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On the Beach | [Nevil Shute]

On the Beach

A war no one fully understands has devastated the planet with radioactive fallout from massive cobalt bombing. Melbourne, Australia, is the only area whose citizens have not yet succumbed to the contamination. But there isn’t much time left, a few months, maybe more—and the citizens of Melbourne must decide how they will live the remaining weeks of their lives, and how they will face a hopeless future.
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A war no one fully understands has devastated the planet with radioactive fallout from massive cobalt bombing. Melbourne, Australia, is the only area whose citizens have not yet succumbed to the contamination. But there isn’t much time left, a few months, maybe more—and the citizens of Melbourne must decide how they will live the remaining weeks of their lives, and how they will face a hopeless future.

Published in 1957, On the Beach is considered a classic nuclear holocaust novel, and a masterpiece of speculative fiction.

©1957 Nevil Shute Norway (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Randy Austin, TX, United States 05-04-13
    Randy Austin, TX, United States 05-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Made a Huge Impression"
    Would you consider the audio edition of On the Beach to be better than the print version?

    I'm blind, so don't read print.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Every character in the book offered different takes on the end of hisotry.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    All of them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last chapter when you knew for sure history was ending.


    Any additional comments?

    What would you do if you only had a year to live? What would you think about? The humanity of this book, and how all of these characters answer this question is what really draws you. Don't read this if you aren't in in the mood to do some serious thinking. Best book I have read in a while. Stands up to time well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gus Mount Clemens, MI, United States 08-06-12
    Gus Mount Clemens, MI, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "An old view of WWIII"

    I read the book years ago. I found this to be different than I remembered and different from the movie versions. It is a good listen and I would recommend it for people interested in what we viewed the aftermath of WWIII ti be like from a 1960's perspective.

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    Julie Savage, MN, United States 10-06-13
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    "The most emotionally moving story I have ever read"
    If you could sum up On the Beach in three words, what would they be?

    Inevitability
    Futility
    Acceptance


    What did you like best about this story?

    "On The Beach" is the ultimate description of what we all
    feared during the 50s and 60s...atomic war. Simon Prebble
    seems to me to be the perfect choice to have narrated this
    story. His method perfectly matched the tone of the story in
    every way. Pat Frank's "Alas, Babylon". It is a similar story
    with a different outcome.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Even though the world was mostly dead, there was still a radio
    signal from Seattle. The discovery of its source was quite
    novel.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I have to say that the last few paragraphs of the book are
    gut-wrenchingly realistic...the ultimate Good-Bye as you watch
    a loved one leave forever... Scenes, plural. Many. If the
    last three chapters do not bring tears to your eyes many
    times, well, you're not human. (sorry)


    Any additional comments?

    There is no flowery writing in this book. Mr. Shute wrote it
    pretty much the way a military report is worded. Yet, the
    detail he gives to the characters and their dialog fills the
    story with beauty and purpose. Masterfully.

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