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Axis | [Robert Charles Wilson]

Axis

Lise Adams is a young woman attempting to uncover the mystery of her father's disappearance 10 years earlier. Turk Findley is an ex-sailor and sometimes-drifter. They come together when an infall of cometary dust seeds the planet with tiny remnant Hypothetical machines. Soon, this seemingly hospitable world will become very alien indeed - as the nature of time is once again twisted, by entities unknown.
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Publisher's Summary

Wildly praised by readers and critics alike, Robert Charles Wilson's Spin won science fiction's highest honor, the Hugo Award, for Best Novel.

Now, in Spin's direct sequel, Wilson takes us to the "world next door" - the planet engineered by the mysterious Hypotheticals to support human life, and connected to Earth by way of the Arch that towers hundreds of miles over the Indian Ocean. Humans are colonizing this new world - and, predictably, fiercely exploiting its resources, chiefly large deposits of oil in the western deserts of the continent of Equatoria.

Lise Adams is a young woman attempting to uncover the mystery of her father's disappearance 10 years earlier. Turk Findley is an ex-sailor and sometimes-drifter. They come together when an infall of cometary dust seeds the planet with tiny remnant Hypothetical machines. Soon, this seemingly hospitable world will become very alien indeed - as the nature of time is once again twisted, by entities unknown.

©2007 Robert Charles Wilson; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Outstanding....Turk and Lise, who might well be played by Bogart and Bacall, are powerfully drawn protagonists, and their strong presence in the novel makes the wonders provided all the more satisfying." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Barbara Bristol, CT, USA 08-18-08
    Barbara Bristol, CT, USA 08-18-08
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    "Let Down"

    No where near as cohesive as the first. IF this is one step in a series(seems likely given the ending)it may deserve 3 stars but as a stand alone second book it was not very good. I thought that there was a lot of territory for the author to cover in the realm of who/what made the Hypotheticals but this just shows us the uninteresting "day in the life" so to speak of them. Gald I listened instead of read.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Bar Mills, ME, USA 10-15-08
    Pamela Bar Mills, ME, USA 10-15-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Much enjoyed"

    If you like the end of the world type of books this one is a winner. I loved the characters and the story was entertaining and well narrated.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-20-08
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-20-08 Member Since 2015

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Not Spin but Not Bad"

    Axis is better than most science fiction, but was substantially less enjoyable than Spin. The characterization was less deep; the story was less cohesive and less compelling, the writing more pedestrian. Still, Axis is better than average and is aided by residual Spin. I enjoyed the listen, but I was hoping for another Spin.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    james salem, OR, United States 08-15-08
    james salem, OR, United States 08-15-08 Member Since 2006
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    "not as good as the first..."

    The hypotheticals play more of a role in this book, but the author still leaves a lot of questions. It's a classic filler novel, I'm sure that the author will answer a lot more questions in the final? book.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Long Island City, New York, United States 04-11-15
    Robert Long Island City, New York, United States 04-11-15 Member Since 2014

    SciFi crazy! Geek! Love my dog, Dylan! Was never a good reader, then I discovered Audible and topics that interested me. Generally SciFi, b

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    "Book 2 to Spin (which is book 1)."

    I loved the whole premise of the story of Spin.

    But if I remember correctly book 2 was as good, but worth reading.

    I think I might have at the time wanted a book 3, but can't remember.

    I guess I'm going to have to read it again to post some additional thoughts on this book 2.

    I'll start with book 1 Spin, absolutely loved Spin. I can't give away anything so I just have to say that you wanted Axis after reading Spin.

    Today, I decided to actually post some reviews for the very first time. I have been using Audible for many years now. Maybe if you like my selections that means your into the same books as I am in and I will read your selections if that's possible now, to share someone else's book list?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ma6613 03-24-15
    ma6613 03-24-15
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    "Great story. Would like less pauses between parts"

    I don't like the long pauses between parts. It makes me think I have dropped my blue tooth connection. The story line is too complex to listen to at 1.5 which is how I usually listen to fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 04-30-14
    Simone 04-30-14 Member Since 2014

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "Disappointed"

    I don’t really have much to say, I am overall pretty disappointed in this book.

    I liked Book 1 (Spin) but Book 2 is not holding my attention, I don’t really find it that interesting, I feel like its flip flopping - but to be fair it’s probably because I am not devoted to the story.

    I’m three quarters of the way done, so I’ll stick with it; I am passed the point of no return but I doubt I’ll bother with Book 3 (Vortex)

    Regarding the narration, objectively Scott Brick is good however his cadence is very distracting to me. I keep listening to HOW he is saying things as opposed to WHAT he is saying – considering I am not that into the story, it doesn’t help!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Moore Valparaiso, Indiana United States 12-24-12
    John Moore Valparaiso, Indiana United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good followup"

    Not as good as Spin but a descent followup. Felt it ended a bit suddenly, looking forward to Vortex.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bwest Brookings, SD, United States 11-22-12
    bwest Brookings, SD, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Everything a story should be"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Axis to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the book but listening brings out all the nuances.


    What other book might you compare Axis to and why?

    Read all the books in the series.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Attitude


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rich CLEVELAND, TN, United States 09-17-12
    Rich CLEVELAND, TN, United States 09-17-12

    1.5 Hours a Day in the Car Equals, Must Have Audible!

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    "Spin: 9/10 , Axis: 2/10"

    Wow, what a disappointment. I was not able to immerse any portion of my attention throughout this book.

    I don't know the political story, but it definitely feels like Wilson forced this series into a trilogy as an afterthought due to the success of Spin.

    The reviews for Vortex are a little better, but I'm still on the fence on whether or not to listen to it. The problem is, after the debacle that is Axis,...I simply don't care about Robert Wilson's universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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