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The City and the Stars

Narrated by: Mike Grady
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
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Summary

Men had built cities before, but never such a city as Diaspar; for millennia its protective dome shut out the creeping decay and danger of the world outside. Once, it ruled the stars. But then, as legend had it, the Invaders came, driving humanity into this last refuge. It takes one man, a Unique, to smash the legend and discover the true nature of the Invaders.

©1956 Arthur C. Clarke (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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Ahead of its time

What did you like most about The City and the Stars?

An exciting story with a good pace. The main character becomes the hero in bringing about a monumental change on the planet.

What other book might you compare The City and the Stars to, and why?

I suppose it could be compared to an almost Star Trek type of story. Arthur C Clarke seemed to have similar ideas/ beliefs as Gene Roddenberry

What does Mike Grady bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He manages to bring feelings of excitement or sadness into reality

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it was. I found myself walking around with it all day!

Any additional comments?

Great book, great author and exciting storyline. Arthur C Clarke wrote this in the late 50's I believe and his ideas of the future are extraordinarily accurate!

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sci fi majesty

I can't summarise how incredible this story is.. or even hope to give you an idea of its scope of.. you will just have to listen for yourself. all I'll say is, this is easily one of the best sci fi novels I've ever experienced. and this audiobook version was epic

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A truly fantastic book

I didn't realise when I've started to read this book that it was written by Arthur C Clarke, there were so many twists and turns out was fascinating ... one of the best sci-fi books I have ever read.

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A story that raises some interesting ideas

A thought Mike Grady did a great job of narrating this story, he has the perfect voice for audiobooks and I would certainly listen to more of his work.

Arthur C Clarke must have been an incredible man, what a fantastic imagination he must have had to come up with some of the ideas that are in this book. Some of these ideas could become a reality in the near future such as telepathy. An idea Elon Musk has talked about with neural networks.

This book also reaches into our human character of overcoming fear, our curiosity to explore, the dangers of conformity and social conditioning. Arthur C Clarke imagines a city that is so advanced it is run by a central computer and robots and explores the problems of immortality.

I thought the audiobook overall was brilliant, however, in a couple of places I felt the story lost its way, but then somehow managed to recover. I would say it's worth a listen

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Would have been torture to have finished it

On the strength of this, it is hard to see how he became so famous. The writing is utterly uninspiring and made worse by narration that is utterly lifeless. Of course I am only speaking of the early chapters as there was no way I was going to subject myself to the torture of finishing it.

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Not my preferred type of book.

Not my preferred type of book, I certainly won't be looking for anything similar in a hurry.

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What a book

this was my third book by Arthur C. Clarke. I must say, I preferred Childhood's End and Rendezvous with Rama, but this one was great as well. The narration sounded a bit old. in the beginning i wasn't too fond of it, but i got used to it as the book proceeded.

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One of the greats

First read this book 40 years ago, it has lost none of its appeal and is as readable today as it was then. possibly my favourite sci fi of all time

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Wonderful

Chapter numbers not synchronised although this took nothing away from a brilliant story. Clarke is a genius.

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extraordinarily visionary

completely astounded by the breadth and depth of legendary author's breathtaking imagination. highly recommend book