One of the worse books I have ever had the misfortune of trying to listen to. This book is poorly organized, too long for the topic, way too much interspersion of Latin for the majority of us who do not know Latin, thus taking us out of the story. The “jumping around” in both story time lines and character “flashbacks,” made the underlying point of the story almost impossible to figure out.
Basically a good story premise, all that is has come before and “man” is not necessarily who we have been told we are. However, the convoluted and abbreviated, multiple interjections of fact and metaphysical conspiracy theories related to allegedly Roman Catholic knowledge withholding rendered obtuse, uninteresting, and unimaginative.
Not worth listening to even if free.
My first time hearing one of Tom Weiner's performances. I think Tom did a great job with an atrocious story.
I would like to see the plot of this story done in a creative and intelligible way, this could be an explosive, powerful, and thought provoking story line.
I only review my more favorites here.
Why and where is all the sci fi. A classic? Ok it has great vocabulary. Latin to impress us?
Ad-tedium (if that was a word)
Tom Weiner does an excellent reading. I'll look for other books narrated by him.
Everything else is horrible. I wanted to like this. I understand what the author was trying to do, but the story was so boring. I couldn't tell the characters apart after the opening section was over, which ended in the random killing of the only character who stood out and I could identify with. After that they were all the same to me and forgettable. 90 percent of this book is dry, never ending historical exposition. How did this win the Hugo? How do so many people like this?
I tried to force myself to finish it, but decided I didn't deserve this kind of pain. The only book I've stopped listening to.
was having very hard time flowing the story - i had few issues with this book
1) the religion - was very annoying
2) why do after war only dumb survive? if there was an atomic war ppl would not destroy everything and send society into stone age just to prevent next dessert or whatever the reason
3) for what this book tried to accomplish it was very short. Not enough character development, and all idiots at that...
I got this on discount, I want my money and time back
This is a dystopian combo of Scifi & Religion from an older time, having said that it is quite charming. As a man who once lived a lifestyle not so dissimilar from the monks, I can understand their faith and and their acceptance of science quite readily and find it quite realistic. While being a product of its time, it still stands well in ours and is a classic for a reason. I highly suggest it.
I go for the post-apocalyptic stuff - favorites - Earth Abides and On the Beach. This one didn't do so much for me because it spanned too much time and was disjointed. I found it difficult to follow the story and lost interest.
Not "better," but just a different experience. The narrator, Tom Weiner, does a simply beautiful job. I read A Canticle for Leibowitz originally when I was a teenager, and was delighted to see it pop up in my Audible queue.
The effortless way Miller compresses 1,500 years of future history into three linked volumes - not a bad trick in a book you can listen to in 10 hours.
Everything. Weiner performs the book perfectly, down to the different southwestern and midwestern accents.
Funny, but when I read the book originally 30 years ago, I believe it did just read it cover-to-cover.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
I was assigned to read this as part of a Philosophy class. I figured not harm in listening to it rather than reading and I could multi-task. I have found myself stuck, not able to pull myself away from the story. Very interesting, funny and thought provoking. Excellent and a total surprise.
A Canticle for Leibowitz has been a favorite for years. I started reading science fiction in the late sixties and this was one of the earliest ones I read. My adult son recently read this and I was going to read it again so we could discuss. Before I could read it, I saw a recommendation for the Audible book version and decided to give it a try. And was glad I did. The narrator an outstanding job bringing the novel to life.
I enjoyed this so much that I listened to it in only a couple of days. Guess I need to find a longer Audible book to listen to so my choice lasts until my next credit arrives.
This is my second time reading this book so not sure I'd read it again, perhaps..
The theme will remain timely and relevant as long as people remain human.
The novice priest.
No, just consistent enjoyment of the story.
Definitely on my recommend list.