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Eon | [Greg Bear]

Eon

Perhaps it wasn't from our time, perhaps it wasn't even from our universe, but the arrival of the 300-kilometer long stone was the answer to humanity's desperate plea to end the threat of nuclear war. Inside the deep recesses of the stone lies Thistledown: the remnants of a human society, versed in English, Russian and Chinese. The artifacts of this familiar people foretell a great Death caused by the ravages of war, but the government and scientists are unable to decide how to use this knowledge.
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Publisher's Summary

Perhaps it wasn't from our time, perhaps it wasn't even from our universe, but the arrival of the 300-kilometer long stone was the answer to humanity's desperate plea to end the threat of nuclear war. Inside the deep recesses of the stone lies Thistledown: the remnants of a human society, versed in English, Russian and Chinese. The artifacts of this familiar people foretell a great Death caused by the ravages of war, but the government and scientists are unable to decide how to use this knowledge. Deeper still within the stone is the Way. For some the Way means salvation from death, for others it is a parallel world where loved ones live again. But, unlike Thistledown, the Way is not entirely dead, and the inhabitants hold the knowledge of a present war, over a million miles away, using weapons far more deadly than any that mankind has ever conceived.

©1985 Greg Bear (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Rune Aabyhoej, Denmark 12-03-12
    Rune Aabyhoej, Denmark 12-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining SciFi"
    If you could sum up Eon in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling epic mindbending


    What did you like best about this story?

    The surprise inside the stone and the depiction of this surprise


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    He makes the characters come alive in my head. Thank you Stefan.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The stone is the answer


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy 11-05-12
    Jeremy 11-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Epic SciFi."
    Where does Eon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mirsky. I enjoyed the way his character was enlightened.


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

    No. He did a great job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The description of Axis City. It was exciting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 09-10-12
    Thomas 09-10-12 Member Since 2015

    Fiction reader/listener: law enforcement, spy, military, science thriller, disasters.

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    "Gota like it."

    Mr Bear never fails to entertain, and Mr Rudnicki makes the story line even more believable. I'll listen to this one again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JIMMY SUNNYVALE, CA, United States 04-04-14
    JIMMY SUNNYVALE, CA, United States 04-04-14

    There are 2 trueths in life. If it were not for the dreamers, the corp. generals would have nothing to sell. The question is not what, but when and how do we get there.

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    "happend before, will happen again"
    What did you love best about Eon?

    The Time Travel.
    and the ending of the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gary the team leader


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

    I listen to multiple books Stefan has read. He is one of the best


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

    It is too long for that. But I listen to my books on my phone at work everyday.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting the way different factions, the different people changed over the centuries.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 07-03-15
    Michael 07-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Very much reminded me of Diaspora"

    Much of the science and issues of humanity addressed are similar. THis was FAR easier to follow though and actually had a plot, not just a never-ending exploration of what might be. I think I'd enjoy a follow-up or two to see where things go in each of the two major worlds left to think about (trying to avoid spoilers here). Well worth the time to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ulysese 05-14-15
    Ulysese 05-14-15 Member Since 2008

    estore maven

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    "Eon did not age well"

    When Eon was first published during the Cold War It developed a strong following and cemented Greg's hard sci-fi reputation. Today is different and Eon seems like a collection of scientific theories with technical nuances which makes it unappealing and boring.

    There were times when I wanted to stop but I finished the story hoping to see a way forward which did not happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harold raleigh, NC, USA 04-24-15
    Harold raleigh, NC, USA 04-24-15 Member Since 2004
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    "engaging characters in compelling story"

    The ending was unexpected. The story moves at a good pace and maintained my interest to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joanie 02-27-15
    Joanie 02-27-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Very hard to fully understand"

    Interesting story although, admittedly I spent a great deal of time re-listening to portions trying to follow the authors line of thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Windsor, United Kingdom 10-31-14
    Simon Windsor, United Kingdom 10-31-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Very confusing and disjointed"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is an excruciating amount of detail on the geography, technology and peoples of the world. So much so that even after 5 hours Im horribly confused on who is who, what technology is what. Im very used to technology and sci-fi but this one leaves me muddled.


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

    The endless descriptions!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance is good but check out the sample to see if you like his voice. Very deep and gravelly.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes - visuals of this would make it so much easier to follow. Also I assume it would be abridged!


    Any additional comments?

    maybe its me, but give this one a miss, there are so many other classics out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Si Auckland 10-26-14
    Si Auckland 10-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Should be a movie"
    Where does Eon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well read and performed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story


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

    Stefans voice characterizations seemed a little odd to me at first, particularly the asian accent. His Russian is great though as are his portrait of the occupants of the way.


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

    Impossible.


    Any additional comments?

    Should be a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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