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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: May 2010 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 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 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. "

  • 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. "

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

    " Soap operatic.... "

  • 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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 Richard | 9/20/2011

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

  • 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. "

  • 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.