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.
This was not my favorite sci-Fi, but it was thought provoking. Check out Asimov, he's amazing.
i wish the book could be updated with todays technology, likevthey did with the scyfy miniseries, although, the story had been changed.
the scope of this book is huge. he writes so completely and in such engaging detail that no stone is left unturned. this meant for me that it not only felt like an amazing ride but that the end was so complete as to leave me sitting quietly for a very long time. i neither needed more from the story not did i need a new story to replace it. it is lingering with me like the memory of really great sex. i feel deeply satisfied.