I will listen to this book again in time and I'm sure I'll let my future children listen to it as well. It is well worth it.
There wasn't any particular moment in the book that moved me, because the whole book had me interested for the duration. It's a creative thinking process that I can only imagine writers to aspire towards.
If you are on the
As always, Arthur C. Clarke's stories offer the listener possibilities that probably wouldn't have crossed his/her mind otherwise. We humans most often think of ourselves as the most important creatures in the universe and that we represent the iteration of our species which is the most sophisticated that we can evolve into. This story gives us the scenario where neither is true and it is a rude possibility indeed. Performance was excellent.
Surprisingly accurate predictions about future technologies, scientific achievement, and philosophy. Its no wonder that Arthur C. Clark is considered to be a master science fiction writer. Some very serious introspection about issues currently pressing society. Very much a big picture overview, but still stunningly on target.
The philosophical ideas are ones that scientists and philosophers wrestle with today. Will science disprove religion? Is there a higher power that we and others answer to?Will artistic people be sought out for their out-of-the-box thinking in today's technologically advanced society? Clark floats potential answers without being overbearing.
Devoid of violence, this story focuses on the thoughts and musings of a variety of characters. The only semblance of a '50s science fiction novel can be found in the initial pages which describe an alien invasion by vastly superior forces, but even here there is a diversion from other novels of this genre, since the
The readers of the story do well with the various characters, accents, and settings.
Highly recommended for science fiction fans and neophytes alike.
Someone please teach Obama to add 2+2? It's about the math, stupid!
Absolutely would list to again and plan on it. Clarke's ability to envision the future was amazing. It's hard to imagine that a story written so many years ago is just as relevant today as it was when published; very nice.
Arthur C. Clarke was one of the first great science fiction authors whose works I read. This production of the book is a faithful rendering of the story, which I have read and re-read many times over the years. Even knowing what was coming next, it was a pleasure to go back to that world again. The story dates itself in it's description of
I have not read any of Clarkes stories since I was a teen, and I must have forgotten just how shallow the charaters were, and how he has a way of just jumping through the story in huge leaps with little detail or explanation. This reads more like a summary of the story rather than a novel.
In the hands of a more skilled writer, this could have been a magnificent book.
Thought provoking incredibly creative
Description of the first encounter woth the cleaning or maintenance machine
it was awful
I loved the idea of an alien civilization enforcing law but not interfering so much with the rest of people's lives.
All the characters who spoke directly to the aliens were credible and likable.
The narrator is professional, it is easy to follow the story and get a feeling of the character's emotions.
I enjoyed the first half of the book, but I didn't like so much the underlying story, once revealed.
I don't know if there is one specific thing that I didn't like. Over all it was interesting and unique, but I think the ending was unsatisfactory.
It left me feeling depressed and empty, but maybe that was the point?
Nothing negative to report.
Go back to listening to fantasy for a while.