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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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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

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A book which gets better on every listen

for me it's about personal growth, Elon Musk, possiblity, courage and balance. Recommend for everyone

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Still great over half a century on.

What made the experience of listening to The City and the Stars the most enjoyable?

Mike Grady makes an excellent narrator to Arthur C. Clarke's classic slice of science-fiction.

What did you like best about this story?

Here is a world/galaxy so far in the future, crafted from the mind of one of (if not) the greatest Science-Fiction writers, that isn't a twelve part space-opera containing: death, politics, laser guns and numerous billions being eradicated on a whim; but a gradual unfolding mystery.

Which character – as performed by Mike Grady – was your favourite?

In-truth the story isn't like this, the whole book performed by Mike Grady is excellent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not moved as such, but it was fantastic hearing Khedron the Jester not able to cope with the fallout from his meddling and the extreme steps he takes.

Any additional comments?

If you're a classic Sci-Fi fan then I'd recommend you pick this up, though I suspect you already will have already done so.

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brilliant

brilliant. philosophical. hard to comprehend. do read. ttttttttttm rtrrþg hjiib hinged jhgf gi64r

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Enjoyable..........but!

If you could sum up The City and the Stars in three words, what would they be?

Imaginative, enjoyable escapism


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

As the story is set way into the future anything is possible, and it's an entertaining tale. However, it lacks the slickness and humour of Arthur C. Clarke's short stories. This book seems to be aimed at a slightly younger reader/audience, but worth listening to.

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

Mike Grady is one of the best audiobook narrators going. He speaks in a measured voice, so no problem understanding every word and he has the marvellous gift of having a different voice for each character, so no confusion as to which person is speaking. If I'd been reading the book it would have had much less depth.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really, it's not that sort of book.

Any additional comments?

In spite of what I said earlier, it's easy to listen to, and nothing actually wrong with it, but just falls short of what I'd expect from Arthur C Clarke. But if you like science fiction this could be worth having in your library.

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Good listen

Worth persevering past the first few chapters. Another Arthur C Clark good book. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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A very good reading/listening

Really good book by Arthur C. Clarke.

This novel is based in the far far future of what is left of the human race. The story of Alvin and the complex patterns of the city is really well written and amazing. He along will change the fate of humankind

Really enjoyed it!