• The Man Who Fell to Earth

  • By: Walter Tevis
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (537 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Thomas Newton is an extraterrestrial, one of only 300 left on his home planet. Using his superior intelligence and skills, Newton amasses a small fortune and a business empire, but soon must battle unexpected foes: the CIA, alcoholism, loneliness, himself. An utterly absorbing psychological study of one man's struggle to survive on 20th-century Earth.
©2007 Walter Tevis (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

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Starman!

Not at all what I would have expected! Though it may be said that the plot moves slowly and is relatively predictable, I find that the inner workings of the novel are more interesting! It is really a study of mankind! It is a concept that the David Bowie movie (that I still love) glosses over in favor of the love story that is only hinted at in the book! I really find the book very fascinating in its depiction of an alien succumbing to the hell that is mankind!

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a deserved classic not just of SF

Walter Tevis is a great and overlooked writer, look at his work: Man Who Fell.., Mockingbird, Hustler, Color of Money, Queen's Gambit. I wish all of his work was available on audio so he could be more widely appreciated. He is an excellent writer, both stylistically and thematically with some wonderful imagery and symbolism. This is one of Guidall's better narrations, before he got too enamored of his own voice, and though I'd like to hear another version by someone, I can and have listened to this numerous times. & I always find a little more in it than I remembered. think about characters who fall to Earth, Superman, Christ, Lucifer, and of course Icarus and then think about an existential take on that idea and you'll see much more in this. i was struck this time by the anti-superman idea and a loss of identity theme and remembered a line from Vonnegut's Mother Night, "we must beware what we pretend to be, lest we become what we pretend to be."

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disappointed

I don't what happened but this audio book kept skipping around, so I didn't finish.

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Fell Short

Although I enjoyed listening to “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” I would not classify it as a must read, a classic, or an example of sci-fi at its finest. It is a story of a man--a very intelligent, shy, and awkward man--on a mission. Thomas Newton’s alienness is rather irrelevant because the story is really about everyman’s struggle between excellence and complacency. Will Newton achieve his goals or be overcome by obstacles placed before him by society and his own self-doubt? You must read the book to find out, but don’t expect to be wowed by what you read. Although Tevis sets the stage, develops the characters, progresses the story well to start, in the end, I was disappointed. In other words, the beginning is good, but it peters out about 2/3 the way through.

On the plus side, the narration was excellent, with good pace, timing, inflection, and overall tone. Each character has his or her own voice, which is consistent throughout. Also, the sci-fi elements (especially the somewhat dated sci-fi elements) are quite interesting. From the 21st-century perspective, it’s interesting to see what a person in 1963 thought 1980 would look like.

Overall, it’s worth a listen, but shouldn’t jump to the top of anyone’s reading list.

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Not uplifting, but a well told story

I couldn't decide between 3 and 4 stars. I liked the novel, but it left me feeling a little down. An alien (Newton) closely resembling a human (in terms of body shape and size, but not all of the details) comes to earth to save the 300 beings left of his species. His species all but destroyed itself in war and ravaged the planet of natural resources. Newton comes to Earth (to save humans from themselves and grab some resources for his species) and is worn down as he begins to realize that all of his efforts are in vain. Also, I can believe that he struggles internally as he begins to realize that he will never see his family again, and that he could never be human.

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One of the best sci-fi books I've ever read

The Man Who Fell to Earth was original, creative, and moving. Walter Tevis is a creative force on a parallel with Philip K. Dick.

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Classics can become dated

Overall it was pretty good, however, Space books written 40 years ago are just simply dated. Many things mentions are true, in existence, however not quite in the same manner. It is not like reading it when I was younger in these things weren't around. The ending scene and overly emotional and non-conclusive. When I read this book in 1980 it was quite different.

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Not really what I expected

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This book is okay. I was expecting it to be more science fiction, but most of the book was spent detailing boring capitalist ventures, and describing three of the characters' decent into alcoholism. I was mostly just bored.

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Sad and depressing

This was the saddest book. The author certainly got his point across though. I read it because there’s a movie coming out about it. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to make a movie out of it except as a warning to the world.

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I cant wait to see how far the television show takes the story ... dope 💯