Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of twentieth-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.
In a nightmarish, ruined world, slowly awakening to the light after sleeping in darkness, the infantile rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From here the story spans centuries of ignorance, violence, and barbarism, viewing through a sharp, satirical eye the relentless progression of a human race damned by its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous mistakes. Seriously funny, stunning, tragic, eternally fresh, imaginative, and altogether remarkable, A Canticle for Leibowitz retains its ability to enthrall and amaze. It is now, as it always has been, a masterpiece.
One of my favorite novels and as a book it deserves five stars. The fellow who reads it does a competent job but if I had the option of purchasing this book with someone else reading it, I would take it. It seemed like the reader was in a rush and the performance might be less of a distraction from the story if one slowed it down to 1/2X (too bad this feature usually causes an annoying echo)
Excellent, modern recording
This is a 2011 recording of what is generally regarded to be a modern classic in science fiction. The quality of the recording is great and the reader does an excellent job. Throughout the book, the author changes his voice or accent to match that of the characters, especially in dialogues. While some listeners may not like this, I think most will, and it certainly makes it easier to follow the plot. I highly recommend this audio version.