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.
Its a top 10.
It's different than any other book I've read. Just a different tone and genre than any other story I've read.
He gives a good voice to the story. He fits the characters some how. Maybe its because of his accent.
Yes, but I made myself break it up. I use audio books for workouts.
This is a guy story if ever there was one. A man who survives disaster and must keep his family and friends alive through adversity...great story. It also makes you wonder how close the Cold War got!
Not at the bottom, somewhere inbetween
Really did not have a favorite
There were some sad moments and the wedding was a happy moment
I rated this only a 4 star on the story part, because, for me it was to technical with all the military slang. The beginning starts out ok, but then it jumps to the military and I almost did not finish listening to the rest of the story. The story without the technical part was enjoyable and I am glad I finished listening. No where in the class of SWAN. It is hard to believe that if we were to have a nuclear war that one little town in the middle of complete fallout would not be touched. Possible, but not probable.
no. I like them both equally
Helen. I admired her for her strength and resolve.
Will Patton has something of a "military" persona to me, and I feel he was perfect for this. His gritty performance complemented the stark nature of the writing.
This book makes me tear up, especially when Dan Gunn was beat up and robbed.
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This audiobook is interesting. The story gives the listener a lot to think about. Even if there isn't a nuclear holocaust there are numerous natural disasters that can bring about conditions where one may find himself/herself without resources and/or the necessities most people are used to. It makes one wonder what he/she might do if such a tragedy were to suddenly decimate or destroy life and living as we know it. The characters in the book had done little to no preparation but yet they managed to adapt and survive, granted they were lucky enough to have been within a radiation-safe zone.
After listening to this audiobook I find myself wondering how well I might be able to adapt, what I might do if my family was lost and how I might cope, knowing the world had regressed hundreds of years and was for all intents and purposes, 'poisoned' for thousands more. Disaster is devastating. Reading about it is one level of fear but this audiobook made me really think about nuclear war and the end of the world. I admit I am truly, wholly and unbelievably terrified...Alas, Babylon!!!
This was a fast paced, detailed story that really had me wanting to know how they would face the next set of challenges. At times a found some of the details hard to believe but enjoyed the story overall. The performance by Will Patton was just as good as his usual stellar readings.
Nuclear war aftermath
Makes me think of the TV movie "the day after" although I can't remember much about the movie!
Will Patton does an excellent reading performance, projecting a steely gravity that has a 1950s feel to it, appropriate to the subject. This provides an authentic feel that it is unlikely many of us could match if we were to read the book silently to ourselves from the page.
The most interesting person is probably the hero, Randy Bragg, who at the outset of the story is something of a light-hearted joker. He is a young man who has not yet faced any real challenges, but this state of affairs is about to change radically. When it does, he rises to the occasion, while retaining his likeability. Characerisation is not really the author's strongest suit, nor does it need to be in this story. Still, the overall array of characters is believably enought drawn in.
The real interest of this book is in the way that it tackles its theme. Those listeners who lived through the years of the 'Cold War' will remember well the fear that we all had of the day that 'the button would be pushed', unleashing nuclear war across the globe. Well, Pat Frank actually traces out a scenario of what would happen to a small rural community in America if this were to eventuate. He tackles the subject soberly, without exaggerations or frills - but grippingly, nonetheless. He is clearly informed as to his facts, althought it is apparent that, writing as he was in the 1950s, he lacked the help of the army of researchers that nowadays assist with the writing of thrillers tackling such large subjects. In fact, the broader, international context to the events of the book is in the background most of the time, though it is never forgotten. The story events themselves are only marginally concerned with the more spectacular effects of nuclear war, the intial explosions, blindness caused by seeing the flash from the bombs, radiation sickness and the like. Primarily, this is the story of what happens as a small community, out of range of the initial effects but still classified as lying within a contaminated zone, loses bit by bit the things that C20th people rely on and take for granted in their lives. First lectricity goes, and soon afterwards petrol and one sort of food after another. Then it is water, then medical care... the list goes on. How do people respond, and is there an inexorable downward spiral in values as desperation increases, or do some rise above the circumstances? In a sense, these are old questions, but they have not often been seen against such a complete and sudden trauma as happens here. The other interesting thing about this book is the detailed view we get of the way of life and the values of the 1950s. We have grown accustomed to thinking of this era in retrospect (for example, Stephen King recreated it in detail in his recent book 11.22.63, and the comparisons in the two portrayals are fascinatiog).
I read “One Second After” just after reading this book and it was neat to read them together. These are great books and a must read for any armchair political scientists.
These stories are also wonderful apocalyptic stories for those that couldn’t care less about political science.