Top 3rd...all around good book
One of the first appocalyptic books...1959!
Great reader!...is he still alive?
Great book to start with to get your mind into prepping mode. Other books can contain too much reality and cause a would be prepper to be paralyzed with inaction.
Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.
A story of nuclear war. A story of the apocalypse by humankind. A story that could have occurred in 1959; and a story of living in the aftermath of wide spread annihilation. I profoundly remember seeing a Playhouse 90 adaptation of the tale in a 1960 episode. The story, simple in its telling, has prophetic pronouncements of human fashioned horror and of human resiliency; at least now in retrospect having spent 50 years in human interaction.
The story never left my mind and I have used the title Alas Babylon dozens of times to explain a world suffering holocaust. (And usually those around me never understood what I was talking about.) The other night my cousin (also and Audible devotee) told me he was listening to a great story – Alas Babylon.
I had just the prior week downloaded the story to listen to. I went right to the listen and am not disappointed. It is a book of human triumph notwithstanding hominoid demoniacs. It is a book one wants to read (listen to) in one sitting.
By the way, Playhouse 90, Omnibus and of course, the Twilight Zone, have left me with tale after story after literary portrayal that have echoed in my memory all my 67 years. Wish we had them still. The Playhouse 90 stars were Burt Reynolds and the GREAT Rita Moreno (who I earlier saw in my first Broadway Play; By By Birdie.) Memory Lane.
Yes. It would be like going back into my memories and experiencing it again with old, treasured friends. The characters are so real. Although the story line is tragic in many ways, it is filled with hope, faith, courage - a genuinely uplifting book.
Will Patton is an extraordinarily talented narrator/actor. I have listened to his performances of James Lee Burke's books, but Alas, Babylon, has to be my favorite. I believed each character as a unique person, and at the end of the book, I hated to say goodbye to each and every one. Only Will Patton (or perhaps George Guidall) can accomplish that in my opinion.
It was sure a pleasure to hear a book of this caliber without crass language. More please.
I liked that this book and all that happened in it was quite realistic.
After reading other post-apocalypse books such as The Stand, naturally this book felt very short and even a bit shallow. Events took place quickly and the story although good, never seemed to really break the surface. A good quick read, but not the enthralling story I was quite looking for.
I hope this review resonates for those who haven't been lifelong readers and/or are new to audiobooks. At 34, I am the picture of the guy who was raised on the original Nintendo and bought every new system thereafter, even up to the PS3. Now that I have children, I am beginning to understand the value of reading.
I twice attempted to listen to 2 different audiobooks but had an incredibly hard time following through. I figured I wasn't built for listening. It wasn't until I got this book that I realized all it took was an engaging plot in combination with a good narrator to really be able to enjoy the story.
Alas, Babylon had both. It really rekindled my interest in reading. If your like me and trying to engage yourself in storytelling for the first time, this book is a great place to start. I learned a great lesson also. Don't assume newer books will resonate better. This story was written so long ago and yet it feels like the author was writing based on current events.
Im glad I took heed to the reviews and gave listening another try.
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I have listened to this book several times now and enjoyed it every time.
It's hard to reckon with the fact that this story is more than 50 years old. By today's standards, the idea that we could survive or "win" a nuclear exchange is probably the campiest notion or the one requiring the greatest suspension of disbelief, but when we get past that, the characters are finely and sympathetically drawn. I particularly appreciated the author's stance against racism which was apparent throughout..
Yes. It did take more than one sitting to get through,
Mature themes. Rated PG-13.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
The narration was perfect for this book. The whole time I was listening I was thinking that the author did a great job with the material,
Funny you should ask because I just got done listening to 1225 Christmas Tree Ln Which is a cedar cove novel. It was about a community of people who helped each other get through difficult situations. This book was about how the community helped each other through hard times. This book was written in 1959 about nuclear war. The other one was just about what to do with 12 orphan puppies. They both had the same theme. Alas Babylon was obviously more intense because the stakes were higher.
When the youngest member of the community asked the oldest member of the community for advise. They both were feeling helpless to contribute and they both found out they did have something to offer.
There were a lot of parts that moved me.it was about surviving and their perseverance to carry on. The main character, especially, decided it is not going to end this way.
I feel like the story and narration came together as a real great experience.
An excellent story especially for those having experienced the real threat of nuclear war in the 50-60's.
All the characters became favorites because of the length of time covered by the story.
The fishing scene when the secret of true fishing was revealed to an unlikely character.
When anyone good died in the book it almost felt like you would truly miss them and for the bad ones you cheered.
It's worth listening to again and periodically hereafter.
I took a "chance" on this book on a recommendation. I can't believe I've never read it. Wonderful characters, story, performance.
Wow! As a child of the '50's - '60's who had to hide under their school desk in preparation for a Russian nuclear attack, I was blown away by the storyline should an attack actually had occurred! This book has many memorable characters whose thoughts and actions had me on edge multiple times - from rooting for their survival to being terrified for them. This is sort of The Walking Dead experience, sans "walkers", but with a whole boatload of issues one cannot even contemplate in their attempt to survive a nuclear war from a small city in Florida. Most interesting, being written in the '50's, the author had some serious knowledge regarding civil preparation, military tactics and geopolitical going-ons.
Too many to list...probably the way they used auto Engines to power the short wave radio (no Directv in 1959, or when the doctor was beaten by the highway men or...
Don't usually listen to him - but he did an excellent job.
Love, love, loved this book.