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.
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On an Earth that has suffered the little death, a limited nuclear war between the US and Russia, there is an uneasy negotiated peace. Russia seems to feel sort of like the Germans did post WW 1 when the enormity of reparations and limitations imposed by the international community settled in. Well opportunity knocks here when the asteroid called the 'potato' arrives in Earth orbit and is found to be a starship. A starship with humans on it...or at least there were and they had Earth languages.
Led by the US, that may be for of the fiction these days, the international community minus the Russians populate the 'potato' and begin to unravel the mysteries of the seven chambers. The fact that it is bigger on the inside than the outside is driving a lot of them bonkers. The people in charge of the project are trying all they can to keep a lid on predictions that this Earth is about to suffer annihilation.
Excellent book with lots of subplots that I'm sure will re-surge in this series called The Way. The narration was pretty good too with Rudnicki's vocal range. This one gets four out of five units of pleasant nerdiness. Enjoy!
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.
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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