Something has gone wrong. A group of American bombers armed with nuclear weapons is streaking past the fail-safe point, beyond recall, and no one knows why. Their destination - Moscow.
In a bomb shelter beneath the White House, the calm young president turns to his Russian translator and says, "I think we are ready to talk to Premier Kruschchev." Not far away, in the War Room at the Pentagon, the secretary of defense and his aides watch with growing anxiety as the luminous blips crawl across a huge screen map. High over the Bering Strait in a large Vindicator bomber, a colonel stares in disbelief at the attack code number on his fail-safe box and wonders if it could possibly be a mistake.
First published in 1962, when America was still reeling from the Cuban Missile Crisis, Fail-Safe reflects the apocalyptic attitude that pervaded society during the height of the Cold War, when disaster could have struck at any moment. As more countries develop nuclear capabilities and the potential for new enemies lurks on the horizon, Fail-Safe and its powerful issues continue to be relevant.
©1962 Eugene Burdick and John Harvey Wheeler, Jr (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Kevin Kraft took what was an extremely dry topic and infused enthusiasm into the audio presentation.
I was surprised at what the president of the United States did after the unintentional act perpetrated upon Russia.
The ending was my favorite part - really unexpected.
No - I think the subject matter may be too dated to be appealing to a contemporary audience.
The narrator did a very good job presenting the different characters. I would definitely listen to another book narrated by Mr. Kraft.
Kevin truly made the story come alive for me. As someone who has a long commute daily and was apprehensive about listening to a book rather than reading the pages of a book, Kevin's narration of the story made it easy for me to transition. His voice is clear, crisp and you can hear the passion, drama and story in how he becomes each character to relay the chapters of the story to you via his voice. I got sucked into the story purely because of Kevin and looked forward to him joining me on my drive every day. I looked forward to him sharing the next bits of the story and realized that even though this would not be a natural selection for me as a book lover, he piqued my interest. I would love to hear more books narrated by Kevin to see what other stories he can pull me into and let my imagination run. Well done Kevin!
Could really happen
I felt a real connection to the character. The way he gathered opinions and used the people he has chosen to make decisions, the readers (or listeners) are privy to knowledge he doesn’t have and yet his actions are bold and startling. I felt at ease with his manners and voice, it exuded confidence and determination.
Yes. In this instance his reading was more of a performance, not over the top mind you but a steady storytelling and his use of different character voices was great. I listen while driving and I need something interesting to help me stay sharp on the road. It was very enjoyable.
I did laugh out loud when protesters "They burned the book, then apologized to a non-listening public"
But at the end I really wanted MORE, what happens next.
This was the first audio book I listened to that I had not read or seen the movie first, it took me a while to get into the characters with all the set-up required, it was worth it and it may be just the way I am :o)
For me YES. The narrator was terrific and brought the story to 'real' life.
I liked all as they played an important part.
Kevin Kraft has a rich barratone voice with a hint of an accent. One that I loved to listen to.
Very thought provoking. A very good read.
This book is more applicable today than when it was written. We have missles pointed at us controlled by individuals and groups of individuals who by accident or design can kill us. It is not a lot of comfort to me that we can do it to our enemies, and we know who they are, and yet, we don't know. Be afraid.
Buck.He is between the two most powerful men on earth.
Cladisshaw (?) spelling. He is likely the most correct.
General Bogin. He has to deal with this on a human level and controll pitch high emotions.
Watch the movie with Henry Fonda as the president.
I listen while I drive, jog, do dishes and exercise. Now I can catch up on my books and get everything else done too!
Yes, because it's so rich in thought about the implications of science, war, technology and ethics. Listening to it more than once would uncover more nuances.
I loved the build up at the end and the incredible surprise ending.
The tense discussions between the President and his translator and Khrushchev and his translator. It was amazing (and scary!) to see how much could get "lost in translation".
Learning of the president's decision, and how much he cared about everyone in the world.
I have vivid memories of watching this classic black and white movie with my father on the TV set. It was riveting then, and was equally riveting to listen to. The narrator gave a finely paced performance, and he must have chosen to make the president JFK, because his Massachusetts accent was very good.
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