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Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang Audiobook
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
Written by: 
Kate Wilhelm
Narrated by: 
Anna Fields
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang Audiobook

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang

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When the first warm breeze of Doomsday came wafting over the Shenandoah Valley, the Sumners were ready. Using their enormous wealth, the family had forged an isolated post-holocaust citadel. Their descendants would have everything they needed to raise food and do the scientific research necessary for survival. But the family was soon plagued by sterility, and the creation of clones offered the only answer. And then that final pocket of human civilization lost the very human spirit it was meant to preserve as man and mannequin turned on one another.

Sweeping, dramatic, rich with humanity and rigorous in its science, Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang is widely regarded as a high point of both humanistic and hard science fiction. It won science fiction's Hugo Award and Locus Award on its first publication and is as compelling today as it was then.

©1976 Kate Wilhelm; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award winner, Best Novel, 1977

"The best novel about cloning written to date." (Locus)
"One of the best treatments of cloning in SF." (New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction)
"Kate Wilhelm's cautionary message comes through loud and clear." (New York Times)

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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 07-30-12
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "classic that still works"

    this is an acknowledged classic and deservedly so. it is very well written, full of prescient ideas concerning global warming and environmental and disease problems that were only beginning to be thought about seriously, but more important are themes developing out of a potential cloned society, the isolation of the society and the loss of individuality and humanity. a very thought provoking novel with some nice symbolism to tie together and deepen the themes. excellent. narrator was good, not stellar, could have been a little more animated and dynamic, but still book is solid.

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    Simona United States 05-10-12
    Simona United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2013

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    The reading and acting was good. It is an interesting subject of survival, though there were some part that I think may not be as realistic. Does humanity accept such discrimination?

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    Sue Yellville, AR, United States 01-06-09
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    ""Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang"."

    I remember this book from when I was a young woman in college,some 30 years ago and it is still one of the best stories I have ever read. Well worth listening to!

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