Yes. I've enjoyed works by both of these authors and will gladly recommend their other works.
This book was like 20000 Leagues Under the Seafour the 21st century. It's a lot of travelogue and filler.
I didn't care about any of the characters.
If you can find an abridged version for free, by all means, listen to it.
The story is interesting enough, something new, which is what I was looking for. however, the narration didn't work for me. putting on an American accent, and doing it poorly, really took me out of the story, again and again.
I won't do the follow on books because it is the same narrator.
There were hints of Terry Pratchett here and there in the book but just whispers. I guess all the rest, crude language, etc., is Stephen Baxter. I didn't get it--it isn't that I'm not a SciFi or fantasy fan--I've read/listen to all of the DiscWorld Series, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, etc. I just wasn't drawn into this.
What a wonderful surprise this book was. I felt like a teenage version of myself finding a great science fiction book, who couldn't wait to find out what happens next. There are so many books where I just don't care about the the characters, but these were well-fleshed-out.
The story of the Long Earh was a great take on a concept that's been done many times. The difference was this time it seemed believable.
Great performance, too!
I think it's just not my type of story. Maybe the subsequent books in the series will be better, but I simply didn't really get this one.
Not at all.
I guess it would depend on the story.
I really don't know. It doesn't seem to be a bad story, it's just not all that interesting to me.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
I loved the flying boat that they traveled in.
He's not the best but he's nowhere near the worst. It was a solid 4 star performance.
Not really. I just enjoyed the story as a whole.
I listened to this several months ago and now that I think back on it I wonder why I still haven't got the sequel. This really was a good story. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good story that's a little 'out there'... but keep in mind this is nothing at all like the discworld novels. If you're looking for that you'll be disappointed, because this is a more serious tale than those.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
How can two well known authors get together and pawn this pile of caca off on the reading/listening public?
The long and eloquent review written by Katie Johnson, entitled "Sliders meets Prometheus" covers all the negative issues with this potentially dynamic series written by two of the primary sci/fi writers today.
The heavy thinkers in the novel are amazingly dumb and the book so obviously is a prequil to another book or series. NOTHING is resolved. A few minor loose threads is fine, especially when we now it’s going to be a series. However an entire book dedicated to nothing more than setting the series up is a terrible disservice to the constant reader-one who buys books based on a name alone.
As a sci/fi reader since the 1950s and junior high school libraries, I am appalled at the way these authors have treated we readers. Are we dumb? Readers who are unable to easily figure out obvious outcomes? I was so dissapointed in this book that I decided to send it back. Audible/Amazon can take a hit for this bad novel.
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.
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.