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Alas, Babylon | [Pat Frank]

Alas, Babylon

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....
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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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    "Fun but dated"

    I am a big fan of "after the blast" novels--who would survive, what would be valuable, what would lose its worth, and what skills would make successful survivors? This book addresses all these concepts, and offers interesting and convincing answers. I loved the idea that the town library became the place everyone turned for both amusement and information. It isn't too hard to get past the fact that the "Ruskies" are the big enemy and that computers and most of the electronic devices we all take for granted don't even exist, but the cliched roles assigned to African Americans and women become tedious. Well read by Will Patton, and helped to pass the time enjoyably on a long car trip.

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    Richard North Andover, MA, United States 05-04-11
    Richard North Andover, MA, United States 05-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Oh, alas!!"

    I have to admit that I am not a fan of Will Patton as a narrator. He did not hold my interest in James Burke's books, and I find it difficult to listen to him with this book. As for the story: I found it difficult to continue to listen at times simply because I did not feel that the author did a great job of developing any of the characters. I never felt connected to any of them. The ideas are interesting and it does make you think about preparedness for such a disaster, but that is all I felt from it. Disappointed with this selection.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ray GRAPEVIEW, WA, United States 03-28-11
    Ray GRAPEVIEW, WA, United States 03-28-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Alas, Babylon"

    Not much. Story is weak and drags on and on. I'm sorry I bought it.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    DeFoe London, 1680 07-12-11
    DeFoe London, 1680 07-12-11 Member Since 2009
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    "1950's B Movie in print"

    When the lady's cat ate her parrot and this was supposed to foretell the imminent breakdown of civil society, I knew we were no longer in the realm of great literature.

    I found this survivalist tale amusing enough, but in a dime store sort of way. One thing, though, that was interesting about this book I thought was the way it brought back the feeling of the Cold War. It's a feeling that's not so easy to recapture in our post 9/11 society, where terrorism as replaced Soviet bombs as the fear most pressing upon the tranquility of our daily lives.

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    Monica Kaneohe, HI, United States 01-28-11
    Monica Kaneohe, HI, United States 01-28-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Too simplistic"

    For me, the story was too simplistic and boring. It was more "tell" than "show."

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    Breanna Alhambra, CA, United States 04-26-11
    Breanna Alhambra, CA, United States 04-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "apocalypse yawn"

    Audible recommended this book based on a high rating I gave "The Road." Except for the very similar premise, this couldn't have been more different. Problems that come with living after nuclear war-- shoot! Why did we buy all that ice cream?-- are predictably solved. The characters are paper-thin, and slanted slightly towards racist and sexist stereotypes. Waste of a credit!

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