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)
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.
I enjoyed this very vivid description of how people who survived a nuclear war in an rural area could have created new lives and moved forward. This is significant since I think in those days so much attention to paid to how many megatons of bombs each side had that survival after the war was not a seriously researched subject. The characters are well rounded in a 1950s style (heroic men, women who cooked and cleaned) and the performance is very good.
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
I have read a lot of books that deal with the "end of days" scenario. Book upon book about zombies, nuclear destruction, and virus after virus that annihilates the human race. I like them all, to some degree or another, and so the fact that I enjoyed this one is not surprising.
There are a few notable differences in this book, however. First of all, this book takes a very realistic approach. The author tried to put forth this story in a way of how this kind of situation could really go down. That is very enjoyable. Second, this book was written in 1959!! Man, I had no idea. This author was way ahead of their time! At the very beginning of the cold war, and not even close to the apocalypse craze that has hit us today. You also didn't have to worry about how this scenario effected technology, because there wasn't any! That left the story able to focus on the people. How they interacted, and reacted, to what was happening to them. LOVED that angle. So much cleaner!
Lastly, I have to say how much I LOVED Will Patton's narration. I am a huge believer that the narrator makes up as much of the enjoyment of the audible book as the writer, and Will Patton may be my new favorite. I have listened to 3 books narrated by him now, and each time I am simply blown away. This is his best, so far, in my opinion. It just couldn't have been narrated any better. BRAVO!!
Meh. It was ok but I wouldn't rush out and recommend it to people I like. But you might like it.
Loved every aspect of this book. Great story, character, and narration. Will Patton is one of my favorites!!
I hate to speak disparagingly about writers because, as someone who wants to be one myself, I understand the blood, sweat and tears that goes into producing a single sentence of good prose. The WRITING was excellent. The story and the pacing, however, just didn't work for me. Far too slow and I couldn't really understand the greater picture. I love anything post-apocalyptic but I don't know... this just dragged and didn't work for me. At all. The writing was really delicious, though.
I hate this question.
Helen, probably... she was useless and annoying.
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