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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (28,644 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nevil Shute Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2017 ISBN: 9781456122843
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A war no one fully understands has devastated the planet with radioactive fallout from massive cobalt bombing. Melbourne, Australia is the only area whose citizens have not yet succumbed to the contamination. But there isn’t much time left, a few months, maybe more-and the citizens of Melbourne must decide how they will live the remaining weeks of their lives, and how they will face a hopeless future. Published in 1957, On the Beach is considered a classic nuclear holocaust novel, and a masterpiece of speculative fiction.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hkostelas | 2/9/2014

    " I liked the style of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 2/8/2014

    " I was curious if I would like this book as much as the first time I read it and I did. It's not scary in what I think of as the modern way, but in a very low-key, sense of dread, impending doom way. Shute wrote about normal people facing imminent death ... each in the only way they knew how and still remain relatively sane to the end. Very good writing. I look forward to reading more of his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/1/2014

    " In reading all the Nevil Shute books my dad just sent me, I knew I'd have to deal with this one, but it was more depressing than I thought. I like that his tone and fundamental view of people doesn't change at all even at the End of the World. And I think this must have sparked great debates when it was published. After The Road is does feel a little dated in its optimism about how people overall behave? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danny Bernier | 1/26/2014

    " a remarkably boring and calm look at the the end of the world...difficult to get through. maybe its just me but I cant see the end of the world happening in such a calm and civil manner which made it so unbelievable I could not take it seriously "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 1/24/2014

    " The female characters are ridiculous "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison Fyfe | 1/21/2014

    " A sobering read, and a stark reminder of what might have been, had the cold war not ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 1/19/2014

    " Brutally real...last few pages were what it's all about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison Fyfe | 1/19/2014

    " A sobering read, and a stark reminder of what might have been, had the cold war not ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/18/2014

    " Not a super action packed book, but a book that resulted in a lot of introspection. I really enjoyed the read and the style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony Nielsen | 1/17/2014

    " What a bleak and sad story. Been meaning to read it for years. Prelude to The Road !! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miss Ginny Tea | 1/16/2014

    " Wow, that was depressing as fuck. The last third or so starts to get draggy, and the book very definitely shows its age. All in all, an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 12/15/2013

    " I love Nevil Shute, and I've read many of his books. I tried to read this one when I was a boy, but it was too terrifying and depressing. It's still just as terrifying and depressing, but it deserves reading as a cautionary tale. Life seems a little sweeter after having read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marzie | 11/27/2013

    " A truly haunting book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff Sebesta | 11/2/2013

    " The world has been destroyed by nuclear war, and the last people on earth are on the southern shore of Australia, waiting to die. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn Resnick | 10/22/2013

    " The book is well written but the plot is rather slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley FL | 8/30/2013

    " Definitely an optimistic view of human nature at the time of an apocalypse. But so sweetly horrifying. Can there be a cozy post-apocalyptic story? Reminded me of Alas, Babylon, which is also one of my favorites. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amie | 8/17/2013

    " Soap operatic.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon | 6/29/2013

    " Very low-key in an impending doom sort of way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess Paolello | 6/2/2013

    " Another post-apocalyptic book although this time it's the Australians waiting for nuclear fall-out to kill them as the rest of the world is already a lifeless wasteland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik K | 2/7/2013

    " Shorter version: don't have nuclear wars. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 12/12/2012

    " The single most depressing book I've ever read. And that was with taking a break in the middle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 9/6/2012

    " Hauntingly beautiful. While not overly sentimental, the writing still made me cry. I can't get this book out of my mind. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terrijo | 7/10/2012

    " Absolutely despised this book. It's terribly depressing. Perversely the author wrote one of my favourite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 6/14/2012

    " Just reread this novel that I first read in junior high school. Very surreal how we haven't learned a thing and the plot is as relevant today as it was in 1957. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nico Stu | 4/24/2012

    " how the times of changed. I don't think people would react quite the same to the end of the world as they did in the 40s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corrie | 4/13/2012

    " Simple, but I really liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 4/1/2012

    " I recommend this book to everyone. It is a tough book to read, one of the most disturbing books I have ever read. But it is a MUST read for anyone that remembers the fear of the cold war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 3/12/2012

    " I wrote a report on this book while in Miss Faith Porch's eleventh grade English class at Gordon MIlitary College. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbyschwede | 3/7/2012

    " A great classic. It's about how people handle their last days on earth. I've read it numerous times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 1/19/2012

    " Strangely compelling. Worth a read as long as you're not particularly depressed before you start. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie Johnson | 12/3/2011

    " This book has haunted me for the past 10+ years since I read it. It seems like a scenario that could exist in many forms. I found it to be good writing, but a little too disturbing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Osborneinri | 11/30/2011

    " Hopefully we are foolish enough to see how accurate this book really is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 10/31/2011

    " In 2002 I had a list of post-apocalyptic books written down on a piece of paper I copied from the internet. I took it around charity shops looking for titles. I remember finding this in a charity store, under a desk in a sale bin for 30p. Worth every penny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/10/2011

    " Probably not the book to read on one's birthday, although it was strangely life affirming. The story follows a group of folks in Australia, waiting for the end of the world, and not necessarily feeling fine. It shockingly my first Nevil Shute novel, and won't be my last. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 10/7/2011

    " I could not put this book down! The story is very humbling and a little sad, because even though it was written in 1957, the conflicts which set the nuclear war in the story in motion are still present today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 9/28/2011

    " This story has stuck with me... What would you do if you knew that the end of life on earth was just a few weeks away? Very well written story anout every day people and the different ways we cope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 9/20/2011

    " An intriguing exploration of how people might react knowing the end of the world is coming..and quietly harrowing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 9/15/2011

    " Good book even today, also has 2 movies made of it to do a neet comparison of the directors view and your own after reading the book and watching the movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamiya Shane | 9/13/2011

    " i loved this book so much. it really made u think about how one countrys actions could effect the whole world and what it would really be like if some like this really happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamiya | 9/7/2011

    " i loved this book so much. it really made u think about how one countrys actions could effect the whole world and what it would really be like if some like this really happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 8/29/2011

    " I find post-apocalyptic books to be intriguing... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally Fouhse | 6/4/2011

    " I read this after watching the TV show telling this story. Was it Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, or??? I'll never forget the scene of the breeze blowing the window shade, causing the telegraph to transmit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 5/21/2011

    " another one of my favorites - set in Australia during the cold war, it's a hypothetical look at the end of the world after a nuclear war. Couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 5/14/2011

    " Fast reading and erily relevant for today..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/29/2011

    " An eerie story from one of my favorite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nostratic | 4/8/2011

    " Incredible book. No heroes, no bad guys, just people living their lives as best they can until the inevitable end. An amazing study of ordinary people in extraordinary times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 3/28/2011

    " I read this many years ago, and found it terrifying and remains one of my all time favorites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 3/27/2011

    " This book can be very depressing, like a car accident, you can not take your eyes off.I give it 5 stars because it is well written and makes you think about what if........ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 3/27/2011

    " Great book for its time - one of the earliest post-apocalyptic fictions, I would imagine. "

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About the Author
Author Nevil Shute

Nevil Shute (1899–1960) was an English novelist who wrote twenty-three novels and aeronautical engineer who spent his later years in Australia. He used his full name, Nevil Shute Norway, in his engineering career, and Nevil Shute as his pen name to protect his engineering career from any potential negative publicity in connection with his novels. He is most well-known for his novels On the Beach, a novel about post–nuclear war which is taught in high schools around the country and which was twice made into a movie, and A Town Like Alice, which was filmed as well as serialized for Australian television and dramatized for BBC radio, winning a Sony Award in 1998.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.