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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.

Critic Reviews

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

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Pretty boring. skips vital time fragments

Not what I was hoping for. Story was pretty dull, they skip vital times through the "great disaster" and finishes fairly weak

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Pondering to no end.

Sad outlook on the meaning and destiny of man. Interesting story and philosophical questions with very little resolution. I now understand why so many sci-fi movies show the fall of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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I have read some more enthraling 50s scifi but...

This book is worth a read. It was apparantly one of the first written in this genre so stands for itself in that regard. The story itself leaves a little to be desired, there is a large spance of the book that tends to bore, but from start to finish overall, this book is a classic and the grandpa of the genre so well worth a read!

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kind of slow but all right

not your typical end of the world book. the main character is a little too much of a thinker instead of a doer.

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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)<br/><br/>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....<br/><br/>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.

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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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timeless, beautiful, thought provoking

I was surprised with how much I really enjoyed this story. I am not usually a fan of post-apocalyptic stories, mostly because they are often about angry and violent men but this one was so different! I read one review that said it was beautiful and also incredibly sad and I think both completely apply. While I don't agree with all of his assumptions about how society could possibly develop after being wiped out, I did find it very intriguing and thought-provoking as to how some of the elements that I've never considered would need to be addressed when society would start all over again. Again and again I forgot this was written before the digital age - so many of the elements of the story are applicable even now. Amazing story.

How was the reader? He was so good that he disappeared into the background completely. He emphasized where needed and inflected where needed. I was completely lost in the story because his reading was so masterful.

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great read!!

I loved this story so much. Stewart really stretches the imagination and goes into an epic of a story. I really enjoyed that it was written so long ago but I still imagined everything in my head in the present time. Outstanding job and great performance as well. I will listen to this again.