An almost true story about the aftermath of the very brief WWIII (due to the inclusion of nukes). Considering how one man prevented this from happening during the Cuban Missile Crisis, this story is quite realistic. It lets you look into the psychology of people who have the luxury/curse of knowing the date of their death because of the upcoming nuclear fallout. It gives them fear while also letting them truly live. It's an interesting concept to observe as you wonder just how you would live if you knew when you were going to die. Nevil Shute pulls no punches as this is a very sad story overall.
Be warned however that unless you find the subject matter fascinating you may not greatly enjoy this. It can be a little depressing and there isn't much excitement in the story. It is more about observing how ordinary people in Australia live knowing they will soon be dead because of a war they did not want.
I thought this was unabridged. I can't believe there isn't a single unabdridged version anywhere. Not only do people not want to read the books, but they can't even listen to the whole thing anymore?! The narrator sounds like he really does not want to be reading this and makes little effort in voice differentiation between characters. How can I stay interested when the narrator isn't? Don't get this.
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