It's way up there, not as good as Unbroken or The Help
You'd never know this was written in the 50's - the writing is beautiful, modern and very timely
If you can get past the first half of the first part you will not be able to stop listening. I loved the narrator
For a book that was written 50 years ago, I was amazed at how timely the references were and how current the story line was. Just replace the nuclear war with the economic crisis in 2008 and you almost have a story that could have been written right now.
I would compare the character development to John Irving. Just enough insight to their motivations without being overloaded and boring.
I am not through with the book yet but only have1 hour of listening left. I think it was the scene where the banker came to the realization that money was of no value anymore.
I read a short biography of the author just a few minutes ago and I was surprised. For a man who was a "bigger than life" character, he understood the nuances of love and family very well.
The book would have been better if the author was not stuck in the 1950's in regards to his opinion of women.
Really, a woman who, in the wake of an atomic attack that has devastated her community, her state, and her nation, CRIES because her goldfish is dead and her cat has let her down ?? This author has zero understanding of the character and strength of women.
Yes, I liked it at first. I thought the main character, Randy, was quite likable. But the author's obviously patronizing attitude toward women was a complete turn-off.
Somewhat dated in reference to technology, but absolutely right on about people and possible scenarios in a small town in Florida after a nuclear war. One difference between this book and other similar books is that we get to experience the actual war.
This is one of my top three favorite audiobooks so far. It is a great story combined with perfect narration. I wish every book I got on audible were as entertaining as this one.
I purchased the book because of good reviews and that I am a fan of Will Patton's narration. I also like stories about regular folk who "rise to their potential." This book satisfied on both counts. The post-war scenario was very believable and rather timeless in what was lost and how people coped. Characters were interesting and Will Patton did a great job giving them "personality." Also, after listening to several 20+ hour books, it was nice to have a more concise story to enjoy (so I can go on to the next good listen!).
This book was originally published in 1959 but it could be ripped from today's headlines. The book is so current it is incredible. The town in Florida where the book takes place is truly a microcosm for the world we know. A sobering look at what could be and what we hope will never be. Will Patton is an absolutely amazing narrator.
I am always up for good apocalytic literature. This one didn't disappoint. It's a bit dated but I didn't find that very distracting at all. It was very basic in the themes it dealt with and the treatment of those themes but it managed to create the atmosphere well enough to hold my attention and also get my imagination humming along at times I wasn't listening.
I can't believe I have never heard of this book. It is such a compeling story and wonderfully read. I'm not a big sci-fi fan, but this was great. I am going to recommend this book to all my "reader" friends.