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Publisher's Summary

A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

NOTE: This 60th anniversary edition of Earth Abides includes a special introduction written and read by Hugo Award-winning writer Connie Willis.

©2006 Del Rey (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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  • 1951 World Fantasy Award, Best Novel
  • All-Time Best Science Fiction Novels (Locus Magazine)

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simple sentences/vocab,chauvinistic, painful!

Would you try another book from George R. Stewart and/or Jonathan Davis and Connie Willis ?

never

Would you ever listen to anything by George R. Stewart again?

nice enough reading voice....i think the lack of sophisticated vocabulary and short, simple sentences lead to a staccato-like meter. UHG..

Did Jonathan Davis and Connie Willis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

what differentiation!! Women had no worthy words....apparently the author had little respect for women.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Earth Abides?

re-write!!

Any additional comments?

Idea or a universal destruction of humans is good for the time it was originally written, but did color, complex sentences and thought die with everyone? Sure it is probably a scary thing, but will all the women who survive be stupid! (main character's own word)

I could NOT continue to listen!! I even listened to more than I should have. It was so bad and painful to listen to. Sad, hard, end of the world does not have to be written like a "Dick see Jane" book. I thought maybe the writing or the story would improve....

Must have been self published....what editor would let that go as is??!?

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Nothing Happens....

What could George R. Stewart have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stewart continuously skips over parts that would add some interest to the story. For example, a stranger enters the tribe, and then all of the sudden that problem is resolved, and the women become pregnant, and all of the sudden the children are just present in the book.

Any additional comments?

I understand the complexity of the book and all of Ish's internal dialog and analysis, but it's just too much. He's constantly thinking about the same issues and does nothing, and the repetition is mind numbing. Literal decades go by with no new developments in the way they live. This book was not for me.

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My Favorite Book of All Time

Read it several times, listened to it several times, and always it is epic in the telling.

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  • Steven
  • RIVERVIEW, FL, United States
  • 03-30-16

Fantastically sorrowful

Just amazing. A beautiful book. Not a lot of happenings, but the narrative was gorgeous.

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Interesting Anthropology Not Realistic

this book was an interesting study of the anthropology of a post apocalyptic culture.
However some of the details were pretty inaccurate. for example normal gasoline doesn't age well and won't work after years of sitting.

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Great story

What made the experience of listening to Earth Abides the most enjoyable?

The story draws you in. Makes you think about what you would do in such a situation

What other book might you compare Earth Abides to and why?

Lucifer's Hammer

Which scene was your favorite?

Cross country road trip

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

Sure, kind of long for one sitting though

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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End is good

Starts of slow... But gets better. Better to listen at 1.5x speed because the narration is slow too.

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  • DM
  • Hudson, NH
  • 05-22-15

Great details of one possible future.

Amazing story about one possible outcome of Civilization crash. I listened to the entire book pretty much from front to back, very engaging, superb piece of literature.

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Meh

I know it's supposedly the first of its kind, but I honestly wasn't impressed. It lacks much in the way of reality. Most technology fades slowly. While this adds to the overall themes of the book, I found myself constantly thinking it wasn't realistic. The "hero" is a very consistent character, but his self doubt and pedantic manner make him hard to like. Finally, most of the book is narrative. The narrator does really well at these points. On the other hand, the brief moments of dialogue suffer immensely. Final analysis: glad to have this classic checked off my list but won't listen to it again.

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  • CJ
  • LUCAS, TX, United States
  • 05-13-15

Took a chance, great payoff

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

Yes, although this book is 60 years old, it holds up remarkably. It being the father of "disaster" stores is a must read by any sci-fi fan.

What did you like best about this story?

Funny thing, it was a disaster but somehow and for some reason I found it to be comforting, that even in the midst of horrible circumstance a man can still be true to himself.

Which scene was your favorite?

I a sucker for a good ending, shame how many books miss this. I let out a sigh and contemplated what I had just heard.

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

No, I wanted it precisely because I knew it would take a while and I didn't want it to end once I was into it.

Any additional comments?

Must listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful