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Eon Audiobook

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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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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    S. Anderson Salem, MO United States 03-26-13
    S. Anderson Salem, MO United States 03-26-13 Listener Since 2005
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    "Very good book"

    I have never really read Greg Bear but rather was on the hunt for books narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, my favorite narroator. I am glad I found this book. Very interesting story from a sci-fi and inter-personal relationship point of view.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Halifax, NS, Canada 03-17-13
    David Halifax, NS, Canada 03-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Still holds up well"

    I first read Eon as a teenager, and was quite obsessed with its extremely detailed and imaginative worlds. I was curious to see if I'd still like it today, and I was pleased to find that it was just as engaging and mind-expanding as I'd remembered.

    The most thrilling parts of the novel are the opening scenes, as the characters explore the multi-chambered Stone, gradually learning its secrets, and then travel further down the infinite Corridor; there's a tremendous sense of an journey toward greater and greater discovery. The final chapter is a brilliant twist that ends the novel perfectly with a beautiful reworking of its themes.

    Of course, the novel's Cold War politics and its depictions of astronaut-soldiers in the year 2000 now seem extremely dated, but fortunately this is a novel about alternate universes, so one can simply pretend that the story takes place in a different universe than ours...

    The human side of things isn't quite as good; Bear's handling of the romantic subplots is rather stilted and sometimes the characters seem a little too unflappable in the face of universe-changing events. But these aren't major problems, and there is often some emotional intensity in the scenes in which characters are yearning for home, or discovering that everything they knew was wrong.

    I was briefly taken aback by the narrator's ridiculously manly voice (it's like being read to by Barry White), but I got used to it rapidly and he's very good at distinguishing the characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tasman 12-12-12
    Tasman 12-12-12
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    "I simply loved it."
    If you could sum up Eon in three words, what would they be?

    epic, near-future, space-adventure


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

    yes, fortunately it's long enough that it lasted me a few late nights ;)


    Any additional comments?

    if you enjoy mind-expanding scientific/philosophical speculation then stick through the first few chapters of this book and you will find yourself hooked!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rune Aabyhoej, Denmark 12-03-12
    Rune Aabyhoej, Denmark 12-03-12
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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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy 11-05-12
    Jeremy 11-05-12
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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 2 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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 08-26-15
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 08-26-15 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "OMG! Like Counting Grains Of Sand!!"

    Dull? No, dull's a quantum leap.... UP from "EON". Who cares about these people? Who cares about exhausting cinematic description IN A BOOK? Get ready for every detail of Greg Bear's imaginary friends? Okay, one of the powers of SciFi is exploring the fantasy worlds of good writers. Bear's not one of them. Maybe if he was better edited? There's a magic word that someone should whisper in his ear..... "pace."

    Did I mention that this is really long... and feels longer? Unless I need sleep, I'll not finish EON nor read another of these hard-to-Bear stories..... ZZZZZZZZzzzzz!

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    Kevin der Kinderen 10-10-14
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    "I Love Sci-Fi, but this..."

    For me it was 9 hours of storytelling misery. I could not understand any of the concepts and kept losing the story and the characters. Maybe my sci-fi needs are more simple and I just got out of my depth. Some people wandered through some sort of anomaly into some sort of other dimensions. They had sex a couple of times, killed each other, were cataloged in a city computer and met Cleopatra. And there's a sequel?

    I just went with the wrong story and need to get back into more comfortable settings.

    Mr. Rudniki - a storyteller's voice. Always enjoy listening to him even when I don't like the story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deep Reader 05-07-14
    Deep Reader 05-07-14

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Excellent"

    It starts off feeling like Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama, but quickly turned into something infinitely more interesting and deep, in more ways than one.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SPencer Bartsch Newport Beach CA 04-25-16
    SPencer Bartsch Newport Beach CA 04-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting time travel concept."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If said friend was into the concept of a multi-verse, the cold war era tension between the USSR & USA, nuclear war, space and the ability to open doors into other realities? Absolutely.


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

    I really like his style of reading and was introduced to him from novels by Ben Bova.


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

    the Very end scene with the Main character. its an awesome thought to a parallel earth concept


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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