It is hard for me to rank any book, but I definitely would rate this as one near the top of my list. While it was written years ago, the reactions of the characters still are valid for our times, provoking thought and introspection. But what really made it enjoyable was the narrator.
I enjoyed watching the growth of the main characters juxtaposed with the descent into base animalistic living of others.
I can't single out one character, but rather want to say Patton has one of the most pleasant, engaging voices of all the narrators I have listened too. I will be looking for other books just to hear his presentation.
When the little girl discovered the hidden room, and music came back into their lives, was one of my favoirte moments. She became the hero she wanted to be just by being curious little girl.
This book also struck a chord for me as I grew up near Omaha and the other bases and missile silos in the area. The reality of living near a definite target area helped me begin to fight the fog of addiction and draw closer to a Higher Power, which eventually became God.
Yes, it has some thought provoking themes and the narration is excellent.
I've only seen him in films. I didn't realize that he was such an excellent storyteller.
This is my mother's favorite book. I had never read it, and so didn't fully understand the attraction. I'm a speculative fiction fan, but the story didn't sound very exciting at first glance. I have to say, that this book is enthralling. It also causes you to ask yourself many questions, some of which include: What qualities are important in a person? What skills do I really have? Could I survive? Also, Will Patton's storytelling ability is first rate.
This is a classic story. The events leading up to the day are a bit dated but afterwards it could easily be in our present time. Great character development and narration. Perfect length for our road trip.
I very much enjoy post-apocalyptic fiction (especially the type without zombies or aliens!). Although written more than 50 years ago, the book portrays a realistic scenario of might happen today in the event of nuclear war -- except that contemporary humans would be even less likely to survive and adapt, because of our even greater reliance on technology and electricity. I'm certainly thinking about beefing up my family's emergency supplies after listening to this book. Makes me want to buy a set of encylopedia and a couple hundred pounds of salt. The narrator does an excellent job.
Gives good insight on what would be important in a distaster. I was pleasantly surprised that this book was written in the 50's - it didn't matter a bit. The needs of the characters would be the same in any decade.
The wonderful character and scene descriptions reminiscent of James Lee Burke
There is no one quite like Will to bring the narrative alive
Chillingly realistic. Having grown up "under the mushroom cloud" backdrop of the cold war, this was really possible.
Too bad Mr. Frank has passed away. I would have loved more from him.
Perhaps this book resonates a little more deeply with those of us in the generation that learned to duck and cover in school, but I found this book to be tremendously satisfying. If the bombs had dropped, this is how I would have wanted it to be. Death and destruction are inevitable, but deliverance is won inch by inch through human endeavor, courage, ingenuity, and compassion.
No idea. I don't like to read. I am a good listener.
The story was based on an actual city in my home state of Florida, Mount Dora. I enjoyed the remarks of the time concerning Miami and local happennings. I also learned how Orlando International Airport has the code of MCO.
The main character.
No. I love end-of-times movies. I did laugh about the remarks about Miami and how bad the traffic was in Orlando, back in the 50s. (You should see how bad traffic is now in Orlando!)
Good listen. I enjoyed "reading" this classic.
yes - good book, even with its content out of date.. tells it like it was when the book was written
Randy's last meeting with his brother, Mark
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
I enjoyed the narrator even though the occasional smacking of the lips was off putting. The story is one that we've all heard before but was well written. The apocolypse in a small town and how they survive and turn to old ways is always interesting. The reason that this one stood out was only because of it's historical context. Shock! A woman is president!