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Axis Audiobook

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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    John Moore 12-24-12
    John Moore 12-24-12
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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.

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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 Member Since 2016

    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.

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    Wilson St. Petersburg, FL, United States 02-02-12
    Wilson St. Petersburg, FL, United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as good as Spin, but still good writing"
    What other book might you compare Axis to and why?

    The follow up to Spin was pretty good. The story started out great, but didn't quite deliver in the end. Of course Robert Charles Wilson's writing is still pretty darn good.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Scott Brick. If he's reading it I'm much more likely to listen to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel J Hobby Bloomington, IN United States 12-13-11
    Daniel J Hobby Bloomington, IN United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointed"
    What would have made Axis better?

    Not sure what exactly would have made it better, but it was missing something. Maybe the hypotheticals needed a little more fleshing out?


    Has Axis turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO


    What about Scott Brick???s performance did you like?

    He has a compelling voice that always makes every sentence sound profound.


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

    Mainly disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the first book in this series. It wasn't great, but it was a very intriguing idea. After reading the first book I wanted to know the reason behind the Spin and thought the second might shed some light on the subject. But Axis was really more about life on Equitoria and how some renegade Fourths turned the Spin into a religion.

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    GriffMoDuo United States 11-11-11
    GriffMoDuo United States 11-11-11 Member Since 2013

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    "Character Driven, But Ultimately Lacking Plot"

    I loved the first book - Spin, and expected more of the same from the sequel. While this is still a great character novel, it unfortunately simply has much less actually happen throughout the book. Part of this is because it covers a much shorter time span than the first novel did, but with that aside it still lacks any significant events to drive the characters forward.

    If you loved the first book, you'll still enjoy this one, but fair warning, it doesn't quite live up to it's predecessor. I'm starting the third one now and hopefully that one improves upon this.

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    Root Dorn 10-20-11
    Root Dorn 10-20-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Read SPIN first."

    These aren't easily understood, stand-alone books.

    The narrator needs some energy drink. If you want to fall asleep to a good book this is it. He has the voice of a bored high school science teacher. It seems he sometimes gets his characters mixed up as well.

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    Amanda Easthampton, MA, United States 07-17-11
    Amanda Easthampton, MA, United States 07-17-11
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    "Not really "Spin 2" but I found it worthwhile"

    If you want to read about the continuing life stories of the characters from "Spin" you are mostly out of luck. This one explores some of the IDEAS presented in the first book and takes the reader into the world beyond the arch - a place both mundane and fantastic. As in "Spin," big weird stuff happens in the sky - an image which I always find compelling. Also as in "Spin," plenty is left unexplained. I have come to love Scott Brick's narrations, and he does a fine job here. I'll say what someone else said in their review as well - it is much better than most science fiction out there.

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    derrick homestead, FL, United States 08-07-10
    derrick homestead, FL, United States 08-07-10

    From my reading history my perfect book would include; a space ship piloted by Ender Wiggin, that is infested by Zombies, who are being hunted by Drizzt Do'Urden and Lestat, while Joe Ledger and Amy Harper Bellafonte try to keep the ship from distroying Middleguard. The Sequal would be from Bean's perspective, with an epilogue by Malcolm Gladwell.

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    "Not the kind of sequel I look for."

    SPOILER SPOILER(Kinda) If you read Spin and are looking for additional material on Tyler Dupree and his life as a fourth, your out of luck. It seems to me he is treated as an afterthought where he is only discussed for a few paragraphs. Diane is in it more in the later chapters but more as an auxiliary character. Read the summary and expect nothing else because you wont get it. But it is a decent book with more info on the hypotheticals. The ending is a bit of a letdown the climax was less than insightful an more or less just a restating of what was discussed by Jason Lawton. Robert Wilson should have just finished Spin with one word END.

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    Benjamin Tallassee, AL, United States 08-04-10
    Benjamin Tallassee, AL, United States 08-04-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Appealing in a different way"

    I can understand why many did not enjoy Axis as much as they did Spin. Axis goes much further into the bazaar than Spin did. Though the human story element isn't as strong in this book, for those like me who want to delve deeper into the Hypotheticals, though, I believe you'll enjoy it. It would have been nice, however, if the character links between the two books were stronger.

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