This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly.
But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness. Will Patton's narration paints this classic tale as an ominous picture of the terrible possibilites of the nuclear age.
©1959 Harry Hart Frank (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"An enthralling and vivid story of the follies and failures of people, their courage and cruelty, their treachery and triumphs. Mr. Frank is a magnificent writer." (Chicago Sunday Tribune)
"A warm, continuously interesting story of what can happen to a group of ordinary people in a perilous situation." (New York Herald Tribune)
“Will Patton is a calm and steady narrator whose quiet intensity wraps around this post-apocalyptic saga...He reflects the tones of deference of women to men, nonwhites to whites, and children to adults. In a conversational tone, he quietly brings the characters and their relationships to life.” (AudioFile)
A well-crafted tale of 1950s Cold War fears come to life: a nuclear attack on the United States, and while a world war is being fought blindly, a small Florida town tries to survive as an island surrounded by a radioactive sea of contaminated cities. Will Patton is fantastic, and the fifties sensibilities are fascinating. One star deducted for the era's sexism and racism. (Might be unacceptable for some.) Warning: You may begin building a bomb-shelter or food stockpile after listening.
Chronologically, this story is outdated, but since the modern civilization is wiped out early on, it's very easy to forget this was supposed to have happened in our past!
It's a great tale of survivors building a new society in the face of terrible odds. 'Very inspirational, I thought!
Will Patton was a great narrator, too.
Narrator was great, but I felt like the story, great from the start, just ended on a blah. No real resolution, felt like there should be another chapter, or the author ran out of ideas...
I was intrigued by the story but also by the fact that it was written in that same time-period (1959) by a respected journalist, and reflects the attitudes and fears of that era. I would love to read his non-fiction,' How to Survive and the H Bomb and Why'. Aside from any historical value, this is a great story and it is read by one of the great narrators. Bring back more Pat Frank, please, Audible!
I read the book many years ago so it's unfair to compare the two now. But I did thoroughly enjoy the audible version of this classic.
No I haven't, but I definitely will now!
Hope it never happens. survival of the most prepared.
descriptions of the attack, where and what targets were hit and those that were not.
return to the dark ages
I had never heard of this book,which was first published when i was 10. It is an amazing work which holds up extremely well and is relevant to what is happening in the world today. The narration is mostly very good and the
occasional mispronounced word adds a bit of unintended humor.
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