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.
epic, near-future, space-adventure
yes, fortunately it's long enough that it lasted me a few late nights ;)
if you enjoy mind-expanding scientific/philosophical speculation then stick through the first few chapters of this book and you will find yourself hooked!
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.
explores the idea of some of the most alluring ideas in science with detailed characters. Keeping a firm hand on scope and depth,yet remaining anchored in actual theory
Even after reading this book years ago, it's just as great and relevant now. The audible version made it even more interesting, giving new depth to the characters.
Hard science fiction
Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
Deep, sonorous, sleepy
Not at all.
Eon is Greg Bear's 1986 sci-fi masterwork, one which is still relevant three decades later. An object has appeared around the Moon: a large, potato-shaped asteroid. Over the course of the novel, the reader finds out what the “rock” is, where it comes from, and what they will do with it. On Earth, minor nuclear war is in the past, with major nuclear war on the horizon. Can they stop it?
I listened to [i]Eon through Audible, and although I found the deep, sonorous voice of Stephan Rudnicki somewhat sleep-inducing, it is a competent recording of a great book, and I ended up buying two more audiobooks by Bear. The highlight of the recording is Rudnicki's accents, which are very subtle at times. The two books I bought don't feature Rudnicki, but I'd be open to listening to him in the future, perhaps in some of Bear's other work.
This is a fine work of fiction, one which held my attention raptly. At over 17 hours long, it's a good bargain. Bear is now perhaps best known for writing “fan” fiction for [i]Halo, Star Wars, and others, and I'd be lying if I said that my first exposure to him wasn't through this venue. Fans of his more mainstream novels should give his deeper work a look. Those looking for a great science-fiction novel shouldn't think of holding Bear's Halo novels against him. Writers have to eat. ****1/4
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.
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