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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (674 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack London Narrator: Drew Arian Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Outside the ruins of San Francisco, a former UC Berkeley professor of literature recounts the chilling sequence of events which led to his current lowly state—a gruesome pandemic which killed nearly every living soul on the planet, in a matter of days. Modern civilization tottered and fell, and a new race of barbarians—the Western world’s brutalized workers—assumed power everywhere. Over the space of a few decades, all learning has been lost. Unlike the professor on Gilligan’s Island, the narrator is the least useful member of a thriving tribe, whose younger generation (who boast names like Hoo-Hoo and Har-Lip) are mostly descended from the tribe’s brutish founder. He was known only by the title of his former occupation, so the tribe’s name is: Chauffeur.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kat | 2/8/2014

    " It's always a men's world in Jack London's books and it doesn't matter if it is after the apocalypse of men. Even tough I am a woman, he is my favorite writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ereck | 1/20/2014

    " I read only the title story, a fascinating piece of sf set right about now (2012-13) following the destruction of human civilization by plague. An early 20th-c meditation on devolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike | 1/14/2014

    " Granser is the last human to remember the world before the Scarlet Plague. He tells of this world to his savage grandsons. Remarkably insightful as to the future and melancholy regarding the fate of mankind this is a surprising gem from Jack London. Not expected from the writer of Whitefang. Free on Amazon Kindle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 1/12/2014

    " Jack London is one of my favorite American authors. Given the chance to read a post-apocalyptic book by London was a no brainer. This was very much a predecessor to WWZ in the fact that the concept was an oral history of the worlds dimise. A story of a man who lived through the events has now grown old in the world after and is telling his experiences to children brought up in a completely different time. The careful planning and plotting was great and the way he was able to show a gap between generations and how some things may be lost to time in this new society was very compelling. This book was a great short read. "

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About the Narrator

Drew Ariana is an actor from Chicago whose training includes a BFA in Drama from the University of Michigan as well as a certificate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He has done a wide range of audio work from voice-overs in films to ESL iPad apps. He has most recently performed at theaters including the Peterborough Players in New Hampshire, Circle Theatre in Chicago, and the GBS Theatre at RADA.