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Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition | [George R. Stewart]

Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

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.
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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.

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

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    Z. Adams 06-07-10
    Z. Adams 06-07-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Still holds up"

    I read this book first 30 years ago in college. It became one of my favorite books ever even after all these years. This is not your typical apocalyptic novel with undercurrents of aliens or walking dead. It is a straightforward tale of a man who lives his life on the earth almost devoid of human life. It describes in detail the gradual decay of all that humankind built over 5000 years as the earth reclaims its own. It also tells the story of a small group of individuals that make a life and even a community amid the vestiges of a bygone world of machines and remnants of mankind's achievements. It truly is a book that will stick with you for the rest of you life.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Mill Valley, CA, United States 10-25-11
    Joel Mill Valley, CA, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2011

    Me, myself, and I.

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    "An incredible experience"

    I've read a lot of science fiction, but few novels have impacted me as deeply as this one. Stewart's description of a post-apocalyptic society and, more importantly, the relationship between man and Earth, is nearly unparalleled in scope and depth. This one has me looking at roads, bridges, and other man-made scars upon the face of the planet in an entirely different way. Recommended for anyone who wants to journey into the impossibly possible.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Carbajosa de la Sagrada, Spain 03-21-11
    Phyllis Carbajosa de la Sagrada, Spain 03-21-11 Member Since 2007
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    "A Must for Lovers of Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fiction"

    I clearly remember reading this book for the first time, well over twenty years ago. I picked up a paperback version of this book about six years ago and read it again. I'm so pleased I felt compelled to buy and download the Audible version of this wonderful book. I just could NOT stop listening, even though I knew how everything was going to turn out. This also speaks to the truly exceptional narration by Jonathan Davis and Connie Willis!

    If you enjoy books like, "Alas, Babylon" by Pat Frank, "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson, "The Wild Shore" by Kim Stanley Robinson, "Eternity Road" by Jack McDevitt or "The Postman" by David Brin - you WILL enjoy this book.

    Highly Recommended!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Carole La Jolla, CA, United States 01-04-11
    Carole La Jolla, CA, United States 01-04-11 Member Since 2008
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    "5 Stars for Holding Up 60 Years"

    This book is for all Armaggedonites. I enjoy end-of-the-World scenario books and "Earth Abides" is supreme. Written 60 years ago, the story is somewhat predictable but holds up beautifully in a today's completely new culture. Stewart whisks through 20 years of post-apocalypse time, which he needed to grow his population, but it is nicely done by naming each year for significant events.

    I love this book and it shall become a favorite along with "Lucifer's Hammer" and "The Stand." Worth double the price.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    sara Sonoma, CA, United States 10-17-10
    sara Sonoma, CA, United States 10-17-10 Member Since 2009

    I am very much into post-apocolyptia, as my Dad calls it, but I also just love a good story; from Earth Abides to Art of Racing in The Rain

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    "Amazing!!!"

    This book is amazing! It paints a clear visualization of the earth, the Bay Area in particular, and how it weathers after a disease has wiped out much of mankind. My Geography professor assigned this book as part of our reading, and I thanked him afterward. This is a must read, thoroughly enjoyable!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David Schroon Lake, NY, USA 12-17-09
    David Schroon Lake, NY, USA 12-17-09 Member Since 2000
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    "TOP 10 after 9 years as Audible Member"

    I thought this book was absolutely awesome. It touched me on so many levels.
    Highlights of the book:
    -The ache of loneliness and memories
    -Life in the vacuum of real leadership and vision
    -How easy it is to sacrificing the future because of present conveniences (water, reading)
    -Small things can make a big difference (arrows)
    -Growing old and the hope and disappointment in the next generations (Joey, Ish IV)
    -Love and companionship can make help on face even the most horrific situations. (Em)


    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca South Burlington, VT, United States 08-28-11
    Rebecca South Burlington, VT, United States 08-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A must-listen for any Apocalypse fan"

    A realistic account of life after people. This novel covers 80 years after an illness kills the vast majority of human-kind, what happens to the few remaining survivors, animals, and the Earth itself. An excellent story, and one of the few that does not end up devolving into the over-used apocalypse theme of people-eaters vs. non-people-eaters. The author definitely tends to wax philosophic, but it is always on the subject of human-kind's survival, what does it mean and what should it look like? Should the survivors try to maintain civilization as it was? What is the purpose of life and what makes people happy? Excellent listen.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 11-08-13
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 11-08-13 Member Since 2008

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    "A unique perspective on the fall of civilization"

    I have listened to many books that deal with the fall of civilization as we know it. Be it nuclear war, zombies, aliens, an EMP or a virus, each story provokes the same questions for me: What would I do? Could I survive in this new world? Would my morals be tossed aside when my survival hangs by a thread? That is what makes the genre so interesting to me.

    Earth abides approaches the fall of civilization in a very different and laid back way. Mankind is practically wiped out overnight and the world becomes a lonely place for the few survivors. There is no gigantic battle or war as a back drop for this tale, nor is there any real lingering threat from the contagion that practically eliminates the human race. Rather it is a theoretical tale of what would happen to the earth if you took humans out of the mix. With our modern life so focused and dependent upon interactions with others would any of us even know what to do if we suddenly found ourselves alone in this world?

    The main character in the book, Ish, fancies himself an observer of life, and we basically become the observers of Ish. The book is divided into the 3 distinct stages of Ish and his life after the fall of mankind and it is a rather meandering journey. Due to the slow pace of the book, you will find your own mind wandering and contemplating the world in new and unique ways. For me this was a double edged sword. It made me think of some things I would not have normally considered but it also gave my mind plenty of time to find fault with certain events in the book.

    In the end, I enjoyed the book and thought Jonathan Davis did well as the narrator; however, it never consumed me as it has done to so many of the other reviewers here on Audible. If you are looking for a different approach to the post-apocalyptic genre and are in the mood for some mental meandering then you should give this one a go, but if you are looking for a tense story of the struggle for survival then you should seek your fix elsewhere.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William Guerneville, CA, United States 02-05-12
    William Guerneville, CA, United States 02-05-12
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    "A Classic good then... Still good."

    I read this book more than 30 years ago...
    and it is Still one of the greatest books I ever read.
    Way ahead of its time...
    It makes you think... and will make you think about it for ALONG time.

    Clearly the inspiration for THE STAND and Many Many Other books...

    The audio Presentation of this Classic is Very Fine.

    even if a couple of the words were Strangely pronounced....
    (like "coupe") lol

    I feel like this was one of the best buys on this site.

    I Just may listen to it again right away.

    the book is some times called "the saddest book"... but I do not see it that way.

    WCB

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John New Baltimore, MI, USA 05-16-09
    John New Baltimore, MI, USA 05-16-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Never Forget"

    In the intro, the women says you will read this book and never forget it, well she is right. I have truly enjoyed this book and found it was not what I thought it would be but so much more. Read it and enjoy, it will go on your best book list for sure.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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