The City at World's End

Read by Mark Nelson

(4.5 stars; 3745 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.

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😊

(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.

A good first Sci-fi

(3 stars)

Honestly, wishing it was more realistic, it felt too much like some kinda space drama and less real. Half way through the book (spoiler) they meet a "kooky crew of unforgettable characters" that were quite forgettable. Their personalities replaceable with any other "crew." it felt at that point like it was attempting to be a Disney channel movie with all of the terrible live props the book could muster. Lost interest after I got to the part with the woman who runs the ship near the end and she was basically a second love interest which was not interesting at all. there is also the quote unquote twist ending. overall mediocre but you'd enjoy it if you're starting your Trek into sci-fi books.

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.

1950s Sci-Fi

(3 stars)

The story starts out as something of a survivalist story and then turns into a space drama half-way through. If you are starting out in both of those genres, you should like this. The characters aren’t especially memorable and are somewhat trope-y, even for the time. It was a pleasure to listen to though. I don’t think anyone will be surprised that it was written in the 1950, with how often the main character had restrained himself from shaking or slapping a weak-willed character—man or woman.

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.

A gem

(5 stars)

Brilliant narration by Mark Nelson and a classic that reminds why sci fi is such a wonderful way to explore the eternal themes of freedom, agency and identity. One can easily see how the latter juggernauts of Star Wars and similar have drawn on classic works like this to create their stories and universes. Highly recommend with outstanding narration to boot.