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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: Simon Prebble Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN:
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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. "

  • 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? "

  • 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 "

  • 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 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 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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 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 | 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... "

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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 over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.