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)
Childhood's End was a book that I tore through in a matter of hours. It's incredibly difficult to step away from. The ending was amazing and totally unexpected. Bravo.
I'd read this in excerpt form years ago, and it was a tantalizing glimpse. The future of mankind is to become... other than mankind. This is a primer of how very different the future might be from the now.
I wasn't all that interested in this book at the beginning but I followed it through to the end. It was worth it. As I was listening to the end all I could think was "WOW"!
I bought this one from the daily specials. I was pleasantly surprised with this story first published in the early 1950's (1953, I believe). I found it quite amusing to here ideas written down as "fiction" that have since come to fruition. The "radar oven" would be todays microwave.
All this aside, the underlying story and idea was very entertaining, if a bit depressing in the end. The narrator did a pretty solid job as well.
So, to sum up, I would recommend this, even if only from a nostalgia perspective.
I was captivated by this story. If a block of time had been available to me, I believe I would have listened to it in one sitting.
The story was capitivating and the ideas thought provoking.
I plan to revisit some of the classic science fiction books I read in the past. I just may have forgotten how good they were!
Clarke is considered one of the "big three" so far as science fiction writers go. Perhaps that's one of the reasons that this book so failed to impress me. It reads like a list. "First this happened, then, this happened, and, then, this happened, also, this." Very dry and non-engaging.
"Really? Waste of my time."
I'm not sure the narrator could have made the work less dry.
I'm just this guy, y'know?
It's fascinating to read a classic like this. There are many themes and ideas in here that will resonate as familiar to the reader... and this story is the origin of some of them.
the story started out a little quaint, understandably (after all, it IS a science fiction book written in the 50s), but as the story develops, it's hard to ignore the bigger questions it poses, the deeper underlying message. the conclusion, of course, leaves one dazed thinking of the very meaning of existence. amazing read.
I love being able to listen to Audible via my iphone!
All of them! Seriously, though, the imagery by Clarke of the Overlords and the world in which they live and the imagery of Earth blew me away!
Of course! I had not been so moved, enlightened, and inspired by a story for some time...especially when we see the Earth in its final moments. Brilliantly written! Definitely on my list of top favorite books!
Will be listening to this book over and over, I'm sure!
Not better, per se, but perhaps more enjoyable.
The honest, objective view of Mankind as a species.
The history behind the novel was enlightening.
The ending moved me deeply, as a human being, even though it's only fiction. This is a credit to Clarke's vision.
Better than 2001 Odyssey series. All the alien sci Fi movies should pay royalties to this book, e.g. Independence Day, etc.
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