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)
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I guess once the apocalypse hits, it doesn't really matter if the survivors are from the 50s or today, the problems faced would be attacked much in the same way. This book, about survivors of nuclear war in the 1950s, follows a small town and its inhabitants through to meeting up with civilization again.
Will Patton was very good reading this one and bringing the grim circumstances to life. His tone was fitting for the style of the story and he seemed to be a natural extension of the author.
This one kept my interest and was fast paced and entertaining
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Yet another book I would have missed but for the Daily Deal. I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The premise is frightening and all too believable, and the author treats it with seriousness and thought. In the second part of the book, the dialogue and descriptions veer toward the Wild West, but it's not bad, just cliched.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the women are such cardboard characters that it becomes funny. Hey, women can do stuff! They can, uh, sew! Make breakfast! Organize a household! And there must be something else they can do . . . uh, no, can't come up with anything else. Did I mention they make a damned good cup of coffee? It's so retro that it's amusing, not irritating. I know it's 1959, but even considering that, it's unusually pathetic. Perhaps the author didn't know many women.
Anyway, it's definitely worth a listen. It's a plausible view of WWIII and its aftermath. It would be interesting paired with James Howard Kunstler's The World Made By Hand and The Witch of Hebron, recent imaginings of the life of a small town after the breakdown of the U.S. political system and the disappearance of oil and electricity. I read both of these and can't comment on the audio editions, but I recommend both books.
Mother of 8, grandmother of 10, RN and book nerd...
I enjoyed this book so much that I know I will listen to it time & time again. I always keep standby books loaded to my device for those times I want a listen that will be there when I'm looking to revisit an experience that kept me enthralled. This one just made my go to listen. It was absolutely awesome!
I am a reluctant reader who enjoys listening more than visually deciphering. I mainly enjoy Sci-Fi, but especially post apocalyptic worlds.
The story was very convincing and compelling. The narrators voice was very good and kept me interested. I really like Will Patton in the movies and now in audiobooks.
Randy Bragg is my favorite because he came across as a rugged survivor who would be capable of living through such an ordeal. He was also a fair tempered man with a good heart.
Will Patton is a very good actor. His voice has some gravel in it so it makes his characters sound more manly. He has a way of making the character become real that most actors lack.
When the bombs were going off and very quickly the world turned from civilized to primitive...no television, radio or phones. That is a shock to the system for us easy going civilians.
I gave only four stars for the story only because I think that some of the nuclear bombs that went off in nearby cities would have had a much more negative effect on their town. I think the author should have had the survivors gain access to some underground survival shelter so that way it would have increased the believability.
Seamless moving from character to character.
More of a mellow reaction. It was a survival tale without all the blood and guts.
I enjoyed this book. I cared about the characters.
While dated in some respects, if seen as the "period piece" that it essentially is, it holds up well. Much more enjoyable than the "mainstream" sci-fi that has been recommended to me.
As I was explaining to a colleague: the book leads you into thoughts of how you would cope with such calamities, which makes for interesting thoughts that last well beyond the reading of the book.
The audio is excellent, and just makes the wonderful words of Pat Frank come to life. I really enjoy Will Patton as a narrator and actor.
Needing salt, and remembering that his ancestor had the same problem.
This was a great book when it was published, and expressed so well the fears of the times. Here we are in 2013 and the same fears are facing us. We can learn valuable lessons from these characters.
It was the second time I have read this book. The first time to listen. So as you can imagine the third time is the charm. I enjoyed it because it allows you to imagine everyday people can survive almost anything. It showed that people need not break down into murderous hoards to do so. This book is about a different place and time, written in the 1950's, when nuclear bombs and WWWIII was the biggest fear. It also showed how many things we take for granted in our every day living. It centers on one family and one small town. Like any small town there is a large diversity of people and all handle the situation just a little bit differently.
You feel you actually are there with the characters as events unfold. There is an underlying optimism and absence of panic which I believe would dominate the emotions of people subjected to such a tragedy.
The isolation of Fort Repose. The romantic feelings of characters frequently referred to in the book.
Can't describe it. He's good.
Be more careful in buying dystopian books. I really liked 1984 but not this.
Don't get it if you want a gripping "can't put it down " read. It's so-so, that's all.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
Alas, Babylon is a wonderful book. It is post-apocalyptic, but not horrific in any way. It is a simple story of survival, with the characters using wit, common sense and creativity to survive on their own. Will Patton was a perfect choice for the narrator, and he did a great job.
I was truly shocked to find that this book was published in 1959!! It seemed too modern and timely (minus the digital gadgets of today)!
I highly recommend this audiobook--you will not be disappointed!!
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