• by Charles Sheffield
  • Narrated by Gary Dikeos
  • 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It’s 2026, and catastrophe has struck from an unexpected source. The Alpha Centauri supernova has risen like a second sun, rushing Earth toward its last summer. Floods, fires, starvation, and disease paralyze the planet. In a blue aurora flash of gamma rays, all microchips worldwide are destroyed, leaving an already devastated Earth without communications, transportation, weaponry, or medicine.
The disaster sets three groups of survivors on separate quests. A militant cult seizes the opportunity to free their leader, known as the Eye of God, from the long-term coma to which a court sentenced her. Three cancer patients also search for a man in judicial sleep: the brilliant scientist - and monstrous criminal - who alone can continue the experimental treatment that keeps them alive. From a far greater distance come the survivors of the first manned Mars expedition, struggling homeward to a world that has changed far beyond their darkest fears. And standing at the crossroads is one man, U.S. President Saul Steinmetz, who faces a crucial decision that will affect the fate of his own people - and the world.


What the Critics Say

"Charles Sheffield is one of the very best hard science fiction writers in the world." (Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning author of the Mars Trilogy)
"Sheffield clothes the most advanced speculations of modern science in alluring forms of beauty and danger." (Washington Post Book World)


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Customer Reviews

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Third grade book reports are read better

Would you try another book from Charles Sheffield and/or Gary Dikeos?

Sheffield yes, Dikeos never.

Has Aftermath turned you off from other books in this genre?


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gary Dikeos?

Anyone over the age of seven.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger and disappointment.

Any additional comments?

The narrator reads in an excruciatingly slow, halting voice with completely illogical pauses. His dialog is stilted and simpleminded. Peopleceother all spund tnevsame or sound ridiculous. Every time I think I've encountered the worst possible narrator, I find a new low. This is it. Sheffield's book are usually idea-rich, but with slow pacing. A narrator like this turns a potentially interesting book deadly.

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- Amazon Customer

Very poorly read

How could the performance have been better?

How could it have been worse? I very rarely give up on a book, but this reading was so poorly executed that it was painful to listen to.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-01-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.