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The Science Fiction Book Club pick this as one of there favorite books written in the 50's. When I read it years ago I loved it and so when it went on sale I bought it. I must mention here that this audio club has the greatest sales.
This is so much different then most of what Clarke writes. Fantasy readers would not recognize it as fantasy, but in comparison to most of Clarke's hard Sci-Fi this could be a fantasy. One reason for that is that it takes place billions of years in the future and unlike what most writers do, he does not knock man back into cave man days.
The main character is unique and does not fit into the society he lives in. He does not give into peer pressure and he stays unique. This will appeal to anyone who has ever felt different. Though some see this as a depressing novel, I feel that the spot light on unique people who are willing to challenge the system as very uplifting.
Isolationism and not wanting to leave our comfort zone is a big part of the book.
Parts of the book sound like something Robert Reed would write about today, the Grand View and great lengths of time involved.
This has several narrators and music, which I thought at first would lead to a great experience. I think that they would have done better with one talented narrator instead of several not so talented narrators and though the music did not detract, I do not felt it added anything.
Other really good AC books are: Rendezvous with Rama, 2001: Space Odyssey, 2010 Odyssey II, and any short story collections.
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
I first read this book, I think as a novella, about 30 or more years ago. It's been in my wishlist for quite a while because I could still remember the story pretty well. I liked it then, but I loved this version. Not just because it is an audiobook, although that helps, but because I appreciated the story a lot more, or maybe I just absorbed the nuances better.
This is a definite must for anyone who loves the theme of exploring ancient cities and rediscovering lost worlds.
The narrator was excellent. Once you're into it, the character voices click and you can't imagine any other voices.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
the book is exellent - experience spoiled by background music
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
The story itself is brilliant, the only issue I have with this audio book is the sound quality in places isn't particularly great.
This book would probably have worked better as a short story, as the actual plot isn't that complex. A lot of Clarke's philosophising surrounds the plot, padding the text unnecessarily and making parts of the book a little tedious. The timeline is a but out there as well, perhaps a grand idea Clarke had in his head that he didn't quite communicate in the novel. A decent attempt, but there is far more capturing novels on just as grand a scale, such as some of Alastair Reynolds' works.