now electricity no law and order. There was very little food and yet they survived. my only problem was the title. out didn't really fit the book.
Written in the late 50's, this is a tale of a small town and how it copes and survives after the US and Russia throw all their nukes at each other. Since the town in question was safe from (most) radioactive fallout, the story only includes the tangential effects of such bombs, but focuses more directly on what happens when society totally looses its foundation: money means nothing, trading for needs means everything....social status means nothing, what you have to offer means everything. No electricity, no laws, no manufacturing -- how would YOU survive?
Again, the story is more about one small group of people, not global in scope at all.The characters are well-enough drawn that they are not boring, yet they are archetypal: the librarian, the spinster, the slut, the natural leader, etc. The story is written well enough that it is not boring, yet it is mostly predictable. That doesn't mean its not good, just that its not supreme literature. Rather than being insightful, I feel it came across more as trying to make the statement "Its going to be like this you know." and always asking "How are YOU going to cope if it happens."
I must say that despite the fact that the cold war is over and that threat of nuclear war somewhat out of sight these days, it is easy to imagine that China or the Middle East might spread a computer or actual virus on purpose that decimates society. I often felt the book enter my thinking all day, like a dream memory that inserts itself into moments. If that is the measure of a good book, then this one did it for me, but as I was reading it, I did not feel that "oh boy, what happens next" feeling.
The narrator was better than decent but not great. He had several voices, but sometimes he used them for characters interchangeably, rather than attach it to one character only. Nevertheless, he was never a-tonal or unemotional, so kept you right in the emotions of the story.
Overall, worth the read if you enjoy thinking about what society would be like, and how you would personally survive, if there were some society-destroying catastrophe.
Finding out how much I forgot from reading the book in 1961. I did remember that the war started with a misstep in the Middle East, I just didn't remember it was Syria. The world crisis at the time as I remember it was in Europe with the Berlin wall and the military superiority of the USSR together with Eastern Block countries if we had had a ground war there. Very interesting that Pat Frank knew about problems in the Middle East that most of us didn't know about. We did know about France having trouble with Algeria, and we (in the military) knew we had advisors in Vietnam. Or did Pat Frank just have a better analytical perspective of the problem than most?
The ending that showed that neither of the superpowers would come out untouched, but we did survive as a second or third rate country.
It was good, not too dramatic.
Just that it is interesting that we are now having a similar crisis in the Middle East that includes Syria.
I enjoyed this audio because it wasn't your usual day after the bomb story. I listened to this audio in one day and was not in audible shock. It was enjoyable, at times a little flat. When I saw it written in 1959 I had to increase my rating. because the author did write a timeless book. And if if it should happen I would hope for this outcome.
I picked up the book for an audible recommendation and I am glad I did. It laid out a much more plausible situation after a disaster of that magnitude (no Hollywood dramatization). People had to choose to help or hurt, to live or give up, and to lead like Americans can lead.
Possible, Prepared? Why?
He did a wonderful job with the large array of voices, I always knew who it was that was speaking.
The title was only mentioned once, so it didn't seem relevant to the story.
I first read this book as a senior in high school. It grabbed me so much I remembered picturing myself not being able to put it down in study hall. I just listened to it again now at 70 years old and still found it a good read/listen.
As you might expect, tales about the end of the world written 60 or 70 years ago can take you out of the story from time to time when you stop to think about any particular plot device. When written, we wanted to think the best of ourselves, sort of like how the Tarzan or Swiss Family Robinson books encouraged us to believe that any European gentleman would overcome any natural obstacle. In the Robinson case, we learned that a remote island would have running water, a university and a spaceport the first 6 months. Will Patton is outstanding, as should be expected.