I loved this combined effort of the late Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. Although both writing styles are discernible, it is not so in an off-putting way. The depth of the imagination is incredible, and yet not in that tiresom way one finds in many modern sci-fi and fanatsy novels. I recommend it heartily.
This is original SciFi. It tells a unique story and really does some interesting things with it, but the story does often drag in terms of length. I'm not sure if I'll get the next one in the series, but I'm not thoroughly opposed to it.
This audiobook was just barely good enough to keep me listening until the end. I will not be reading any more of this series.
In the interest of full disclosure: I have never liked Terry Pratchett, but Stephen Baxter has written some stuff I've really liked, so I took a chance hoping that there would be more Baxter here than Pratchett. Also, many other reviews indicated that Pratchett's fans felt that this was not what they expected from him, which gave me further reason to hope.
Unfortunately, I guess that even a little Pratchett is too much for me.
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!