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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,529 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arthur C. Clarke Narrator: Geoffrey T. Williams Publisher: Geoffrey T. Williams Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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A journey of discovery that will shake the foundations of everything the people of Earth have ever believed....

Diaspar is Earth's last city - surrounded by deserts, on a world where the oceans have long-since dried up. It is a domed, isolated, technological marvel, run by the Central Computer. Diaspar has conquered death. People are called forth from the Hall of Creation; they live for a thousand years and then are recalled, stored in the Central Computer's memory, to be born thousands of years later, over and over again, with memories of earlier lives intact.

No one has entered or left Diaspar since anyone can remember. Its people have an unreasoning dread of the unknown, of the world outside the city. And no child has been born for at least 10 million years.

Until Alvin. He is unique. He has no past lives, no past memories. He also has no fear of the outside world. In fact, he has an overwhelming curiosity, a drive to explore, to see what lies beyond the sterile boundaries of the city.

When he finally escapes, he discovers a place he could hardly have imagined: a country called Lys. Its people are telepathic. They know life and death. In Lys, Alvin finds friendship and love. And he begins his fateful journey to the stars and back. On his return, he brings with him something so strange, so alien and powerful, that it will change the world forever. But for better or worse not even Alvin can guess. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 2/19/2014

    " Good sci-fi that explores the dangers of a society too isolated and immortal for its own good. The real amazing thing about this book though is Arthur C. Clark integrates digital memory, virtual reality and artificial intelligence into the story; pretty advanced stuff considering the book was written in the 50's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter65 | 2/18/2014

    " Another great book by Clarke. Hard to believe it was written pre the moon landing and pre computer memory. The man had such a great insight into the future, the only negatives are the lack of a sequel and the macro nature of the book, which took away from some great characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 2/18/2014

    " There is no argument that Sir Arthur C. Clarke was a visionary as well as a great writer. Plenty of this is shown in The City and the Stars. However, while the ideas were imaginative and original, there wasn't the delivery as you would expect after reading 2001: A Space Odyssey. That being said, the futuristic concepts posed within the story kept me entertained. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 2/16/2014

    " I first read this decades ago, and go back to it every few years. I find it very enjoyable and innocent "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin | 2/12/2014

    " So far I've read this book 6 times, and will read it more. The most fascinating concept is the overwhelming scale of time that makes your mind spin in overdrive trying to imagine what was common place before the city and the epic story mankind had that is to be rediscovered and possibly started again. The city and the stars is a perfect short story that perfectly satisfies your imagination and leaves you in a kind of trance. Clarke is a master. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/17/2014

    " The story as a whole seemed dated with a few more interesting parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ethnicolor | 1/14/2014

    " My very favourite Clarke novel; interesting, well written, beautifully thought-out. Clarke before his ego really took over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick Cumby | 12/28/2013

    " More than any other book, the City and the Stars set my imagination on fire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kolan | 12/25/2013

    " More of my teenage reading. not sure when I read it - sometime in my early teens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ahmad Alkadri | 12/7/2013

    " It's great, and the mystery in the beginning really hooked me up. The only complain I can find is the last ten chapters of this book, particularly the ending. It just felt fall flat... compared to the grandiosity of its beginning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/21/2013

    " Great classic sci fi which is amazingly foresigheted. From Jim's early collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dfordoom | 1/22/2013

    " The greatest science fiction novel ever written, set in the eternal city of Diaspora. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skip Knox | 1/9/2013

    " I remember really liking this book. I don't remember much about it, but I do remember that it was one of my favorite Clark tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 And Rea | 10/10/2012

    " Perhaps due to the fact I was raised in a house where dinners were accompanied by TNG, I am and always will be a sucker for Sci-fi. That said I really enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 7/6/2012

    " I loved the way this story starts so contained and builds bigger and bigger perspectives. There are so many themes running through it, I found it captivating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 2/24/2012

    " Three and a half stars. The plot wandered a bit, although on the plus side this meant that it was very unpredictable. I couldn't always suspend disbelief either. However, it was very original and had some interesting pseudo-religious references. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georg | 1/17/2012

    " it became weaker after 70% and regained strenght at 80%. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aurelio Ippandoza | 12/18/2011

    " Enjoyed this sci-fi story set in a very distant future earth.when I read the premise to this book,it sounded very different from people colonizing space,etc.It basically moves so far beyond that period to where humans are chased back to earth and are left to concentrate and develop themselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 6/19/2011

    " At the time I read it, it really affected me. One of the best books I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lebo | 6/18/2011

    " This series makes me wonder probably like the author as to whether seemingly unnatural and unexplained events if any ever occured and which inspired religion were simply interstellar interventions by forms ahead of us down the evolutionary path and who are masters of the experiment we may be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 6/17/2011

    " One of the best books that I've ever read. Simple, straightforward, entertaining and thought-provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clayton | 6/6/2011

    " Classic Science fiction by the master! The foreward presented by Arthur C Clarke described the circumstances of the novel and how Stanley Kubrick was instrumental in the direction of the storyline. Great stuff these old timers ..... back from the days of classic scifi!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 6/6/2011

    " This is the book that made me realize that I like science fiction. I read it all in one go on the porch when I was 11. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin | 6/1/2011

    " Not easy reading for a 12-year-old, but I was a 12-year-old geek. Okay, that was decades ago and I still like it. Very well thought out, despite it's dated title. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dustin | 5/28/2011

    " There is a reason that this is a timeless classic. No more to be said. If you haven't read it yet, do so, and you'll understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/28/2011

    " The movie makes way more sense after reading this... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paraskevi | 5/26/2011

    " Okay, this was a good read. I have seen the film, but the film was a bit boring.

    The ending is great. And just for the monolith adn the ending this gets 4 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/18/2011

    " An after-the-movie novel based on the screenplay. Clarke's short story "The Sentinel" was the inspiration for the movie. This book explains what the heck was going on for those of us who didn't
    get all of it. Especially at the end. "

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About the Author
Author Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke (1917–2008) wrote the novel and coauthored the screenplay for 2001: A Space Odyssey. He was knighted by the British monarchy and is the only science fiction writer to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. His fiction and nonfiction have sold more than one hundred million copies worldwide.