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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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A story that leads you along an intriguing path where the horizons of the story are ever expanding leaving the reader with many questions.

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Classic of science fiction

Contains many themes, tropes and ideas that .are still redolent today. Has not dated at all.

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  • BM
  • 28-11-2014

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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  • DecUK
  • 27-10-2018

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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  • APat
  • 07-05-2019

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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  • Iamhanuman
  • 12-07-2020

Kept my interest after a slow start

Not my favourite Arthur C Clarke novel but some interesting ideas and clearly some inspiration for many other works of other creators of literature and film. Good to recommend as an introduction to his work and as most that I have read, not inappropriate for a young audience.

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  • Dino
  • 16-04-2020

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-07-2018

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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  • Betty
  • 10-10-2020

Tipping point came early in this novel

thoroughly enjoyed the novel. Took a little while to adjust to its narrator. prompted me to listen to other Arthur C Clarke

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  • Janbo127
  • 02-09-2020

Pity about the Stars

Trying to remember the characters names in the context give was wearisome. The narrator had a monotone voice, ideal for a sleep disorder, sent me straight off. There are tunnels some with gates then not with gates. Tunnels that lead nowhere. The main character has been made not born, trying to find himself(I think) Not for me

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  • Dr Jim
  • 14-08-2020

A voyager to the inside and outside

This is a simply wonderful story—an exploration of human nature, time and space. Despite the book’s great age, the prophetic visionary skills of Arthur C Clarke are prodigious. Though even he, I would guess, would remark on just how quickly we would achieve some of his visions—in 70 rather than 1000 million years! Wonderful narration in a quintessential English accent one would demand of any novel written by this master of sci-fi

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  • Elaine O.
  • 14-07-2020

Stunning, epic and awe inspiring in its scope.

I read this when I was a teenager in the 80s. although the language now seems dated, the power of this story is still awe inspiring.

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