Say something about yourself!
The only good thing I can say about this book is regarding Will Patytton performance.
the book is forgetable, but Patton performance, as always is worth the listen.
Relevant, engrossing, informative
I enjoyed "witnessing" the adaptations of the community of characters from a life of modern conveniences to resourcefulness and frugal use of natural resources.
Probably the doctor
Not in an emotional way. The book was more moving intellectually--causing me to think and ponder.
It's easy to imagine several scenarios in our current political climate that could lead to our having to adjust to a post-apocalyptic world like the characters in Alas, Babylon. This book does a good job of immersing you into that world and showing you several possible outcomes. While the characters aren't really the main point of the book, I did find them to be real and relatable enough that I stayed engaged throughout the story. As a side note, I never felt that the book was dark, dismal, or depressing and remained hopeful in the midst of social upheaval.
lost in words
wake up notice. When you read this book you can't help but think about what would you do to survive and do you start now or wait till it is too late.
When Randy told Ben Franklin how it is to be a man.
Great character differentiation in voices.
Yes. Alas, I could not.
Do not let the publication date deter you. This book could have been written yesterday except for some very minor details (no Internet mentioned, tube radios, etc.). A great listen.
I thought that the author ended things about as well as he could, given the fact that the world could never return to what it was before the Day. He conveyed well the sense of time's inexorable march forward.
He could read long, descriptive passages effortlessly and as naturally as casual conversation. I also admire his ability to shift voices while not coming across as cutesy or patronizing. In the future I will definitely follow his work. Patton did an incredible job at this narration.
The scene where Dr. Dan was beaten, his tools stolen, and his glasses smashed was terribly real.
There was not a single woman in the book with more depth than a cardboard cutout figure, and most had less: they were doodles on the backs of a child's spiral-bound notebook. The paternalistic attitude shown toward the descendents of the Bragg family's slaves was also grating.
Really, it's a well-written book, but the contents are just more wanking off about the greatness of the protestant white man, and Sci-Fi has that in abundance.
yes. teaches about starting over to survive disaster.`
not at this time, am not finished with it yet.
I have recommended this book to others, loaned out copies, and had copies stolen. All to the good, for the messages (and there are many) are for everyone.
I wasn't too certain this would be an enjoyable experience because Will Patton's voice is much different from the voice that plays inside my head when reading the paperback, however...it was easy to adjust to Mr. Patton's style. He gave different inflections to some parts of the novel than I would have, but nonetheless very pleasing.
I was born in the midst of the Cold War and have never known a day without the threat of global annihilation. The only sensible thing to do in an untenable situation is to learn and prepare as much as is humanly possible. Vital to any survival situation is the presence of "hope". This is the story of a group of people with the drive and courage to make the best of what life and geopolitics handed them. This is a story of hope...and a *must* for every emotional toolbox.
Other than the absence of computers and cell phones this story could be written today and be just as meaningful. Great characters, great story stands the test of time.
Jamie in Missouri
This book is a classic Sci Fi of the Doomsday Genre. Although I had read the paper book many times, the narration really added to the enjoyment of the story.
The many ways the families found to cope with a horrible disaster.
By doing such a great job of changing his voice to match the character it was almost like hearing a whole cast of people.
I really wanted to but, since this was my first and only book, I tried to make the experience last as long as possible.