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The Long Mars: The Long Earth, Book 3 | [Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter]

The Long Mars: The Long Earth, Book 3

The years 2040 - 2045: After the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption, there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has ulterior motives....
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The years 2040 - 2045: After the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption, there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has ulterior motives....

Meanwhile U.S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own, leading an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth. For Joshua, the crisis he faces is much closer to home. He becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next: the super-bright post-humans who are beginning to emerge from their 'long childhood' in the community called Happy Landings, located deep in the Long Earth. Ignorance and fear are causing 'normal' human society to turn against the Next - and a dramatic showdown seems inevitable....

©2014 Terry and Lyn Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Martin
    Inerness, United Kingdom
    7/23/14
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    "Nothing new really."

    Not going to write much, but for me the story seems to have lost direction now and is becoming a bit repetitive and if I am honest it is getting a bit boring, the whole thing is starting to seem a bit pointless and endless, there are just too many avenues to go down.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Aston Clinton, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "More Baxter than Pratchett?"
    Would you listen to The Long Mars again? Why?

    No, it jumped around all over the place and had no narrative drive.


    Has The Long Mars put you off other books in this genre?

    This series yes: the characters have lost their sense of identity and drive and now see to wander aimlessly from scene to scene.


    What about Michael Fenton Stevens’s performance did you like?

    He's great - accents, complex dialogue, emotion, all there and brilliantly executed.


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

    No, too long.


    Any additional comments?

    For me this is the last episode of the Long Earth series. A stunning start, but the momentum has gone and I'm not sure we care about any of the characters enough to pick up the next volume

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • tim
    farnborough, United Kingdom
    7/5/14
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    "very simple, so much story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Long Mars the most enjoyable?

    In part what i like the most is how these books have developed over the series. Each one develops the plot and introduces new and fascinating aspects.


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

    I have no idea why, it is not the best or most important scene, but Lobsang servicing Agnese's motor bike. It says so much about the character.


    What about Michael Fenton Stevens’s performance did you like?

    He is not the best i have heard, but there is something about his voice that really does suit these books, and there is something just right about his interpretation of Lobsang.


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

    Not one go, you do have to allow yourself to take all of this in. There is as i said, a lot of story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cymru 303
    12/3/14
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    "The Long Mars : Longing for more"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would most certainly recommend this book, the series have been so entertaining. I pre-ordered this book having enjoyed the first two.


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

    Difficult to choose one thing. Each story thread has its own fascination. I loved the uncovering of the divergent evolutions on Earth and Mars.


    What about Michael Fenton Stevens’s performance did you like?

    Everything, he is one of the best narrators. All the characterisations are so distinct.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    In parts, but mostly I felt like I was a fly on the wall observing. Willis` arrogance was irritating. Missed not hearing Lobsang so much.


    Any additional comments?

    Want more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankieg3
    Walton-on-the-Naze, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Great SiFi *****"

    This is not Discworld, this is great SiFi of the kind from the golden age. Sir Terry is amazing as he can write in so many styles and working with Stephen Baxter has produced a great book. This is the third book in the series and I would advise you start with Long Earth followed by Long War. This is an audible book I will read time and time again.

    The narrator is brilliant and I will look for other books he has recorded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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