I am not sure, they would have to really like this type of thing
It took so long to get to the meat of the story and I am still not sure what the point was. The characters were very well developed but, the story was a little thin.
No plot, no story line.
Plot would be nice.
I am trying different genres since I joined Audible and have had success with some books and others are a total waste of time. This would be one of those times. I really do try. I listen well into the book - hoping for it to get better. Never happened with this one. Try as I might, I could not figure out the story line or plot. You are introduced to different sets of characters and they may intersect along the way, but unless they all pile up in the last chapter with a conclusion, the characters were never given enough effort. If you like rambling characters, you will like this book. If you prefer a plot, buy a different book.
With two authors like this (Pratchett and Baxter) I was expecting MORE (granted I have not read their works in years). The premise is cool- one can travel through and two parallel Earths that reflect different evolutionary outcomes- most of which have life- but very few with sentient beings.
Character development was abysmal-very much like early science fiction- they are simply their to move the idea and plot to its conclusion. Paperboard cutouts- and after one get the idea of the premise and concept- it become VERY predictable and BORING (despite the execution of the brilliant idea).
Save your self money- not worth the effort. I quit about 7/8 through it- to far to ethically ask Audible for my money back-but at the end I had learned all I wanted to about their idea of parallel and accessible Earths and really did not care whether the main characters lived or died or killed each other (which I would have welcomed about an hour before I finally gave up.
Fun and well performed
Consistent voices with distinct enunciation and great pacing
No I enjoyed listening in the car or train over several days as I commuted to and from NYC
I listen to sci-fi for enjoyment not critical competence- I read many less then enthusiastic reviews and found them missing this point- it was a fun listen not great literature- which was exactly what I was looking for. The idea of stepping was somewhat unique and I enjoyed it.
Long story short: Read this book, but don't expect Terry Pratchett. The plot idea was fascinating - infinite Earth's you can travel between. This book is really akin to Larry Niven's, "Ring World" than it is Disc World. There are a few humorous lines here and there, but it's mostly hard science fiction. Great! Entertaining! Makes you think. It's a great start to a series and I can't wait for the next.
This is different to anything else Terry Pratchett has written, but the humor in his writing jumps out at you. Yes there is suspension of disbelief, but before long you are carried away into the Long Earth. However they split the writing this is a great book. Waiting for book 2 coming July 2013!
So glad to finally be finished with this book
Thoughtout the book I found the technical aspects of jumping from world to world confusing.
The characters were all wooden. The one thing I hated about the book is that no characters grew closer as the story evolved, The story moved at a snails pace and you could pick it up any point and really not miss anything. Aside from the story idea, I don't know how it was rated so high by the sci-fy community.
It shouldn't, but it probably will. This is a lifeless story.
This was a good story, if not Pratchett's best effort. (I was not familiar with Baxter before this book, so can't comment on that.) I'm a huge Discworld fan, and this was a departure from that style. I only had one big problem. I don't mind the ending leaving you hanging. Fans knew there would be a sequel.
However, I think the American characters created a problem for the British authors. Throughout the book, there were words and phrases used by the American characters that were clearly British. (And this was compounded by British pronunciations by the narrator of words that Americans pronounce differently, e.g. "garage".) It should have been copy-edited by an American (I assume it was not). Some of these oversights could have been caught and fixed. For British readers, it may not be noticeable. But for me, it was distracting. Given Pratchett's medical condition, I feel like maybe this book was rushed to print, and enough time wasn't taken in copy editing.
Regardless, it was a wonderful, thought-provoking story, and quite enjoyable. I will still read the sequel, and anything else Terry Pratchett is able to bestow upon us in the time he has left on this earth.
Eclectic tastes in music and books, drawn to cheerful, beautiful, and gentle things
As a long time fan of Terry Pratchett, I can tell you that this isn't a Terry Pratchett book. At least, there is little that would cause a Pratchett fan to think so. There's no humor, no amusing human element, no charm or wit. It's a fairly flat narrative, in fact. It's a sci fi that deals with time travel and other dimensions - hardly original stuff, but not bad either. In my opinion, there are better sci fi works out there.
The Long Earth
I would compare the Long Earth to the TV show Sliders with a twist. I know it's not a book, but it is similar.