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Earth Abides Audiobook

Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

  • 1951 World Fantasy Award, Best Novel
  • All-Time Best Science Fiction Novels (Locus Magazine)

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    Tracy Wood 07-20-16
    Tracy Wood 07-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "simple sentences/vocab,chauvinistic, painful!"
    Would you try another book from George R. Stewart and/or Jonathan Davis and Connie Willis ?

    never


    Would you ever listen to anything by George R. Stewart again?

    nice enough reading voice....i think the lack of sophisticated vocabulary and short, simple sentences lead to a staccato-like meter. UHG..


    Did Jonathan Davis and Connie Willis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    what differentiation!! Women had no worthy words....apparently the author had little respect for women.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Earth Abides?

    re-write!!


    Any additional comments?

    Idea or a universal destruction of humans is good for the time it was originally written, but did color, complex sentences and thought die with everyone? Sure it is probably a scary thing, but will all the women who survive be stupid! (main character's own word)

    I could NOT continue to listen!! I even listened to more than I should have. It was so bad and painful to listen to. Sad, hard, end of the world does not have to be written like a "Dick see Jane" book. I thought maybe the writing or the story would improve....

    Must have been self published....what editor would let that go as is??!?

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    Vanessa Virginia 06-22-16
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    "Nothing Happens...."
    What could George R. Stewart have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stewart continuously skips over parts that would add some interest to the story. For example, a stranger enters the tribe, and then all of the sudden that problem is resolved, and the women become pregnant, and all of the sudden the children are just present in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I understand the complexity of the book and all of Ish's internal dialog and analysis, but it's just too much. He's constantly thinking about the same issues and does nothing, and the repetition is mind numbing. Literal decades go by with no new developments in the way they live. This book was not for me.

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    Mars 05-01-16
    Mars 05-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "My Favorite Book of All Time"

    Read it several times, listened to it several times, and always it is epic in the telling.

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    Steven RIVERVIEW, FL, United States 03-30-16
    Steven RIVERVIEW, FL, United States 03-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastically sorrowful"

    Just amazing. A beautiful book. Not a lot of happenings, but the narrative was gorgeous.

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    sanwizard 04-24-15
    sanwizard 04-24-15

    sanwizard

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    "hauntingly beautiful and wonderfully deep"

    There do not se to be many books by this author available in audiobook format. That is a shame, as its very rare for a book to move you or make you think as wonderfully as this book. I felt as if i was actually there as the painting of the scene in words was delicately put forth. I will not soon forget this experience.

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    Amazon Customer United States 03-13-15
    Amazon Customer United States 03-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "timeless, beautiful, thought provoking"

    I was surprised with how much I really enjoyed this story. I am not usually a fan of post-apocalyptic stories, mostly because they are often about angry and violent men but this one was so different! I read one review that said it was beautiful and also incredibly sad and I think both completely apply. While I don't agree with all of his assumptions about how society could possibly develop after being wiped out, I did find it very intriguing and thought-provoking as to how some of the elements that I've never considered would need to be addressed when society would start all over again. Again and again I forgot this was written before the digital age - so many of the elements of the story are applicable even now. Amazing story.

    How was the reader? He was so good that he disappeared into the background completely. He emphasized where needed and inflected where needed. I was completely lost in the story because his reading was so masterful.

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    Vic G 03-04-15
    Vic G 03-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "great read!!"

    I loved this story so much. Stewart really stretches the imagination and goes into an epic of a story. I really enjoyed that it was written so long ago but I still imagined everything in my head in the present time. Outstanding job and great performance as well. I will listen to this again.

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    Nathan T. Farnham Hermon, ME, US 03-01-15
    Nathan T. Farnham Hermon, ME, US 03-01-15
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    "Speaker saves Lackluster Story, Just by a Hair..."

    The performance saves an otherwise drab and forgetful story about a man devoid of emotion or any morality. I'd prefer death than living out the apocalypse with this man. At one point he considers essentially installing himself as a King over a group of black sharecroppers because they would be use to white authority. This man is a non-lethal sociopath as far as I'm concerned.

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    Michael Powder Springs, GA, United States 02-27-15
    Michael Powder Springs, GA, United States 02-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Pre-Stephen King Post-apocalyptic Novel"
    Any additional comments?

    I wavered on whether I would purchase this book due to a fair number of reviews that described it as boring or depressing. Luckily, I ended up trying it out.

    This book, being written in 1949, understandably has some dated terms and attitudes, but it is a thought-provoking and entertaining story of a world after a plague wipes out the majority of the population. I can understand the tone of this book seeming understated to many people since Stephen King introduced the bogeyman to post-apocalyptic books in The Stand. However, I enjoyed a completely humanistic story. I particularly enjoyed the evolution of the main character through the course of the story. At the beginning of the book, and at many times throughout, Ish has a distinctly arrogant attitude, but his personality and way of thinking evolves realistically and pleasantly as the story unfolds.

    Compared to modern versions of the end-of-civilization stories, this is a slow-burn, but it is definitely high-quality.

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    Larry Alabama 02-15-15
    Larry Alabama 02-15-15 Member Since 2012

    Howdy.

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    "Good for historical reasons"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have mixed feelings about this book. Historically, it's important as one of the first modern post-apocalyptic novels, and it proved influential. Someone with such interests might appreciate this novel, as would someone who is looking for an alternative the fast-paced, action-packed post-apoc stories that are legion nowadays. It's very slow paced in terms of plot, and the character development is almost nil until the last few chapters. It would prove interesting for someone who might want a possibly-realistic view of the post-apocalypse--an alternative to the "fight and flight" trope we so much today. But I'm not sure most people would really care for the book otherwise.


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