After London, or Wild England by Richard Jefferies (Free Audio Book)
AFTER LONDON, OR WILD ENGLAND by RICHARD JEFFERIES – A free audiobook
Narrated by Ruth Golding
Published July 21, 2009, After London or Wild England uses the tropes of a classic post-apocalyptic tale. Richard Jefferies constructs the stories around the characters instead of the events that transpired that caused them to end up where they are during the start of the story. After an unspecified event caused the death of millions of people, the remaining survivors are forced back into a medieval way of life and recount the struggle of humanity to survive in a hostile world devoid of all the aspects of modern life we take for granted today.
The first part of the story is a look back of the events after the end of civilization through the eyes of future historians. It shows how the survivors returned to their baser instincts as a harsh world now looms over them. It also details the eventual reclamation of nature as it slowly covers England in flora and fauna. The second part of the audiobook will focus on the adventure of certain individuals set years later as they traverse a wild new world fraught with danger and wonder.
Jefferies crafted an unsettling vision of a future where civilization has fallen and only the fittest survive. The narration of Ruth Golding is adds to the atmosphere of the audiobook as she encapsulate the emotions of the narration perfectly in each separate era they are told in.
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