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 would have liked this better when I was 12-13 years old.
Science needed to be more in depth. Characters were superficial.
Yes/No. Not by voice inflection, but by identifying the character, such as, " (So and so) said,...".
Disappointment. I expected more from Clarke
I couldn't wait for the book to end. Stayed with it because of the author's reputation. A big mistake.
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Perhaps I was just not in the right frame of mind, but I hated it. I was so bored!
I never quite got the point, didn’t know who was who, couldn’t follow who was doing what… I made it all the way to 45% done only because I had a long wait at the doctor’s office and more time to kill on the bus on the way home.
Perhaps I missed out – but I don’t care! 3$ wasted.
Time was well spent listening to this book, however, as far as classics go, listen to Heinlein... Starship Troopers and Moon is a Harsh Mistress are much better. However, this book was interesting. And the outcome was pretty unique. Probably just not my type of book.
Narration was good.
This is not a book you'll forget which is annoying since it's greatness lies in its one main idea but I didn't enjoy the execution of the story. For instance I've already forgotten the lead characters names and the subplots seemed like time fillers. There were too few characters to support a novel. It would have been a better novelette. I would encourage others to read it though if they are interested in early science fiction. That's why I read it. The reader did a good performance and his voice works well on the 2x setting on my player!
The firs half of the story is awesome. It is very plausible and well written. The scientific fiction is nearly perfect in the sense that it doesn't harm the laws of physics we know. It's all very plausible and that makes it a great story.
The second half is nonsense, and unfortunately contradicts a lot of things mentioned in the first half. I'm very against the anthropocentric view of the universe, so the second part of the book was a disappointment to me. I really wish the author had developed the story differently. Still, no one can he's not very talented and this book isn't a great science fiction story.
Interesting concept and idea.
I would have explain what happen to the human race and what happen next
nope did not or if I did I don't remember
yes but a short story to explain what happen to the next stage of human evolution.
It was easy to listen to but I kept waiting for something to happen and it never did. Interesting theory but I like a little excitement in the books I enjoy most.
Currently live in Florida..believe it or not I miss the changing seasons..even the snow and ice.
Time well spent. This book is a good example of the growth of the Science Fiction genra. It moves from the
most interesting: Clarke kept the suspence going through the book to the end.
can't think of anything at this time
no, it's too far out of date. Did not enjoy 2001 for the same reson
Re-reading the old masters is always eye opening. As I mentioned earlier..Science Fiction has matured considerably and to appreciate the current crop of writers it helps to have a grounding in
Some fans of speculative fiction might consider this a masterpiece. However, if you enjoy a good story with interesting three-dimensional characters, then this story is NOT for you. While the ideas explored in Childhood's End were intriguing, the lack of any interesting plot or relatable characters made it hard for the story to really capture my attention.
The performance was good, but without a solid story behind it, it ended up falling flat.
I think I would have enjoyed it more 20-30 years ago. The story probably deserves better than I am rating it but I just didn't enjoy it that much. Even the narration felt dated (maybe that was intentional).
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