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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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    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"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    Michael 01-20-16
    Michael 01-20-16
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    "Its HOW old??"

    This is an old book, but very enjoyable. I loved it. Wish there was a sequel.

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    Robert Long Island City, New York, United States 01-17-16
    Robert Long Island City, New York, United States 01-17-16 Member Since 2014

    SciFi crazy! Geek! Love my dog, Dylan! Was never a good reader, then I discovered Audible and topics that interested me. Generally SciFi, b

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    "One of my best books and now a movie!"

    I loved this book immediately.

    Thankfully, I read the book years before the movie came out.

    The narrator was good!

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    Waltzmedarling Pleasanton, CA United States 01-12-16
    Waltzmedarling Pleasanton, CA United States 01-12-16 Member Since 2016

    I read to escape. Classic sci-fi/military sci-fi/fantasy. It is all about the story. No deep thought, no dream sequences... Entertainment

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    "The story was so good- made up for slow pace"
    What made the experience of listening to Childhood's End the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What about Eric Michael Summerer and Robert J. Sawyer (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


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    Curt Funk 01-09-16
    Curt Funk 01-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "It's Clarke - but left me wanting"

    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.

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    Reginald 01-03-16
    Reginald 01-03-16
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    "wonderful!!!"

    LOVED it,of course!!! It was, after all my choice...GOOD,good,good!!!"I have told u once,I have told u twice; that which I tell u 3 times is TRUE!!!'...Shakespeare

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    "A great sci-fi classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Childhood's End to be better than the print version?

    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!


    Have you listened to any of Eric Michael Summerer and Robert J. Sawyer (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first book although, his gaming podcast and asking him his favorite narrated book brought me to this one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I usually listen to books during my commute. But this made me find house work to do just to listen!


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    Sahar 12-29-15
    Sahar 12-29-15
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    "Story was interesting"

    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.

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    Luke Edmonton, Alberta 12-22-15
    Luke Edmonton, Alberta 12-22-15 Member Since 2009

    Society, philosophy, science, and fiction, and whenever possible, combined!

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    "unexpectedly weird"

    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.

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