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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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    Ellery G. Bice 12-01-16
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    "God bless Ish."

    There are a few easily spotted mistaken fictional facts, details matter. God Bless the United States and our patriots.

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    Steven T. Voboril Los Angeles 11-29-16
    Steven T. Voboril Los Angeles 11-29-16 Member Since 2013

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    "wasn't my thing "

    struggled to get through this audio book. I really like apocalyptic books/stories and this was just hours upon hours of waiting for anything to happen. my guess is that I am just more into action stories. the lead character isn't likeable and that tends to make for a tough read/listen.

    the one interesting part is that I got a real good view of 1949 world view. I also found the gender roles to be set in the 1940s. I really just couldn't get past Ish, the lead character, just an elitist ass and that the writer apparently doesn't think that anyone would ever find education remotely interesting. I give this "classic" a MEH.

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    Wiley Cockrell 11-28-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Thought provoking"

    How would any of us deal with catastrophe and loss. What correct predictions would we make and what would we miss. What worries would prove justifiable and which would prove pointless?

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    jake 11-22-16
    jake 11-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful and sobering "

    This was a pleasure to listen to. It made me feel like I was learning something not quite tangible and also very intertwined with the earth. I wouldn't call it the meaning of life but maybe a nuanced view of how life cycles. it was something that I really enjoyed.

    oh and the first few minutes of the book were super annoying in my opinion and have nothing to do with anything. I recommend skipping past that lady.

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    Amazon Customer 11-18-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    john c cilli 11-16-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    Hugh 11-13-16
    Hugh 11-13-16
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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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    jim 09-05-16
    jim 09-05-16 Member Since 2017
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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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    Tracy Wood 07-20-16
    Tracy Wood 07-20-16 Member Since 2017
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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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    Vanessa Virginia 06-22-16
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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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