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The Long Earth Audiobook

The Long Earth: A Novel

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.
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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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    G. Parish 02-13-15
    G. Parish 02-13-15 Member Since 2013

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    "The long story"

    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.

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    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 01-24-15
    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 01-24-15 Member Since 2011
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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.

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    Amazon Customer Fremont, CA 12-31-14
    Amazon Customer Fremont, CA 12-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "please, no Brits doing American accents"

    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.

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    Julia L. Scott 12-18-14

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    "Not Terry Pratchett"

    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.

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    Cliff RED BANK, NJ, United States 11-30-14
    Cliff RED BANK, NJ, United States 11-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant! Great Characters, story, concept!"

    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!

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    HPDutchman 07-14-14
    HPDutchman 07-14-14
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    "This book just wasn't for me"
    What disappointed you about The Long Earth?

    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.


    Has The Long Earth turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Fenton-Stevens’s performances?

    I guess it would depend on the story.


    What character would you cut from The Long Earth?

    I really don't know. It doesn't seem to be a bad story, it's just not all that interesting to me.


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    Joshua Kring 06-23-14

    The least helpful reviewer on audible.

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    "Very good story"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Earth?

    I loved the flying boat that they traveled in.


    What does Michael Fenton-Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's not the best but he's nowhere near the worst. It was a solid 4 star performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really. I just enjoyed the story as a whole.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Elle in the Great NorthWest OREGON 05-18-14

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Poorly written. Boo to Pratchett and Baxter"

    How can two well known authors get together and pawn this pile of caca off on the reading/listening public?

    For Shame!!

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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