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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (30,846 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter M. Miller Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of twentieth-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

In a nightmarish, ruined world, slowly awakening to the light after sleeping in darkness, the infantile rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From here the story spans centuries of ignorance, violence, and barbarism, viewing through a sharp, satirical eye the relentless progression of a human race damned by its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous mistakes. Seriously funny, stunning, tragic, eternally fresh, imaginative, and altogether remarkable, A Canticle for Leibowitz retains its ability to enthrall and amaze. It is now, as it always has been, a masterpiece. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Angry, eloquent…A terrific story.”

    New York Times

  • “Chillingly effective.”


  • “An extraordinary novel…Prodigiously imaginative, richly comic, terrifyingly grim, profound both intellectually and morally, and, above all…simply such a memorable story as to stay with the reader for years.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “An exciting and imaginative story…Unconditionally recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the 1961Hugo Award for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Suzie | 2/9/2014

    " Well, if I wasn't ALREADY depressed this week... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Keith | 2/1/2014

    " 2.5 stars. I wanted to like this book more but found it lacking somehow. I also found parts of it just annoying. The story was interesting enough but it failed to grasp me in. It took me a while to get through it. I can't say I would recommend this one. Others seemed to like it a lot more than me so take my opinion with a grain of salt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Julia | 1/23/2014

    " I read a Canticle for Leibowitz almost concurrently with Anthem by Ayn Rand and Children of Men by P.D. James. The three works complimented each other beautifully; Canticle bridged the gap between Children of Men (with shared themes of Christianity and dictatorship) and Anthem (with the rediscovery of nearly-eradicated scientific knowledge and a warning of the perils of anti-intellectualism factoring heavily in each book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Eveningstar2 | 1/22/2014

    " More theological and sociological speculation than scientific. A complex and fascinating book, Wolfe-esque in its depth, yet crisp and clear in language. Wonderful. "

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