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Twelve billionaires rule the United States, while those called freemen are forced to serve the rich. But that was 60 years ago, before the Scarlet Plague. In this post-apocalyptic novella, a ragged and tattered old man tells his progeny of what life was like before The Scarlet Plague appeared - and wiped out civilization as they knew it.

Public Domain (P)2016 B.J. Harrison

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  • Johnny
  • west chester, PA, United States
  • 12-02-17

wonderful listen very relevant today!

amazing how this book reflects what could happen anytime with world leaders pandering to corporations

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The world must survive

This book was very different than what I was expecting. It is a story of loss and survival in a primitive world. I enjoyed it!

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Great Short Story

I very much enjoyed this story.
The Scarlet Plague is a post-apocalyptic fiction novel and originally written around 1910.
The plague takes place in 2013! 100 years into the future from when it was written.

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Dystopian tale well ahead of it's time.

The start of the book is very interesting. The telling of the plague and it's effect on people and society has stood the test of time well. Descriptions of how the world changes without man is reminiscent of the great book "Earth Abides" (George R. Stuart - 1949). However, London's views on social status is sour to listen to, even if they may be part of the time when this book was written.

Narration is good.

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short but good

A short Vivid tale of the aftermath of the Scarlet plague in San Francisco CA

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short read for the commute

It's an Interesting take on a possible dystopian world skillfully narrated from a deserted beach.

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  • Nick B
  • Bellevue, NE
  • 11-03-17

BJ Harrison really brings life to these old tales

Out of the mouths of babes will a new civilization begin. This story is about a man telling his grandson and two other boys about the Scarlet Plague, its beginnings, and the re-structuring of society as a result. The former richest leaders reduced to squalor and servitude. Formerly well-regarded men known previously as doctors becoming superstitious with the new change. The effects of the reduction in population of 8 billion down to a few hundred and its effects upon nature, including the un-domestication of the dog, the wild overgrowth of farmland, and farm animals themselves devouring each other without the structure once provided by man.

This is a very interesting story told by a good narrator. Jack London is an author I would definitely read more of.

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A Tale Of The End

Jack London's story of the demise of human kind and its' new.frightening re-start gives one a belief and feeling of prehistoric suffering forthcoming. His great command of the language is brilliant. And though this book is not in the classic sphere of a Call Of The Wild and others, the depth to which he can pierce your soul while producing imagery that is real is extraordinary as always.

B.J.s narrative is a tour de' force, eloquently expressing the tale and its characters as they are, and a lively revelation ,prediction, of an unsettling subject matter.

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good but dated

it really is a great book with very modern concerns . old sci-fi at its best but there are definitely some racial and class based ideals within the book which do not represent modern day and shouldn't . that being said if you can take it in the context that this book is old. it's a very enjoyable and scary .

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