The Black Cloud

  • by Fred Hoyle
  • Narrated by Jack Klaff, Richard Dawkins (Introduction)
  • 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Richard Dawkins Recommends this science-fiction classic, in which an immense cloud of gas enters the solar system, blocks the sun, and threatens to wipe out most of life on Earth. In Britain, a team of scientists gathers at a secret location to deal with the crisis. But as the months pass, what they learn will challenge everything they believe about the nature of life and the universe.BONUS AUDIO: In an exclusive introduction, evolutionary biologist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins explains why he considers The Black Cloud, written by the late astrophysicist Fred Hoyle, to be "one of the greatest works of science fiction ever written".


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Intriguing Start, but ...

The first third of this novel is interesting. It contains a picture of astronomy's technology in the 50's. The rest of the book is so slow, it's painful, mostly discussions between scientists while they drink tea, whiskey and smoke their pipes.
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- Palo Alto Resident

EXCELLENT - despite it's age

I was strongly recommended to read this one, by my husband (astrophysicist) who has read it in 1960s and by Richard Dawkins' page. I do not regret. It is splendid, wonderful and SO full of knowledge - and I lked the strongly atheistic side of the book as well. A wonderful read, much more worth reading than "average" sci-fic. books. But I must adnit, I am a physicist and an atheist.
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- Alexa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-29-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios