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After Worlds Collide | [Philip Wylie, Edwin Balmer]

After Worlds Collide

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 planet Earth by a rogue planet.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Colby Omaha, NE, United States 10-11-12
    Colby Omaha, NE, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "LOVED IT!! Exactly what I needed in the sequel!"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Ellenbrook, Australia 06-20-13
    Alex Ellenbrook, Australia 06-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Timeless but annoying"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Randy519 columbus ohi 09-03-12
    Randy519 columbus ohi 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "not bad, not great"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    the time was well spent but, I read the book and it's just not the same


    If you’ve listened to books by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer before, how does this one compare?

    good


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I like that kind of book. You get to use your imagation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    THOMAS North Liberty, IA, United States 08-06-12
    THOMAS North Liberty, IA, United States 08-06-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great old sci-fi"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janet SOMERSET, CA, United States 07-08-12
    Janet SOMERSET, CA, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Back to the Past but still great!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of After Worlds Collide to be better than the print version?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would of added more drama to the narration and details to certain findings and technical observations that were just glossed over.


    What three words best describe Peter Ganim’s voice?

    very 'old school'


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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,

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    aaron Clearfield, UT, United States 12-22-13
    aaron Clearfield, UT, United States 12-22-13 Member Since 2011

    I am 36 years old. Married with 3 kids - 2, 4, 13. I work at night, my wife during the day. I don't have time to read, so I listen at work.

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    "Fantastic listen and worth every cent."
    What made the experience of listening to After Worlds Collide the most enjoyable?

    I like absorbing other peoples imaginings of another world. I never get tired of hearing their descriptions of what flora Bronson Beta supported and how similar or dissimilar it is or was from Earths. I never got tired of hearing about how the peoples of that world looked in comparison to the human beings who came from Earth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In the last book it was Ducane as I described in my review of that book. This time however I would have to go with Tony. I've never got to read about a character of man who so closely resembled me. Get passed over for promotion for a job that he didn't want in the first place made him want the job in the end and grow envious of the man who received it instead. I've had those feeling before and it made me enjoy the realistic description of Tony.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, overall I loved Ganim in this book as well. Overall! Yet there is one thing that made me cringe. Ducane in the books is a French physicist. In the first book he had a pronounced French accent. In this book the first time Ducane said something he had a German accent. I didn't go back to find out if it was Ducane or the German scientist whose name I forget. I swear though throughout this book Ducanes accent fluctuates from French to German every time he talks and for a moment there I swear every other sentence switched accents. This above any mistake a narrator can make frustrates me the most.


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

    Oh yes, very much so. In fact I finsihed this book over a two day period at work.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was a third book to explain the unbearably hot summer that they are going to have to endure. I would read that for sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anandasubramanian Amstelveen, Netherlands 09-26-12
    Anandasubramanian Amstelveen, Netherlands 09-26-12 Member Since 2009

    Harry Turtledove fan

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    "Excellent opening, tight storyline and surprises"
    What did you love best about After Worlds Collide?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of After Worlds Collide?

    When the sleeping gas was used on the enemies.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Ganim – was your favorite?

    All of them


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    New World, New Surprises


    Any additional comments?

    Performance could have been a bit more spirited like Oliver Wyman or Ray Porter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 05-10-12
    Joel Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Much better than the prequel"

    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!

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    Helen Norfolk, VA, United States 05-19-12
    Helen Norfolk, VA, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Insightful and Suspenseful"
    Any additional comments?

    I was glad to see this sequel to When Worlds Collide and couldn't wait to listen to Peter Ganim's wonderful reading of it. Written with the influences of world wars you can see the influence of world events on the unfolding story of the survivors of the Earth's catastrophe After Worlds Collide. Human Nature is what it is and never ceases to amaze. "Hendron's Hundreds" are reminiscent of the Israelites as Moses led them out of Egypt and the writers bring the elements into the story beautifully. Cole Hendron and Tony Drake are the real leaders of this expedition though Dave Ransdale is a favorite among the people. The story is seen through the eyes of Tony Drake and of the group's poet/writer, Elliott James.

    What they find on the new planet brings joy, fear, and wonder to the survivors from Earth. Each day brings new discoveries and trials. Will Hendron's Hundreds be up for the task ahead of them? Will they be able to survive and populate the new planet? The suspense rides with you as you wonder what will happen next. They aren't warriors, but they are fighters who will do what it takes to protect each other and insure the survival of the human race. Then they wonder about who lived on Bronson-Beta before the new planet was ripped from its original orbit around its own sun millions of years earlier. What were those people like and how did they react to their own anihilation? The writers make us care about the lost people as well as the Earth's survivors.

    This was a wonderful read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William Jerden 02-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Liked It !!!!"

    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 !

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "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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