The seriousness of the storyline was not a good match for this reader; she would be much better suited for a children's book. Reading this straight through in a dull monotone would've been better than the silly voices that were used for each of the characters.
I had first read the print version and wanted to share this with my husband (who is not a reader but will listen to a story). I downloaded the audio version and was immediately disappointed. What a shame that such a great story is ruined by the audio reading. Do yourself a favor and just READ the book.
This is the only audio book I have listened to twice AND bought from the bookstore as a gift for a friend. The first time I listened to it I thought, "That was really fantastic!!" Then I read "Alas, Babylon" and was surprised (and a little disappointed) to find out that "One Second After" was SO similar that there were some sections that were word for word. However, that did not stop me from listening a second time; I still enjoyed it tremendously. I would say that One Second After would be the PG-13/R rated version of "Alas, Babyon". There is a significant amount of profanity and some of the violence is pretty graphic but it is not out of line with the premise. Also, I will now listen to anything Joe Barrett reads.
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