While the book was written in 1959, it scared the tar out of me considering the times we live in. Spurred me into action and I've been storing away my own iron rations.
Any book that can effect your real life, even though you know it's fiction is a work of art.
I enjoyed the story but thought it could have spent more time in the details. I kept wanting more and felt that certain aspecta were rushed.
Will Patton is an excellent narrator.
Easy to overlook naïveté of 50 year old science and just enjoy the story. Reality of a true nuclear event would never allow such new beginnings. THE ROAD is a darker and truer prediction of a post nuclear world. I'll listen to anything Will Patton narrates.
all aspects of this audio book are superb. will patton s silky voice, and distinct characterizations bring these people to life for me. I have read numerous "endtimes" books, some preachy, some political, some zombie...ick...Alas Babylon is the best by a mile.
I first read this book many years ago when I was in High School. Back then, I had to read it, not have it read to me. This was such a pleasure to read once again. The narrator was great! I highly recommend it!!
Incredible narration and character portrayal. Just about the right amount of gravitas, with some humour and with enough pathos to let the listener know that this is no celebration but a kind of epitaph to human folly and military ambition. Equally each character was drawn out and became individuals in the audible illustrations that Will Patton created.
A mature, compelling story, the listener is taken back to a time pre-mobile phone, computer,internet, even pre Pop music, or so it would seem, and the unfolding story of a sleepy community and how the town folk are effected by and react to Nuclear war and country-wide devastation is superbly crafted. The society at the time really lived under a Nuclear shadow and this is really driven home.What I found very refreshing was the focus on character development and the lack of current post apocalypse novels pre-occupations with martial arts / weaponary etc. Yes, bad things happen, and bad people do need to be dealt with, but it is not glorified . I really cared about what was to happen next.I enjoyed the southern USA accents and the language used, probably typical of the time, but a good contrast to modern language.Only "One Second After" matches the tone and charcterisation of this book, but I found "Alas Babylon" more enjoyable.
Although the depiction of women's roles reflects the 1950's, the story transcends the decades. Will Patton has some strange pronunciations of common words ("sieve" and "bream," notably) that occasionally intrude on the listener's ability to focus on the story.
A well-crafted tale of 1950s Cold War fears come to life: a nuclear attack on the United States, and while a world war is being fought blindly, a small Florida town tries to survive as an island surrounded by a radioactive sea of contaminated cities. Will Patton is fantastic, and the fifties sensibilities are fascinating. One star deducted for the era's sexism and racism. (Might be unacceptable for some.) Warning: You may begin building a bomb-shelter or food stockpile after listening.