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3.00159744408946 out of 53.00159744408946 out of 53.00159744408946 out of 53.00159744408946 out of 53.00159744408946 out of 5 3.00 (1,252 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Tevis Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN:
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Thomas Newton is an extraterrestrial, one of only 300 left on his home planet. Using his superior intelligence and skills, Newton amasses a small fortune and a business empire, but soon must battle unexpected foes: the CIA, alcoholism, loneliness, himself. An utterly absorbing psychological study of one man's struggle to survive on 20th-century Earth. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leia | 3/9/2016

    " A sci-fi book at it's finest,it's a must-read.I love how Newton is just struggling with his addiction but not trying to get rid of it,it's a kind of stubborn action to do actually.Back to the comment,the book actually told us to care for our planet.If we don't,it'll end up like Anthea.So,we gotta be caring about our Earth! "

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

    " I recently saw the movie with David Bowie. I'm so glad I read the book first. I found it quite interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/31/2014

    " Slow exposition, but nice climax and resolution. Similar plot elements to several other science fiction stories, but interesting twists as well. A unique and pleasant read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TrumanCoyote | 1/24/2014

    " Tevis seems to be a bit indulgent, from what I've seen of him, and rather on the solipsistic side. It's like he's the only guy who knows completely how he feels (maybe kind of like one of his lush characters)...at any rate, there didn't really seem to me to be too much point to this one by story's end. Also, only positing a few hundred surviving Martians didn't make Newton's act of abrogation seem all that tragic either. Okay, maybe this was the point (and the book was intended to be a reaction to the earlier sorts of tales involving this notion); but it still didn't seem terribly interesting to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivian | 1/18/2014

    " Beautiful writing. Clean, delicate. Much more than an scifi book- instead a quite insightful look at human kind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Farrell | 1/17/2014

    " This is a classic SF title that I never read before. It is an enjoyable story about an alien who lives among us. He sells technology to fund a huge program to build a space ship to transfer the last of his kind to earth from their dying planet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Freder | 1/10/2014

    " I blew through this much too quickly and wasn't really open to it, have very little memory of it. Need to revisit it, now that I know it's really not SF at all, but a memoir of the author's own alcoholism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 1/8/2014

    " "But have your gods ever saved you before?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Melara | 12/31/2013

    " Even if you saw the movie you must read this book a tour de force. spectacular story telling and transporting to a future that may have past or will be here soon. Best book I have read in years "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Milo | 12/27/2013

    " Could have been a little meatier but all in all some decent reflections on what it means to be lonely "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh! | 12/26/2013

    " Couldn't stop myself from seeing Bowie in it, much better then the movie, which I saw first. Good quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 12/20/2013

    " Great book that may be confusing at the start. But becomes very interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 12/16/2013

    " Loved the book. The movie: not so much (...poor David! YOU were brilliant!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hekates Lady | 12/5/2013

    " I love David Bowie but the book is much better than the movie thou watching Bowie in itself is always fun) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William J. Meyer | 9/8/2013

    " Found the book because of the Bowie film. The book has so many more layers. A great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mat | 8/20/2013

    " I think this book was excellent. Not an action packed book by any means, but definitely a thinking man's book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhiannon Warwick | 4/4/2013

    " Brilliant book. Took a little while to get going, but well worth it. Didn't realise it was going to emotionally grab me like it has, such a beautiful novel, and so much more than a sci-fi story. It's a classic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Drachman | 3/17/2013

    " The movie was great - the book is better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 12/19/2012

    " The story of Thomas Jerome Newton, who came to this planet for help and didn't get it. Allegorical tale works on several levels and has a unique take on what it means to be human (or 'passing' for one). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. | 5/14/2012

    " It starts really slow, but once chapter 5 starts, and the reveal is made, the book really picks up in quality and picks up quickly. A really good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 5/5/2012

    " Even though this was written in 1963, it still feels relevant. I enjoyed picturing David Bowie as the alien, since he plays Newton in the movie. It was kind of depressing but I still enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 4/28/2012

    " Drunken aliens are less funny and more depressing than I would have expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dano | 4/23/2012

    " Wow, this novel (also made into a movie staring David Bowie) is so powerful, yet such a quick read. I can only say this: read it! You won't regret the little time it takes to change your perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/26/2012

    " An excellent piece of sci-fi writing, but more so a parable of the Fifties and of the Cold War, the constant talk of the Other and the dangers it posed. Beyond that it is an evocation of existential loneliness and most of all it is true and saddening representation of alcoholism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fenixbird SandS | 10/3/2011

    " Starred David Bowie...Wonderfully artistic and sensual (a 70's alien film)..subtle & ambiguous. I felt extremely sorry for David Bowie's character but loved the build up how his life was on his planet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rory | 8/20/2011

    " A great science fiction story that is more about the emotions and psychology of an alien seeing earth and all the horrible, wonderful and confounding things about humanity, than about space travel and all that. The film starring David Bowie is an interesting adaptation of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 5/1/2011

    " Even if you saw the movie you must read this book a tour de force. spectacular story telling and transporting to a future that may have past or will be here soon. Best book I have read in years
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivian | 4/22/2011

    " Beautiful writing. Clean, delicate. Much more than an scifi book- instead a quite insightful look at human kind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 4/5/2011

    " A very well-written and flowing narrative with many allegorical, insightful and prophetic passages. Certainly worthy of the Modern Classics brand and a must read for science fiction fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 3/28/2011

    " Another favorite. Set aside the trippy-dippy film that was made with Bowie, because it's shit. Instead pick up a copy of TMWFtE (I can haz acronyms) and also get into the preciously few novels that Tevis made before he died. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maylin | 11/18/2010

    " One of my favorite fims so I had to read the book. I liked the book but the film was so very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 11/7/2010

    " Slow exposition, but nice climax and resolution. Similar plot elements to several other science fiction stories, but interesting twists as well. A unique and pleasant read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kjartan | 10/27/2010

    " I would say it's a quality science-fiction work of art. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dano | 8/1/2010

    " Wow, this novel (also made into a movie staring David Bowie) is so powerful, yet such a quick read. I can only say this: read it! You won't regret the little time it takes to change your perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 7/6/2010

    " LOVED IT, best scifi book I've read in a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Goldfish | 2/22/2010

    " This fictional novel was an interesting read. It's different from what we usually read because it's a science fictional novel and it's an eerie story at the same time. This book is filled with emotions, such as tradgedy, sadness, anger, and happiness as well. "

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