After Worlds Collide picks up the story of its predecessor, When Worlds Collide. This sequel tells the story of the survivors' progress on the new world Bronson Beta after the destruction of Earth by a rogue planet.
©1933, 1934 Edwin Balmer & Philip Wylie (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
The story has a timelessness about it. The alien technology is sufficiently different to not make it out of date in the early 21st century. But the writer continually reminds of us of the how long the planet was floating in space and, well, all manner of dangers and mysteries that just slow down the book and diminish the experience. Peter Ganim is an able narrator but combined with the writing style I found it a bit overly formal as well. Maybe that's the way it was in the 30's, but towards the end I found it annoying.
Nevertheless, it's a good story and a worthy listen.
Married mother of three teenagers, back to work after 15 years at home - when I read a lot. Now I am the assistant to the Mayor of Omaha and work at least 60 hours a week, and on top of what I have to do at home - no more books. This lets me listen to the classics, the latest, whatever I want. I can learn or escape. I have always love audio books, but now I NEED them.
This was the perfect sequel to When Worlds Collide. It saw our adventurers explore, tame, and survive in their brave new world. Is it dated, sure, but that was some of the fun, too! Imagine how you would explain a microwave oven to someone in the Pre-WWII era...they describe something that sounded like one to me! There are several "discoveries" they make on Bronson Beta that sound like current objects. I kept waiting for a Twilight Zone ending that said they "jumped" onto the real Earth, but to a century later. The really fast cars, the "instant food", the magically opening doors, all of it is really fun to watch them explain with 1930's science. Also, imagine if you didn't know that nuclear radiation could be problematic and all of the things you would use it for if you could.
I really loved this, and hope you will too. You will need it to complete your picture if you are going to read the first one. The jump to the new planet was only the beginning!
the time was well spent but, I read the book and it's just not the same
I like that kind of book. You get to use your imagation.
Love excellent narrators like Ray Porter. Love the Joe Ledger series.
The story continues, on the new world.
The suspense is always there and just when the story was a bit dull, there was an unexpected surprise, like the flying craft, or the dome city, or the sleeping gas.
When the sleeping gas was used on the enemies.
All of them
New World, New Surprises
Performance could have been a bit more spirited like Oliver Wyman or Ray Porter.
Fun to read old sci-fi. Absolutely no computers in this story. Interesting to see how an advanced society would exist by author from the 1930's.
I never read the print version, but would consider it because the narrator was sort of droll. Of course he was perfect for the era in which the book was written, as these days narration is more dramatic, His voice reminds me of the old radio shows.
I would of added more drama to the narration and details to certain findings and technical observations that were just glossed over.
very 'old school'
I enjoyed it and couldn't put it down, it was read in the space of two days. Very original, and I read a lot of Apocalypse books. I loved the descriptions of the new world cities, they were very inventive. I rolled my eyes over the romance which was SO 1930s'! All they needed was wind blowing and melancholy music with the sound of tears dripping and you'd have a movie instead of a book.
I would of made the story five stars if the narrator could of drawn me in more into the story.
I think that younger people might find this book sexist but that was just the way things were back then, sexism was probably not intended it was just the way the majority thought and talked. Masculinity and feminism to sometimes nauseous extremes were regarded as the norm,
For a book written when it was, this book is astounding with what they did. The book is from the 1930s, written before MUCH of the items "imagined" by the author(s) were in existence. Because of that fact, and with that in mind it's easy to forgive the 'mis-steps,' and see the story for what it is. Though brought back to reality, and occasionally torn from the 'suspension of disbelief' mindset that most of us are good at placing ourselves in when listening to a science-fiction story, it is surprising how easily they are able to keep you in that consciousness. Granted words now considered "taboo" crop up and surprise you, and concepts, even "items" (like a box that cooks food in mere minutes!!!!!!) now thought of as "everyday" are remarked upon occasionally, these just go to cement how "ahead of their time these authors were. Kudos!
This was a very good sequel to When Worlds Collide. written in the 30's, but still fresh 80 years later . I enjoyed both stories but thought they could have tied up the ending a little bit better. All in all though , I would certainly recommend this book. It was intense and kept your interest hour after hour. Should read the first book before this .
Eight hours later I am still thinking about it :) Good character development and plot and twists .
I would certainly recommend . Thank you !
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
This book is both an afterward and a prequel to another book, never written. The first half is fine, following the survivors onto the new planet, but then it descends into muck - enemies, thwarted love, etc etc. I recently reread When Worlds Collide - much better than the old movie. I would give that a 4.5. After that, it's up to you.
A good fallow on to the first book. Made you actually think that if we all were lost that the ones to start a new world would be good,
"A Masterful Follow Up Story"
Following the last excellent novel, this second book follows the continuous adventures of the American and one French and one Japanese colonist. The book continues on the high adventure filled with hope, tragedies, astonishment and shock of what human nature can bring to its surface.
For me this was a great book once again brought to life by Peter Ganims voice and storytelling abilities; and once again I couldn’t stop listening. This is a great piece of Sci-Fi.
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