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Multiple Nebula and Hugo Award-winner Greg Bear returns to the Earth of his acclaimed novel Eon, a world devastated by nuclear war. The crew of the asteroid-starship Thistledown has thwarted an attack by the Jarts by severing their link to the Way, an endless corridor that spans universes. The asteroid settled into orbit around Earth and the tunnel snaked away, forming a contained universe of its own.

Forty years later, on Gaia, Rhita Vaskayza recklessly pursues her legacy, seeking an Earth once again threatened by forces from within and without. For physicist Konrad Korzenowski, murdered for creating The Way, and resurrected, is compelled by a faction determined to see it opened once more. And humankind will discover just how entirely they have underestimated their ancient adversaries.

©1988 Greg Bear (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Good but not up to the standard Eon set

I enjoyed this book but at the same time, as it follows Eon, could have stopped there and been fine. I don't think anyone out there would be disappointed by it if they like sci-fi but personally found it lacking that intangible thing that made Eon so much better.

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Excellent sequel with closure to a great story.

What made the experience of listening to Eternity the most enjoyable?

The culture of the "Hexamon" was fascinating.

What other book might you compare Eternity to and why?

The prequel was good.

What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

He does an outstanding Russian accent and can narrate between different characters voices very well.

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

I was satisfied by the ending.

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Mind Blown

I am totally awed and in awe of author Greg Bear's mind that could convince of a book about quantum physics and multiple philosophies taking place in many universes. Being eighty-one years old reading a book written in the 1980's, taking place in 2005 and continuing until the end of time has me struggling to absorb the enormous content of ideas. The fact that the book has many engaging characters, both human, enhanced and non_humans made the read a totally enjoyable time. I was surprised that I related to some of the non- human characters so closely, especially Omly and the Frants. Read the book to appreciate these characters and others.

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Great story, sloppy editing.

A great story ruined by two places where the audio jumps and portions go missing. Once near the beginning, and once right at the end, cutting off the epilogue.

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"That which is best in all of us."

Switching between different points of view, the stories continue of those people encountered in Eon, on Gaia, Earth and Thistledown. But this time a messenger arrived with concerns about the future of the Way.

Greg Bear's imaginative world building and mind bending use of time is extraordinary, if sometimes hard to fo!low. But it is all encompassing, absorbing the reader's attention. Again, the main characters remain less than fully fleshed, with a couple of exceptions, giving the entire experience a somewhat ethereal feeling. Narration is again by Stefan Rudnicki, who delivers another for performance. Hi deep timbre is a pleasure to hear and he add substance to the main protagonists both in individual voicings of the characters and by also injecting emotion into his reading, which is always well paced and modulated.

Eternity is another long book at over fifteen hours but definitely recommended to readers who enjoy the more thoughtful science fiction of ideas rather than more contemporary space operas. Although not read tial, it is best to read Eon first to more easily understand the protagonists and the locations. My thanks too the rights holder of Eternity, who,at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom. A really remarkable book.

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this book made no sense at all.

what crap, turns out audible messed up the chapter order. I will be returning this book for sure

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An amazing tale full of wonder

This was yet another wonderful part of this Greg Bear series. Excellent narration through wonderful universes within universes.

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Epic!

The story is grand on any scale. Greg Bear's imagination has no limits.

Stephan Rudnicki is an incredible narrator. I love listening to anything he narrates.

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  • Andy Williams
  • 03-29-21

Patience it’s worth it

It took me a while to get into this but it’s worth going right to the end. I felt sad for a lot of the characters. I just love Ben Bova and his sprawling alternate takes on things.

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  • Niall
  • 12-08-16

very enjoyable

Great story, good to hear the range of voices. Makes me want to go back to listen to Eon (which I read) to see if they match.

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  • Mrs. L. Swinburn
  • 07-06-16

Good sequel

Enjoyed this immensely after re-reading eon. The reader is great and really captures the characters.