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.
I was somewhat reluctant to listen to Alas Babylon because I read it for the first time when I was about 13 years old. Many of the books I thought were excellent at age 13 turn out to be less than excellent today. I'm almost 50 and my taste has changed as well as my perspective of the world. A second reason I was reluctant to read this book was because I dislike books that are clearly dated in their technology and writing style.
I have an audible library of over 400 books and I am very glad I returned to Alas Babylon. I did NOT find any of the storyline dated and I am sure that this time around I was more appreciative of the international political discussion that I probably skimmed over in my youth. This is not a survivalist's handbook, but a story of survival that was very well written. Give the book a listen too you will not be disappointed.
Will Patton is one of my favorite narrators.
If you are looking for a survivalist handbook try "Going Home" by A. American
I worry that as the world's population grows and resources dwindle we may end up in a similar situation. God help us if we do.
Very well written. The characters and situations all very well thought out and entertaining. And Will Patton is awesome in his performance.
Highly recommend this one.
I enjoyed this audiobook, the story and reader. You can tell it was written in 1959 without discussion of Internet or cell phones which was nice change. Some chapters were a little slow but I thought very well written and I loved reader.
The story and performance by Will Patton was outstanding! The book is just too short. One of top books I have enjoyed in years.
Don't waste your time or money. While the performance by Mr. Patton is quite good, the story is totally out of date. Written in the 60's before the realization of mutually assured destruction it is a totally unbelievable story. Also pre civil rights. For the time it was well written but just totally unrealistic "Camelot" view of the world.
Once again Audible has misled making it sound contemporary with TOTALLY useless and misrepresentative reviews. Very sad really
Life long learner of all sorts of things.
The reason is because the author did such an amazing job with this work, that I actually noticed my body tense up after certain sections. It is an amazing book... Scary - but amazing.
I have not finished this book yet. Most of it - Yes. I got so wound up in it that needed to take a bit of a rest. I am looking forward to the continuing.
This revue is more so about the mental and emotional impact this topic
(when presented correctly) can have.
Worth the Money - (Shiver)