Very good book, excellent narrator. I’m actually very surprised no one has made this into a movie yet. This is exactly how an audiobook should be!
love the narration. and yes this book should be made into a movie. I love how narrator brought the characters to life.
I like the 1950’s vibe of this novel and how it creates dissonance when it throws the inhabitants of Middletown into the far future. The stereotyping of the sexes may grate on a nerve or two but it is a great insight into people’s mindset, xenophobia, and how change creates and separates the strong and the weak. It showed maculine weakness v. feminine strength also. I also really liked how it showed how quickly young people adapt.
like this book I love how they think all women you will go into hysterics
First of all, I’m planning on listening to more stories read by Mark Nelson the narrator. He is excellent! I’m glad you can click on his name to see what else he has done. That aside this was an enjoyable book in both dialogue and the plot. The writing style felt older, which I enjoy. No stereotypical tech was described to make it like any other modern sci-fi story. Instead you were left imagining how things worked, much like the protagonist. A very good listen!
excellent easy to follow
Interesting premise, but the extreme sexism finally got to me after two hours in.
Wonderful story and the narrator was excellent
Exceptionally well narrated, I give this title three stars because it is competently written. I give it only three stars because the story is a misogynist's vision of utopia. The hero is the embodiment of 1950s male virtue, arrogant but insecure, long on platitudes about the rule of law but readily willing to use violence to accomplish his goals and accountable only to his own shifting conscience. The impotence of the galactic government is beyond comprehension, the victory of bravado complete. As science fiction, it sets aside science altogether, from dismissing the necessity of stars in setting habitable conditions to ignoring the self-defeating nature of a nuclear reaction based on iron (which produces less energy than it consumes) to the absurd notion that a planet deprived of heat for a million years -- yes, ONE MILLION years -- will nonetheless spontaneously sprout grass within a few weeks of renewed warmth. Lip service paid to popular self-determination is a weak cover here for a world in which the scientists do whatever they want, law and opinion be damned, and if a woman is in authority, well, the right and proper thing to do is apparently to grab her and shake until she is back in her proper place. There's an interesting premise here, but to read "City at World's End" is to observe the heroes making endless ridiculous choices that should doom everyone only to keep coming out ahead. When he changes his tune 180 degrees, as he does several times, reality itself reorients so that he just keeps winning. I guess that, for a man with technical training and self-assurance in the 1950s, that's how the world might have seemed. Reading it today, it's silly.
Such an interesting and awesome concept. However, I found the people's reactions extremely illogical and unlikely to ever happen. When you're faced with zero survivable options except one, you don't choose to die and fight those trying to save you, you choose to live no matter how new or scary that might be. I also found the ending with his wife very disappointing. The people's reactions and the way the story ended completely ruined the book in my opinion. Don't waste your time.
Interesting and strange storyline utilizing space/time continuum and nuclear weapons. The narrator, Mark Nelson, gives the story more heft and depth as he does in all that he narrates. Certainly worth a listen.
Great story for a long drive, but loses its way a little in the last hour
Any books like this ?
Loved it! Like a classic science fiction movie!
Excellent narrator! The story was short and sweet, and definitely intriguing! A pleasant read overall.
love the old books
I Loved it!
A really good book! I wished it was longer.
Amusing story, splendit narrator.
This is one of the most subtly sexist, chauvinistic books I have read. Women have ‘simple, frightened brains’ and are girls, and men go out and save the day. So sad and boring…Would be funny, never.
Story line is basic. Writing is basic. Plot is predictable.
Really good old SiFi, have to laugh at the references and tech of the time. Really enjoyed it
Excellent story and narration. Really puts the times into perspective.
Excellent book and great quality narration. Nailed the voices for each character
Great Book, kept us interested. Narrator was great. Live Dystopian type books.
I enjoyed both the story and the narrator
I have always enjoyed Mark Nelson's work. He makes the reader feel like (he or she) is a larger part of the story. Please keep doing your thing sir
loved all of it
Great book got lost in the book during reading
Pretty sexist comments here and there. Besides that, it was alright.
Excellent book, great narrator
Really enjoyed this selection. Would make a good movie.
Excellent book and reader. Able to bring to life the story and draw you into a new world.
Liked it very much. I kept thinking that they had been transported to a different planet, instead of a future time on earth
good book. read this book many years ago. narrator voice was impressive.
Enjoyable though dated story
Although the narrator was superb and the story was interesting, the sexism and misogyny completely ruined it. I couldn't finish it.
Excellent narration, I’ve downloaded some more books simply because Mark Nelson is the narrator.
Fantastic narrator really brings the characters and story to life thoroughly enjoyed it the chapters just flew by
Really enjoyable listening, great concept and good narration!!
LOVED IT! What a fantastic tale!
What a fantastic classic sci-fi. Loved it from start to finish and Nelson had a fantastic voice. Great!
I loved this free listen! Through the narrator's voice and the author's carefully chosen words I felt the pain, fear, and eventual triumph of the people of Middletown.
Great story. Great narration. Wish it was longer.
Really enjoyed this book, slow to start and typically sexist for the era. Liked the narrator, perfect voice for the era. All in all a good book.
Enjoyable as 1950’s sci-fi, holds up nicely today. When I hear words like vacuum tubes and relays, it really shows the time it was written in.
This was so well done I had to double check the date it was written. It is amazing that an author could write something in the fifties that holds up so well today! If you like science fiction I would highly recommend this book. Gratefully to the reader was excellent!
Best book I've heard in a long while Its timeless. I couldn't stop listening. Mark is my favorite narrator too I listen to all books he reads!
Surprisingly good fast paced story and excellent narration. Wasn't expecting to like it but did
Oh my god epic story of a Tyrannical Universal government combats small town USA. But what do you expect after a town is thrust 1,000,000 years in the future and they are the last of the primary human being archetype!
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