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
I'm blind, so don't read print.
Every character in the book offered different takes on the end of hisotry.
All of them.
The last chapter when you knew for sure history was ending.
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.
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.
"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.
Even though the world was mostly dead, there was still a radio
signal from Seattle. The discovery of its source was quite
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)
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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