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.
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.
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this is one of the top 5 SciFi books of all time. I have read it many many times. now I get to have someone read it to me!!
Foundation, Ringworld, Berserker, Dumarest
eat food, eat food, if you read it, you know what that means.
basically this author was a one shot wonder, the "Horse" was not so good.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I got more joy out of reading the wikipedia synopsis of the book than I did from the book itself.
Miller seemed far more interested in showing off his eclectic vocabulary than in telling the story. It felt like some sort of bizarre creative writing experiment at first. Later he either toned it down, or I got used to it. Either way, it nearly put me off the novel.
The opening scene of the novel is the only one worth listening to, but then it goes down from there- and stays down.
I guess the audience is supposed to appreciate the brilliantly subtle way that Miller unravels the events of the past for us, but really I was so bored by the central story lines that it was hard to even care about world Miller was imagining them in.
I REALLY wanted to like this book. I mean, I stuck it out until the end, despite pretty much hating it by the end of the second chapter. Post-apocalyptic sci-fi is one of my all time favorite genres. Unfortunately this book contained none of the danger and drama that I had imagined were inevitable in this family of stories.
Ultimately, the problem with the book is that there isn't a single character in here that listeners can come close to carrying about; they're all boring, ignorant, quite folks who like to keep to themselves and study. Sounds exciting, doesn't it?
I will definitely be listening to Canticle again. The novel has so many layers and addresses so many issues concerning human existence that I think it requires repeated listens.
The closest I could come for a comparison would be Slaughterhouse Five. Time is a crucial element in both stories and both present humor in the most dire of circumstances. Each also address the major issues concerning humans.
Wonderful reading. Brought life to the characters that I think wouldn't have been as evident just reading the novel.
No, simply because it deals with the biggest issues concerning humans and requires time to contemplate what is occurring. There are three stories in the novel, perfect for three listen sessions.
A classic not only in science fiction literature, but all of literature. Truly a must experience.
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.
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Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it - the tragic essence of one of Science Fiction's greatest stories. The audio book adds a lot of nice nuances to an already excellent tale of tragic, future history. A great way to enjoy a must-read novel.