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.
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.