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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,322 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nevil Shute Narrator: James Smillie Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Australia is one of the last places where life still exists after nuclear war starts in the Northern Hemisphere. A year on, an invisible cloak of radiation has spread almost completely around the world.

Darwin is a ghost town, and radiation levels at Ayres Rock are increasing. An American nuclear-powered submarine has found its way to Australia, where its captain has placed the boat under the command of the Australian Navy. Commander Dwight Towers and his Australian liaison officer are sent to the coast of North America to discover whether a stray radio signal originating from near Seattle is a sign of life.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tara Gregg | 2/5/2014

    " Haunting and realistic. I've been telling people about this book since I read it several years ago. It carries a heavy message for such a small book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Oco | 1/29/2014

    " One of the best scifi of all time, ranks right up there with the uber-classics of 1984 and Brave New World. Somewhat dated to read it now, but dang. That was one harsh read, I remember it disturbed my dreams for weeks after reading it (first read back in the seventies). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Hanna | 1/26/2014

    " On the Beach was an example of one author's idea of how most of humanity would act, knowing that they were going to die via the inescapable fallout of nuclear wars. I agree with another reviewer that many people would not have reacted so lightly to this news, if not a few people, taking the impending doom without attempting to survive elsewhere. There was an idea that was brought up to (view spoiler)[go to the Arctic and try to survive where the winds were less affected by radiation, but not much action is taken to either help other people, find other people, or explore far away areas to find a place with a livable amount of radiation (hide spoiler)]. I just think that these authors - when attempting to assume how different people will react, they need more to glean from than just their own experiences and/or imaginations. Let more people into the mix, and get more povs. In the instances Shute did cover, reaction and coping wise, it was very eyeopening, interesting to follow and think about. Warning: If you like happy endings - look elsewhere. There were times when Dwight and Moira where the only characters I cared about and would have loved to put the book down otherwise. Bottom Line: Positive - I do believe that this book accurately depicts many "surviving survival" techniques and can be emotionally stirring Negative - Some of it reads like a military account (many words/phrases you may have difficulty following). Not enough POVs; many reactions were too rational with too little emotional frenzies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kim Hergert | 1/23/2014

    " This book was so chilling and disturbing, it actually made me give up the post apocalyptic genre for a while. It's the story of basically the last people on earth after a massive nuclear war in the Northern Hemisphere, and they are waiting for their inevitable death by radiation poisoning as the giant radiation cloud moves south. It's been a little while since I read this one, but if I remember correctly it opens up with a little less than a year before the radiation hits Australia, where this story takes place. Definitely a must-read on the Cold War classics list. "

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