I am usually too busy (or lazy) to write reviews, but this book deserves praise. It is a great insight into the way people thought at the height of the Cold War and just how much was on the line. Plus, its just a great story and the reader did an amazing job.
Lawyer, Vietnam War draftee, Peace Corps Thailand, fan of the Constitution, Science Fiction lover, work in New York City, like bodysurfing
At first I thought I could not get through the awful stereotypes from 1950s fiction.. the men's men (who had served or were serving in the military with distinction), the pompous small town aristocrat throwing his weight around who turns out to be a coward, the noble black man (in a Florida town) with a minstrel's name and minstrel's speech who reads the Washington Post and NY Times thrown out by the white guys.. and worst of all the women who are to varying degrees kind of ditzy ... But this post-nuclear attack survival story was lots of fun to listen to and Will Patton was the perfect narrator... Do not know how realistic the post-bomb scenario was but it gave me plenty to think about...
The thought provoking scenarios
Didn't want to pause, it was very addictive
An all time favourite
This was a book that I bought in junior high school as part of a school reading program, so re-reading it (listening to it) bathed me in nostalgia, but I am surprised how good a story it remains, although it has practically become a historical novel. What a window into the 1950s nuclear arms race and a "prehistoric" Florida.
The quiet decay of everyday life among the survivors of an apocalyptic event. The protagonist stocks up on frozen food, just before the power goes out. A near-sighted physician who loses his eyeglasses is a catastrophe for the isolated survivors of a calamity.
The characters are well drawn and clearly delineated by the narrator's performance.
The brief, but completely plausible account of how an accidental nuclear war could begin. The fact that Syria remains a flashpoint all these years later is eerie.
I'd love to hear more of books of this genre/from this period.
Author of The Madison Picker and the Serapis Fraktur
Ranks above the top of the top in my view, and I not only read voraciously EVERYTHING, but I am also a writer. Pat Frank nailed this better than Nevil Shute's, On the Beach.. This is gut-wrenching story that I read as a boy in the 1960s when it was in paperback. Nowadays a signed first in hardcover can be well over a thousand dollars. I looked it up in Audible, and when I saw Will Patton was the actor, well, that clenched it for me. I had to get this audiobook.
The protagonist, Bragg. He was realistic and heroic.
His acting acumen. My god, his range is huge! He must have voices in his head, or something, to be able to do all of the different characters and still keep them sorted. I wish he'd do my book!
When Mordechai died.
I see that Mr. Patton also does voice overs for James Lee Burke. ... Now I know HOW I am going to go broke.
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
.. and loved it. Maybe now it's dated, although it shouldn't be. The story has a great premise but this version left me cold. Maybe "you just can't go home again."
Great American classic. Enjoyed the heck out of it. This book was written decades ago and still relates to todays times. I would read again
Yes. Besides Will Patton's excellent vocalizations, the compelling storyline would bring me back to listen again. I would have to give it time, but it is one I would revisit. I may actually read the book.
Failsafe. But only for the chilling effect of the thought of Nuclear Annilhilation. The stories are different in scope and effect, but the considerations they dredge up are timeless. How would YOU react in either situation? What would YOUR thoughts, expectations, realities and future be?
Will Patton gives each character, not just a voice, but he imparts personality and depth to each person. He makes them real. I listen to many books, and have a number of favorite narrators, but Will Patton stands alone in his ability to create a scene with his voice. Through Will's intonations and inflections, you can SEE the town, the people, the various homes; stores; offices, etc... In his readings of James Lee Burkes 'Dave Robicheaux' series, you can FEEL the heat and humidity of the bayou on a sweltering summer day. You can see the moss hanging from the cypress trees. You can smell the fetid stench of a marsh... he is no less successful in 'Alas, Babylon.' I will buy any audiobook that Will Patton narrates. In fact, he is my first search when looking for a new audiobook.
Yes, but being that I listen while driving, by necessity, I listen in short segments. But that only serves to make me want to listen all the more next time I am in the car.
When listening to this book... try, TRY to imagine this happening today. We are so much more dependent on our lifelines: cell phones; ipads; laptops and such. They serve to isolate us from the realities of life. They are our escape, actually, from those realities. A catastrophe as unimaginable as the one in 'Alas, Babylon' is a reality from which there IS no escape.How would YOU cope?
I loved this take on the collapse of the infrastructure, and the aftermath, from the 1950's point of view.
Mary Dean RN, BSN, Health Sciences Teacher. Member since March 2010.
Yes, because the reader gives voice to the characters that one can only imagine when reading the book yourself.
When they were on the porch watching the explosions of the nuclear bombs in the distance.
On the bridge defeating the thugs.
Neither, it made me worry about what would happen to all of us in America if Iran or North Korea detonate a nuclear device either above the atmosphere or direct hits on our land.
I can see how this book would influence the writer of "One Second After."