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.
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"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)
yes. teaches about starting over to survive disaster.`
not at this time, am not finished with it yet.
I have recommended this book to others, loaned out copies, and had copies stolen. All to the good, for the messages (and there are many) are for everyone.
I wasn't too certain this would be an enjoyable experience because Will Patton's voice is much different from the voice that plays inside my head when reading the paperback, however...it was easy to adjust to Mr. Patton's style. He gave different inflections to some parts of the novel than I would have, but nonetheless very pleasing.
I was born in the midst of the Cold War and have never known a day without the threat of global annihilation. The only sensible thing to do in an untenable situation is to learn and prepare as much as is humanly possible. Vital to any survival situation is the presence of "hope". This is the story of a group of people with the drive and courage to make the best of what life and geopolitics handed them. This is a story of hope...and a *must* for every emotional toolbox.
Other than the absence of computers and cell phones this story could be written today and be just as meaningful. Great characters, great story stands the test of time.
A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.
I was amazed this book was written so long ago yet it wasn’t dated at all. The story could have been written yesterday. The Author did a great job with the way the events unfolded. I liked how I got to know each of the characters just enough and not every stinking detail. The reader was excellent and he read the book beautifully.
This is one of those stories that really make you stop and think and it makes you take a look around you with questions of could I have made it. I love books that leave an impression and make you think of them weeks later.
I was sad when this booked ended. Several days later I found myself missing the characters. It was a credit well spent!
Jamie in Missouri
This book is a classic Sci Fi of the Doomsday Genre. Although I had read the paper book many times, the narration really added to the enjoyment of the story.
The many ways the families found to cope with a horrible disaster.
By doing such a great job of changing his voice to match the character it was almost like hearing a whole cast of people.
I really wanted to but, since this was my first and only book, I tried to make the experience last as long as possible.
It's way up there, not as good as Unbroken or The Help
You'd never know this was written in the 50's - the writing is beautiful, modern and very timely
If you can get past the first half of the first part you will not be able to stop listening. I loved the narrator
For a book that was written 50 years ago, I was amazed at how timely the references were and how current the story line was. Just replace the nuclear war with the economic crisis in 2008 and you almost have a story that could have been written right now.
I would compare the character development to John Irving. Just enough insight to their motivations without being overloaded and boring.
I am not through with the book yet but only have1 hour of listening left. I think it was the scene where the banker came to the realization that money was of no value anymore.
I read a short biography of the author just a few minutes ago and I was surprised. For a man who was a "bigger than life" character, he understood the nuances of love and family very well.
The book would have been better if the author was not stuck in the 1950's in regards to his opinion of women.
Really, a woman who, in the wake of an atomic attack that has devastated her community, her state, and her nation, CRIES because her goldfish is dead and her cat has let her down ?? This author has zero understanding of the character and strength of women.
Yes, I liked it at first. I thought the main character, Randy, was quite likable. But the author's obviously patronizing attitude toward women was a complete turn-off.
Somewhat dated in reference to technology, but absolutely right on about people and possible scenarios in a small town in Florida after a nuclear war. One difference between this book and other similar books is that we get to experience the actual war.
This is one of my top three favorite audiobooks so far. It is a great story combined with perfect narration. I wish every book I got on audible were as entertaining as this one.
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