The City at World's End

Read by Mark Nelson

(4.5 stars; 2876 reviews)

A surprise nuclear war may cause the End of the World, but not the way anyone could have imagined. A classic science fiction tale from Galaxy Magazine. (Summary by Mark Nelson) (7 hr 6 min)


Chapter 01 - cataclysm 23:56 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 02 - the incredible 17:24 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 03 - dying planet 13:40 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 04 - dead city 20:58 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 05 - in the red dawn 15:51 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 06 - caravan into tomorrow 15:20 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 07 - under the dome 22:44 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 08 - Middletown calling! 17:17 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 09 - out of the silence 19:49 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 10 - from the stars 24:57 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 11 - revelation 25:16 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 12 - crisis 28:34 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 13 - embattled city 20:05 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 14 - last appeal 20:34 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 15 - mission for Earth 19:39 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 16 - on Vega 25:19 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 17 - judgment of the stars 22:11 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 18 - fatefull return 22:29 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 19 - Middletown decides 19:59 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 20 - appointment with destiny 14:24 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 21 - waking world 15:59 Read by Mark Nelson


Absolutely must read

(4.5 stars)

This is one of the best science fiction books I have ever had to pleasure of reading. The City at World's End is more than just a quick read. It is a book about how everything we know will one day be no more than primitive - despite being written in the 1950s this book can be applied to any time - especially ours where we pride ourselves on new inventions and materialistic goods. Some reviews claim this book is therefore depressing - I couldn't disagree more; reading this book fills me with images of what future life will be like for humans and how fragile our knowledge of everything is. Another criticism some have of this book is it's sexist undertones - to that I say; Come on! The book is written not he 50s and even with it's undertones women are not portrayed in a negative light, instead they are used as one of the main characters motives throughout the book - love not sexism. Overall - this is a must read for any science fiction fans but also anyone generally. Would highly recommend!


(5 stars)

Could not stop listening. Brilliant book and you'd have no idea it was written in the 50s. Highly recommended.


(5 stars)

If the reader looks at the comments I'd like to tell him I thoroughly enjoyed this 'labour of love' and to thank him for his hard work and time. I'd never heard of this book but it was thought provoking and gripping. It took a while to get through as my concentration is rubbish at the moment but the fact I persevered and actually looked forward to listening to it says it all.

This is a FANTASTIC story!

(5 stars)

Wow! Well written and well narrated. I am surprised that I have never heard of it before. I listened to it during the Covid-19 pandemic, and found it very relatable. This is a great story for all ages, male and female. Has this been made into a movie? If not, someone should jump on that! There are great characters in this! ENJOY😊

An engaging tale

(4 stars)

Though the author has taken liberties with the underlying science it is Imaginative for its time. Reads like a short version of A.C. Clarke's Rama trilogy. Exciting till the end and aptly satisfying. The only low point is the way it describes the female characters (a sad reflection of the times that produced this tale).

Not Bad

(3.5 stars)

Well read. The story itself has a lot of irritating characters and mobs of people who act in arguably unrealistic ways and this primarily drives the plot. Also, the terraforming science is laughably absurd, with multiple holes going to the core of the planet amongst other things. It’s old school science fiction, fun but somewhat mediocre.

(4 stars)

Mark Nelson delivers a great reading as usual. While the story by itself is interesting and original, I didn’t find it especially captivating. The premise of the story seems at times a little silly and the ending was just OK. Luckily the narrator does a great job of keeping alive the interest of the reader.

Lags a bit at first

(4 stars)

The story moves along rather well, but the plot feels flawed for the first half of the book. Perhaps that's just proof that the premise is correct; that people of the future are more open to change than people of the past were. Excellent reading, as always with this reader.