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 Patton is quite good, the story is totally out of date.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)
I simply love this book. I love Will Patton's narration of it. I pull this book out about twice a year and listen to it again. It's like going back to my post apocalyptic home.
Yes absolutely. It is a great piece of post-apocalyptic fiction. Granted it focuses on the cold war fears of nuclear Armageddon between the US and USSR, but the story is still gripping and engaging.
Lucifer's Hammer, One Second After. All three focus on life leading up to the apocalypse as well as the event and the aftermath. All three show the struggles of people in the wake of catastrophe and show just how quickly society breaks down with the destruction of central organization.
His tone and inflection were really quite good. A few times his portrayals of characters were a little cheesy (the doctor comes to mind) which reduced one star, but overall he was very good.
Yes I did.
The first hour or so start a bit slow. It focuses on a neurotic spinster with delusions of grandeur and some details that really kind of go on longer than I would have liked. That said, stick with it. It picks up and delivers a fantastic story!
Reading (listening) to Alas Babylon was reminiscent of reading George R Stuart's "Earth Abides" (1949), in it's almost documentary handling of it's subject. Namely civilizations collapse and ordinary people trying to cope.
Stuart's chosen apocalypse was a great plague. Frank deals with the post nuclear war problems ordinary people have to deal with. Although not in a heavily wrecked or contaminated part of America. This does not lessen it's impact. It's chilling to realize that this was written three years before the Cuban missile crisis.
Wonderful narration by Will Patton.
Really enjoyed this book. I had to read it for a class and was pretty optimistic but I turned out to be a great read! Enjoyed how it was focused on rebuilding and the need for maintaining order rather than focusing on an actual war.
Great book will definitely be recommending it to friends from now on!