I am legally blind and talking books are the way I survive.
This is a very special book. The question that Miller deals with is what if the world should succumb to nuclear war and earth is all but wiped out how would the survivors rebuild. Mankind is never been one to learn from the mistakes of the past. Miller is writing in the late fifties when the threat of war was real; when nations across the world were experimenting with weapons that could wipe out whole cities and destroy whole nations.
This is a challenging book. I read somewhere-
"The lesson of History is that man does not learn the lessons of history"
I read this when I was just a kid, many years ago, and just didn't appreciate it like I did this time around. It has a millennium long story to tell, about just how stupid the human race can be. High;y recommended for those who enjoy a little sci-fi mixed into their "sociological" listens. Good narrator too.
The narrator was good with the different character voices, but the overall tone was too dry and succinct - as if the narrator was reading the evening radio news instead of a story.
Between the overly verbose conversations and droll tedium there were parts where the story progressed. The continuity between the ages and church vs. state dilemmas are interesting, but you really have to dig through the fluff for it.
I purchased this book on the many five star recommendations that I read, only to be disappointed.
Unlike some of the other 1950-60's books I have read that stood up (i.e. Heinlein's and Aasimov's books), this one did not stand up to the ages well - and I'm not just talking about the use of Latin.
This story could be half as long and accomplish just as much, but it was written in a time when literature was ornately over-worded (i.e. Lord of the Rings, Atlas Shrugged, etc.) so I feel this story fit the generation from whence it came. By today's standards though, it's a bit of a tired slog :(
The story highlights how small gradual steps in the life's of individuals is what creates culture, and rash actions are what destroys it. A fun and interesting setting to explore a lot of ethical questions on pain and suffering.
Post-Apocalyptic monks debate whether or not to Baptize a mutants second head!
An unnerving forecast of a future that has already happened -- and could still happen again. Tom Weiner carries off a variety of roles, in a variety of epochs, with panache.
The story would have been easier to follow if more background had been given.
I felt as if I was jumping around from one strange situation to another without enough explanation of how each situation related to the others and what had led to each.
No, I did not enjoy his narration. I thought his voice too rough and "ugly" but maybe fitting for a story I did not enjoy anyway.
Typically, I do enjoy this genre. I was disappointed because I expected to like this book based on the reviews from Audible.
I may give the story another try in a year or two but I will be reading it myself instead of listening to an audiobook.
This is one of the classic modern science fiction novels, and it lends itself well to the audiobook format, but the reader has made some strange choices.Particularly egregious is his rendering of Thon Taddeo, who is supposed to be a cultured, ironic Renaissance man with the intelligence of an Einstein or a Leonardo da Vinci. The reader makes him sound like Big Daddy in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof or the the villainous Southern warden in a prison movie. What was he thinking of?
A Canticle for Leibowitz is a unique and compelling story. The three parts of the book were tied together in a very creative way that kept me waiting to discover what happened next.
Although written in the 1950's and set in the distant future, the themes, struggles, questions on science & religion, and the human condition are timeless.
It is difficult to choose a favorite scene as there were so many that were memorable and outstanding. My favorite character was Br. Francis, so I would choose his meeting with the Pope in New Rome.
Preserving the Past to Ensure the Future
A Canticle for Liebowitz is a must read for science fiction/fantasy fans as well as people of faith. You won't be disappointed.
The story was very deep and difficult to follow at times, however the narration skills of Tom Weiner are superb. He makes the characters come alive with distinct voices for each one. This is classic sci fi so some of the science is a bit dated, but it still holds it's own with a timeless religion vs science theme.
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.