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Star Maker | [Olaf Stapledon]

Star Maker

One moment a man sits on a suburban hill, gazing curiously at the stars. The next, he is whirling through the firmament, and perhaps the most remarkable of all science fiction journeys has begun. Even Stapledon's other great work, 'Last and First Men' pales in ambition next to 'Star Maker' which presents nothing less than an entire imagined history of life in the universe, encompassing billions of years.
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One moment a man sits on a suburban hill, gazing curiously at the stars. The next, he is whirling through the firmament, and perhaps the most remarkable of all science fiction journeys has begun. Even Stapledon's other great work, Last and First Men pales in ambition next to Star Maker which presents nothing less than an entire imagined history of life in the universe, encompassing billions of years.

©2012 Olaf Stapledon (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 09-18-12
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2005
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    "meditative classic"

    this is not a slam bam scifi, but rather a more meditative, philosophical piece. the opening is poetic in style and description. then there is the visits to other worlds and peoples section which I enjoyed more when it dealt with differing types of potential creatures and would have liked to see more of this, like Sagan's Cosmos, but this is a very early work and so kudos to Stapledon for stretching ideas beyond bug eyed monsters. this middle gets too political though, showing how these cultures seem to follow similar histories and it may be that he was satirizing human politics. the end is excellent with the meeting with the star maker, though again, not a shoot em up type of finish. overall i thought there was much to ponder and you can see the influence on Clarke's Childhood's End and 2001 and much more beyond. I will keep going with the Stapledon's available.

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    Isaac Sharp Norwalk, CT United States 05-06-14
    Isaac Sharp Norwalk, CT United States 05-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Literally (literally) awesome"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Blew my mind like few books I've ever read.
    Speculative scifi novel? Metaphysical philosophy? Surreal dream-journey? Epic prose-poem?
    yes, yes, yes, yes.

    And it was published in 1937! Seriously amazing. Stapledon is an under-appreciated genius.


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    D. Raynal San Francisco,, CA USA 11-08-12
    D. Raynal San Francisco,, CA USA 11-08-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A Timeless Story"
    If you could sum up Star Maker in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome, Expanding and Remarkable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Maker?

    At the conclusion of the book the author wrote one of the best explanations of mankind's consciousness in relationship to all other potential forms of Being.


    What about Andrew Wincott’s performance did you like?

    I believe that he made the story come alive and I found that his voice never bothered me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No single moment stood out however, the expanded state that was created within me grew steadily as I absorbed the story. I was constantly being challenged to reset and potentially accept the ideas that the author presents in the book. I loved this experience and recommend it to all.


    Any additional comments?

    Just because the book was written over 70 years ago don't think that it is dated. I would suggest that everyone allow themselves the experience of looking into the immense possibilities that exist and enjoy removing the self limiting thoughts and beliefs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Simply Divine"

    This is the greatest book I have ever read. Sure, its not an easy read - even in audiobook format - but the immense size of the undertaking is incredible. It's like one of those images that zooms out from a grain of sand, up and up, until it is all the way to the end of spacetime and beyond. The philosophy in this book is simply outstanding, deep, thoughtful and insightful. The last few chapters... well, they are worth the price of entry alone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
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    "Excellent narration"
    Where does Star Maker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first audiobook.


    What other book might you compare Star Maker to, and why?

    All books are unique, but this book is more unique than all.


    What about Andrew Wincott’s performance did you like?

    Excellent clarity, expression completely in sync with the content of the narrative.
    I'm starting to see now why quality of narration is so important. Although this is my first, I would imagine that it doesn't get much better than this guy.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't watch it, listen to the audiobook. The quality of the book is the imagination it compels.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't read it either, listen to the audiobook. It's an excellent book, but I bailed less than half way through. Listening to the audiobook is way more enjoyable.

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