A Canticle for Leibowitz

  • by Walter M. Miller Jr.
  • Narrated by Tom Weiner
  • 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature - a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.
In a nightmarish, ruined world, slowly awakening to the light after sleeping in darkness, the infantile rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From there, the story spans centuries of ignorance, violence, and barbarism, viewing through a sharp, satirical eye the relentless progression of a human race damned by its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous mistakes.
Seriously funny, stunning, tragic, eternally fresh, imaginative, and altogether remarkable, A Canticle for Leibowitz retains its ability to enthrall and amaze. It is now, as it always has been, a masterpiece.


What the Critics Say

“Chillingly effective.” ( Time)


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Customer Reviews

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What would have made A Canticle for Leibowitz better?

A good reader was needed. Mr Weiner read it with as much feeling as reading as if it was a Seed Catalogue.

What didn’t you like about Tom Weiner’s performance?

Almost everything was wrong. He had no expression in his voice nor was he able to differentiate between characters in the book for the listener. He spoilt a very good novel.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

This is a book I enjoyed immensely some years ago. I was looking forward to hearing it as an audio cd. It is a great Sci Fi Novel.

Any additional comments?

I am so disappointed that a very good novel, one I had enjoyed reading in the past, was spoilt by very bad reading. Lesson to be learnt - always hear a sample before you buy.

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Thought-provoking story from the nuclear age

I was drawn to this title when I found out it was the basis for the Brotherhood of Steel in the Fallout series. I doubt I'd have read far if I'd gone with the book version, but Tom Weiner's masterful performance is perfectly suited to the monastic theme running throughout, complete with ecclesiastical Latin to boot.

Definitely worth a try x
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- Steve Downing

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.