• Rescue Party

  • When the World Ends Series, Volume I
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Jim Gallant
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 30-11-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ziggurat Productions
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (3 ratings)


A spaceship crew from an advanced alien civilization notices that Earth faces imminent destruction as its sun begins to explode. With time rapidly ticking down, the crew desperately searches a now-desolate planet for any possible human survivors. This is the very first short story written by one of the world's most prominent science-fiction authors.
©2004 Bob E. Flick (P)2004 Ziggurat Productions
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3 out of 5 stars
By Matt Carter on 06-11-12

Great little story ruined.

The story itself is fine, it is one of Arthur C Clarke's early short stories, but the production is dreadful. I had to check my player at the beginning to see if I hadn't accidentally downloaded a music track as there were no spoken words after the introduction for far too long. The story is then sporadically punctuated with long bouts incidental music that made my ears sick. The "music" added nothing to the storyline and about 8 minutes to the length of the recording.

The overall effect was sadly disappointing.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rory on 19-04-09

A great short story

This is a fascinating short story and well worth listening to if you're a sci-fi fan. It only loses a star because of the interspersed cheesy sci-fi music, especially towards the end where you're eager to hear of mankind's fate and have to listen to 3 or 4 minutes of music before the conclusion.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sally Ann Rival on 24-03-13

Leaves one wanting more, in a good way!

Would you consider the audio edition of Rescue Party to be better than the print version?

Don't know, only had the audio version and I enjoyed it.

What did you like best about this story?

When the aliens finally find that the earths population saved itself!

What about Jim Gallant’s performance did you like?

He was very good in his interpretations of the written material.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again the realization that the earths population saved itself.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed it a lot!

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Douglas on 13-12-10

Bad audio engineering

Very short story that could have been an excellent novel. Unfortunately the audio engineers have added several very long tracks of foreboding music to lengthen the title unnecessarily.

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