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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Andre L. Gray Bronx, NY USA 06-18-12
    Andre L. Gray Bronx, NY USA 06-18-12 Member Since 2011

    gee & unlay

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    "SUPER BORING!!!!!!!"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Readers who love super hard core science fiction.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something science fiction.


    Have you listened to any of Sarah Zimmerman???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes. It was interesting but dragged on and on about subtle things about the main character that I just did not find interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like hard core sci-fi that's ponderous and has a lot of techno babble this is your book.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Professor 09-19-12
    Professor 09-19-12

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

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    "It was terrrrrrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    I had some expectations for this book, but .....
    I think that all possible factors agreed to combine and create the worst book I read this year.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Pollack Cumberland, Maine USA 07-31-15
    Andrew Pollack Cumberland, Maine USA 07-31-15 Member Since 2005
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    "For heck's sake, someone get him a real editor!"

    This would have been interesting in about 1/3 the length. It just wanders and wanders, taking a grand tour of various concepts of terraforming and otherwise changing worlds to support life, and changing humans just because you can. During this interesting but endless exploration, you follow the life of a someone with almost no actual direction of her own and an inability to make decisions and she flounces from place to place with exactly the skills and contacts to make that work as the worlds around her change and conflicts build and ultimately resolve. Yes, it's well plotted -- but that plot is buried and neverending metaphor and description. There are also whole passages describing and comparing several different kinds of human sexuality that are now possible with body modification -- often in some detail -- for no real reason. This doesn't bother me but doesn't really make any difference to the story either so it just sort of sits there laid out like an unnecessary pose on a Cadillac. Oh hell, now I'm doing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Douglas Burd 07-31-15
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    "Follow up MARS TRILOGY world-line."

    If you liked the MARS TRILOGY you'll love this! Excellent incorporation of best contemporary solar system science. It stretches the imagination in Terraforming potential. Philosophical; humanistic; existential; introspective; and spiritual--poetic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SA Alabama 07-18-15
    SA Alabama 07-18-15
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    "some good things seem together"

    the story had some good ideas. however, I felt like I was reading a bunch of short stories about each of the characters attached to each other.

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    Lucas K Prater ATLANTA, GA, US 05-13-15
    Lucas K Prater ATLANTA, GA, US 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Lots of Great KSR details but story is lacking"
    What made the experience of listening to 2312 the most enjoyable?

    The details about life in the post accelerando solar system are super interesting.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kim Stanley Robinson before, how does this one compare?

    It's more wandering and less cohesive. The story line is kind of rambling and doesn't really coalesce until near the end.


    Which character – as performed by Sarah Zimmerman – was your favorite?

    I like Swan but she's kind of frustrating. I don't admire her. All the other characters sort of blended together for me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I had to take breaks from it. I actually still haven't finished it. I've got like an hour left.


    Any additional comments?

    The mars trilogy was awesome. I loved it, which is why I gave this a chance. But I just couldn't get psyched about it. *shrug*

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 02-26-15
    Ben 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "KSR just does it for me"

    I listened to this 10 minutes after wrapping up the Red Mars series and just loved the feeling of being in the same world (more on this).I enjoy how well KSR builds a world and brings you right into the fold of how the world is built.
    I love the extracts but couldn't stand the lists..
    I like the brief story's of how the solar systems planets and moon have evolved but I could do with out the sexual oddness
    Lastly- there are so many connections and nods to the Mars series that this book is really in the same world even if it's said it's not.

    Bottom line is if you like hard science fiction this is a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe S 02-05-15
    Joe S 02-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible."

    Awful sound quality and terrible narration barely help to cover up a boring, disjointed story. That is all, very bad.

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    Paul 11-21-14
    Paul 11-21-14
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    "Very descriptive (unlike my headline)"
    What would have made 2312 better?

    It could have been about something. I was halfway through and still wondering "what is the point"?


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

    This was my first Kim Stanley Robinson experience. I enjoyed the descriptions of the characters and the landscapes. I enjoyed the pace of the book. It moved quite quick despite the descriptiveness. What I didn't like was the vision of the future. If that's how we turn out, count me out. Honestly, I think I just don't like the vision. Almost everything else was pretty good.


    Did Sarah Zimmerman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I followed the story without too much trouble. I liked her voice though. Sometimes if you don't like the narrators voice, it's hard to listen. Listen to the sample first. It's not read or written in a way that's easy to listen to. I listen to most audio books while I'm doing something else. This one commands your attention.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.
    Not in Kim, in the future history. I will definitely read another by this author but this particular story just didn't do it for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Although not my cup of tea, have a look at the plot summary and listen to the sample. You may be interested. If so, it's a read that will keep your attention for the duration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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