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.
"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)
I loved the idea of an alien civilization enforcing law but not interfering so much with the rest of people's lives.
All the characters who spoke directly to the aliens were credible and likable.
The narrator is professional, it is easy to follow the story and get a feeling of the character's emotions.
I enjoyed the first half of the book, but I didn't like so much the underlying story, once revealed.
I don't know if there is one specific thing that I didn't like. Over all it was interesting and unique, but I think the ending was unsatisfactory.
It left me feeling depressed and empty, but maybe that was the point?
Nothing negative to report.
Go back to listening to fantasy for a while.
I have read the book many times when I was a child, and I loved what the Alien looked like, I guess you can't judge a book by it's cover.
I am not sure Arthur Clarke's books compare to anyone's.
No I haven't.
No, I exercise while I listened to this book, and I am not sure I could have lasted that long.
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No fantasy here. Just good science fiction with some politics and economic theory thrown in for good measure.
I read Childhood's End decades ago, when I was a teenager, and loved it. I have re-read a few of my former favorites from my youth and found them dissatisfying, but this book did not lose any of its impact. While some of the scenes and characters feel a wee bit dated now, the story is as engrossing and haunting as ever.
A classic tale from a time when SciFi was at its zenith. Sir Arthur was always one of my favourites and a 're-read' from a book I read as a very young lad reminded me of how great he truly was.
I've never been a huge fan of sci-fi but I always love a good story - and this epic doesn't disappoint. I thought I knew where it was going a couple of times and was delighted to find out I was wrong each time.
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