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David Citron

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  • The Fountains of Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (148)

    Vannemar Morgan's dream is to link Earth to the stars with the greatest engineering feat of all time: a 24,000-mile-high space elevator. But first he must solve a million technical, political, and economic problems while allaying the wrath of God. For the only possible site on the planet for Morgans Orbital Tower is the monastery atop the Sacred Mountain of Sri Kanda.

    David Citron says: "Human-focused science fiction"
    "Human-focused science fiction"
    Overall

    The Fountains of Paradise is a beautifully written account of one man's quest to achieve lifelong satisfaction through his works. The primary story is artfully juxtaposed with a parallel quasi-historical storyline. Perhaps Clarke's most underrated talent was his ability to get inside the minds of long-dead characters (see also: the first section of "2001").

    Though technically "hard" science fiction, the primary focus of the narrative is on the characters, both future and ancient. The storytelling is deeply satisfying and, in a genre where endings are often pseudo-mystical cop-outs, this book leaves the listener content, with imagination sparked.

    Marc Vietor's narration only enhances the experience. He reads thoughtfully and clearly, giving each character enough distinction to make the storytelling easy to follow.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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