I had low expectations. Mostly because of the age of this novel. Cold war/nuclear attack so ancient history! But, it was FANTASTIC. All of what they went through we will go through with either economic meltdown/pandemic/name-your-event.
Also, got some great tips- like the importance of salt!
One Second After
Didn't get in the way at all, really liked it.
You will NOT be disappointed (well, unless you like blood and guts and lots of gratuitous violence). It's very professionally done. Well written.
This is not just a post-apocalyptic story taking place after the nuclear bombing of the United States, but also a bit of a pre-apocalyptic story, which is interesting....we actually follow the story of the characters as they discover that most of the country around them suddenly disappeared in the flash of light and sound. How suddenly a clerk must tell a customer trying to send a telegram that it can't be delivered because "Jacksonville doesn't seem to be there anymore".
In spite of some sexism and racially-insensitive language (this was written in 1959, so it is temporally appropriate), the story holds up exceedingly well over time. It takes place in a little town in Florida that somehow got spared the nuclear bombs and fall out, and how the surviving residents of the town manage to live through the loss of money, fuel, supplies, electricity, food, drugs, technology, and governance.......Using their combined resources (and information from the library) they were able to create their own management strategies,including trading, hunting, a militia, home schooling, home made soap and alcohol, and many more discoveries.
This was one of the few audiobooks I really didn't want to put down. I would have given 5 stars to the narration of Will Patton, except there were times he seemed sloppy in his reading to allow extraneous sounds; easily overlooked because the rest of the narration was so good - I was almost in tears sometimes - but enough that I gave it only 4 stars. This was recorded 3 years ago, and when I listen to newer narrations of his, he seems to have improved in that regard.
The overall view was from the 60 perspective obviously. The main character felt his life was ok, post nuc war, as long as there was a woman in the kitchen, life was bearable.
Wow. I loved this book, thought about it for weeks and many books later. The story just stayed with me (in a good way). Characters are well developed and Patton's narration is perfect. I had this book in my library for several months before I got around to it, wish I hadn't waited so long. The story detailed life after an apocalyptic event without getting bogged down in the details (nor was it lacking any depth). Many, many books and months later I still think to my self Alaaaas Babylon. Recommend.
Fantastic book, great narration! Inevitably, the book ends and you find yourself wanting more!
Will Patton never fails to bring the book to life. I am often hesitant to recommend books narrated by Patton because I'm not sure people will enjoy the book without Patton's superb ability to bring characters to life. However, in this case, I'm certain the book would hold up on its own. Without losing depth, Frank's precise descriptions and likable characters keep the story focused and prevent the book from lagging.
Being born in the 80s, I never really experienced the cold war, and am always amazed when I discover bomb shelters in houses and when my mom talks about doing drills when she was younger. This definitely made me understand the magnitude of the nuclear war threat back then and how easily it could have been to trigger disaster.
It is amazing how easily the topics relates to modern day life, especially after being in NYC without power during Sandy for three days before high tailing it to my parents generator-powered house. I learned some useful information and definitely updated my 'survival' pack to include some items I would have never thought of.
Alas, Babylon wasn’t the first post-apocalyptic novel (it was originally published in 1959), but it is a quick beautiful read that still has relevance today. Will Patton does a great job narrating – he sounds smooth like a song but sad like he knows the bombs have destroyed most of America. Patton clearly knows how to feel apocalypse, he was in the movie Armageddon and he currently stars in the alien-apocalypse TV series Falling Skies. Some novels seem racist, sexist, simple, or just poorly written as time plods on but Alas, Babylon maintains its original power. It is a read-in-highschool novel, as it should be. For those of us who didn’t get to this one in school, the audiobook clocks in at just over 11 hours.
Will Patton just had a way of reading that makes the book better. Was just a pleasure to enjoy.
Crazy red head who's head over heels about family, friends and life in general!
This book was recommended by a friend and is waaay outside my normal listening preference, BUT I really liked this book. It made me think about all the little things in life that we take for granted. The cast are survivors of a nuclear attack in a small Florida town and the story outlines their struggles during their isolation after the attack. As all good fiction should have, there is drama, tragedy, family, friendship and love. Take the time to visit, you'll be glad you did.....
Couldn't wait to get the headphones back on, it was that good. This is an all-time classic.