Set in 2276, Imperial Earth is the fascinating odyssey of Duncan Makenzie, travelling from Titan, a moon of Saturn, to Earth, as a diplomatic guest of the United States. Duncan's initial challenge is to prepare for the 500-million-mile trip to Earth. Once there, he is caught up in a sweep of new experiences - including the social whirl of Washington, a strange visit to a carefully preserved ancient city, and a search for the woman he loves.
©1975 Arthur C. Clarke (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
This is one of the better audio books I have downloaded. The narrator reads it well and does a good job of bringing the story to life
One of the best bits, on hearing it now after 20 years, is the predictions ACC made in technology. The communications gear is a little bizarre but with a very little imagination you can see the world of 21st century smart phones in his visualisation.
When this was published I did not rate it as one of his best but listening now ACC shows a depth of imagination that leaves you breathless.
I really like the main concept behind the book, but wasn't too sure if the Earth-side affairs were as interesting as I hoped they would be.
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