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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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    Marie 04-18-16
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    "wonderful "

    a very well-written book with a better conclusion than I expected. must read. loved it

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    bcbooks Annapolis, MD 04-13-16
    bcbooks Annapolis, MD 04-13-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Read many times...listening added a whole new dimension!"

    Bits of the book are dated now, but the story is absolutely timeless... (the recent movie demonstrates this.)
    Summerer's narration was spot-on!

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    C. Hale Rancho Santa Margarita, CA USA 04-06-16
    C. Hale Rancho Santa Margarita, CA USA 04-06-16 Member Since 2011
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    "A Good Book"

    An incredible introduction to the works of Arthor C. Clark. Exciting and haunting all at the same time.

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    Ilkka 03-26-16
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    "Religion for non-religious"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. It's one of Arthur C. Clarke's best novels and really good science fiction. It depicts the encounter with an alien race, a really hard thing to do well, in well thought and interesting manner. I usually like science fiction that describes future in terms that are almost unfathomable for modern human and the concepts in this book are just that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The young scientist Jan was my favorite character. He had curiosity, intelligence and he felt trapped in the world engineered by the Overlords. He used his intelligence to break free from this prison, but with unforeseen consequences.


    What does Eric Michael Summerer and Robert J. Sawyer (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The introduction by Robert J. Sawyer provided a little background into how this book was received by the public and how Arthur C. Clarke himself felt about it. I think it was a good addition to the audiobook.


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

    If not in one sitting, there were moments I wanted to continue listening the story, but had to put it on hold. The last one and half hours I listened unable to stop.


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    Nick 03-26-16
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    "Sci-Fi Classic!"

    The reveal of the overlords proved to be very suspenseful. Very fun and interesting book! Due to age, it does not entirely hold up to the state of modern technology and other science fiction standards, but is nonetheless an enjoyable book.

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    Amazon Customer 03-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story with an amazing narration"

    Loved it. The last 3 chapters are the best. The best from Clark. Highly recommended.

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    Zoori 02-29-16
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    "Great classic work still relevant today"

    This sci-fi story encompasses so many topics, such as the history of humanity, the use of technologies, contact with alien civilizations, and the transcendence, amongst others. The science is entangled with rich imagination and highly engrossing story.
    The narrator is also doing a great job.

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    Darrel Streets 02-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Arthur C. Clark a true visionary "

    There were a few tell-tale signs of the 50's that were a bit comical, like smoking and lots of cocktails!

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    Lawren Stirling, NJ, United States 02-14-16
    Lawren Stirling, NJ, United States 02-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not my favorite sci-Fi, but thought provoking"

    This was not my favorite sci-Fi, but it was thought provoking. Check out Asimov, he's amazing.

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    Mark Allan 02-07-16
    Mark Allan 02-07-16 Member Since 2017
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    "not sure if the miniseries or the book was better"

    i wish the book could be updated with todays technology, likevthey did with the scyfy miniseries, although, the story had been changed.

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