SciFi nut from a very young age. Started with Doc Smith, Asimov, C. S. Lewis, Heinlein, Bradbury. Can't get enough of the good stuff.
The premise is sound but the actualization is a little too juvenile. Not amusing like Pratchett's other works and not captivating enough to make me want to read more. The narrator did an excellent job, but the material just couldn't hold my attention.
Initially I loved it, a great concept and I like Joshua as a character and later Lhap Sang (sp?). There are little biopics scattered around that are very entertaining. However, for the first two thirds of the story.. there is no story. It is primarily an exploration of the concept and what could happen if we were able to step. however, in the last third it picks up and becomes interesting. I felt it lacked most of the whimsical observations and humor of Pratchett that I had been looking forward to.
Not a chance, One of the few books that I should have left alone.
Something from Simon Green or Craig Johnson of Mark Twain
Not a clue. The book was not worth the audio effort
Not that I could find.
Take the book back please. I love some of the late Pratchet's work. ie. The Disc World series but this one wat the pits. Two authors do not a good book make,
This book was brilliant (as are almost all of Terry Pratchett's books) and actually deserves one hundred stars out of ten. The narrator's voice was soothing, and the story was well described and humorous.
The progression of the book was intelligent, and as Michael Fenton-Stevens read Pratchett's intriguing descriptions, and voiced all the characters, I felt the same satisfaction as I did listening to other titles of his.
People who like deep, gradual stories will like this, because Terry Pratchett's series of small adventures put together, and linked events give certain parts of the story an ominous tone. There is a lot of action, and Pratchett uses the character Lobsang to suggest the next book 'Long Mars' very effectively.
Over all, Pratchett's book is extremely interesting, and his descriptions are very vivid, and all the more because of Fenton-Stevens superb narration.
I've read a lot of books where I love the concept at the inception and then fall out of love with it as the story goes along. But what's interesting about The Long Earth is that its concept remains pure and a mind bending throughout. The idea is that on a random day an invention called a "stepper" is released and it allows almost the entire world to move to other versions of Earth.
No one is quite sure how many Earth's there are and what the differences are between each iteration of the Earth. In short one day everything is just normal modern day society, the next people are able to move through hundreds, of thousands of worlds. What this does to the Earth we all inhabit now is fascinating. Overnight all industry dries up. Thousands begin to migrate through what the book describes as the "Long Earth." It's a truly fascinating and well thought out idea that for me was the crux of what I enjoyed about the novel.
However the actual storyline that then takes you on this adventure through thousands of Earth's is no where near as interesting. In fact its overly convoluted and comes off hamstrung. I personally was vying for more time to hear about what happened to the original Earth and what the settlers were doing on the new Earth's to care about the scientific anomalies of Earth's millions of "steps" away.
What worked however in The Long Earth's favor is that it keeps things light and feel good throughout. This could easily have been 1000+ pages of one groups adventure to settle and colonize a new Earth. Part of me sort of wishes this book was that. The brief times the book discusses religion, politics, and finances are by far the high points of the novel. At the end of the day the concept is fascinating but the execution was middle of the road.
Rather stiff story, lacks humor enough to be funny, lacks character development, and ends with a bang that seemed self inflicted by the authors. However there is that big, beautiful idea, that the story presents in multi facets, I liked it well enough!
I read all of the Discovery World series and giggled from start to finish. I found this book to be unexciting. it reads like an encyclopedia. I didn't care about the characters and kept waiting for the story to develop.
I found the story dragged along at times. There were interesting story points however it wasn't captivating for me . The narrator was good but not the best I've heard.
...adequate story. A unique perspective on parallel worlds, and a fun world to discover. One of the main characters was very unique.
There were some gems of writing, dialog, character and plot. Overall it was interesting enough to pull this reader along and maintain engagement with the story, even if it was missing that certain elusive something that makes a book sparkle.
It is difficult to imagine where the story could go from here, and--despite the plot hook at the end of this book--there's not much interest to pick up the next one.
The narrator did a fine job, and helped to keep the story alive and bright. There was a few places where his regional accent was noticeable, but they were too free to distract from the overall performance.