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Dave F. Wilke

Los Angeles, CA | Member Since 2013

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  • The City and the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Geoffrey T. Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (157)

    Diaspar is Earth's last city - surrounded by deserts, on a world where the oceans have long-since dried up. It is a domed, isolated, technological marvel, run by the Central Computer. Diaspar has conquered death. People are called forth; they live for a thousand years and then are recalled, to be born thousands of years later, over and over again. No child has been born for at least 10 million years. Until Alvin....

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "A Classic"
    "An Old Favorite"
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    What did you love best about The City and the Stars?

    This was one of the first science fiction novels I'd ever read ever so many years back. For that reason it was the first Audible book I downloaded. It was and remains a favorite. Some have said it is not one of Clarke's best, but I tend to disagree. Perhaps that's just the memories bound up around the story, but there you go.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The City and the Stars?

    I enjoyed the sense of discovery as Alvin explored his universe; first the outskirts of Diaspar, then Lys, then the stars. The sense of physical exploration and discovery of new landscapes is something I miss in more recent works.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The performance was mildly uneven. The different voices were obviously recorded at different times, using different equipment, different EQ settings and different levels of compression. This created a slightly uneven flow to the dialog, something which could have been avoided by bringing the voice actors in to record at the same time.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I used it to pass the time on a long daily commute. It lasted better than a week and served its purpose well in keeping me entertained in traffic.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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