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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (18 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Wilhelm Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455186969
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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.”

    Locus

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Skylar | 2/4/2014

    " Not my favourite book, but definitely my favourite book about cloning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 1/22/2014

    " This is my second reading of this book. I read it the first time when it was first published back in the mid-seventies. and then decided to read it again. The span of about 40 years from my first reading to this I was afraid that the book would suffer. Even though some of the technology described it the book was now outdated, the story survived. This is a book that still deserves thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Retarius | 1/22/2014

    " A beautiful piece of concise and poignant writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizlog | 12/31/2013

    " if you like scifi like i do then this is a must. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isk | 12/9/2013

    " Very confusing prose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin Bromirski | 8/24/2013

    " started DULL but became much more interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francine Anchondo | 3/23/2013

    " I thought it was a okay book. Some of the chapters were kind of boring in my opinion but the plot was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/10/2012

    " I found this book to be very enjoyable. I thought at first it was kind of like P.D. James' Children of Men, only taking place in this country. The main character was kind of amusing, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 4/25/2011

    " Looks like I have to track down more Kate Wilhelm books. This was possibly one of the best post-apocalypse books I've ever read. Tightly paced and well-crafted, this book was one of the best I've read this year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/19/2011

    " I found this book to be very enjoyable. I thought at first it was kind of like P.D. James' Children of Men, only taking place in this country. The main character was kind of amusing, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aaron | 3/24/2011

    " Forgettable. It reads like toothless Simak. "

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

    " Interesting. A good storyline, makes you think a bit. I wasn't a fan of the frequent sex references, however. That was just disturbing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 12/19/2010

    " very good - and did NOT feel dated! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 8/22/2010

    " I know this is a sci-fi classic, but I like her Barbara Holloway books much better. "

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About the Author
Author Kate Wilhelm

Kate Wilhelm is the bestselling author of dozens of novels and short-story collections. Among her novels are the popular courtroom thrillers featuring attorney Barbara Holloway. Her other works include the science fiction classic Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.