The City at World's End

Read by Mark Nelson

(4.5 stars; 2043 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


A little dated, but still good.

(5 stars)

The city at the end of the world is an incredible story about a man and his people being thrust into the distant future, to a dieing earth. If you enjoy a good sci-fi novel, this is a good book to look for. compelling narrative, wonderful story telling, and a constant feeling of every emotion of the characters. With out a true and true antagonist, this novel breaks boundaries on who a hero can be. Some issues I had with the novel come with problems of the time. Our main character is relatively old minded when it comes to women, even though he's portrayed as a forward thinking man. Some of the science, of course, has changed over time and some situations can be a little silly looking back, and an over use of 'things' made some larger then life situations and objects feel... mondaine and boring. All in all though, I feel it's a wonderful book for all ages to read.

Absolutely Fantastic!

(5 stars)

I was deeply uplifted by this work. To the selfless people who brought it to us, many thanks. Your work was near perfect. I worked on Reagan's campaign in 1980. Not since then have I felt the buoyant sense of "morning in America." This work captures that spirit almost perfectly. My God people, how did we drift from our path? We need authors who don't reach to the gutter of "if it bleeds, it leads." We desperately need a return to the optimistic genius of the great age of good old SciFi. To hell with today's media and its constant drum beat of doom. Let us throw them on the scrap pile of history and resume our place as the imaginers of great things. Bravo Librivox! swanp

a very entertaining and enjoyable story

(5 stars)

Great reading. Thanks for your continued support of great stories for listeners like me. Anyone who listens to old sci fi and is offended by a guy shaking a woman during the end of the world should probably pick another genre. Maybe feminist lit.....where they won't have their reverse stereotypes offended. Anyone who thinks women are always logical and reasonable should read about how the female employees at Google had a meltdown hissyfit when James Damore's memo went viral. As a woman, I take the genre as I find it and am just grateful for the many great male readers (and female) that contribute to the literature and the reading.

good story

(4 stars)

the story and the naration are right out of the Twilight zone. it's a fun story to listen to. all and all if you can give it a few minutes to get acclimated to the reader it's well worth your time. please dont take my comments towards the narrator as a negitive review of his work. in all honesty I think he did a fantastic job and he spoke clearly and maintained a constant vibe thru out the story. his reading meshed very well with the story and gave it a almost nostalgic feel.


(0.5 stars)

This book started well and had so much promise. Perhaps if it had been written more recently its potential could have been realised. In short The City at World's End is just plain depressing. The mc is a depressing pessimist, the setting is depressing, the writing is depressing. Nonetheless I pushed on until chapter six when the author threw down this line regarding the mc's irritation at his fiancé because of the "inability of the female mind to grapple with the essentials of a situation". Now I get that the book was written in a different era, when a woman's place was in the home. But really! Did the author have to present all the women in his book as hysterical simpletons? The really frustrating thing is I'm going to keep encountering this. I'm dependent on audiobooks for a lot of my reading, and I can't afford to buy them. So it's off to the public domain I go. And apparently there are two roles for women in public domain sci fi (on the rare occasion the author notices that there is more than one sex) - the helpless female, and the sex symbol. Sigh. This has been a depressing review of a depressing book.

Worth listening to

(4 stars)

This book won't rank as one of the top books I've ever read, but it is definitely worth listening to. For the most part it is well paced, and kept me mostly interested, except for maybe right around the initial court scene. Also, when the other comments made complaints about gender roles, I thought, "Surely, it won't be THAT bad", but though few instances in quantity, they were so outlandish in quality that I found them pretty amusing. Also, maybe it's because I'm not from that time period, but I had a hard time sympathizing with and understanding the middletowners POV.

well read - fast moving story

(5 stars)

i have considered listening to this story several times - because the reader is one of my favorites and does a great job. but the idea of a sci-fi written in the late 1940 / early 1950s had me cringing and thinking of bad sci-fi movies with rubber aliens, cities made of models, and strings on space ships! but i finally gave it a listen and right from chapter one i was engrossed! if you can get past the space time continuum thing - science fiction after all - it is a great story. never gets slow or boring. descriptions just vague enough to sound realistic. i do have some issues with a few unmentioned things - but can easily ignore those science points and enjoy the story. perfectly read, of course. it is like the twilight zone! i agree with that review!

City at World's Endthe

(3 stars)

The reading in this story is excellent. The author's story idea is interesting. The tale he weaves is one of our human resistance to change. All parties in this story have the same problem of wanting to keep the status quo. I suppose the ultimate moral would be: No one can return to the beginning; we must make new starting point from where we are. Wth that said, the characters are flat. There is little depth Romany of them. The relation between men and women, where presented, is kind of Tarzan and Jane. Grabbing a woman and shaking he to see reason is a really dated motif. This criticism is why I gave this a 3 🌟 rating.