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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (846 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arthur C. Clarke, Frederik Pohl Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9780739376959
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Two of science fiction’s most renowned writers join forces for a storytelling sensation. The historic collaboration between Frederik Pohl and his fellow founding father of the genre, Arthur C. Clarke, is both a momentous literary event and a fittingly grand farewell from the late, great visionary author of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The Last Theorem is a story of one man’s mathematical obsession, and a celebration of the human spirit and the scientific method. It is also a gripping intellectual thriller in which humanity, facing extermination from all-but-omnipotent aliens, the Grand Galactics, must overcome differences of politics and religion and come together . . . or perish.

In 1637, the French mathematician Pierre de Fermat scrawled a note in the margin of a book about an enigmatic theorem: “I have discovered a truly marvelous proof of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.” He also neglected to record his proof elsewhere. Thus began a search for the Holy Grail of mathematics–a search that didn’t end until 1994, when Andrew Wiles published a 150-page proof. But the proof was burdensome, overlong, and utilized mathematical techniques undreamed of in Fermat’s time, and so it left many critics unsatisfied–including young Ranjit Subramanian, a Sri Lankan with a special gift for mathematics and a passion for the famous “Last Theorem.”

When Ranjit writes a three-page proof of the theorem that relies exclusively on knowledge available to Fermat, his achievement is hailed as a work of genius, bringing him fame and fortune. But it also brings him to the attention of the National Security Agency and a shadowy United Nations outfit called Pax per Fidem, or Peace Through Transparency, whose secretive workings belie its name. Suddenly Ranjit–together with his wife, Myra de Soyza, an expert in artificial intelligence, and their burgeoning family–finds himself swept up in world-shaking events, his genius for abstract mathematical thought put to uses that are both concrete and potentially deadly.

Meanwhile, unbeknownst to anyone on Earth, an alien fleet is approaching the planet at a significant percentage of the speed of light. Their mission: to exterminate the dangerous species of primates known as homo sapiens.


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 2/17/2014

    " This is a beautiful love story wrapped around the idea of equally beautiful mathematics. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg Barrett | 2/11/2014

    " A few months ago I reread "Childhood's End" and I was disappointed in how poorly the book withstood the test of time. His vision of the future now seems very quaint. And I didn't remember how little story ther actually was. Much of the writing was simply spent describing the "big ideas." While this novel shared some of those same attributes he pulled it off much better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nina Chachu | 1/27/2014

    " I almost didn't finish reading this book, which is pretty unusual for me, and especially for a science fiction novel. I thought it went on too long, and had far too many loose ends. Oh well "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christen | 1/19/2014

    " I found this story very compelling. It is clearly a work of FICTION. Several times, I had to suspend my disbelief at various things, e.g., that a poor son of a monk would be set up to room with the son of a wealthy, high-powered lawyer/politician and that they would be friends for life and the various ways this helps the protagonist to escape from various scrapes. There were other, equally preposterous things in the book. The end of the book left many questions unanswered. But I really found it very entertaining. Huh. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Radu | 1/17/2014

    " If you want to read some Clarke, skip this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Thomas | 1/13/2014

    " Arthur's last work, not his best, but interesting and well written, .... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 1/8/2014

    " Two master authors, struggling to stay relevant in their dotage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca R.G. | 11/18/2013

    " Not as good as Variable Star. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 8/20/2013

    " Not the best book by Clarke I have ever read and a couple of times I almost put it down. Fortunately there are several passages, mostly about number theory, that are gripping in the way that is unique to those old science fiction masters like Clark, Asimov and Heinlein. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 7/3/2013

    " Just let me know when training begins for solar sailing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dave | 12/16/2012

    " Arthur C. Clarke is a giant of Sci-Fi, deserving of every award he was ever given. Sadly, his last book is not worthy of the man, and should be avoided. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Buddy | 10/6/2012

    " Not one of Clarke's best. Only some marginally interesting species and nothing new in terms of imaginative science "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 7/23/2012

    " Clever story, good seamless collaboration. Packed with lots of technology that is almost science-fact. Clarke remains interested in the big picture, the answers to the ultimate questions of our place in the universe, and this speculation is intriguing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jesse Wolfe 5199 | 3/12/2012

    " there was maybe one whole page in this book that wasn't awful "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 6/17/2011

    " This was ok, but I don't really think it went anywhere. There wasn't an ending so much as the story just seemed to fizzle out. I was expecting a lot more from this particular pairing of authors. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dave | 5/17/2011

    " Arthur C. Clarke is a giant of Sci-Fi, deserving of every award he was ever given. Sadly, his last book is not worthy of the man, and should be avoided. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corien | 2/25/2011

    " (I don't usually read SciFi)

    I really liked the stark contrast between the solid mathematics and science, and then every once in a while - surprise, life in outer space!

    Slightly abrupt ending, but I enjoyed reading this scientific romance story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trent | 1/12/2011

    " Many enjoyable plot lines, but overall too much thrown in and in some cases way too much information. Funny how once they are married the authors no longer feel a need to tell us about his sexual exploits. I would prefer they were all left to the bedroom and not the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Radu | 12/10/2010

    " If you want to read some Clarke, skip this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Buddy | 6/22/2010

    " Not one of Clarke's best. Only some marginally interesting species and nothing new in terms of imaginative science "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nina | 4/5/2010

    " I almost didn't finish reading this book, which is pretty unusual for me, and especially for a science fiction novel. I thought it went on too long, and had far too many loose ends. Oh well "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Russell | 3/5/2010

    " It's a little left leaning, and it ends abruptly, but the sentences are very well structured, the story seems original, and the characters are fascinating. "

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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. 

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Audiobook Publishers Association’s prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been named by Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine among their “Best Voices of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.