The City and the Stars

  • by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by Mike Grady
  • 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Men had built cities before, but never such a city as Diaspar; for millennia its protective dome shut out the creeping decay and danger of the world outside. Once, it ruled the stars. But then, as legend had it, the Invaders came, driving humanity into this last refuge. It takes one man, a Unique, to smash the legend and discover the true nature of the Invaders.

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Ahead of its time

What did you like most about The City and the Stars?

An exciting story with a good pace. The main character becomes the hero in bringing about a monumental change on the planet.


What other book might you compare The City and the Stars to, and why?

I suppose it could be compared to an almost Star Trek type of story. Arthur C Clarke seemed to have similar ideas/ beliefs as Gene Roddenberry


What does Mike Grady bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He manages to bring feelings of excitement or sadness into reality


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it was. I found myself walking around with it all day!


Any additional comments?

Great book, great author and exciting storyline. Arthur C Clarke wrote this in the late 50's I believe and his ideas of the future are extraordinarily accurate!

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- BM

Still great over half a century on.

What made the experience of listening to The City and the Stars the most enjoyable?

Mike Grady makes an excellent narrator to Arthur C. Clarke's classic slice of science-fiction.


What did you like best about this story?

Here is a world/galaxy so far in the future, crafted from the mind of one of (if not) the greatest Science-Fiction writers, that isn't a twelve part space-opera containing: death, politics, laser guns and numerous billions being eradicated on a whim; but a gradual unfolding mystery.


Which character – as performed by Mike Grady – was your favourite?

In-truth the story isn't like this, the whole book performed by Mike Grady is excellent.


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

Not moved as such, but it was fantastic hearing Khedron the Jester not able to cope with the fallout from his meddling and the extreme steps he takes.


Any additional comments?

If you're a classic Sci-Fi fan then I'd recommend you pick this up, though I suspect you already will have already done so.

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- Villordsutch

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-01-2013
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks