Overall I found the story interesting, but I object to Clarke's apparent fascination with the paranormal. At that point it's not "science" fiction anymore, it's just plain old weird fantasy. Yuck.
This is the most unique point of view of a book I have ever read. I have not thought this way before and will think of the world differently from here on out. READ THIS BOOK! Good from beginning to end. Unbelievable!!!
If you give me something original I will probably like it, regardless of the genre. Stick to a formula and I want to hurl a book at your head.
It's not so much alien invasion as it's more 'aliens show up for a while, do their own thing, people are okay with it'
I really enjoyed it even if (spoilers, kind of) the ending made me a bit sad. Highly original and I love the design of the aliens.
Dr. Nils Rasmussen
After finishing this novel, it was amazing to look back at just how much of science-fiction had been influenced following this book's release. Without Childhood's End, we might not have ever seen such sci-fi movies as "Independence Day", "District 9", "Battle of Los Angeles", or any other plots that feature the scenario of giant spacecrafts hovering over major cities.
But this novel is MUCH, MUCH more than just the simple idea of aliens vs. humans. It's actually not that at all. Instead, it is a far further complicated, and somewhat more realistic vision of what might happen if one day we all wake up to the skies full of flying saucers.
I would not call the ending of this book a "twist" even though it is completely unpredictable. Usually, a "twist" is cheap and sort of gimmicky. If you've read any of Clarke's other work, you know that he is above such things. All I will say is that you shouldn't bother trying to predict the book's outcome. No matter what you do, it won't be anything similar to your expectations.
9.27 / 10.00
A great experience and well perform by Eric. What an interesting glance at the human race. A true classic piece.
Birth of 2001
Need anymore be said?
Wasn't crazy about the narration, but not due to any real fault-- it is clear and certainly didn't get in the way of the story. I know, totally unfair to mr narrator and I do apologize. It is well read, just a tad flat for my tastes. ( For reference, a few of my fav narrators: Mr Guidall, John Lee, Stefan Rudnicki...)
Story trumps all.
Get it and enjoy the hell out of it ;)
Again, not a bad narration just not
Ok,so I had the best intentions.I started listening for work, but now I'm re-discovering the classic sci-fi books that I read as a kid.
It was quite the adventure to listen to this book
Really made me stop and wonder how I would handle what developed in this book.