This book is so graphic in its portrayal of violence, that I don't think I would have gotten through the print version. The tempo of the reader made it possible to keep going and get through it. One step at a time.
As a child of the 60's. I grew up fearing "the bomb". Until I listened to this book, I was never really clear of what the effects of "the bomb" were. The book is hard to take at times. Gory, gruesome, and disgusting, it is relentless. At the same time, I couldn't "put it down". It is a triumph of presenting the reactions of normal people to a horrific situation.
I was aghast. Many times I had to stop to take a rest. An option not left to characters in the book.
My comments might sound negative, but there is a beauty in all of this horror. It is worth getting through this extremely emotional book. Whatever side of the nuclear arms question you are on, it is good to understand what you are siding for.
I thoroughly recommend this book.
I think every parent has been through the feelings expressed in this book. We just don't like to admit it in public. Samuel L. Jackson does a spectacular job of presenting the entire range of emotions that a poor overworked, underrested, but loving parent goes through.
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