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  • 2312

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Sarah Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (211)

    The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen....

    New says: "Good story, HORRENDOUS narration."
    "Abysmal"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made 2312 better?

    This book tries to present interesting ideas as story. But in fact there is no story, or none that I could detect before I gave up with ear fatigue after about 8 hours. The collection of characters have unique characteristics but in this effort become unbearably dull. There are chapters, or minutes of time given over to lists of ideas/concepts/factoids , which seem to add no value to the book. Perhaps there is a point to the lists but it eluded me.

    Others have commented on the narration but frankly i thought she was the only bright spot to the book. I may have been digging but I don't think she had much to work with yet somehow kept me listening for a bit longer than I should have.


    What could Kim Stanley Robinson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Much of the book is given over to describe interesting ideas about how man could live in space and to how varied societies and their habitation could become. Charitably I think the author is trying to contrast that potential with earth both in its current state and its likely state in 2312. However there appears to be no purpose to this and the ideas themselves are too thin and too varied to hold interest.

    Spoiler alert. The thread that attempts hold these ideas together is the apparent plot destroy space based colonies with some hint that there is involvement by machine intelligence. But if that's the plot, its presented far too weakly

    Bottom line: Weak plot, dull characters, and a shotgun of interesting ideas aimed at nothing substantial.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better material


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 2312?

    Get rid of the apparently useless lists which seem to exist only to add pages/minutes to the book. Cynically I would argue that the author was trying to write a long book out of a short story, regrettably losing the short story.


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