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Childhood's End Audiobook

Childhood's End

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Publisher's Summary

When the silent spacecraft arrived and took the light from the world, no one knew what to expect. When the Overlords finally showed themselves it was a shock but one that humankind could now cope with, and an era of peace, prosperity and endless leisure began. But the children of this utopia dream strange dreams of distant suns and alien planets, and soon they will be ready to join the Overmind...and, in a grand and thrilling metaphysical climax, leave Earth behind.

©1954, 1990 Arthur C. Clarke (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"There has been nothing like it for years." (C. S. Lewis)

"The Colossus of Science Fiction." (New York Times)

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    Basho Travelling the world 20/04/2016
    Basho Travelling the world 20/04/2016 Listener Since 2007
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    "Masterpiece"

    I have read so many books. So many. That such a book evaded me all these years is a great pleasure.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Darren 05/08/2016
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    "Brilliant Story"

    This is my first Arthur C. Clarke book, I became interested after watching the mini series on Sky as with the book it was brilliant, and for one that normally believes the book is better I downloaded this one and wasn't disappointed.

    The old references to technology are funny in this day and age but the fact it was written in the 50s I glossed over these details.

    I would recommend this book to every Si-Fi fan I know.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 11/07/2016
    Richard 11/07/2016
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    "incredible classic sci fi - brilliantly read!"

    fantastic story which will keep you guessing until the very end.

    somewhere between HP Lovecraft in story and content, more like Asimov in terms of epic Sci Fi...

    highly recommended!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    spencerhudson 05/04/2016
    spencerhudson 05/04/2016 Member Since 2014

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    "Amazing ..."

    For saying this book was written at almost the beginning of science fiction it is a ultimately a chilling tail. It provides a new insight into one scenario , taking use thought c. 100 years ... And leaves so many open questions ...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Jeremy J Osborn 18/09/2016 Member Since 2010
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    "What a film this would make!"

    Combining the physical wonder of aliens and technology with the physycological mystery of the mind, where do we come from and where will we go this book hits the spot. A blockbuster in waiting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Al Berkshire, England 17/02/2017
    Al Berkshire, England 17/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing story. Respect for the mind behind this."

    What a great story. amazed at the scale. when I thought I understood the direction it surprised me again.
    astounded that this was written over 60 years ago and apart from a few tell tale signs (camera .. ), this could have been written today
    what an amazing mind Arthur C Clarke has. Big respect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 21/03/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Arthur Clark Childhoods End"

    Clark as ever the master story creator
    A well presented tail which I really enjoyed

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    Stefan W. 08/11/2016
    Stefan W. 08/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story, Great Narration."

    It lags a bit in the middle, but picks back up quickly as you start to lose interest.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    PAUL 02/03/2017
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    "Great story let down by poor narration"

    It's an outstanding story, particularly taking into account when it was written. And absolute must for any sci-fi lovers.

    Unfortunately, it was let down by intrusively irritating narration. Often there is a period of adjustment when getting used to a new narrator and, by the end, you wouldn't swap them for the world. Unfortunately, in this instance the narration style grated from The first word to the last. One of the reviewers below made the point that to every accent sounds South African and that's right. They really are very poor and the inflection is in all the wrong places and, generally, it is narrated like a children's story so I struggled to get past that although I would still recommend the bookbecause of the outstanding story.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ross 12/10/2016
    Ross 12/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, annoying performance"

    The book is great, and quite different to the TV dramatisation, however the accents performed by the narrator are terrible, all the accents he attempts sound South African - even if the characters are American, French or Polish!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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