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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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    Rey 09-07-15
    Rey 09-07-15 Member Since 2012

    If you give me something original I will probably like it, regardless of the genre. Stick to a formula and I want to hurl a book at your head.

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    "Good 'Alien Invasion' Story"

    It's not so much alien invasion as it's more 'aliens show up for a while, do their own thing, people are okay with it'
    I really enjoyed it even if (spoilers, kind of) the ending made me a bit sad. Highly original and I love the design of the aliens.

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    Niels J. Rasmussen 07-22-15 Member Since 2016

    Dr. Nils Rasmussen

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    "A Visionary Classic"

    After finishing this novel, it was amazing to look back at just how much of science-fiction had been influenced following this book's release. Without Childhood's End, we might not have ever seen such sci-fi movies as "Independence Day", "District 9", "Battle of Los Angeles", or any other plots that feature the scenario of giant spacecrafts hovering over major cities.

    But this novel is MUCH, MUCH more than just the simple idea of aliens vs. humans. It's actually not that at all. Instead, it is a far further complicated, and somewhat more realistic vision of what might happen if one day we all wake up to the skies full of flying saucers.

    I would not call the ending of this book a "twist" even though it is completely unpredictable. Usually, a "twist" is cheap and sort of gimmicky. If you've read any of Clarke's other work, you know that he is above such things. All I will say is that you shouldn't bother trying to predict the book's outcome. No matter what you do, it won't be anything similar to your expectations.

    9.27 / 10.00

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    Bart WICHITA, KANSAS, United States 02-03-15
    Bart WICHITA, KANSAS, United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A timeless glance at our future"

    A great experience and well perform by Eric. What an interesting glance at the human race. A true classic piece.

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    Oliver New York, NY, United States 02-02-15
    Oliver New York, NY, United States 02-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The Classic of all Classics"

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    Birth of 2001
    Need anymore be said?
    Just fantastic.

    Narration-
    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

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    Frank 01-30-15
    Frank 01-30-15 Member Since 2015

    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.

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    "Makes you stop and think"
    What made the experience of listening to Childhood's End the most enjoyable?

    It was quite the adventure to listen to this book


    What did you like best about this story?

    Really made me stop and wonder how I would handle what developed in this book.


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    Rob Burgess 01-29-15
    Rob Burgess 01-29-15 Member Since 2007

    Burgi3

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    "It Will make you think"

    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.

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    Jonathan Collier Waltham, MA 01-29-15
    Jonathan Collier Waltham, MA 01-29-15 Member Since 2012

    I am remarkable.

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    "Thoughtful, Satisfying, Creative"

    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.

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    Peter 01-28-15
    Peter 01-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    "This is a must read for Sci Fi fans"

    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.

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    Mark Eugene Lehr Riverside, California USA 01-19-15
    Mark Eugene Lehr Riverside, California USA 01-19-15 Listener Since 2005

    Dr. Mark E. Lehr

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    "Exceptional"

    Finally making a movie of it! Best A.C. Book. Maybe we will evolve instead of annihilating ourselves. Better sooner than later.

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    J. Pang Earth 01-18-15
    J. Pang Earth 01-18-15 Member Since 2010

    Computational cognition, ethics, transhumanism, etc.

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    "Origin of great scifi over last 62+ years"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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