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Earth Abides Audiobook

Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

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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.

©1949, renewed 1976 by George R. Stewart; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

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

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    Jennifer 05-17-17
    Jennifer 05-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing! "

    I was shocked at how long ago this book was written compared to how it reads. it is incredible. if it was written today, the story would have been filled with fighting and violence. Instead, it is the true story of what would happen if 99% of people disappeared

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    eclectic reader Fort Myers, FL USA 04-04-17
    eclectic reader Fort Myers, FL USA 04-04-17 Member Since 2015

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    "An unexpected pleasure from the past"

    I can recall having read this many years ago but had forgotten its details. It was a pleasure to reexplore this world at an older age. The writing is still vibrant. Their are of course things saying it to its time of writing but that enhances its interest

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    BC Bane Utah, USA 02-22-17
    BC Bane Utah, USA 02-22-17 Member Since 2017

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    "I could not believe this book is over 60 years old"

    I bought this book because I read somewhere that it was one of the greatest survival stories ever told. I honestly didn't expect much sure to the age of the book. I was expecting the writing style to be archaic or stuffy. needless to say, it wasn't that way at all. the wiring almost feels contemporary. other than old references to uncommon medicines, record players, and referring to black people as negros one would have thought this book was written within the part ten years. I appreciate the story and how relatable its cast of characters is. these are not the smartest people in the world. they are just people who by chance are survivors and must deal with it. go read this book. you will not regret it

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    Ted 02-10-17
    Ted 02-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "interesting"

    It was kind of long but I did enjoy the view from the 1950's point of view.

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    RedStar Chicago, IL 01-21-17
    RedStar Chicago, IL 01-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Remarkable performance"

    Yes it does feel dated in some ways but nonetheless an incredible listen definitely worth 15 hours of your time. The narrator's voice is like smooth butter... Just awesome...

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    larry peninger 01-03-17 Member Since 2017

    I enjoy science fiction and fantasy, but also am interested in homebrewing, anything crafty really .

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    "great story"

    I loved this book. The legacy of man , all his fears and doubts and missing the what he leaves behind. I already miss Isherwood a great man and god.

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    wwckkottage 12-23-16
    wwckkottage 12-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Definitely thought-provoking! Excellent!"

    Wasn't sure what to expect, but summary made this sci-fi book sound interesting. Glad I listened to it. Although written years ago, makes one think about the response that one would take if the situation occurred today! And it is possible that modern civilization may have to face this, and gives a realistic picture of how survivors could/would go on! Whether by a major plague, a nuclear war, an EM sunburst hitting the Earth, makes listener/reader think how they would survive, or not.

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    maikenstene 12-03-16
    maikenstene 12-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "important and engaging"
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    the book is brilliant in how the main character Ish analyses the world around him. Ish is so arrogant and elitist, and through the book he maintains his integrity and his views, although he does realize in the end that he cannot force the world to be like him. he has to let it go and let it live.
    the novel is perfectly read.
    five stars thru and thru.

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    Amazon Customer 12-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "So Very amazing and filled with disparities"

    First of all for being written in 1949. i can honestly say that it holds up. The manner in which the story is told is a bit unique especially "Quick Years". I absolutely adored the book. The way that Ish changes from beginning to end. The message about time... How time waits for no one... How our own intelligence is a pure and beautiful gift... about how and what we truly should be grateful for... I just loved this book. I seriously recommend it.

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    K. Miller Portland, OR 12-02-16
    K. Miller Portland, OR 12-02-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Not the most impressive post-apocalypse novel"
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    I am surprised to see so many finding this to be a great book. I get that it was one of the earliest post-apocalypse novels, and give it lots of breaks for being written in 1949. I don't need zombies or highly technical descriptions. Instead this book meanders along with the most obvious observations about how there are now fewer people. Apparently (I guess.. dahhh) one of the main points is that civilization degenerates when the gene pool is tiny. Right out of the gate in the year One, we will just keep using up the leftover stuff made by the old people, the Americans, and never bother to become self sufficient until we have to. When the lights go out you get a candle and continue using up matches (Generator anybody?) And when the water goes out you build an outhouse (bucket of water in the perfectly good toilet would be far superior).

    I found it unimaginative, other than to imagine if most people are really that damn stupid. None of them can figure out how to do anything novel. And they are depicted as lazy as well. I ended up not wanting humanity to survive. What for?

    Then (spoiler) towards the very end, when the descendents of the first ones have gone back to more native ways, they are finally starting to figure out how to make fire, etc. They are still depicted as being fairly unimaginative dull-witted people. I suppose the length of the book allows for the sense of time going by and, back when it was written, it would have seemed fantastic, but I really did not find the prose or any of the characters satisfying enough for the ride. Therefore I would label it; 'of historical interest'.

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