We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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.
Regular Price:$23.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.6 (727 )
5 star
 (138)
4 star
 (287)
3 star
 (225)
2 star
 (62)
1 star
 (15)
Overall
3.7 (292 )
5 star
 (63)
4 star
 (107)
3 star
 (88)
2 star
 (27)
1 star
 (7)
Story
4.0 (289 )
5 star
 (113)
4 star
 (104)
3 star
 (50)
2 star
 (14)
1 star
 (8)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    John Semmes, AL, USA 08-08-08
    John Semmes, AL, USA 08-08-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    29
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Spin off Axis"

    What was happening when the author wrote this sequel? I listened intently to every word and tried to imagine the characters as they were introduced but they were not as fully developed as the first set of characters in "Spin". The unresolved issue of the Hypothetical s was, to say the very least, disappointing. I had in my mind's eye foresaw the ending a different way and felt cheated with the ultimate outcome. Why leave the readers with no loose ends tied up? The explanation was like the name suggests...hypothetical. No-one knew, no-one was willing to fully explain and no-one seemed to care after 2 books and a dozen or so characters were possessed with finding an answer. It seemed like a least one would have been given the answer to all the mysteries and held on to the info maybe for another sequel.
    I did enjoy listening to Scott Brick read this novel and at times I was on the edge of my seat in anticipation, but not often enough.
    Note to writers: please don't ask readers to invest in novels that even you don't know how it should end.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jason Des Moines, WA, USA 08-30-08
    Jason Des Moines, WA, USA 08-30-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    107
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    105
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "From Hypothertical to Pathetic , let down!"

    First, I loved Spin. This book while having a few things in common with the Spin is not the same story.

    They leave Spin in a great place to start a 2nd book. Instead we get all new characters and a great premise that was wasted.

    The idea of what this book could have been.... contact and it's excitement. Instead the author goes preachy and gets caught up trying to make a sociology story showing how smart he is. He tried to downplay the SciFi and go Brides of Madison County on us...
    The reason I liked Spin was because of the hypothetical mystery, and the characters motivations to learn more.

    Axis has weak characters, no mystery, no big ideas, and a blatant attempt by the author to prove he is just not SciFi. He failed at it.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joseph Tucson, AZ, USA 06-27-09
    Joseph Tucson, AZ, USA 06-27-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Okay, not a good a Spin"

    This book was okay, but compared to Spin is had a lot to be desired. I hope Vortex is better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Noe Edinburg, TX, United States 10-28-09
    Noe Edinburg, TX, United States 10-28-09 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    187
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    85
    31
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    18
    0
    Overall
    "A "must read" for Spin fans."

    After reading several negative reviews from Audible customers, I almost passed on this sequel to "Spin." I'm glad I didn't, as I truly loved it. As Tyler and Diane Dupree cross the mysterious archway into a new world at the end of "Spin," we are left wondering what happens next. This book delivers the answers to our questions in a highly engaging manner. To those familiar with the "Spin" universe, this book makes perfect sense, and it does a great job of continuing to slowly reveal the extent and true nature of the Hypotheticals. Although it picks up the story many years later and Diane Dupree is the only returning character from the original, the novel nonetheless achieves its own high level of excellence.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 07-31-08
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 07-31-08 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    197
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    378
    95
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    "Letdown"

    Some of the questions you wanted to know are answered, and some are not. The problem is that the main question "what are the hypotheticals" is not really answered". First part of book was hard to get through and the ending left me feeling cheated.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chris Gay 07-16-09
    Chris Gay 07-16-09 Member Since 2001
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Just Odd"

    Spin took present day through the future. Axis started many years after the end of Spin and continued in a strange direction with too much detail and odd results. Had potential with conspiracy theories and a chase, but a strange ending.....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    steve Ferndale, Wa, United States 01-12-09
    steve Ferndale, Wa, United States 01-12-09 Member Since 2005

    I read and listen to books as much as possible.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    58
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    41
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Not a great sequel"

    Spin was great but i read it, this book i tried to listen to and lost interest and later i read it, but Scott Brick is a great reader.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Carole La Jolla, CA, United States 08-19-08
    Carole La Jolla, CA, United States 08-19-08 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great Concept - No details"

    I would have loved to wrap up this story. We didn't and neither did the author. I actually can't remember much of it because my mind strayed so often that many words were left stranded.
    I love the idea of odd 0ff-worlders taking over. It's a time honored prize-winner. Ultimately, I know the goal is to wrap everything up and usually have the good guys (us humans) win. I miss that in this book.
    I loved "SPIN" and hoped for a similar experience. Thanks for writing it, but I feel cheated.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Barbara Bristol, CT, USA 08-18-08
    Barbara Bristol, CT, USA 08-18-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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
  •  
    Pamela Bar Mills, ME, USA 10-15-08
    Pamela Bar Mills, ME, USA 10-15-08 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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
  • Showing: 1-10 of 31 results PREVIOUS124NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.