I wasn't all that interested in this book at the beginning but I followed it through to the end. It was worth it. As I was listening to the end all I could think was "WOW"!
I bought this one from the daily specials. I was pleasantly surprised with this story first published in the early 1950's (1953, I believe). I found it quite amusing to here ideas written down as "fiction" that have since come to fruition. The "radar oven" would be todays microwave.
All this aside, the underlying story and idea was very entertaining, if a bit depressing in the end. The narrator did a pretty solid job as well.
So, to sum up, I would recommend this, even if only from a nostalgia perspective.
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Perhaps I was just not in the right frame of mind, but I hated it. I was so bored!
I never quite got the point, didn’t know who was who, couldn’t follow who was doing what… I made it all the way to 45% done only because I had a long wait at the doctor’s office and more time to kill on the bus on the way home.
Perhaps I missed out – but I don’t care! 3$ wasted.
I was captivated by this story. If a block of time had been available to me, I believe I would have listened to it in one sitting.
The story was capitivating and the ideas thought provoking.
I plan to revisit some of the classic science fiction books I read in the past. I just may have forgotten how good they were!
Clarke is considered one of the "big three" so far as science fiction writers go. Perhaps that's one of the reasons that this book so failed to impress me. It reads like a list. "First this happened, then, this happened, and, then, this happened, also, this." Very dry and non-engaging.
"Really? Waste of my time."
I'm not sure the narrator could have made the work less dry.
I'm just this guy, y'know?
It's fascinating to read a classic like this. There are many themes and ideas in here that will resonate as familiar to the reader... and this story is the origin of some of them.
the story started out a little quaint, understandably (after all, it IS a science fiction book written in the 50s), but as the story develops, it's hard to ignore the bigger questions it poses, the deeper underlying message. the conclusion, of course, leaves one dazed thinking of the very meaning of existence. amazing read.
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All of them! Seriously, though, the imagery by Clarke of the Overlords and the world in which they live and the imagery of Earth blew me away!
Of course! I had not been so moved, enlightened, and inspired by a story for some time...especially when we see the Earth in its final moments. Brilliantly written! Definitely on my list of top favorite books!
Will be listening to this book over and over, I'm sure!
Not better, per se, but perhaps more enjoyable.
The honest, objective view of Mankind as a species.
The history behind the novel was enlightening.
The ending moved me deeply, as a human being, even though it's only fiction. This is a credit to Clarke's vision.
Better than 2001 Odyssey series. All the alien sci Fi movies should pay royalties to this book, e.g. Independence Day, etc.
I rarely have or make the time to listen to books a 2nd time... or this would be one of them...
I would never have though that a dated book such as this could be so timeless and wonderfully written... It will stand as a great literary work for decades to come.