• by John Joseph Adams
  • Narrated by Susan Hanfield, J. Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle de Cuir, Harlan Ellison, Hillary Huber, Arthur Morey, Lisa Reneé Pitts
  • 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Famine, Death, War, and Pestilence - the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the harbingers of Armageddon - these are our guides through the Wastelands.
From the Book of Revelation to The Road Warrior, from A Canticle for Leibowitz to The Road, storytellers have long imagined the end of the world, weaving eschatological tales of catastrophe, chaos, and calamity. In doing so, these visionary authors have addressed one of the most challenging and enduring themes of imaginative fiction: The nature of life in the aftermath of total societal collapse.
Gathering together the best post-apocalyptic literature of the last two decades from many of today's most renowned authors of speculative fiction - including George R. R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King - Wastelands explores the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means to remain human in the wake of Armageddon. Whether the end of the world comes through nuclear war, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm, these are tales of survivors, in some cases struggling to rebuild the society that was, in others, merely surviving, scrounging for food in depopulated ruins and defending themselves against monsters, mutants, and marauders.
Wastelands delves into this bleak landscape, uncovering the raw human emotion and heart-pounding thrills at the genre's core.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Collections are hit and miss.

The book had some real awesome shorts and some real duds. I was torn on ★ rating. overall it was so up and down I couldn't hate it nor love it. Narration was also all over. I would say don't waste a copy edit and if you can buy for less than a 5 spot.
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- Kindle Customer

Certainly more good than bad here.

Would you listen to Wastelands again? Why?

Yes. There are certain stories I would listen to again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved the characters in the story about a virus that takes away everyone's ability to speak. Very creative.

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

Not that I know of, but there was only one narrator I didn't care for. In an anthology like this, having only one I don't like is pretty rare, so I consider this book a success!

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

I think I laughed a few times, and was certainly moved by a few of the stories, but no tears this time.

Any additional comments?

I would say that I loved about 3 stories, and that I liked about 75% of them. To me, that adds up to an anthology worth recommending, especially to anyone interested in all of the myriad ways we humans might react to life after the end of the world as we know it.

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- Sunny Webb

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.