This is a great book, the story is superv. The narrative is superv. You might have to read or listen to this book twice, to truly appreciate this book. It's a keeper.
I'm amazed that Clarke could envision star drives and extraterrestrials but not, like, women scientists or pilots. It's omnipresent in all his work, but this one suffers particularly.
Bits of the book are dated now, but the story is absolutely timeless... (the recent movie demonstrates this.)
Summerer's narration was spot-on!
Great build up to a bitter sweet ending. An entirely different perpective of an alien invasion
The overlord wisdom
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. It's one of Arthur C. Clarke's best novels and really good science fiction. It depicts the encounter with an alien race, a really hard thing to do well, in well thought and interesting manner. I usually like science fiction that describes future in terms that are almost unfathomable for modern human and the concepts in this book are just that.
The young scientist Jan was my favorite character. He had curiosity, intelligence and he felt trapped in the world engineered by the Overlords. He used his intelligence to break free from this prison, but with unforeseen consequences.
The introduction by Robert J. Sawyer provided a little background into how this book was received by the public and how Arthur C. Clarke himself felt about it. I think it was a good addition to the audiobook.
If not in one sitting, there were moments I wanted to continue listening the story, but had to put it on hold. The last one and half hours I listened unable to stop.
The reveal of the overlords proved to be very suspenseful. Very fun and interesting book! Due to age, it does not entirely hold up to the state of modern technology and other science fiction standards, but is nonetheless an enjoyable book.
This sci-fi story encompasses so many topics, such as the history of humanity, the use of technologies, contact with alien civilizations, and the transcendence, amongst others. The science is entangled with rich imagination and highly engrossing story.
The narrator is also doing a great job.