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.
I had heard this was a good book so I got it. Defiantly a good choice. From the characters to the story I really like it. I hope the story is continued.
Long time Audible employee and customer, my interest span Ayn Rand to Stephen King.
As a long time Baxter and Pratchett fan I looked forward to The Long Earth with curiosity of these two authors styles coming together. The rich character development and biting wit of Pratchett’s fantasy jux-apposed to Baxter's advanced theories and ideas of "Future History" seam extraordinarily destine to meet. The notion of stepping through the multiverse and the social economics effects as well as, "to what purpose" we as humans are here is an extremely compelling discourse. Yet The Long Earth rushes past these opportunities to an end that only leaves you longing for more side trips. Fenton-Stevens performs is a solid read with good character voice definition and a wonderful ability to sing at key parts of the story. I am left wishing it was so much more and grateful for what it is.
If you have read/listened to *every* other Terry Pratchett book, then add this one to your library. Otherwise, don't be in too much of a rush...
There are several things I like about the book: an interesting mechanism to explore the multi-universe theme; a different angle on the origin of Pratchett's trolls and elves; a new incarnation of a Tibetan monk; two or three characters that you find yourself rooting for; etc...
There's less humor and slower pace than you'll find in most Pratchett books. The twists and turns are more externally driven and less character-based. There's more exposition than character development, which leaves me wanting some of the more interesting characters to interact more (and central characters to interact less). For what it was, it could have been half the length.
Of course, this is a joint work, and it may not be fair to bring a Pratchett-specific lens to the book. It may have merits that I missed because I was expecting something else. Still, whereas I would recommend *any* of Pratchett's solo work (or Agnes Nitt), I can't be enthusiastic about this book.
I don't think that I've been more disappointed in a Terry Pratchett book than I was with The Long Earth. Seriously? If you were thinking of getting this, don't bother. There's no real plot, the ending was abrupt and without resolution, the characters were flat and one dimensional without any kind of development and the different scenes were without any kind of meaning whatsoever in a cohesive storytelling kind of way. They made sense in and of themselves, but they didn't make up a story or have any real interaction with the other scenes. In short, the book sucked.
It's a descent hard-working horse of a science fiction book. I've read and heard far worse. It doesn't feel like Pratchett. It has no humor, no story, and it's annoyingly preachy. Good for a 6 hours drive - it will keep your awake but you will never get too excited or too carried away.
It had great potential and I was mystified when it ended. What happened to Terry Pratchett?
I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.
It's probably best to remember two of Pratchett's first novels, which had a rocky reception; The Dark Side Of The Sun, and Strata. Reviews complained they were way too busy with information.
This book feels like a return to that 'what if' of probability theory with forty years publishing experience and the co-authoring of Stephen Baxter, a famous Science Fiction writer. It is a very enjoyable read, slower paced, and not as chock-full of puns as the Disc-World series. There is humor there, and an absence of abhorrent horror, which I find standard with a lot of Pratchett's work. Pratchett has been inventively spoon-feeding a lot of the theories laid out in this novel throughout his Disc-World series, often with hilarious repercussions (i.e. the Trousers of Time), and this audible is a science fiction heavy read. It was fun hearing about the creative changes developed by the different earths, and the main characters are well rounded and interesting. I will never look at nuns the same way, or probably trust to turn my back on one.
This book is certainly a collaboration, and the writing styles of both Stephen Baxter, and Terry Pratchett merge through Michael Fenton-Stevens masterful narration to tell us a story of the human condition, evolution, many worlds interpretation, cultural disparity, and it's reflection on personal integrity.
Fair Warning: M. Stevens shouts for a while mid-way through part 2, be ready to turn your ear buds down.
On a second listen, I found this to be very disappointing. It is a plodding and pedantic listen, with very little of Pratchett's sparkle and humor. Narrator does a fine job with so-so material. That's all too bad, because the underlying story idea is at least interesting.
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.