Dark Is the Sun

  • by Philip José Farmer
  • Narrated by Rebecca Rogers
  • 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Fifteen billion years from now, Earth is a dying planet, its skies darkened by the ashes of burned-out galaxies, its molten core long cooled. The sunless planet is nearing the day of final gravitational collapse in the surrounding galaxy. Mutations and evolution have led to a great disparity of life-forms, while civilization has resorted to the primitive.
Young Deyv of the Turtle Tribe knew nothing of his world's history or its fate. He lived only to track down the wretched Yawtl who had stolen his precious Soul Egg. Joined by other victims of the same thief - the feisty Vana and the plant-man Sloosh - the group sets off across a nightmare landscape of monster-haunted jungle and wetland. Their search leads them ultimately to the jeweled wasteland of the Shemibob, an ageless being from another star who knows Earth's end is near and holds the only key to escape.

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What the Critics Say

An epic adventure by the author of the award-winning Riverworld series.
"Farmer is as inventive as ever, and it is a joy to sit down with a book which is this much fun....Highly recommended." (Science Fiction Collector)
"The story proceeds briskly, with fresh inventions on every page, while the characters' original quest grows increasingly complex. The particularly exotic settings and earthlike flora and fauna lend an atmospheric touch." (Fantasy and Science Fiction)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Quirky and Fun, But Forgettable.

Brief and to the point.

This is an UNUSUAL story, that if I discuss its contents and storyline in any way, I ruin the experience. This is because the story's one strong factor is that it is a quirky world, and a quirky story based on that world. It's made for the discovery.

So, brief and to the point. It's the small journey this audiobook takes you on, a voyage of discovery, that makes it fun.

So, if you want deep, stay away. If you like the roller coaster at the country fair, take a ride.
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- Michael

Imaginative and thought provoking + good fun

This is a great sci-fi fantasy piece by a guy who must have done a LOT of drugs... It seems to have worked for him though... This one specifically I first read in jr high, and recently hunted it down again to reread.

It is set in the FAR future, and is working under the prenise that the universe is collapsing back in on itself. Society on Earth is in one of the tribal cycles. A small group of adventurers, who hadnt intended to at first, set off on a quest to try and save humanity (and a few other species as well) from the impending doom of not only the entire planet, but the entire universe.

I may have had a soft spot for this title coming into it, but I think anyone who enjoys a good post apocolyptic romp would enjoy Dark is the Sun.
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- Brad "Darth Gunner"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-14-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.