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Summary

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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A book I would never have tried without Unlimited

I absolutely loved this!!
the narration has some irrelevant pauses but once you get used to the tempo you will love this original story that had me gripped

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pretty good but some cringy lines

really good concept but lines like:

'the little brunette'
'her wet clothes had a pleasing form' (when describing a rape victim)
'these silly feminists'
'the pretty receptionist'
'doomed plan by women'

turned me off a bit. He's cack-handed feminism and it's a real shame because the concept was great for the first half of the book.

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Ending prevents it from being great

If this book had been 20 hours long, was full of (semi) self-contained stories like "Cyclops", and the climax had been better crafted, it would undoubtitbly be considered one of the greats. Instead it's just "okay". That said, it's well worth a listen, just don't be surprised if you're left with a feeling of mild disappointment.

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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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  • Matthew W. Moore
  • 24-02-21

Painful Narrator - Just Read it Yourself

The story is above average for this genre. The problem is that the narrator is incapable of reading complete sentences. His voice is fine, but he read the entire book in fragmented phrases: 3-4 words, pause; 6-8 words, pause; 5-6 words, pause. The pauses don't line up with any form of punctuation. They will be in the middle of prepositional phrases. They will be in the middle of important character speech. Overall, a very frustrating listen.

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  • BookReader
  • 01-03-21

The Postman

Yes. This is the book on which the Kevin Kostner movie is based, and the original novel was published in the mid-1990s. Read the book, it's better.

That said, the story takes place sixteen years after an EMP apocalypse wipes out most of humanity. In his mid-30s, Gordon, a wanderer who earns his meager living by telling stories and entertaining small clusters of survivors. While on the highway, he's robbed - Gordon stumbles across a 16-year-old USPS Jeep. He gives the driver a proper burial and takes, to get warm. a USPS uniform, and his life changes.

His appearance as a Postman lifts the hopelessness of the people he meets. They believe America is coming back, and he is all the proof they need. Gordon doesn't have the heart to tell them the truth, so takes mail from them, and trudges to the next town. Over time, Gordon becomes a Postman. No spoilers, but Gordon's travels are at once perilous and uplifting - will he maintain this ruse? Should he?

Written by David Brin, narrated by Kevin Kenerly, ten hours of listening in unabridged audiobook format, the audiobook released in December 2020 by Blackstone Publishing.

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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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  • Clara
  • 10-09-21

Ah no.

Overall I enjoyed this book, but you would think feminism hadn’t been invented by the 1990’s from listening to it.

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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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  • Lokin
  • 15-02-21

Bittersweet

This is one of my favorite books of all time. I absolutely adore the writing and have heard it read by a few narrators.

As much as I love the story, the narrator seemed a tad too quick in his reading. This detracted from some of the emphasis on David Brin's writing. It was still enjoyable. However, I personally believe that it would have benefitted from a different pace, in regards to the reading.

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  • robert
  • 19-01-22

Exceptional story

I really loved this story. This is different from the movie but it was also great to read the authors original intentions. The movie has long been one of my favorites and I have watched it several times.This has inspired me to watch it again which I'm about to go do.

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  • Clay Ponder
  • 06-01-22

amazing book.

I almost never write a review. I LOVED it. great narration. great story. dramatic. would listen again.