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)
Birth of 2001
Need anymore be said?
Wasn't crazy about the narration, but not due to any real fault-- it is clear and certainly didn't get in the way of the story. I know, totally unfair to mr narrator and I do apologize. It is well read, just a tad flat for my tastes. ( For reference, a few of my fav narrators: Mr Guidall, John Lee, Stefan Rudnicki...)
Story trumps all.
Get it and enjoy the hell out of it ;)
Again, not a bad narration just not
Ok,so I had the best intentions.I started listening for work, but now I'm re-discovering the classic sci-fi books that I read as a kid.
It was quite the adventure to listen to this book
Really made me stop and wonder how I would handle what developed in this book.
This book was recommended by a friend. I had no idea what to expect I was pleasantly surprised. This book deals with the end of the world from a totally different perspective and is an excellent sci-fi novel.
I am remarkable.
This is a story that I'll certainly listen to again someday, and look forward to recommending it to others.
It is well imagined, with thoughtful plot arcs that aren't common in much of today's science fiction.
The ambitious exploration is toward the discovery and fulfillment of humanity's purpose. It has a satisfying conclusion that isn't a Hollywood ending.
This is a short easy read. If you are looking for character development, that is not what this book is about. Clarks' gift is in articulating the wonder and majesty of the future. This he does in spades. You do not have to be a science fiction fan to appreciate "Childhood's End". Beware however, I expect that this work has the ability to turn you into one.
Dr. Mark E. Lehr
Finally making a movie of it! Best A.C. Book. Maybe we will evolve instead of annihilating ourselves. Better sooner than later.
Computational cognition, ethics, transhumanism, etc.
So many things stem from this. Incredible how many have ripped off elements of this story. This is foundational fundamental reading. You're not in he scifi club unless you've read this
Easy to listen too, the voice talents presented this book in such a way as to draw me in for hours at a time.
Arthur C Clarke wrote this without the typical mistakes a lot of people make these days. Instead of focusing on trying to invent technology, or use flash phrases in over abundance from the period he lived in, the man told a wonderful story. He does have a lot of surprises for the reader in this book, and quite really? bravo.
This was an interesting story. I particularly enjoyed his ideas from the 1950s of what the 21st century and beyond would look like. I was amazed at his foresight when he was discussing how tv would take up the time of humans and make it hard for humans to keep up with the various programs; he then went on to discuss how humans would be more interested in watching real life events of other people - reality tv before it was invented!
I knew I would like it when, at the outset, the overlord wiped out animal cruelty. Who wouldn't love that? It was interesting to see how he portrayed the overlords as benevolent people rather than these tyrants. I was definitely unprepared for the twist at the end.
The narration was good, and the story moved along at a nice pace.
I thought this was pretty boring. I got through about an hour of it. Then I got restless waiting for something interesting to happen, and went and looked at the synopsis of the book online to see if I had anything to look forward to, and it looked pretty bizarre and didn't seem like it would get much better, so I gave up on it.
I guess the true beauty of this book is not so much the journey but the thoughtfulness it provokes when finished. It made me want to join a book appreciation society that i might find someone to discuss it with. In the end i annoyed my friends on facebook until they read it too. i'm pleased to see that everyone has a different stance on it and everyone had their own person/race to empathise with. The book can be heart-breaking but only if you are the sort of person who dwells on a book on completion.
"Good but depressing"
I enjoyed this book. It was well written and thought-provoking, but the ending seemed somewhat empty and hopeless, although I expect other listeners will interpret it differently. It is certainly worth listening to and is well narrated, and I can understand why it is regarded as a classic, although some of the plot-lines seem a bit higgledy-piggledy and unsuccessfully shaped to fit.
"A Classic well worth the listen"
Not the greatest narration, and written some time ago so some technological references were a little dated.
But none the less it is a classic with some great twists and real impact.
"An engrossing performance; vintage Sci-Fi"
A great audiobook performance means you don't notice the narrator. Eric Michael Summer puts in a clear well-voiced performance. Like all the best performers, Summer's range persuades you to forget only one man is doing the voices; you soon get immersed in the story.
Childhood's End is a mini-epic of a novel, written with Clarke's usual clarity and poignancy. For those of us who have been downloading his five volumes of Collected Short Stories from Audible, Childhood's End is a MUST. And certainly my book of choice for my desert island disc selection.
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