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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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    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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    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!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff 11-01-15
    Jeff 11-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Heavy on theory"

    difficult read if you do not have a goods grasp of math or theoretical physics but also deals with the essentials of humanity.

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    Anna 09-30-15
    Anna 09-30-15
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    "definitely one of the greatest SciFi books."

    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

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    Amazon Customer 09-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome story!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zac Hanscom San Diego, CA 08-19-15
    Zac Hanscom San Diego, CA 08-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Hard Science Fiction That Is Still Relevant"
    If you could sum up Eon in three words, what would they be?

    Hard science fiction


    What other book might you compare Eon to and why?

    Rama by Arthur C. Clarke


    What three words best describe Stefan Rudnicki’s voice?

    Deep, sonorous, sleepy


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

    Not at all.


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 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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