I listen to books as I work. It's a beautiful life.
Considering that this was one of the first books to ever portray a post-nuclear world, I thought it was very interesting and very well done. It was written in 1959, which gives a lot of context to the author’s perception of women and gender roles. At first I was annoyed/offended by generalizations about women in the book, but I won't rate his book accordingly because it was 1959 when he wrote it. However, just be aware that if you're a woman and you see yourself as independent and capable, this book might bother you. At one point he had four women all crying about something trivial and he made the comment that women really needed a man around to keep them calm.
I gave the book four stars, instead of five, because the story does drag a little. I found my mind wandering away from the story and I wasn't eager to listen whenever possible. It was a good listen, but not riveting.
Overall - good book, good research, and very good narration. Worth the credit!
There were many things I really enjoyed about this book and the performance, but there were a few irritants that caused me to ultimately not like it as much as I wanted to. And all of them had to do with the time period in which the book was written.
There was just so much unacknowledged entitlement, both with respect to race and gender. It got me very growly at times.
Get on with the story more quickly. I got half way through it before the plot even started to develop. Maybe the latter half is better, but I gave up and moved on to the next book in my library.
Rabbits and other furry creatures are our FRIENDS! They are NOT food or fur! ~Namaste~
The characters in this storywere so well-rounded that I kept forgetting that this book was written in 1959.The author made them so believable that I found myself becoming heartsick when my favorites went into harms' way and perished or were badly injured. Or when one of the facts of Southern life in that era was mentioned, like the drinking fountains separated by race.
I kept wondering why Randy and his family didn't depend on and learn even more from the Henry family, who after all knew how to live without electricity, grow crops with only a mule, and pull fish out of the river when they weren't biting (as Peyton finally did learn from Preacher Henry.) Then I'd remember that it was 1959, before ANY of the civil rights movement, when African-Americans were considered second-class, even by whites who knew better.
The women were strong characters, and I especially loved the two spinsters, the librarian and the former bank employee, So again, I'd be brought up short when they were described as always wearing dresses.! :-) I hadn't thought about the fact that women have switched from dresses to pants for everyday life in only one generation.
Will Patton is an excellent narrator. With this source material, I'm afraid many narrators would give in to the temptation to give way too much of the story Capital Letters, sounding a little breathless and over-awed by the text. Patton has a matter-of-factness that is very refreshing in the post-nuclear war landscape. Great story and great narration! This is a superior performance all-around,
Apocalypse has been done over and over, and yet this book was innovative and interesting. The character development was fantastic. The plot is dynamic and keeps you listening. I highly recommend this novel.
Currently an Apocalypse listener most of my titles I have read are Apocalypse other than books not on my profile such as the Dresden Files
the classic story that takes place during a dangerous era in American history and the possible results of that era thank goodness we never had to live through it first of the genre jonra and quite possibly the standard to which all should be held hel
I had no clue this wonderful book was written in the late 50's.
After finding out the novel was written before the Beatles even made it big in the world. The book seemed more innocent. Even the last line of the book showed a simpler time
The Marriage of Randy and Liv