The City at World's End

Read by Mark Nelson

(4.5 stars; 3809 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


(4 stars)

Satisfying read. An interesting conflict between the comfort of the tried and true and the curious eagerness to break new ground. One star less for its predictability. All the rating comments about the author having a sexist attitude are unfounded, given the time of writing and his portrayal of the strong female character in the story. On the contrary, this literary work evokes thinking of gender issues.

(5 stars)

great story from one of the fathers of science fiction. obviously complainers of 1950s sexism didn't finish the story, or know the authors wife.

(5 stars)

You know that feeling when you get sad once the book is over? That's how I felt. Great sci-fi book. The reading is perfect.

Great Fun !

(5 stars)

Love these great sci-fi story's .. Mark always reads the Great Ones .. Thank You For Your Precious Time ...

Saturday kids cinema

(4 stars)

when I was a teenager in the 80s, every Saturday morning was double feature matinee at the local one screen cinema. weekly installments of the adventures of Rocketman, a couple of Loony Toons, ice cream intermission and then a Children's Film Foundation main feature. Usually about a gang of kids foiling bank robbers, catching smugglers, hiding a space robot in the forest. This story reminds me so much of that time and those type of 'Boys Adventure' stories, a bit dated, full of tropes, a few hours on an entertaining flight of fancy, well narrated and a throwback to easier times trying to fit into different and changing times.

wonderful reading of a great scifi adventure

(5 stars)

I skimmed the reviews before starting this, some mention the scientific information being out of date and show the age of it. I'm no scientist so that meant nothing to me. what does date this story is social attitudes which have changed a bit since 1951. so I listened imaging this happened then not now, and I found that worked just fine for me. Its a great compelling tale and it's read wonderfully.

solid retro scifi

(5 stars)

A really enjoyable story! the plot progression is fun to follow along with and the twists and turns keep you guessing. Lots less misogynistic than many, many stories of the era- even if it's very not perfect it's got some decent female supporting characters. It's fun to hear them describe nuclear fusion before the process was well enough understood to apparently have the name we know it by today. Narration is top notch.

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😊