Not much of interest here, unless you want your narrative interspaced with pages of unnecessary scientific text. A rather bland ending for all one sits through to get there.
Narrator not quite up to snuff, either.
This novel barely has a plot. It consists mainly of an exploration of an alien object cleverly created by the author. As others have mentioned, plot and characterization are often not Clarke's primary interest - playing "what if" is. I think the story actually becomes boring and isn't helped by the plodding, dull narration. And those poor attempts at accents? Ouch!
Personally I'll stick with the Foundation Trilogy and Childhood's End. That's Arthur C. Clarke at his best!
Awful. Over-written, trite and boring.
Hyperion, its sequel and the Endymion books are full of adventure, challenges and rewards. I loved being drawn into the fascinating story by Victor Bevine's masterful reading.
Follett gives us a wonderful visit in a most interesting period of history. It's long, captivating, entertaining - and leaves us wanting more. Loved it.
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