Fail-Safe

  • 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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Fail Safe Audio Book Good For The Drive!

Would you try another book from Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler and/or Kevin Kraft?

Kevin Kraft took what was an extremely dry topic and infused enthusiasm into the audio presentation.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was surprised at what the president of the United States did after the unintentional act perpetrated upon Russia.


Which scene was your favorite?

The ending was my favorite part - really unexpected.


Could you see Fail-Safe being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No - I think the subject matter may be too dated to be appealing to a contemporary audience.


Any additional comments?

The narrator did a very good job presenting the different characters. I would definitely listen to another book narrated by Mr. Kraft.

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- Jenny

Rave Reviews for an Exceptional Narrator

What about Kevin Kraft’s performance did you like?

Kevin truly made the story come alive for me. As someone who has a long commute daily and was apprehensive about listening to a book rather than reading the pages of a book, Kevin's narration of the story made it easy for me to transition. His voice is clear, crisp and you can hear the passion, drama and story in how he becomes each character to relay the chapters of the story to you via his voice. I got sucked into the story purely because of Kevin and looked forward to him joining me on my drive every day. I looked forward to him sharing the next bits of the story and realized that even though this would not be a natural selection for me as a book lover, he piqued my interest. I would love to hear more books narrated by Kevin to see what other stories he can pull me into and let my imagination run. Well done Kevin!


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- Nancy

Book Details

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