• by Eugene Burdick, Harvey Wheeler
  • Narrated by Kevin Kraft
  • 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Something has gone wrong. A group of American bombers armed with nuclear weapons is streaking past the fail-safe point, beyond recall, and no one knows why. Their destination - Moscow.
In a bomb shelter beneath the White House, the calm young president turns to his Russian translator and says, "I think we are ready to talk to Premier Kruschchev." Not far away, in the War Room at the Pentagon, the secretary of defense and his aides watch with growing anxiety as the luminous blips crawl across a huge screen map. High over the Bering Strait in a large Vindicator bomber, a colonel stares in disbelief at the attack code number on his fail-safe box and wonders if it could possibly be a mistake.
First published in 1962, when America was still reeling from the Cuban Missile Crisis, Fail-Safe reflects the apocalyptic attitude that pervaded society during the height of the Cold War, when disaster could have struck at any moment. As more countries develop nuclear capabilities and the potential for new enemies lurks on the horizon, Fail-Safe and its powerful issues continue to be relevant.


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Customer Reviews

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Fail-Safe knocked me for a loop!

If you could sum up Fail-Safe in three words, what would they be?

Could really happen

Who was your favorite character and why?

The president.
I felt a real connection to the character. The way he gathered opinions and used the people he has chosen to make decisions, the readers (or listeners) are privy to knowledge he doesn’t have and yet his actions are bold and startling. I felt at ease with his manners and voice, it exuded confidence and determination.

Have you listened to any of Kevin Kraft’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. In this instance his reading was more of a performance, not over the top mind you but a steady storytelling and his use of different character voices was great. I listen while driving and I need something interesting to help me stay sharp on the road. It was very enjoyable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh out loud when protesters "They burned the book, then apologized to a non-listening public"
But at the end I really wanted MORE, what happens next.

Any additional comments?

This was the first audio book I listened to that I had not read or seen the movie first, it took me a while to get into the characters with all the set-up required, it was worth it and it may be just the way I am :o)

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- Kevin and Kali Starr

Cliffhanger ending!

Would you consider the audio edition of Fail-Safe to be better than the print version?

For me YES. The narrator was terrific and brought the story to 'real' life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked all as they played an important part.

What about Kevin Kraft’s performance did you like?

Kevin Kraft has a rich barratone voice with a hint of an accent. One that I loved to listen to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

Very thought provoking. A very good read.

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- Clare B. Gerber

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-12-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios