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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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Felt Like a Dated & Elitist Essay

This felt to me like a dated & elitist essay. Probably made worse since I had (coincidentally) just listened to The World Without Us by Alan Weisman, a nonfiction title about how things would go on earth if humans suddenly disappeared. London's book rang false to me in how the scenario played out. The cultural assumptions seem very dated (and were probably somewhat outdated even then). The human reversion to barbarity struck me more as colonialist nonsense then anything. Also, it seemed very elitist and snobbish with an almost worshipful portrayal of a formerly rich, "cultured" woman, in contrast to the "savages" who predominated. Hadn't thought of London as elitist, especially knowing he wrote the book "People of the Abyss" about the poor of 1902 London. Strangely, his treatment of nature seems more modern and closer to the mark than his socio-cultural analysis. Also, because of the way the book was structured, I found it somewhat dull, lacking in narrative tension. It read more like an essay to me. In spite of all of these shortcomings, I'm still giving it an overall 3 (though borderline) because it is still rather original and imaginative and because London does have writing skill. The narration is somewhat better than the book.

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WOW, IMAGINE POST-APOCALYPTIC NOVEL WRITTEN IN 1912

This was far different from “The Call Of The Wild” and “White Fang.” Still, it was well thought out and somewhat believable. Since Jack London could not possibly be aware of the immense advances made by advanced civilizations, the world 60 years after the plague of 2013 would not be as savage as he portrays it. At least, I do not think so.

I certainly enjoyed both reading and at the same time listening to the story being narrated. The reader did a great job.

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Good story until it broke the 4th wall.

Narrator was great, story going along well until the author broke the 4th wall to make a point about language. That brought me completely out of the story. Got back in, but it took a while.

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Great story by jack london

I was not aware jack London wrote stories like this. A short but excellent story and though a bit dated it's still relevant. I could see this happening in todays society. Recommend anyone to listen to this story and albeit short this is a story i would love to add to my hard copy collection

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  • Karen
  • Duluth MN
  • 09-28-18

Another great novel from Jack London

I really thought this book was well written,. Hard to believe it was written over 100 years ago l believe. The things he describes, talking through the air, and airpl, are really cool.

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Sci-Fi by Jack London!<br />

I have loved all the Jack London I have ever been experienced. I didn't know of any "End of the World" stories by him though. A treat in every way possible. I will come back to this again and again. Vivid and engrossing at every word. Enjoy!

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Excellent Story of Near Future. Wonderful Reader.

Jack London's short story, which was written in 1912, rings true today. Highly recommended for readers and listeners who think about mankind's future and believe that it does not bode well. The reader, B. J. Harrison, is excellent and I look forward to finding other books that he has done. Thanks to those who made this little known London book available.

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Very interesting and probably telling the future

If we don't change our way we may find ourselves surviving the plague of the future