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 read to escape. Classic sci-fi/military sci-fi/fantasy. It is all about the story. No deep thought, no dream sequences... Entertainment
Just an interesting story. started fast and gripped you then slowed. was less enjoyable at that point but you HAD to find out the ending! luckily the book wasn't overly long or I might not have made it. overall I really liked it. Not my typical fare but I feel like I am that much more Geeky by having read it.
Eric Michael Summerer is not my favorite reader but does a good job with classic sci-fi fare. would like a bit more animation- however may be the correct choice given the material.
I would listen to the first half in one sitting but the second half was harder and although I went back to it- I wasn't ignoring my Wife and Kids to do so.
Okay, I know it's Clarke but I was a bit disappointed with this book. First the positives. The story was written in the 50's and Clarke was very insightful as to the possible futures - mostly from a social perspective rather than technology. He was very accurate with the science in terms of Einstein's theory of relativity and time dilation. The characters were well developed and the narrative was well paced.
Without any spoilers - I personally was not really satisfied with the ending. Some might like the way it ended but it left me with some unanswered questions. In today's literature there would be a sequel book or trilogy.
If you don't mind a book that leaves you wondering then go for it. Otherwise this was a good book.
Yes, the performance is great. Eric changes voices subtly between each character that gives you a great sense of the conversation. I've even looked up all the other books he narrates!
This is my first book although, his gaming podcast and asking him his favorite narrated book brought me to this one.
Yes, I usually listen to books during my commute. But this made me find house work to do just to listen!
My first read of Arthur C. Clarke. At first I didn't like the beginning but then it picked up. I guess I was a little disappointed in the ending. All in all, the story was interesting. It wasn't action packed or a love story but more an intellectual commentary on what's more important in life: scientific advancement or culture.
Society, philosophy, science, and fiction, and whenever possible, combined!
Very good performance and engaging story. The mystical element, which i see now is a theme for Clarke, is curious and important to understand many subsequent sci-fi works.
I liked this book, it was an easy read and definitely compelling. but I felt that the episodic nature of the storytelling left a feeling of something missing at the end. the individuals felt less like characters and more like conduits for the plot/explanations. Also, the Eurocentric treatment of the future and of certain descriptions (e.g. discussion of the n-word, ahistorical treatment of the white minority in south africa as exceptional, comparing one of the few non white characters to chocolate), as well as scattered sexism/gender essentialism were disheartening, but I guess I shouldn't have expected much better from a white male author of the time. still enjoyed the interesting history and future of humanity.
Overall I found the story interesting, but I object to Clarke's apparent fascination with the paranormal. At that point it's not "science" fiction anymore, it's just plain old weird fantasy. Yuck.
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