Childhood's End

CD - unabridged
Audio (7 discs)
Product Number: BN9169
Released: Dec 01, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781511363075
Narrator/s: Eric Michael Summerer
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Description

The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began. But at what cost? With the advent of peace, man ceases to strive for creative greatness, and a malaise settles over the human race. To those who resist, it becomes evident that the Overlords have an agenda of their own. As civilization approaches the crossroads, will the Overlords spell the end for humankind...or the beginning? "There has been nothing like it for years; partly for the actual invention, but partly because here we meet a modern author who understands that there may be things that have a higher claim on humanity that its own 'survival.'"-C. S. Lewis "In Eric Summerer's capable hands, the plot of Childhood's End is smoothly presented and fully credible. ...Summerer excels at delivering the aliens' quiet and intensely engaging dialogue with people. His nuanced performance creates a growing feeling of uneasiness in the listener as the Overlords' insatiable curiosity and watchfulness begin to suggest something less than benign at work." AudioFile)

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Author(s): Arthur C. Clarke
Genre: Sci Fi

Professional reviews

"The Overlords have come from another world to provide guidance, or perhaps supervision, to the people of Earth. Within 50 years, poverty, hunger, and war have been eliminated, and life is good. It all sounds ideal, but surprising complications ensue. In Eric Summerer's capable hands, the plot of CHILDHOOD'S END is smoothly presented and fully credible. He highlights the patient nature of the Overlords, which has caused humans to become ever more complacent. Summerer excels at delivering the aliens' quiet and intensely engaging dialogue with people. His nuanced performance creates a growing feeling of uneasiness in the listener as the Overlords' insatiable curiosity and watchfulness begin to suggest something less than benign at work. The prophetic tone of this science-fiction classic, originally published during the Cold War period, still resonates today. J.E.M. 2009 Audies Finalist (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"

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