The City, Not Long After

Version: Unabridged
Author: Pat Murphy
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: March 2005
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 19 minutes
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The city is San Francisco. The not long after refers to a devastating worldwide plague that has wiped out most of the planet's population. The people who survive in San Francisco are mostly artists, hippies, and misfits who pull together a viable community and transform the city. For instance, they paint the Golden Gate Bridge blue. But when a military general determines to reunite the remnants of the once great United States and sets his sights on San Francisco, the people resist--figuring they have already discovered a better way of life--and stage an artistically creative kind of guerrilla warfare by using such weapons as tranquilizers and water balloons full of jasmine perfume and LSD. In all, it becomes one of the oddest battles ever fought.

Reviews (3)

Different, but hauntingly beautiful

Written by Angie Teal on February 17th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is not your usual End-of-the-World book. It is dealing with how few people survive a plague in the San Franciso area. If you are looking for blood, Mad Max gangs, burned earth and broken-down civilization you should not listen to it. If you are looking for how civilization could survive and actually come out with a positive end then this is your book. The story line was great, the characters extremely likeable, the writing and the narrator were excellent. It made me both laugh and cry, but left a lasting impression. I went out and purchased a hardcover version for my bookshelf, because I will re-read many times.

Couldn't get into it

Written by Daparoye from Orange, CA on September 7th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I simply could not get into this book. It was slow moving and I did not finish it. To me this wasn't different, just boring.


Written by Anonymous from Sterling, VA on April 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Some books should be read just because they're different from everything else out there. This is one of those books.

Author Details

Author Details

Murphy, Pat

Pat Murphy has won numerous awards for her thoughtful, literary science fiction and fantasy writing, including two Nebula Awards, the Philip K. Dick Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Seiun Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. She has published eight novels and many short stories. Her works include "Rachel in Love"; "The Falling Woman"; "The City", "Not Long After"; "Nadya"; and "Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell", a novel that "Publishers Weekly" called the "cerebral equivalent of a roller-coaster ride." Her children's novel, "The Wild Girls", received a Christopher