A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.
NOTE: This 60th anniversary edition of Earth Abides includes a special introduction written and read by Hugo Award-winning writer Connie Willis.
©1949, renewed 1976 by George R. Stewart; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
Yes it does feel dated in some ways but nonetheless an incredible listen definitely worth 15 hours of your time. The narrator's voice is like smooth butter... Just awesome...
I enjoy science fiction and fantasy, but also am interested in homebrewing, anything crafty really .
I loved this book. The legacy of man , all his fears and doubts and missing the what he leaves behind. I already miss Isherwood a great man and god.
Wasn't sure what to expect, but summary made this sci-fi book sound interesting. Glad I listened to it. Although written years ago, makes one think about the response that one would take if the situation occurred today! And it is possible that modern civilization may have to face this, and gives a realistic picture of how survivors could/would go on! Whether by a major plague, a nuclear war, an EM sunburst hitting the Earth, makes listener/reader think how they would survive, or not.
the book is brilliant in how the main character Ish analyses the world around him. Ish is so arrogant and elitist, and through the book he maintains his integrity and his views, although he does realize in the end that he cannot force the world to be like him. he has to let it go and let it live.
the novel is perfectly read.
five stars thru and thru.
First of all for being written in 1949. i can honestly say that it holds up. The manner in which the story is told is a bit unique especially "Quick Years". I absolutely adored the book. The way that Ish changes from beginning to end. The message about time... How time waits for no one... How our own intelligence is a pure and beautiful gift... about how and what we truly should be grateful for... I just loved this book. I seriously recommend it.
I am surprised to see so many finding this to be a great book. I get that it was one of the earliest post-apocalypse novels, and give it lots of breaks for being written in 1949. I don't need zombies or highly technical descriptions. Instead this book meanders along with the most obvious observations about how there are now fewer people. Apparently (I guess.. dahhh) one of the main points is that civilization degenerates when the gene pool is tiny. Right out of the gate in the year One, we will just keep using up the leftover stuff made by the old people, the Americans, and never bother to become self sufficient until we have to. When the lights go out you get a candle and continue using up matches (Generator anybody?) And when the water goes out you build an outhouse (bucket of water in the perfectly good toilet would be far superior).
I found it unimaginative, other than to imagine if most people are really that damn stupid. None of them can figure out how to do anything novel. And they are depicted as lazy as well. I ended up not wanting humanity to survive. What for?
Then (spoiler) towards the very end, when the descendents of the first ones have gone back to more native ways, they are finally starting to figure out how to make fire, etc. They are still depicted as being fairly unimaginative dull-witted people. I suppose the length of the book allows for the sense of time going by and, back when it was written, it would have seemed fantastic, but I really did not find the prose or any of the characters satisfying enough for the ride. Therefore I would label it; 'of historical interest'.
struggled to get through this audio book. I really like apocalyptic books/stories and this was just hours upon hours of waiting for anything to happen. my guess is that I am just more into action stories. the lead character isn't likeable and that tends to make for a tough read/listen.
the one interesting part is that I got a real good view of 1949 world view. I also found the gender roles to be set in the 1940s. I really just couldn't get past Ish, the lead character, just an elitist ass and that the writer apparently doesn't think that anyone would ever find education remotely interesting. I give this "classic" a MEH.
How would any of us deal with catastrophe and loss. What correct predictions would we make and what would we miss. What worries would prove justifiable and which would prove pointless?
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