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Publisher's Summary

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly.

But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness. Will Patton's narration paints this classic tale as an ominous picture of the terrible possibilites of the nuclear age.

©1959 Harry Hart Frank (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Winner, Fiction, 2012
"An enthralling and vivid story of the follies and failures of people, their courage and cruelty, their treachery and triumphs. Mr. Frank is a magnificent writer." ( Chicago Sunday Tribune)
"A warm, continuously interesting story of what can happen to a group of ordinary people in a perilous situation." ( New York Herald Tribune)
“Will Patton is a calm and steady narrator whose quiet intensity wraps around this post-apocalyptic saga...He reflects the tones of deference of women to men, nonwhites to whites, and children to adults. In a conversational tone, he quietly brings the characters and their relationships to life.” ( AudioFile)

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  • Ken
  • Fremont, CA, United States
  • 07-25-15

An old friend revisited.

I first read this in 1960 as a young teen. Throughout the following years I reread my tattered paperback copy and was overjoyed to see it on audible.

Hearing it again brought so many fond memories it was as though I had encountered a long lost friend.

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I grew up being afraid of this

Holocaust of nuclear war in the 1950's. They say we were very close to this in the Bay of Pigs. Good narration and interesting story. Some of the facts seem to be gleaned from the Japanese after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I am glad the cold war is over and this will not happen but what if it did? This book is a good story about that. Old time SiFi is worth listening to if you are into the end of the world and after the end genre. I happen to love this type of thing.

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Realistic assessment – how we kill ourselves off

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, because it was a realistic portrayal of how surviving neighborhoods would band together to survive. It also dealt with the problems you would have after a nuclear war. You were cheering on the survivors

What was one of the most memorable moments of Alas, Babylon?

pulling on the knowledge of old timers. Like when the preacher told them why there was no fish during the heat

Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

not compelling enough to do in one sitting. But definitely over the weekend

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  • Valarie
  • Davison, MI, United States
  • 07-22-15

Wow

I was a few hours into this book before I realized it was written over 50 years ago. It reads like modern day!

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An interesting read

Alas, Babylon was a really interesting listen/read. Pat Frank did a good job keeping his character's voices straight and getting the accents right. The story seemed realistic (despite being dated it still felt plausible) and moved along at a great pace. There were several times I was riveted and could not stop listening because I had to find out what happened next. Good story and well performed.

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Not a bad story

I enjoyed this one. Good story and narrator. Not as modern as some out there but still it was quite entertaining.

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Loved it!!

Agreat read. Well done narration by Will PTtin, as always. Suberb plot. Will listen again.

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Wow

I never thought a book written in 1959 could be so relevant today. Stunning was the commentary about the purchase of political seats. I feel every Supreme Court justice could benefit from reading, or re-reading this book. Excellent narrator.

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Thoughtful and timeless.

here's where the optional review that has to be at least 20words goes I guess. The boor was great but Audible has a real UI problem with this review submittal process.

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Scary realistic...even 50 plus years later

I was taken with this story from the get-go. Many things in the tale can be used even today...