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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,818 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Wilhelm Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When the first warm breeze of Doomsday came wafting over the Shenandoah Valley, the Sumners were ready. Using their enormous wealth, the family had forged an isolated post-holocaust citadel. Their descendants would have everything they needed to raise food and do the scientific research necessary for survival. But the family was soon plagued by sterility, and the creation of clones offered the only answer. And that final pocket of human civilization lost the very human spirit it was meant to preserve as man and mannequin turned on one another.

Sweeping, dramatic, rich with humanity, and rigorous in its science, Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang is widely regarded as a high point of both humanistic and hard science fiction. It won science fiction’s Hugo Award and Locus Award on its first publication and is as compelling today as it was then.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kate Wilhelm’s cautionary message comes through loud and clear.”

    New York Times

  • “The best novel about cloning written to date.”


  • “One of the best treatments of cloning in SF.”

    New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

  • Winner of the 1977Hugo Award for best novel
  • Winner of the 1977Locus Award for best novel
  • A 1976 Nebula Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sven McNiven | 2/18/2014

    " Brilliant! I couldn't put it down. A superbly crafted book that delves deeply into human psyche and our rapidly approaching expiry date on this planet. Groundbreaking literature and a must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael | 2/14/2014

    " Michael Saxton Mostly it's a 4.5 but I tend to round it up, because I feel this is a really well-written book. The description of the wilderness and the various effects in the novel are crystal clear. I enjoyed the three different stories connected by a sense of place. I didn't connect well with the first part but the second and third stories, more than made up for it. That being said, this book did creep me out. Gotta love thinly veiled criticism of Communism during the 70's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robert | 2/12/2014

    " Very good - and did NOT feel dated. Focus was on clones and potential affects on human society/psyche. Quite good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wonderbunny | 2/5/2014

    " This was not what I was expecting. I've read Kate Wilhelm's mysteries and so didn't read the summary because I liked the title and sort of knew what to expect from Wilhelm. Well, it wasn't what I was expecting but I still enjoyed it. This is a dystopian novel where some of the characteristics that separate humans from other animals may be lost in cloning of the survivors continues. I found some things very unbelievable but it was all intriguing. "

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