I adore Terry Pratchett, and haven't read any other Stephen Baxter, so I'll read any Pratchett, and might give Baxter a shot.
It didn't really develop into any cohesive "then what happened" kind of plot. They went all over all the alternate earths, and saw a lot of stuff, and found the macguffin... and while it was an interesting exercise in what might be if earth had all of its alternate realities available, it wasn't fun, or engaging. at the end, i really didn't care (and i only cared in the middle to see what happened at the end). In short, they traveled around, and saw alternate reality stuff. And nothing really happened. *sigh*
I haven't listened to his readings before, but he did a fine job with his characterizations and performance. The material just wasn't that engaging.
I was disappointed. It's like when someone spends 10 minutes telling you about a dream they had, and there's no point, no plot, nothing changes (either for them, or for you). You get to the end and you think, "and? was that it?" There is a very cool concept near the end, but it isn't really explored, and if that's just a build up for book two, they've blown in, because i'm completely disinterested in what happens next.
If you're looking for the fun, romping narrative in a typical Pratchett book, you'll be incredibly disappointed.
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I cannot honestly say as I have not read the book.
I cannot say I could compare it to any other books I have read. It is an interesting twist on the idea of parallel universes..or in this case "earths."
He does a very good job at voicing the characters.
Joshua's initial introduction to the "elves" and the realisations and epiphanies it causes.
I will say that it took me at least two chapters to actually get hooked into the story. I am glad I stayed with it. This is a thought provoking book and I think that many will find it refreshing and possibly illuminating.
The idea of stepping between worlds and the implications thereof was very enjoyable. The examination of AI versus human was also nice to see in how it plays out through adventures across worlds.
The book did get slightly repetitive about 3/4s of the way through before it was wrapped up, but that was a minor distraction.
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?
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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.
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.
It is an interestng concept, but it is never fully developed to any real degree. It is almost as if the author had an idea an then just started writing with no real outline for the story.
The reader was ok but the story pivots around Madison Wisconsin. I am from Wisconsin and none of the characters sounded like they were from Wisconsin. The reader had a British accent for starters.
Not really, it was an interesting concept but it didn't really get going in this book.