Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work
This story tells a somewhat disturbing tale about earth post a nuclear exchange. The story covers a few thousand years and is a pretty disturbing story of humanity. The performance is good.
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 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!
Normally this would not have been a problem for me, however, the constant details of Catholicism interfered with the story line. The continual references to Catholic life, ritual, and belief actually drowned out the story. The writing became too cluttered to enjoy.
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.
I remember this book being on the bestseller list when I was in school. So when it was available on an Audible two-for-one offer I got it. Boy was I disappointed! It was difficult to follow, lacked interesting characters and just is not a good book, IMHO. I would not recommend this book and am surprised to continue to see it on various lists of best sci-fi compilations. I listened to the novel several times because it was so hard to follow but in the end found it a waste of my time. The authors I really like include Octavia Butler, Stephen King, Walter Mosley and Dean Koontz. I like real page turners (metaphorically) and am glad I didn't buy this book in hardcover or paperback form. The only redeeming quality was the reader and that's only because I'm trying to find something good to say about A Canticle for Leibowitz. Not sure why this is considered such a good book. Definitely not my cup of tea!
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.