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The Long Earth Audiobook

The Long Earth: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Logan Five CA United States 09-05-15
    Logan Five CA United States 09-05-15 Listener Since 2010

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    "interesting philosophical topic"

    enjoyed the human behavior assessment. plot was heavy on character introspection. hooked enough for book two.

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    Daniel 08-10-15
    Daniel 08-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "SciFi, Fantasy, AI, humour and brilliant satire"

    An amazing combo of Pratchetts humoristic fantasy and Baxters brilliant Scifi, splendidly narrated by Fenton-Stevens.

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    Patrick 07-22-15
    Patrick 07-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Mind-warping"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love the ambition of this work - having read all of Pratchett's Discworld and knowing his fascination with the multiverse theory and it's implications, this is clearly him letting his mind run wild with possibilities. It just gets weirder and and more wonderful, setting up the series for a huge array of plot rabbit holes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Earth?

    The protagonists stumbling almost disastrously into 'the Gap' - a possibility I started thinking of as soon as the multiverse of the Long Earth was explained.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Fenton-Stevens – was your favorite?

    I loved Sally's cynical pragmatism.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Explore the far limits of the probability tree!


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    Ben 07-14-15
    Ben 07-14-15 Member Since 2010
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    "An instant classic!"

    This is science fiction in its finest form. If I could give higher praise I would!

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    Louis Dalmeny, SK, Canada 05-26-15
    Louis Dalmeny, SK, Canada 05-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Spellbounding"

    I loved this combined effort of the late Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. Although both writing styles are discernible, it is not so in an off-putting way. The depth of the imagination is incredible, and yet not in that tiresom way one finds in many modern sci-fi and fanatsy novels. I recommend it heartily.

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    jessehanson 05-10-15
    jessehanson 05-10-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful"

    An hypnotic string of journeys pulling the reader through the infinite wonders of earth and man.

    Worth every thoughtful second.

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    DB Godfrey 03-22-15
    DB Godfrey 03-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun story, great premise"

    A bit of the silly of Pratchett, a bit of the hard science of Baxter. Like peanut butter and jam.

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    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 01-24-15
    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 01-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not great. More fantasy than sci-fi."

    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.

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    David McDonald 01-18-15
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    "Enjoyable"

    Very enjoyable! A nod back to classic sci-fi. The idea of no more scarcity is a neat concept, and one that is expired here

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    Paul Houser Fort Wayne, IN 01-04-15
    Paul Houser Fort Wayne, IN 01-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "a shallow 20k Leagues for the 21st century"
    Would you try another book from Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter and/or Michael Fenton-Stevens?

    Yes. I've enjoyed works by both of these authors and will gladly recommend their other works.


    What was most disappointing about Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter ’s story?

    This book was like 20000 Leagues Under the Seafour the 21st century. It's a lot of travelogue and filler.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Fenton-Stevens – was your favorite?

    I didn't care about any of the characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can find an abridged version for free, by all means, listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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