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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 "

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