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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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    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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    Sarah 01-13-15
    Sarah 01-13-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Well done!"

    I have listened to this book at least 3 times and still enjoy it. It is well written, has an interesting plot and has a great narrator.

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    Jay 01-13-15
    Jay 01-13-15 Member Since 2004
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    "Great 1950s View of Nuclear War"

    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.

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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 01-11-15
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 01-11-15 Member Since 2013

    Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!

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    "WOW!! Alas, Babylon left me breathless!"

    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!!

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    david 01-06-15
    david 01-06-15
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    "Nuclear holocaust was more boring than I expected"

    Meh. It was ok but I wouldn't rush out and recommend it to people I like. But you might like it.

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    Courtney Ashland, Oregon 12-15-14
    Courtney Ashland, Oregon 12-15-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Pulled me in and didn't let me go!"

    Loved every aspect of this book. Great story, character, and narration. Will Patton is one of my favorites!!

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