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Childhood's End Audiobook

Childhood's End

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Publisher's Summary

The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

But at what cost? With the advent of peace, man ceases to strive for creative greatness, and a malaise settles over the human race. To those who resist, it becomes evident that the Overlords have an agenda of their own.

As civilization approaches the crossroads, will the Overlords spell the end for humankind...or the beginning?

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by Hugo Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer, who explains why this novel, written in the 1950s, is still relevant today.

©2001 Arthur C. Clarke; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"In Eric Summerer's capable hands, the plot of Childhood's End is smoothly presented and fully credible. He highlights the patient nature of the Overlords, which has caused humans to become ever more complacent. Summerer excels at delivering the aliens' quiet and intensely engaging dialogue with people. His nuanced performance creates a growing feeling of uneasiness in the listener as the Overlords' insatiable curiosity and watchfulness begin to suggest something less than benign at work." (AudioFile)

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    Amazon Customer 03-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story with an amazing narration"

    Loved it. The last 3 chapters are the best. The best from Clark. Highly recommended.

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    Zoori 02-29-16
    Zoori 02-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great classic work still relevant today"

    This sci-fi story encompasses so many topics, such as the history of humanity, the use of technologies, contact with alien civilizations, and the transcendence, amongst others. The science is entangled with rich imagination and highly engrossing story.
    The narrator is also doing a great job.

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    Darrel Streets 02-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Arthur C. Clark a true visionary "

    There were a few tell-tale signs of the 50's that were a bit comical, like smoking and lots of cocktails!

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    Lawren Stirling, NJ, United States 02-14-16
    Lawren Stirling, NJ, United States 02-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not my favorite sci-Fi, but thought provoking"

    This was not my favorite sci-Fi, but it was thought provoking. Check out Asimov, he's amazing.

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    Mark Allan 02-07-16
    Mark Allan 02-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "not sure if the miniseries or the book was better"

    i wish the book could be updated with todays technology, likevthey did with the scyfy miniseries, although, the story had been changed.

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    Shaun P. 02-02-16
    Shaun P. 02-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic yes, entertainin no"

    Classic yes, just a terrible ending. I didn't enjoy. Had great plot and just went weird ending.

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    Mikey 02-02-16
    Mikey 02-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "one of the best scifi books I've ever read"

    the scope of this book is huge. he writes so completely and in such engaging detail that no stone is left unturned. this meant for me that it not only felt like an amazing ride but that the end was so complete as to leave me sitting quietly for a very long time. i neither needed more from the story not did i need a new story to replace it. it is lingering with me like the memory of really great sex. i feel deeply satisfied.

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    Luis Gomez San Diego 01-27-16
    Luis Gomez San Diego 01-27-16
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    "Love it"

    One wonders, reading Arthur C. Clark, what truths hide behind cience fiction novels. Looking forward to my next C. Clark novel.

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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 01-27-16
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 01-27-16 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Clark's Best Work"
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    This is a great classic Sci-Fi. Given the time it was written in, it really doesn't feel too dated, I assumed it was written nearer to the late 70s. I would recommend this to any Sci-Fi fan that's looking for a serious read, not some pop corn garbage that seems to be the main Sci-Fi fair today.

    I must say this is also Clarke's best, book. I liked 2001, but this is by far superior. And Rendezvous with Rama was the work of his I've enjoyed the least, I would go so far as to say I didn't like it at all. So if you want to find out what Clarke is about start with this one.

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    Federico Moreno 01-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The audio is not great"

    The audio is not synchonized with the listed chapters and somehow the volumeb seams to go super low in places.... You get the sense as if you are missing sections of the story.

    The story itself is good and entertaining.

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