The waters rose, submerging New York City. But the residents adapted, and it remained the bustling, vibrant metropolis it had always been. Though changed forever....
It is the 14th century, and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur - the coming of the Black Death....
The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home....
For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars....
North America, 2047. For the small Pacific Coast community of San Onofre, life in the aftermath of a devastating nuclear attack is a matter of survival, a day-to-day struggle to stay alive....
A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, Aurora tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system...
With Galileo’s Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson crafts an instant masterpiece that blends epic adventure and thoughtful alternate history....
Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood....
There is Thorn, a shaman himself. He lives to pass down his wisdom and his stories - to teach those who would follow in his footsteps....
From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller....
In the American Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, and California skirmish for dwindling shares of the Colorado River....
Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire....
Adventurers, scientists, artists, workers, and visionaries - these are the men and women you will encounter in the short fiction of Kim Stanley Robinson....
Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens....
Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time....
Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet....
Coral survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her....
Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran's benefits, for neural damage he suffered....
When the Arctic ice pack was first measured in the 1950s, it averaged 30 feet thick in midwinter. By the end of the century it was down to 15. One August the ice broke. The next year the breakup started in July. The third year it began in May. That was last year.
It's an increasingly steamy summer in the nation's capital as Senate environmental staffer Charlie Quibler cares for his young son and deals with the frustrating politics of global warming. Charlie must find a way to get a skeptical administration to act before it's too late-and his progeny find themselves living in Swamp World. But the political climate poses almost as great a challenge as the environmental crisis when it comes to putting the public good ahead of private gain.
While Charlie struggles to play politics, his wife, Anna, takes a more rational approach to the looming crisis in her work at the National Science Foundation. There a proposal has come in for a revolutionary process that could solve the problem of global warming-if it can be recognized in time. But when a race to control the budding technology begins, the stakes only get higher. As these everyday heroes fight to align the awesome forces of nature with the extraordinary march of modern science, they are unaware that fate is about to put an unusual twist on their work-one that will place them at the heart of an unavoidable storm.
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Kim Stanley Robinson.
Are you kidding me, this guy who read the book is so bad! He reads like he is reading it for the first time and sounds like a low-end AI voice in a low budget Sci-Fi B-movie.
If its a Kim Stanly Robinson book its a great book and the guy who read the Mars Trilogy was a fantastic reader, so i didn't even listen to the preview but i will not be downloading the other 2 books on this set if the same guy read them
28 of 30 people found this review helpful
I listened to the first five minutes of this book and gave up. The narrator reads in a robotic monotone that throws me out of the experience. He..talks...like...this...with...small...pauses...between...each...word.
I wish I'd checked out the preview before I bought this.
19 of 21 people found this review helpful
I am actually upset I gave a credit for this. This is the worst READER, yes, reader - NOT narrator, I have ever heard. I think most 6th graders could read better.
I don't even know if the actual book is any good because I could not get past how it was being orated.
NOT WORTH A CREDIT OR THE TIME TO LISTEN
17 of 19 people found this review helpful
I think the book might really be good, but the narrator made the book really difficult to get through. I feel he was too monotone and not sure I would purchase another book that he narrates.
17 of 19 people found this review helpful
I'm wondering if the narrator was required to read in a boring monotone. He picks up when he's imitating the characters so I know he can read with more charisma but, wow. Also, I thought the book would be similar to the movie "The Day After Tomorrow" with more action about the 'impending storm.' Maybe I'm being premature because I'm only to the SECOND half of the book, but their still just talking about global warming. I'm finding it difficult to continue on... I will, and hopefully I'll be pleasantly surprised.
13 of 15 people found this review helpful
I had high hopes of this book, the jacket sounded good and I like these kind of books. But... the narration is very monotone, no life in it. The story is boring, sorry it is. read the amazon reviews and they will tell you the same thing, wish i had read them first. It has some interestingt parts, but all in all not worth a credit!
I haven't had the pleasure of the Mars books yet, althouhg i have down loaded them. Hope they are better!!
10 of 12 people found this review helpful
He's got an annoying 4-3 beat going for most of the book. And the monotone almost drove me nuts.
I like Robinson (the Mars trilogy) but this lacks any clear structure. The characters are not believable. The action doesn't make sense. And the some of the geographical details are flat out wrong (I grew up in the DC area). I'd like to comment on the science but what there was of it was so scattered and isolated that I couldn't decide if it made any sense.
Save your credits.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
The author provides a foreword which is fine but the main narrator is either the best available text to speech computer program or a flat, wooden reader. His presentation and especially his cadence are quite distracting.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
The narrator of Forty Signs appears to have just learned to read. He spoils what might possibly be an interesting read. It was very hard to tell if I liked the book or not because of his odd pacing, his lack of inflection and his weird robotic pronouncing of certain words and sentences. I gave the book 2 stars more for the author's sake, because it's quite possible this is an interesting book. I can honestly say I would NOT recommend buying the audio version of it. If I read the sequels I'll buy the actual books.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
The story line has little relationship to Sci-fi or fantasy. The writting style is entirely too verbose, with significant time spent in descriptive detail that has very little bearing on the story line. The real story is the middle age crisis that the main character is enduring, not global warming.
Narration is dry and plodding. The narrator rarely displays the real feeling that the scene should invoke.
I don't recommend that anyone spend their money or credits on this book
7 of 11 people found this review helpful
What did you like most about Forty Signs of Rain?
I really enjoyed the whole story. I liked the fact it didn't just focus on one person or group, but looked at how events affected things all around the world. The characters were all sympathetic, and believable.
What other book might you compare Forty Signs of Rain to, and why?
I can't really compare it to anything else, as this isn't really my usual genre at all. But it was a really pleasant surprise. It wasn't as preachy as I imagined, and the different characters really held my attention.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
I really didn't enjoy the narration. The pace was too slow for the drama, and the tone was almost robotic. I also didn't enjoy his female voices, I thought they were a bit cliche ridden.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
The Inevitable Future - unfortunately I think this is where we as a species are heading.
Any additional comments?
I look forward to listening to the next two books in the series. I really enjoyed this story, and want to find out how things end.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I bought all three books in this series but I am not sure if I can handle listening to this narrator for another two books. He is deadpan, slow, completely lacking in any animation, and seems unable to convey different characters through tone. I realise that this isn't about the book itself, but a poor narration kills an audiobook for me.
I highly recommend that you listen to the preview before buying this or other books in the series and see if you can handle listening to this robotic monotone for 60+ hours.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A really good story that builds a world facing the real issue of global warming.
The characters are interesting and the plot moves at a good pace. If you ever wondered what global warming might do to the earth, sit back and enjoy this treat.
Unfortunately the narration is the worst I've come across by a mile. I had to speed up the reading just to get through. 1.25x worked ok.
Listen to a sample of this book before you download. Ask your self can you really put up with 12 hours of this guy infecting your brain.
I actually think that this guy might be a computer program narrator?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Firstly, if you have never read Kim Stanley Robinson before take my advice don’t read this read the Mars Trilogy which him at his spectacular elegant articulate best.
Secondly, the narrator is not good; monotone in style and unemotional. Which given Kim Stanley Robinson likes to talk copiously about science and philosophy really undermines the book. It end up sounding more like a dull university lecture.
Thirdly, Kim starts the introduction of book two by basically saying
“you could of skipped book one”
so … AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!
If however you liked the mars trilogy and are interested in science, research, Washington politics, global warming, how animals in zoo’s are saved from flooding, what it is to be a Mr Mom and have about 14 hours of your life to use up….
Yeah I didn’t think so
Nevertheless however, I should point out it does have good writing and some pretty interesting ideas if you could find a nicely edited abridged version that would be the way to go