This book was absolutely incredible. It starts off kinda slow but with some interesting concepts, but one twist after another the book builds an incredible idea of what humanity's true purpose is.
dated technology, of course, but still an amazingly powerful book. extremely well written with strong characters and a good performance. it does seem like, along with a lot of great authors with good ideas, that they don't know quite how to end things. could have used a little more polish there.
I bought his book because of the 3 part TV miniseries, and was curious as to its adaptation.
They changed the story enough, to allow insights in to the core of it, but retained the core, itself.
At first, I was disappointed with the choice of narrator, thinking they would use the actor, who play Korrellan, but that passed quickly, as their choice was an excellent one.
This new interest in this book, and The Rapture, has been prevalent in media as of late, why, I do not know.
The book is solid, the story, excellent, and finely crafted, very mature, instead of pulp sciFi.
I have re listened to this book, a second time, to flesh out the TV series again.
Dare to listen, or read, if you are very religious. It may harden, or crack your resolve.
While Clarke's ideas and predictions are sometimes insightful, this is not a satisfying "story." The characters are flat and interchangeable. And because even the few conflicts that arise feel devoid of emotion or consequence, the characters lack souls. The entire book feels more like a distant history, told by an eloquent robot, spanning a hundred year period, and sprinkled -- in deference to the humans who will read it -- with random human stories that have no impact on the larger events. One could remove huge sections of this book and it wouldn't really matter. I guess what I'm saying is that this wasn't my cup of tea.
While I may disagree with how fast some characters were to capitulate, I'll concede that a great many humans really weren't meant to inherit the multiverse, and the story's depiction of the future was surprisingly accurate for its 'born on date'.
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.
Bits of the book are dated now, but the story is absolutely timeless... (the recent movie demonstrates this.)
Summerer's narration was spot-on!