After Worlds Collide picks up the story of its predecessor, When Worlds Collide. This sequel tells the story of the survivors' progress on the new world Bronson Beta after the destruction of Earth by a rogue planet.
©1933, 1934 Edwin Balmer & Philip Wylie (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Married mother of three teenagers, back to work after 15 years at home - when I read a lot. Now I am the assistant to the Mayor of Omaha and work at least 60 hours a week, and on top of what I have to do at home - no more books. This lets me listen to the classics, the latest, whatever I want. I can learn or escape. I have always love audio books, but now I NEED them.
This was the perfect sequel to When Worlds Collide. It saw our adventurers explore, tame, and survive in their brave new world. Is it dated, sure, but that was some of the fun, too! Imagine how you would explain a microwave oven to someone in the Pre-WWII era...they describe something that sounded like one to me! There are several "discoveries" they make on Bronson Beta that sound like current objects. I kept waiting for a Twilight Zone ending that said they "jumped" onto the real Earth, but to a century later. The really fast cars, the "instant food", the magically opening doors, all of it is really fun to watch them explain with 1930's science. Also, imagine if you didn't know that nuclear radiation could be problematic and all of the things you would use it for if you could.
I really loved this, and hope you will too. You will need it to complete your picture if you are going to read the first one. The jump to the new planet was only the beginning!
Love excellent narrators like Ray Porter. Love the Joe Ledger series.
The story continues, on the new world.
The suspense is always there and just when the story was a bit dull, there was an unexpected surprise, like the flying craft, or the dome city, or the sleeping gas.
When the sleeping gas was used on the enemies.
All of them
New World, New Surprises
Performance could have been a bit more spirited like Oliver Wyman or Ray Porter.
the time was well spent but, I read the book and it's just not the same
I like that kind of book. You get to use your imagation.
Fun to read old sci-fi. Absolutely no computers in this story. Interesting to see how an advanced society would exist by author from the 1930's.
I never read the print version, but would consider it because the narrator was sort of droll. Of course he was perfect for the era in which the book was written, as these days narration is more dramatic, His voice reminds me of the old radio shows.
I would of added more drama to the narration and details to certain findings and technical observations that were just glossed over.
very 'old school'
I enjoyed it and couldn't put it down, it was read in the space of two days. Very original, and I read a lot of Apocalypse books. I loved the descriptions of the new world cities, they were very inventive. I rolled my eyes over the romance which was SO 1930s'! All they needed was wind blowing and melancholy music with the sound of tears dripping and you'd have a movie instead of a book.
I would of made the story five stars if the narrator could of drawn me in more into the story.
I think that younger people might find this book sexist but that was just the way things were back then, sexism was probably not intended it was just the way the majority thought and talked. Masculinity and feminism to sometimes nauseous extremes were regarded as the norm,
For a book written when it was, this book is astounding with what they did. The book is from the 1930s, written before MUCH of the items "imagined" by the author(s) were in existence. Because of that fact, and with that in mind it's easy to forgive the 'mis-steps,' and see the story for what it is. Though brought back to reality, and occasionally torn from the 'suspension of disbelief' mindset that most of us are good at placing ourselves in when listening to a science-fiction story, it is surprising how easily they are able to keep you in that consciousness. Granted words now considered "taboo" crop up and surprise you, and concepts, even "items" (like a box that cooks food in mere minutes!!!!!!) now thought of as "everyday" are remarked upon occasionally, these just go to cement how "ahead of their time these authors were. Kudos!
This was a very good sequel to When Worlds Collide. written in the 30's, but still fresh 80 years later . I enjoyed both stories but thought they could have tied up the ending a little bit better. All in all though , I would certainly recommend this book. It was intense and kept your interest hour after hour. Should read the first book before this .
Eight hours later I am still thinking about it :) Good character development and plot and twists .
I would certainly recommend . Thank you !
A good fallow on to the first book. Made you actually think that if we all were lost that the ones to start a new world would be good,
I was glad to see this sequel to When Worlds Collide and couldn't wait to listen to Peter Ganim's wonderful reading of it. Written with the influences of world wars you can see the influence of world events on the unfolding story of the survivors of the Earth's catastrophe After Worlds Collide. Human Nature is what it is and never ceases to amaze. "Hendron's Hundreds" are reminiscent of the Israelites as Moses led them out of Egypt and the writers bring the elements into the story beautifully. Cole Hendron and Tony Drake are the real leaders of this expedition though Dave Ransdale is a favorite among the people. The story is seen through the eyes of Tony Drake and of the group's poet/writer, Elliott James.
What they find on the new planet brings joy, fear, and wonder to the survivors from Earth. Each day brings new discoveries and trials. Will Hendron's Hundreds be up for the task ahead of them? Will they be able to survive and populate the new planet? The suspense rides with you as you wonder what will happen next. They aren't warriors, but they are fighters who will do what it takes to protect each other and insure the survival of the human race. Then they wonder about who lived on Bronson-Beta before the new planet was ripped from its original orbit around its own sun millions of years earlier. What were those people like and how did they react to their own anihilation? The writers make us care about the lost people as well as the Earth's survivors.
This was a wonderful read.
The problem I had with this second book is twofold. The main problem is that towards the end of the book the author(s) lost interest in writing about the subject. That gave the book a feeling like it was rushing towards the end. Another problem I had with the book was the somewhat silly axis vs allies slant on the story. Maybe it's got to do with the years having passed between writing the book and reading it today, but it annoyed me quite a bit.
The writing at times seems to be a bit arkward at times, too often the author explains things that need not be explained. It's almost as if he assumes the reader is suffering from a short-term memory loss problem.
The voice of the narrator went well with the very often pompous writing, but I doubt I would like to listen to this narrator's other work.
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