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Randy

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • On the Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (119)

    A war no one fully understands has devastated the planet with radioactive fallout from massive cobalt bombing. Melbourne, Australia, is the only area whose citizens have not yet succumbed to the contamination. But there isn’t much time left, a few months, maybe more—and the citizens of Melbourne must decide how they will live the remaining weeks of their lives, and how they will face a hopeless future.

    Julie says: "The most emotionally moving story I have ever read"
    "Made a Huge Impression"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of On the Beach to be better than the print version?

    I'm blind, so don't read print.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Every character in the book offered different takes on the end of hisotry.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    All of them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last chapter when you knew for sure history was ending.


    Any additional comments?

    What would you do if you only had a year to live? What would you think about? The humanity of this book, and how all of these characters answer this question is what really draws you. Don't read this if you aren't in in the mood to do some serious thinking. Best book I have read in a while. Stands up to time well.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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