The possibilities are endless. Just be careful what you wish for....
The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone?
Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some say mad, others allege dangerous - scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and . . . a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.
The first novel in an exciting new collaboration between Discworld creator Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth transports readers to the ends of the earth - and far beyond. All it takes is a single step. . . .
©2012 Terry Pratchett, Lyn Pratchett, and Stephen Baxter (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
This is original SciFi. It tells a unique story and really does some interesting things with it, but the story does often drag in terms of length. I'm not sure if I'll get the next one in the series, but I'm not thoroughly opposed to it.
This audiobook was just barely good enough to keep me listening until the end. I will not be reading any more of this series.
In the interest of full disclosure: I have never liked Terry Pratchett, but Stephen Baxter has written some stuff I've really liked, so I took a chance hoping that there would be more Baxter here than Pratchett. Also, many other reviews indicated that Pratchett's fans felt that this was not what they expected from him, which gave me further reason to hope.
Unfortunately, I guess that even a little Pratchett is too much for me.
Yes. I've enjoyed works by both of these authors and will gladly recommend their other works.
This book was like 20000 Leagues Under the Seafour the 21st century. It's a lot of travelogue and filler.
I didn't care about any of the characters.
If you can find an abridged version for free, by all means, listen to it.
The story is interesting enough, something new, which is what I was looking for. however, the narration didn't work for me. putting on an American accent, and doing it poorly, really took me out of the story, again and again.
I won't do the follow on books because it is the same narrator.
There were hints of Terry Pratchett here and there in the book but just whispers. I guess all the rest, crude language, etc., is Stephen Baxter. I didn't get it--it isn't that I'm not a SciFi or fantasy fan--I've read/listen to all of the DiscWorld Series, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, etc. I just wasn't drawn into this.
What a wonderful surprise this book was. I felt like a teenage version of myself finding a great science fiction book, who couldn't wait to find out what happens next. There are so many books where I just don't care about the the characters, but these were well-fleshed-out.
The story of the Long Earh was a great take on a concept that's been done many times. The difference was this time it seemed believable.
Great performance, too!
I think it's just not my type of story. Maybe the subsequent books in the series will be better, but I simply didn't really get this one.
Not at all.
I guess it would depend on the story.
I really don't know. It doesn't seem to be a bad story, it's just not all that interesting to me.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
I loved the flying boat that they traveled in.
He's not the best but he's nowhere near the worst. It was a solid 4 star performance.
Not really. I just enjoyed the story as a whole.
I listened to this several months ago and now that I think back on it I wonder why I still haven't got the sequel. This really was a good story. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good story that's a little 'out there'... but keep in mind this is nothing at all like the discworld novels. If you're looking for that you'll be disappointed, because this is a more serious tale than those.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
How can two well known authors get together and pawn this pile of caca off on the reading/listening public?
The long and eloquent review written by Katie Johnson, entitled "Sliders meets Prometheus" covers all the negative issues with this potentially dynamic series written by two of the primary sci/fi writers today.
The heavy thinkers in the novel are amazingly dumb and the book so obviously is a prequil to another book or series. NOTHING is resolved. A few minor loose threads is fine, especially when we now it’s going to be a series. However an entire book dedicated to nothing more than setting the series up is a terrible disservice to the constant reader-one who buys books based on a name alone.
As a sci/fi reader since the 1950s and junior high school libraries, I am appalled at the way these authors have treated we readers. Are we dumb? Readers who are unable to easily figure out obvious outcomes? I was so dissapointed in this book that I decided to send it back. Audible/Amazon can take a hit for this bad novel.
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