City at the End of Time

  • by Greg Bear
  • Narrated by Charles Leggett
  • 21 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a time like the present, three young people dream of the fabulous ruins of a decaying city somewhere in the distant future: the Kalpa. The dreams of Ginny and Jack overtake them without warning, leaving their bodies behind while carrying their consciousnesses forward, into the minds of two inhabitants of the Kalpa - a would-be warrior, Jebrassy, and an inquisitive explorer, Tiadba - who have been genetically retroengineered to possess qualities of ancient humanity.In turn, the dreams of Tiadba and Jebrassy carry them back, into the minds of Jack and Ginny. As for the dreams of Daniel, they are even stranger and more disquieting.Hunted by others with similar powers who seek the sum-runners on behalf of a fearsome godlike entity, Ginny, Jack, and Daniel are drawn despite themselves into a mission to rescue the future of their dreams.

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Customer Reviews

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Not buying it.

I LOVE Greg Bear's other books. Darwin's Radio - Awesome. Darwin's Children - Great. Vitals - Loved it. But this one just baffles me. It's like Steven Hawking meets Moulin Rouge. Huh?

I understand his interest in writing a more poetic novel, but Bear's strength is hard science storytelling. Clear, concise, building of smart plots in simple English, and recognizable time periods. His brilliance is taking difficult or theoretic scientific concepts and wrapping a story around them in a way that makes them meaningful to the rest of us. When clever language, timeframe switching, and plot puzzles get in the way of that strength, I think it's big a mistake.

I didn't finish the book. It just got too weird.
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- Kenton

Despite the other reviews, I loved the book

After reading the other reviews, I almost avoided this book. I love Bear's other titles, so decided to give it a shot. I really liked the book. Yes, it is confusing, especially at the beginning. I think, though, that the author was trying to covey the feeling that the characters had, by writing the book in such a way as to mimic their confusion, their sense of trying to understand what is happening to them and their world and their feelings of coping with infinite and clashing rules, order, and reality. If you just go with it, the book is very satisfying, interesting, and imaginative. It is not just another retold tale, but something different. I thought is was artful and fascinating how he deals with huge concepts of time, space, alternate universes, etc. I found the characters and their connections interesting. I wanted to know how they dealt with the situation and was satisfied with the books conclusion. I think this one is up there among the better books.
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- Tim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.