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2312 | [Kim Stanley Robinson]

2312

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....
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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. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them.

©2012 Kim Stanley Robinson (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Kevin B St. Louis 06-12-14
    Kevin B St. Louis 06-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very boring, badly narrated, waste of time."
    What would have made 2312 better?

    The universe in this story was reasonably well fleshed out but the characters were all garbage. After I finished with the book, I thought about what I actually knew about the main characters and it was very little. The main character's physical appearance wasn't even described until the middle of the book.


    What was most disappointing about Kim Stanley Robinson’s story?

    It was dull, predictable, and I didn't care what happened to anyone in the story. There was no over-arching message or meaning behind any of it. It was just so mindless and boring to read.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sarah Zimmerman’s performances?

    No, she is literally the worst audio book reader I've ever heard. I literally wondered if she was a piece of software reading the book for a long time.


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

    Probably the whole book.


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    J. McGue Charleston, SC USA 12-05-13
    J. McGue Charleston, SC USA 12-05-13 Member Since 2006
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    "not worth the time"
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    I only made it ~18% of the way into this book. I rarely give up on a book, but life is too short to read this one. Characters are flat. Too many irrelevant asides. Boring story. A real disappointment after the Mars series which I read many years ago and really enjoyed.

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    Amazon Customer 11-24-13
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    "another great story"
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    This is another great story from Kim Stanley Robinson which could be, but not necessarily, set in the same universe as the Mars series. I found the plot to be weaker than the Mars books, but the characters were extremely interesting. The story is about events leading up to the year 2312 and involves characters from Mercury, Earth, Venus and Saturn. There are descriptions of the rolling city on Mercury, and really cleaver ways of turning asteroids into cities and what might happen if we could do this. There are thousands of large asteroids out there. If we could hollow them out, we coudl put different environments in each of them. The plot involves people, politics, the way different societies respond to stimuli, and the way youth perceive things as opposed to those with more experience. For example, the sun walkers on Mercury walk along the edge of the sunrise as the planet rotates. Some walk for the glory of the walk, some walk for the excitement of the continuously rising sun, some walk for the beauty, some walk for the challenge. The lead character, Swan, is a sun walker, but her current view is much different than her younger days.

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    Jessica LA CROSSE, WI, United States 11-08-13
    Jessica LA CROSSE, WI, United States 11-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Narration was ridiculous"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sarah Zimmerman?

    I would have cast my 9 year old son.

    Ok, I get that most people don't or can't pronounce medical and scientific terms the same way "insiders" in the fields do, but as a "professional" narrator don't you even TRY! Maybe ASK someone or LOOK IT UP if you don't know how a certain term is usually said. Ridiculous.

    And many place names and non-technical terms suffered the same fate. Who's never heard of Mondragón? I mean "Mon-DRAGON"??? I thought she was referencing D & D. And worse, this mispronunciation deflects from the author's intention of referencing the Mondragón collective enterprises, so this isn't just a nit-picky elitist complaint about pronunciation. It F^%ks up the whole story. Nice work.

    The artistic nature of the narration was absurd as well. It was monotonous -I found myself slipping off at times, even during engaging parts of the story. The reading was monotonous, but not completely so, she actually hurried through segments of philosophical reflection or discussion faster than segments describing atmospheric components or the type of rock a typical asteroid was made of.

    Additionally, all the attempts at "character" were bland and off-putting. I don't know if she was going for the voice of an automaton or not but it always seemed to be in the wrong characters. Other characters seemed not so much "emotional" as "whiny," or not so much "energetic" and "enthusiastic" as "pushy" and "aggressive" even when the actual writing suggested the former approach would be more appropriate. Was the narrator tone-deaf in an artistic sense?

    I listen to books rather than reading when I'm exercising or commuting to work. I like Kim Stanley Robinson's work as it is entertaining and often compelling and challenging. The narration of this book completely diminished all the positives usually evident in his work. I would hope he, the agents, publishers, her friends, family or someone intervenes to see that this narrator finds another line of work...


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    jesse 10-31-13
    jesse 10-31-13
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    "though provoking"
    Where does 2312 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    robinson does a great job of weaving a human story through a solar system trotting explanation of humanity's possible future. however, the narrator speech pattern expresses about as much emotion as stephan hawking's.


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    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 08-25-13
    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2011

    Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work

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    "Wordy Book, good performance"

    This is a very wordy author who goes off on tangents that are barely relevant to the story. There are many interesting SCI-FI hooks - interesting weapon, nano-computing, cool space drives, and a fun vision of the future. But getting through all the rhetoric is very hard.

    The audio book is well performed (I think the reader gets bored at times) and it can be mono-tomic at times. But overall a good performance.

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    brett 05-05-13
    brett 05-05-13

    Homemaker Dad

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No . I love KSR but I would rather bang my head on a wall than listen to this again from this narrator .


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More characters . I enjoyed the time when the small group travelled the tunnel underground on Mercury


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sarah Zimmerman’s performances?

    Very unwilling . I am really not sure ( Sorry Sarah ) if I could , Maybe this book was ot her style .


    Did 2312 inspire you to do anything?

    Think Big


    Any additional comments?

    I have read and listened and enjoyed the Mars Trilogy and understand the style of KSR but the narration for 2312 killed this book . I may try to swap this book and one day purchase a hard copy and read for myself or maybe listen again if re-narrated .

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    05-04-13
    05-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "This story could be shorter"

    I never thought I would ever say a book is too descriptive. The story just gets lost in the ongoing descriptions of the planets, the characters weird life, and biology. In the middle the story diverts to Earth and it lends nothing to the main story line. The ending was so dull I practically fell asleep during it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Apopka, Florida, United States 03-09-13
    Robert Apopka, Florida, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Slow Moving but Entertaining"
    Where does 2312 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    2312 ranks below average among the audiobooks I have listened to so far. Robinson spends to much time describing the scenery and not enough time developing the plot and the characters.


    Would you recommend 2312 to your friends? Why or why not?

    I probably would recommend other audio books before recommending this one, but I would add that the descriptions of the locations off-world were vivid and captivating.


    What about Sarah Zimmerman’s performance did you like?

    Zimmerman worked relatively well with the dialogue but became somewhat monotonous with the rambling descriptions.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I became bored at times and had to fight the temptation to skip ahead.


    Any additional comments?

    The story failed to deliver what the promotion promised.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Warren Cary, NC, United States 02-27-13
    Warren Cary, NC, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "2312: too much: fiction, book length and side bars"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book is just too long with too many "side stories and scientific guesses"


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kim Stanley Robinson? Why or why not?

    Unless confined to solitary confinement in prison - unlikely


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was very montotone on EVERYTHING...Some realy spicy sections and yet monotone


    Could you see 2312 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Never be a movie


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