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.
Thrilling epic mindbending
The surprise inside the stone and the depiction of this surprise
He makes the characters come alive in my head. Thank you Stefan.
The stone is the answer
Mirsky. I enjoyed the way his character was enlightened.
No. He did a great job.
The description of Axis City. It was exciting.
Fiction reader/listener: law enforcement, spy, military, science thriller, disasters.
Mr Bear never fails to entertain, and Mr Rudnicki makes the story line even more believable. I'll listen to this one again.
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.
The Time Travel.
and the ending of the book
Gary the team leader
I listen to multiple books Stefan has read. He is one of the best
It is too long for that. But I listen to my books on my phone at work everyday.
Interesting the way different factions, the different people changed over the centuries.
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.
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.
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.
The endless descriptions!
Performance is good but check out the sample to see if you like his voice. Very deep and gravelly.
Yes - visuals of this would make it so much easier to follow. Also I assume it would be abridged!
maybe its me, but give this one a miss, there are so many other classics out there.
Well read and performed.
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.
Should be a movie.
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