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Alas, Babylon Audiobook

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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    kim west 07-15-14
    kim west 07-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "AS GOOD AS I REMEMBERED FROM HIGH SCHOOL"
    What did you love best about Alas, Babylon?

    The "reality" of how a community could survive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The entire story is so plausible.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first but I look forward to hearing more.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I makes you think of the what ifs.


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    Norberto 06-13-14
    Norberto 06-13-14
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    "Great naration!"
    Would you listen to Alas, Babylon again? Why?

    Yes, I love this book, I wished Pat Frank had written more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alas, Babylon?

    The last paragraph of the book, its amazing. I enjoyed it all, I was enthralled, had to listen several hours every other day. Listened in the car, and at gym.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like how he does not over-do the voices, its slight, tasteful.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Probably, if I had time.


    Any additional comments?

    Great buy.

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    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 06-04-14
    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 06-04-14
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    "nice little gem"

    the story and characters weren't overly interesting, but the premise was interesting enough to keep it interesting.

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    Janis L. De Jesus Shokan, NY 05-29-14
    Janis L. De Jesus Shokan, NY 05-29-14
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    "Riveting Book!"

    I really enjoyed this book. It should be a best-seller if its not now. The listener sees everything in their own mind so clearly regarding what is happening. This storyline set back in the dark ages really made me happy I didn't live back in those days!

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    Debra B 05-22-14
    Debra B 05-22-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Remarkable how fresh this sounds"

    I ought to read more classic sci-fi. Alas, Babylon has been sitting on my iPod for many, many months, right there with a Henry James novel that I know I ought to read because it would probably be good for me. I thought Alas, Babylon might be a tired story, full of the usual nuclear holocaust situations, and was surprised at how pulled in to the story I was. If you have read a few end-of-the-world books (and even if you haven't), you probably know a thing or two about stocking canned foods, etc., and you won't pick up many new tips here. As always, have a ham radio. But the author did a good job of spelling out the world of the survivors, and made me see how situations would evolve, and how there would be things you didn't quite anticipate. I say this while knowing Pat Frank's science may be a little shaky (fallout?) - for me it did not detract. Also, the characters were reasonably drawn out, and that also held my interest. Will Patton does a great job of narrating, and I wondered if I would have thought that about the characters if I had read the book, and not listened to it. Either way, it's a good book.

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    D. R. Green 05-07-14
    D. R. Green 05-07-14
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    "Alas Babylon written in 1959, still moving story!"

    I listed to this again recently and I am still moved by the story and the characters. Pat Frank wrote this in 1959 but it still speaks to the human spirit and the will to survive anything. So many end of the world stories show the worst of human nature, but this one shows how humans can work together against terrible odds. Will Patton is an excellent narrator and I always enjoy listening to him! Try this one and I think you will really enjoy both the story and the narrator.

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    S Jones Casselberry, FL, United States 05-06-14
    S Jones Casselberry, FL, United States 05-06-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Enthralling and Thought Provoking"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, in fact, I normally read "real" paper books during my lunch break at work but this book was so good I took my iPhone into the break room so that I could stay in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Hard to believe this was written in 1959 although some statements are cringe-worthy due to the culture of those times. Since I live in the Orlando area, I'm familiar with the areas in the book which added an element of enjoyment for me.

    Definitely gives one pause and much to think about with regards to war, nuclear catastrophe, community and necessary survival skills. Character and integrity are also important themes in the story. Overall, lots to contemplate, skills to learn and perhaps supplies to acquire should disaster strike.

    Will Patton has the perfect voice. I could listen to him read the fine print in prescription ads and be entertained.

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    Maineac 05-01-14
    Maineac 05-01-14
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    "Time well spent"
    Where does Alas, Babylon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3rd...all around good book


    What did you like best about this story?

    One of the first appocalyptic books...1959!


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great reader!...is he still alive?


    Any additional comments?

    Great book to start with to get your mind into prepping mode. Other books can contain too much reality and cause a would be prepper to be paralyzed with inaction.

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    Jane Hatfield Sierra Vista, AZ United States 04-04-14
    Jane Hatfield Sierra Vista, AZ United States 04-04-14
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    Would you listen to Alas, Babylon again? Why?

    Yes. It would be like going back into my memories and experiencing it again with old, treasured friends. The characters are so real. Although the story line is tragic in many ways, it is filled with hope, faith, courage - a genuinely uplifting book.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Will Patton is an extraordinarily talented narrator/actor. I have listened to his performances of James Lee Burke's books, but Alas, Babylon, has to be my favorite. I believed each character as a unique person, and at the end of the book, I hated to say goodbye to each and every one. Only Will Patton (or perhaps George Guidall) can accomplish that in my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    It was sure a pleasure to hear a book of this caliber without crass language. More please.

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    Bethany 02-28-14
    Bethany 02-28-14
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    "Good book, but felt too shallow overall"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that this book and all that happened in it was quite realistic.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading other post-apocalypse books such as The Stand, naturally this book felt very short and even a bit shallow. Events took place quickly and the story although good, never seemed to really break the surface. A good quick read, but not the enthralling story I was quite looking for.

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