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Alas, Babylon Audiobook

Alas, Babylon

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Pat Frank's post-apocalyptic novel about a cold war that's finally boiled over into a nuclear doomsday over is over 50 years old, but it still feels entirely fresh. The post -apocalyptic world asks: Without our job, our social status, and our possessions what would we have left? Alas, Babylon answers unequivocally: our sense of duty to our fellow man, our bonds of love with family and friends, and, above all, our will to survive. Will Patton is electrifying as narrator, and his thunderous delivery of the novel's titular cry will remain with you long after you finish. — Michael

Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Fiction, 2012

"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)

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    Ryan 02-06-15
    Ryan 02-06-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story, even after a second listen."

    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.

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    Kenneth LeFebvre Berea, OH USA 01-28-15
    Kenneth LeFebvre Berea, OH USA 01-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Timeless story of human survival"

    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.

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    Bulldoggy 01-28-15
    Bulldoggy 01-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent"

    I would love to see the story continued. Great story line and characters. The story is believable and narrator excellent.

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    Robert B Roseberry 01-27-15
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    "Wait! Where's the end of the story?"

    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...

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    tracy stoner 01-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Remarkable"

    Will Patton is an exemplary, talented reader. I really began to care about the main characters early on. The story is a riveting reminder of what "could be."

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    Nathan 01-18-15
    Nathan 01-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Dated."

    Its a good story. It is a bit dated but the concept of what if, is a good thought provoker.

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    Marilyn 01-16-15
    Marilyn 01-16-15
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    "More Pat Frank, please, Audible! More Will Patton!"

    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!

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    Cindy 01-16-15
    Cindy 01-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Alas, Babylon to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, but I definitely will now!


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    Mikey 01-15-15
    Mikey 01-15-15
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    "Slightly Dated"
    If you could sum up Alas, Babylon in three words, what would they be?

    Hope it never happens. survival of the most prepared.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    descriptions of the attack, where and what targets were hit and those that were not.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    return to the dark ages


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    R. Falanga Berkeley, CA United States 01-14-15
    R. Falanga Berkeley, CA United States 01-14-15 Member Since 2013

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    "A downer that renews faith in the human spirit"

    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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