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.
I was so disappointed when I found out that this novel was decades old. From the Cold War Era.
And then, I started listening. I was a great listen. It still packs a punch.
Narration was good.
The character development was good.
I would have liked to have heard more of the global events, whereas this story focuses only on one small area of the world and one town. I wanted to hear about the War on a more macro level...
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.
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I was amazed this book was written so long ago yet it wasn’t dated at all. The story could have been written yesterday. The Author did a great job with the way the events unfolded. I liked how I got to know each of the characters just enough and not every stinking detail. The reader was excellent and he read the book beautifully.
This is one of those stories that really make you stop and think and it makes you take a look around you with questions of could I have made it. I love books that leave an impression and make you think of them weeks later.
I was sad when this booked ended. Several days later I found myself missing the characters. It was a credit well spent!
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.
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.