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  • The Long Cosmos: A Novel | Terry Pratchett,Stephen Baxter

    The Long Cosmos: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It's 2070-71. Nearly six decades after Step Day, a new society continues to evolve in the Long Earth. Now, a message has been received: "Join us". The Next - the hyperintelligent posthumans - realize that the missive contains instructions for kick-starting the development of an immense artificial intelligence known as The Machine. But to build this computer the size of an Earth continent, they must obtain help from the more populous and still industrious worlds of mankind.

    Anthony says: "Love this series"
  • Firstborn: A Time Odyssey, Book 3 | Arthur C. Clarke,Stephen Baxter

    Firstborn: A Time Odyssey, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    Twenty-seven years later, the Firstborn are back. This time, they have sent a "quantum bomb" speeding toward Earth, a device that human scientists can barely comprehend, let alone stop or destroy. But when shocking new insights emerge about the nature of the Firstborn and their plans, an unexpected ally appears from light-years away.

    Kristi Richardson says: "The end to the Trilogy!"
  • Sunstorm: A Time Odyssey, Book 2 | Arthur C. Clarke,Stephen Baxter

    Sunstorm: A Time Odyssey, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    Returned to the Earth of 2037 by the Firstborn, mysterious beings of almost limitless technological prowess, Bisesa Dutt is haunted by the memories of her five years spent on the strange alternate Earth called Mir, a jigsaw-puzzle world made up of lands and people cut out of different eras of Earth's history.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Educated people won't War?"
  • The Long Earth: A Novel | Terry Pratchett,Stephen Baxter

    The Long Earth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton-Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (1335)
    Story
    (1348)

    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.

    D says: "The Long Earth Falls Short"
  • The Long Utopia: A Novel | Terry Pratchett,Stephen Baxter

    The Long Utopia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (390)

    It's 2045-2059. Human society continues to evolve on Datum Earth, its battered and weary origin planet, as the spread of humanity progresses throughout the many Earths beyond. Lobsang, now an elderly and complex AI, suffers a breakdown and, disguised as a human, attempts to live a "normal" life on one of the millions of Long Earth worlds. His old friend, Joshua, now in his 50s, searches for his father and discovers a heretofore unknown family history.

    Thomas A Reeve says: "The series is losing its way"
  • Proxima: Book 1 | Stephen Baxter

    Proxima: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Kyle McCarley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
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    (297)
    Story
    (294)

    The very far future: The galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, and chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light... The 27th century: Proxima Centauri, an undistinguished red dwarf star, is the nearest star to our sun. How would it be to live on such a world?

    SharkHunterSFO says: "could be the start of a good series"
  • The Long War: The Long Earth, Book 2 | Terry Pratchett,Stephen Baxter

    The Long War: The Long Earth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    A generation after the events of The Long Earth, humankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by "stepping". A new "America" - Valhalla - is emerging more than a million steps from Datum - our Earth. Thanks to a bountiful environment, the Valhallan society mirrors the core values and behaviors of colonial America. And Valhalla is growing restless under the controlling long arm of the Datum government.

    Amazon Customer says: "Meh"
  • The Medusa Chronicles | Stephen Baxter,Alastair Reynolds

    The Medusa Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen Baxter, Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    Howard Falcon almost lost his life in an accident as the first human astronaut to explore the atmosphere of Jupiter - and a combination of human ingenuity and technical expertise brought him back. But he is no longer himself. Instead he has been changed into an augmented human: part man, part machine, and exceptionally capable.

    Michael says: "Annoying reading mistake:"
  • Ultima: Proxima, Book 2 | Stephen Baxter

    Ultima: Proxima, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Kyle McCarley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
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    (152)
    Story
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    On the planet of Per Ardua, alien artifacts were discovered - hatches that allowed humans to step across light-years of space as if they were stepping into another room. But this newfound freedom has consequences. As humanity discovers the real nature of the universe, a terrifying truth comes to light: We all have countless pasts converging in this present - and our future is terrifyingly finite. There are minds in the universe that are billions of years old, and now we are vulnerable to their plans for us.

    Angus says: "Book 2 delivers the goods."
  • The Long Mars: Long Earth, Book 3 | Terry Pratchett,Stephen Baxter

    The Long Mars: Long Earth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    2040-2045: In the years 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 rescue 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 an ulterior motive for his request....

    Rachel says: "More good story from this team"
  • The Long War: The Long Earth, Book 2 | Terry Pratchett,Stephen Baxter

    The Long War: The Long Earth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    Overall
    (112)
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    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    A generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping. Where Joshua and Lobsang once pioneered, now fleets of airships link the stepwise Americas with trade and culture. Mankind is shaping the Long Earth - but in turn the Long Earth is shaping mankind...

    Citizen Gold says: "I may be biased in these ratings"
  • Time's Eye: A Time Odyssey, Book 1 | Arthur C. Clarke,Stephen Baxter

    Time's Eye: A Time Odyssey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
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    (421)
    Story
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    For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind - until they act. In an instant, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a huge jigsaw puzzle. Suddenly the planet and every living thing on it no longer exist in a single timeline.

    Tim says: "A nice road to nowhere"
  • The Massacre of Mankind

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Nathalie Buscombe
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    It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The army is prepared. So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells' book.

  • Ark | Stephen Baxter

    Ark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    With the discovery of another life-sustaining planet light years away, there is hope for a chosen few to leave the soon-to-be submerged Earth. Holle Groundwater is one of the candidates, having been trained for this purpose since childhood, when the ships Ark One and Ark Three were being built. But as Holle prepares to endure life aboard the Ark, she comes to realize that her attempt at escape may be more dangerous than trying to stay afloat on a drowning planet.

    A. Pippin says: "More Of This Series"
  • The Long Earth | Terry Pratchett,Stephen Baxter

    The Long Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    Overall
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    (181)
    Story
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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 in the trees. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some said mad, others dangerous - scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a potato. It is the prototype of a life-changing invention....

    Amy W says: "World and not Character Building"
  • The Year's Top Short SF Novels | Stephen Baxter,Geoffrey A. Landis,David Moles,Steven Popkes,Robert Reed,Alastair Reynolds,Rick Wilber,Allan Kaster (editor)

    The Year's Top Short SF Novels

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stephen Baxter, Geoffrey A. Landis, David Moles, and others
    • Narrated By Tom Dheere, Adam Epstein, Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (43)
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    Short novels may well be the perfect length for science-fiction stories. They are movie-length tales that resonate with moxie while fully exploring characters, new worlds, and ideas. The stories in this unabridged audio collection are the best-of-the-best short science-fiction novels published in 2010 by current and emerging masters of this form.

    wendy says: "fantastic"
  • The Light of Other Days | Arthur C. Clarke,Stephen Baxter

    The Light of Other Days

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Light of Other Days tells the tale of what happens when a brilliant, driven industrialist harnesses the cutting edge of quantum physics to enable people everywhere, at trivial cost, to see one another at all times: around every corner, through every wall, into everyone's most private, hidden, and even intimate moments. It amounts to the sudden and complete abolition of human privacy - forever.

    Lisa says: "When Seeing All is not Understanding All"
  • The Long Utopia | Terry Pratchett,Stephen Baxter

    The Long Utopia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
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    (11)
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    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    It's 2045-2059. After the cataclysmic upheavals of Step Day and the Yellowstone eruption humanity is spreading farther into the Long Earth, and society, on a battered Datum Earth and beyond, continues to evolve. Now an elderly and cantankerous AI, Lobsang, lives in disguise with Agnes in an exotic, far-distant world. He’s convinced they’re leading a normal life in New Springfield - they even adopt a child - but it seems they have been guided there for a reason.

  • Flood | Stephen Baxter

    Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
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    Story
    (119)

    Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this... The world they have returned to has been transformed by water - and the water is rising. As it continues to flow from the earth's mantle, entire countries disappear. High ground becomes a precious commodity. And before 50 years have passed, there will be nowhere left to run....

    Q says: "A great "what-if" apolcalyptic exploration"
  • The Long Mars: The Long Earth, Book 3 | Terry Pratchett,Stephen Baxter

    The Long Mars: The Long Earth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    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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