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Eon Audiobook

Eon

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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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    Kinni Peters Carrollton, GA 04-20-14
    Kinni Peters Carrollton, GA 04-20-14 Member Since 2015

    Kinni

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    "A really good mix of science and imagination."
    If you could sum up Eon in three words, what would they be?

    imaginative, provocative, satisfying


    What did you like best about this story?

    It dealt with the concept of parallel worlds in a way that was thoughtful and entertaining.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    He just has a great, clear voice that holds my attention, even amidst distractions.


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

    Yes!


    1 of 2 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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Warnbro, Australia 01-23-14
    Rob Warnbro, Australia 01-23-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Space, evolution, mystery"

    I started reading this as a teenager, and rejoiced when I found it on Audible.

    Although it is a very linear story, the ideas were compelling.One weakness of the story is that it felt a little like a screenplay - though it would make a fabulous movie/tv mini-series.

    Again, another book where i am eagerly awaiting to find the time to read the sequel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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 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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy 11-05-12
    Jeremy 11-05-12 Member Since 2016
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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 2016

    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!

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful

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