Interested in futurism and hard science fiction.
I was quite surprised at how things developed in this book, especially around the overlords look. I was given something unexpected to think about and was quite grateful for that. A great book.
As a long time fan of cerebral science fiction it is rare when a story has a "WOW" moment. Arrthur C. Clarke provides this moment and firmly establishes himself as a master of science fiction.
The revelation of the destiny of man.
This is one of the great works of science fiction. It is imaginative and adventurous without the comic-book quality of so much other Soviet-era science fiction; It is also thoughtful and philosophical without being dull. The performance is great in that the narrator fades into the background of the story. Highly recommended.
Only if they asked my opinion. It was just an okay read.
It was okay, but it could have ended on a happier note.
I enjoyed Childhood's End reasonably well. The view of man is one to foster humility. It is interesting science fiction but a little unsatisfying in that it leaves little for mankind to do.
This story fits within classic science fiction. But, I think science has moved us a bit away from the idea of many inhabited worlds with very powerful species. It may swing back someday.
This has to be my favourite SF story - and I've been reading them for nigh on 50 years. Clarke was a master of scientific thought, and applied his insight into technical and philosophical issues to all his work, but none more so than here.
There are thought-provoking questions in every chapter, about science, time and space-travel, racial memory, and just where man will go in the future.
Eric Summerer's narration was masterul. He made a real effort to distinguish the voice of each character, making it easy to follow the dialogues, even if his Scandinavian accents DO leave a little to be desired. I've read this story more than a score of times, but the poignancy of the most moving scenes was really brought home by his thoughtful delivery.
I have always enjoyed the moment when the Overlords are first seen by man, and the closing scenes with Jan's descriptions (not to spoil the story for those who haven't read it yet - Why haven't you??!!!) brought a lump to my throat.
I never have time to listen to ANY book in one sitting, unfortunately, but if I did, it would be this one. It's also a story to which I'll be listening again.
My best Audible purchase yet!
Yes, it's a completely different from the typical "man meets alien" Sci Fi
The party scene with one of the aliens reading books in a dark room
The overall story. I was fascinating from beginning to end. I was a tragic story, but in a good way.
The first view of the Overlords.
My most extreme reaction was amazement and horror. The authors portrayal and understand of the human race made to story even more interesting.
Yet another of my all-time favorite sci if novels by Clarke. The story is both profound and gut wrenching, moving quickly along a time line without losing impressive narrative.
My only complaint is the voice of the women-I felt my ears would bleed. For goodness sake, why not get a woman to voice the women?