The Black Cloud

  • by Fred Hoyle
  • Narrated by Jack Klaff, Richard Dawkins (Introduction)
  • 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Richard Dawkins Recommends this science-fiction classic, in which an immense cloud of gas enters the solar system, blocks the sun, and threatens to wipe out most of life on Earth. In Britain, a team of scientists gathers at a secret location to deal with the crisis. But as the months pass, what they learn will challenge everything they believe about the nature of life and the universe.BONUS AUDIO: In an exclusive introduction, evolutionary biologist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins explains why he considers The Black Cloud, written by the late astrophysicist Fred Hoyle, to be "one of the greatest works of science fiction ever written".

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Skip the intro!

The story is relatively straightforward with few reveals or surprises, except that is for the introduction which is one giant spoiler. Creationists will be happy to leap on this as proof that Dawkins is no genius although perhaps the producers should also share the blame they place it inside chapter one making it harder to skip. Still it would make a reasonable epilogue.
The story holds up well despite showing its origins in the late 50s. It's simple straightforward entertainment made more interesting by a generous lacing of real science.
I was thoroughly entertained but would have been much less so if I'd listened to Mr Dawkins.
Jack Klaff does a good job of the narration which requires a broad array of accents and I attribute its stiffness to the nature on 1950s characters rather than any flaw of Klaff's.
This is genuinely classic SF and worth a listen.
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- D. Carver

Dated and childish ...

Dated and childish. If you love good scifi don't read this silly book. Arthur C Clarke is much better old school stuff.
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- M. Davies

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-01-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios