Interesting story, but I wanted more depth. One of those books that you finish and say, "Oh, that's it huh"? Hmm....
I read Childhood's End decades ago, when I was a teenager, and loved it. I have re-read a few of my former favorites from my youth and found them dissatisfying, but this book did not lose any of its impact. While some of the scenes and characters feel a wee bit dated now, the story is as engrossing and haunting as ever.
A classic tale from a time when SciFi was at its zenith. Sir Arthur was always one of my favourites and a 're-read' from a book I read as a very young lad reminded me of how great he truly was.
I've never been a huge fan of sci-fi but I always love a good story - and this epic doesn't disappoint. I thought I knew where it was going a couple of times and was delighted to find out I was wrong each time.
Social Scientist and Researcher; mostly retired but conducting longitudinal research into social issues especially the media and social networking. Avid SF and alternative history fan; enjoy a good crime yarn and have become something of an addict for audiobooks.
Being brought up on the classics, I'm gratified that Audible has produced well-narrated versions. Not Clarke at his best but intriguing. I recommend the City and the Stars.
I felt as though I was reading a Russian work where the author drowns the reader in words. The dialogue and narration goes nowhere. It does not build in arcs, it feels like a boat on a choppy ocean, and leaves no other impression. The plots are anti-intellectual; Clark starts to explain science fiction themes, like interstellar space travel, but concludes with humans being too stupid to understand so Clark does not explain. What the hell, Clark? The first quarter of the book has one central character, and once you build up a dozen questions about the character, his position and relation with the visitor, and concern for his well-being, Clark kills him off with old age. Then Clark jumps around to a half dozen other characters that are not developed and never really develop.
I really need to start proof reading my Reviews before I post them.
i loved the story. but it was so depressing at the end. this is one of those stories where you want something good to happen to someone, anyone, come on! just this once, everyone lives. but life and the universe just keep on happening without my consent.
I had a hard time ploughing through this book. I found it way too long and very tedious. I hung in there based on others reviews. Although I am a Sci-Fi fan, this was not an absorbing story.
I very seldom like older sci-fi books. I usually find it distracting when they talk about an invention that has already came and the novelty has worn off. Childhood's End, however, is not like that. Arthur C. Clarke had a way of building his fantastic world in a way that it came alive but he was vague enough that it wasn't distracting. The concepts at the end are harder to grasp, by design, but the book is a wonderful read. I was shocked to find myself saddened by the end. The narrator does a very good job, as well, though almost all his accents have the same sound. Considering the cast of characters come from every corner of the Earth, however, he did a good job at making the voices distinguishable, even if they did have the same accent.
I'm a fan of Rama series and 2001, but I found this story to be lacking plot and incredibly depressing to boot. It starts off well, but every crisis point is sort of self-resolved and the characters seem to not have much of an investment in living.