Yes - I enjoyed the narrator's voice.
I read this in paperback many times in the 1970's and again in the 90's. I guess the story just resonated with me...it takes me back to my days in elementary school when we had the nuclear fallout placards on buildings you were to go to if a nuclear war broke out and we children had to practice huddling in the hallways of our school. That is a very vivid memory I have from the 60's.
I can't pick one.
Very happy that Audible has put this into their library, and Will Patton did a first-rate job of narrating the story.
Of all the books I read in my late teens, only a few stayed with me. Alas Babylon was the one I most remembered. I bought it on Audible, not sure if I could bear listening to it again. Would it be less now, or would it still have the same powerful effect on me, and did I want to experience that again? I finally listened and yes, it is still powerful, thought-provoking, and haunting. But I'm glad I reread it. So many of the mystery/thriller/adventure stories that I read will be gone from the world in a snap. Alas Babylon will still be powerful, thought-provoking, and relevant in another 50 years!
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
My review is simple and concise: This is a great story, read by one of the best narrators ever. Don't hesitate to invest in it!
For those of us who grew up during the fifties and sixties when the spectre of atomic war was part of our lives (more so than even now -- when we really should be terrified), this story is not only an interesting fictional account of how things might have been, but a window into whether and how we might have survived.
Interestingly, in reflection, the citizens of the 50's were likely better prepared to fend for themselves and survive the end of civilization as we know it than we are today. Even the most hard core doomsday preppers should listen to this one!
As revelent then as it is now. Puts you in the scene imagining how you would cope were disaster to strike.
Found it to be somewhat simplistic for my tastes. Few plot twists. Hurried ending.
Too hurried toward the end.
I went to a school with a fallout shelter under the gym. After reading the book, I paid more attention to the practice drills. Listening to the audiobook renewed the "Doomsday Prepper" in me. I am recommending 'Alas, Babylon' to all my friends and family.
Read this as a kid, but didn't remember much about it.
This is one of those stories that you want to keep listening to when the drive has ended and it's time to get out of the car.
Like always, Will Patton nails the narration.
Kinda makes the guys on the Prepper show not look so crazy... I was amazed at how the fact that the story took place in the 1950s really didn't impact the relatability or believability... Especially with recent threats from South Korea. The characters were warm... the pulling together of a community against all odds.. good vs evil.. and the Narrator was amazing. I love a good story of the brave and conquering human spirit and this is one good story.
Say something about yourself!
I listened to Lucifer's Hammer and One Second After, then Alas Babylon. Very similar stories, all scary, all wonderful stories, all brilliantly performed. In all three people end up becoming cannibals *shudder*. All three scenarios could actually happen, at times the action seems all too real, the things people would have to do to survive are things I never thought about before. Just loved these audios and learnt a lot.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Just finished this audio book, which by the way was written when I was only four years old . . . but for a few things, like the prices of things, etc., it could have been written today . . . America thinks the Federal Reserve is infallible . . . nothing is as sure as death and taxes . . . well, if there were no IRS, no central government, no grocery stores, no televisions or dvd players, no drive thrus . . .how WOULD we be able to survive? I grew up in the time when the threat of nuclear war was a real and present danger . . . when fall out shelters existed, and we had drills in school. The cold war was real, the USSR was our enemy. After high school, I became an army wife. We were stationed in Europe when the Berlin wall fell, and the cold war ended. Two sons have served in Iraq, a very different kind of war, yet the similarities of America's political correctness, complacency, and underestimation of the enemy are still here . . . and greater. We are a nation even more spoiled by conveniences than in 1959, yet the author had an uncanny grasp of human nature, both the tendency for evil, as well as good that exists, whether it is current day or centuries ago. The book will cause one to think, to ponder what is truly valuable, and for that alone it is priceless.