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He was a survivor - a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating war.

Fate touches him one chill winter’s day when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker to protect himself from the cold. The old, worn uniform still has power as a symbol of hope, and with it he begins to weave his greatest tale, of a nation on the road to recovery.

This is the story of a lie that became the most powerful kind of truth. A timeless novel as urgently compelling as War Day or Alas, Babylon, David Brin’s The Postman is the dramatically moving saga of a man who rekindled the spirit of America through the power of a dream, from a modern master of science fiction. 

©2020 David Brin (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Ed Pegg Jr
  • 09-12-20

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night

After the end of the world, a desperate wanderer finds a mail truck. He starts faking being a postman ... I read the original story back in 1984. Back then, I didn't believe that society could fall apart in my lifetime. Here in the future, 2020, we've had a year of extreme polarization in a pandemic. One thing holding society together has been the postal service. "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." The USPS has been in the news a lot in 2020. I don't want to dwell on that -- but all that happened made the book more relevant. The book got renewed life and the author made an update. This revised 2020 edition is what gets read here. Here in 2020, The Postman was a lot more powerful for me. The narration by Kevin Kenerly is excellent. Highly recommended.

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  • Theda
  • 24-01-21

Portentous

Wonderfully written and riveting! Also portentous of what is happening in the US today. A must read.

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  • Matt
  • 13-01-21

The movie version had a better more flowing story.

The movie version had a better more flowing story. The movie version had a better more flowing story.

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  • Robert Becker
  • 29-12-20

perfect choice for narrator.

i will turn off my fav book if i cant stand the narrator. this was great.

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  • Charles Klauder
  • 18-12-20

excellent story. enjoyed it very much.

I enjoyed the movie back in the day and had the book recomended to me by a friend. I enjoyed the story.

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  • BillyBabes
  • 17-12-20

it was different

hard to follow after seeing the movie. but it was venturous and I had to keep replaying