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Publisher's Summary

Imagine two worlds at war. In one, citizens with jetpacks and ray guns have colonized Venus. In the other, magic reigns supreme, and history turns on swords and spells. Now imagine they have just discovered a third world.

Our world.

Our timeline of rideshare apps and strip malls is about to become the newest battlefield in the long war between science fiction and fantasy.

In Florida, assassins are hunting down optical scientist Felicia Scurry. Her only chance of survival lies with long haul trucker Bucephalus Troy, who has stumbled into a world he calls Bamalot, a swords and sorcery version of today where magic works and science never happened. In Seattle, YouTube blogger Charity Kong is on the trail of a jetpack-wearing secret agent who broke her heart. And in a sinister secret college deep under Oxford, a failed comic book artist just might have started a Three Worlds War.

Legendary science fiction writer Neal Stephenson teams up with World Fantasy Award-winning author Sean Stewart (Galveston; Cathy’s Book) and Austin Grossman (Soon I Will Be Invincible) to present New Found Land: The Long Haul, a thrilling, hilarious, and mind-bending audio drama in the tradition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Fast-paced, funny, and deeply weird, The Long Haul is a warm-hearted, rollicking adventure about ordinary people rising to an extraordinary moment.

New Found Land: The Long Haul is performed by Amber Williams, Jay Snyder, Gregory Connors, Izabel Mar, John Zdrojeski, Steve Routman, Graeme Malcolm, John Pirkis, Elizabeth Evans, LJ Ganser, Marc Vietor, Elizabeth Jasicki and features the voices of Allyson Johnson, Carrie Seim, Josh Hurley, Kevin T. Collins, Khristine Hvam, Lauren Fortgang, Nick Sullivan, Raphael Corkhill, and Steve Rimpici. 

©2021 Magic Leap, Inc. (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Neal Stephenson is the author of several novels, including Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and the upcoming climate change techno-thriller Termination Shock. He has also written nonfiction, generally in a scientific/technical vein. He has worked for technology companies such as Blue Origin, Intellectual Ventures Labs, and most recently Magic Leap, where he served as chief futurist until April 2020. In that capacity he headed up a small R&D squad bringing engineers and artists together to produce original content for augmented reality devices, and to investigate anomalies.

About the Creator

Austin Grossman is an award-winning game designer and the author of three novels: Soon I Will Be Invincible, You, and Crooked. None of these came to him in recurring dreamlike visions of an alternate reality. Why would you even ask that?
Photo credit: Carla Wilson

About the Creator

Sean Stewart has won a World Fantasy Award, an Emmy, a Cannes Gold Lion—all sorts of things. Google "I Love Bees" or "Cathy's Book" or "Mockingbird" or "The Beast." Those things really happened. The point is, if he were to suddenly disappear, people would notice. The picture on his Wikipage isn't actually a picture of him, which he finds unnerving. No, scratch that. Maybe it's better this way.

About the Performer

Gregory Connors is an actor, playwright, and mechanical engineer born in Cleveland, and based in New York. A graduate of New York University's Tisch MFA Graduate Acting Program, recent projects include: The Blacklist (NBC), FBI: Most Wanted (CBS), Coriolanus (The Public Theater Shakespeare in the Park), New Found Land: The Long Haul (Audible), Starfinder (Amazon), We Are (ESPN 30 for 30).

About the Performer

Izabel Mar (she/they) is an actor and intimacy coordinator based in New York. She made her off-broadway debut in the Drama Desk and Lortel Award nominated Mac Beth and she will be seen as "Maya" in the A24 Kelly Reichardt film Showing Up. Mar loves to play a Dolly Parton song on her ukulele and is always ready to impress with her Aubrey Plaza impression.

About the Performer

Steve is an award-winning actor that has appeared on Broadway and across the country in more than 35 regional theaters. He's done Shakespeare, Chekhov, Stoppard, Odets, Moliere, as well as dozens of musicals and comedies. Film and television work includes The Wolf of Wall Street, Inside Llewyn Davis, Fosse/Verdon, The Irishman, and The Trial of the Chicago Seven. In addition to stage and film work Steve has made appearances with the NYC Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and New Haven Symphony. He was an award-winning member of the BMI Lehman Engel Writers Workshop, creating lyrics for musical theater. Additionally, he has appeared in commercials for Apple, Microsoft, E*Trade, and Geico among others.

About the Performer

Jay is an actor/director who’s been fortunate enough to appear on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre and TV, and has been doing voiceovers for over ten years. He has voiced for feature films and has been heard on Nickelodeon, WB, Cartoon Network, Fox TV, the SciFi Channel, EWam, and the new CW4Kids. Best known for his work on Saturday morning cartoons like Yu-Gi-Oh! (lead), Viva Pinata (lead), Sonic X, and Pokemon, he has also worked on many other animations and can currently be heard in Gogoriki, Pat and Stan, and Chaotic. His other voiceover work includes several audiobooks, documentaries, promos, and commercials and he continues to be grateful not to have to have a "real job".

About the Performer

Actor and writer, Amber Reauchean Williams, is a Philadelphia native and current Brooklynite. She received her B.F.A. in Theatre Arts at Boston University's School of Theatre and since leaving Boston, she has graced the big and the small screen as well as performed in theaters around the world from New York City to Oslo, Norway. Her audiobook credits include Miss Muriel and Other Stories by Ann Petry and Feminist Fairy Tales by Ellen Haun and Laura Lane. Be sure to catch Amber co-hosting the upcoming Wondery podcast True Love.

About the Perfomer

John Zdrojeski is an actor and singer/songwriter based out of New York City. Off-Broadway: Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons, Special Citation Obie); Before We’re Gone (13th Street Theatre); Monster (Potomac Theatre Project). Regional: Romeo and Juliet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Huntington Theatre Company); 10x10 (Barrington Stage Company); The Kite Runner (New Repertory Theatre). Film/ TV: Evil (upcoming), The Breakdown Parables (upcoming), Billions, The Code, Madam Secretary. His debut EP Primitive is available on all streaming services. Education: NYU (MFA) and Boston University (BFA).

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Why did we decide to share this story?
"It started in 2018. We were working at an augmented reality startup when scientists upstairs noticed some glitches on the device. Some claimed these looked too coherent to be mere noise in the system. Of course, it couldn’t actually let you see parallel worlds. That's crazy talk. Still, we got curious. Some digging led us to Charity Kong’s YouTube videos and TheYarnies.com, a fan group for the golden age comic book company Stupefying Yarns, which they claim has been erased from history. In spring 2020 we suggested distributing the "New Found Land" material. The fact we were all laid off at this time is probably a coincidence. The scientists who noticed the "glitches"were long gone. Also, TheYarnies.com is now an Indonesian travel site. We are now independent agents sitting on a thumb drive whose contents may have profound implications across three worlds. The podcasts, the jetpacks, the Oracle of Delphi, and the lewd animatronic unicorn—it’s all here. We can't vouch for any of this stuff, but since we seem to be the sole custodians, we felt a responsibility to put it out there. Audible has bravely shared the risk of making this material public. Update: None of the foregoing should be construed to mean that The Long Haul is anything other than a work of fiction." –Austin Grossman, Neal Stephenson, and Sean Stewart, authors of New Found Land: The Long Haul

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You'll like this if you liked The Zeta Family.

Gave me some of the same feel good campy adventure as The Zeta Family by Gretchen Enders. Highly recommend that audiobook if you liked this.

This was amazing! I loved the audio drama format. The noise and sound effects were minimal and barely if any music. Every now and then for like introductions to chapters or events it may have a tune that ends when everyone starts talking but nothing too distracting. Only issue I had was some of the audio quality took a dip for dramatic effect when some of the characters were listening to tapes. It's a artistic choice that doesn't impact the story but some times I found it jarring.

Overall the story feels very episodic but also it isn't. Occasionally these characters dive into tapes that give a storyline from a different world. Once a chapter in this other worlds story it will continue in the 'modern/present time/world'. I liked this format as it was easy to jump in and out of to listen throughout a few days and pick up where I left off.

The use of a full cast was a great decision due to the number of distinct characters. I think without a full cast I probably would have struggled recognizing who was who as there were so many important characters to keep track of. The full cast gave everyone a distinct personality and voice that suited their character.

The plot was so much fun! It felt like a campy on the road modern fantasy adventure. It was also funny/cute too several moments got a chuckle or a giggle out of me as I really appreciated the kind of humor in this. The plots stacked on top of plots was easy to follow too thanks to the use of the full cast making it really distinct which storyline you were following and with what characters.

The characters were fun. Super outrageous, over the top fun and were fairly consistent. Character growth was lacking but I didn't really mind. I felt like the characters were already super fun and distinct that any growth would be hard to work in when they are already at 100.

World building was great too. I felt like the audio drama format did a great enough job at being descriptive where it needed to be and a use of sound effects for easily recognizable things to fluff out everything. I never once had trouble picturing what was going on.

Overall I felt really good with this. It's not a high tension or high anxiety adventure. It's more of a silly and light-hearted approach. There is some tenser moments, and of course these characters being hunted does darken the overall theme time to time but it never gets grim.

Highly recommend this if you're needing something fun and light.

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Fix the audio.

I really enjoy all of these that I’ve listened to (this one, sandman, and phreaks) and really liked the story line but the volume change is terrible. Why can I hear a door slam but then can’t barely hear someone talking and then as soon as I turn up the volume to hear someone the next person talking is super loud. It’s annoying and Takes a person out of the story for sure.

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whimsical

along the lines of "men in black". if you enjoy Douglas Adams and other zany, light-hearted, imaginative fantasy, you will probably enjoy this.

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Fun, frivolous

Well acted. The story is fun, twisted and entertaining. Story is well written. Found it engaging.

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Entertaining throughout

Storyline was great. Characters done well. Only criticism is there are awkward long pauses between chapters/ character change which made me think the playback had paused.

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So good!

Super entertaining and nice performances by the actors! I definitely recommend for all fantasy lovers.

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Fantastic! Full cast is massively entertaining!

I wish we could tip the cast and producers... the voice acting, editing, and direction were phenomenal, and it was less like an audiobook than a full stage production. I'm looking forward to hopefully more productive of this caliber. Story-wise, it was the basic plot and story that made me select this title, and I was not disappointed -- very creative and well-thought out. Looking forward to more!

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I am glad this was free

Well produced and acted, but the story was just so silly and badly written, I had to quit halfway through.

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Sorry, just does not work for this old D&D player

I generally like alternate world / alternate timeline tales. But this one just seems contrived and petty. Made it through 14 chapters and just couldn't take it anymore. Shallow characters, stilted conversation, & no discernable direction to the plot. At least up to the point that I had to quit. It read like junior high conversation while rolling dice on a warped coffee table.
I must say, however, that there ARE some really interesting passages (tho quite brief), and maybe it turns out fantastic if you can make it to the last chapter, but . . . I need to spend my time with a better story. I think the basic idea does have really good POTENTIAL--with some very strong editing and a major rewrite; AND better character development, with a lot more depth.
Fortunately, this was INCLUDED with my membership so it has cost me nothing but a few hours time. BTW, I just finished a 13-book series of which I ended up purchasing, uh, eight or nine, I think; the first two (which got me hooked) and a later book or two were INCLUDED--and it turned out to be a 5-Star series! SO, I'm not slamming this book for being free! It just needs to grow up.

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difficult to keep the characters and their respective plot lines in coherent order.
the ending is very disappointing.

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  • McLeod
  • 11-20-21

Convoluted

This was difficult to get in to and to keep focus on. I found the story to be convoluted and boring.

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  • Bob
  • 10-13-21

Hard to hear

For a multi cast recording the quality was hard to understand. Some actors voices were faint or muffled even in the same scenes as other performers whose voices were clear. So I might turn up volume only to be deafened by the next speaker.

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  • P
  • 07-04-21

Wasted my credit

I like Neal Stephenson a lot but could barely notice any trace of his style in this.

Production & acting is fine but I just found the story silly & not at all well written, I persevered & hoped I'd get into it but couldn't finish it because I just couldn't give a stuff about the story or characters.

It's also quite hard to follow & extremely fragmented.

So disappointed.

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  • Ladycatfern
  • 01-30-22

Dreadful sound editing

Some of the actors voices seemed to be whispering with next actor BOOMING. Hard to listen to with headphones so tried just on phone speaker. It was just as bad!! Pleased it was free. Had such potential too.

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  • Andy Williams
  • 07-11-21

Ambivalent I loved it and hated it

Drama was excellent. The story took a lot of getting going and I almost gave up a few times.
I have 2 kinds of stories, ones where I can’t get enough and the headphones are stuck all day and ones where I can have a nap for an hour here and there. Unfortunately this is more of a second variety. My guess is it reads better than it sounds. I love Neal and could almost tell by my interest in the story which bits he had written. I love dramatisations and cat wait for pat 2.

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  • Dave
  • 06-28-21

First audiobook I've regretted buying

All the descriptive parts you would normally get in a book have been stripped out, making this more like a very confusing script read. I think the story concept is very interesting but I wish I had read the book instead of trying to listen to this recording. With all the book parts removed, trying to follow what was happening, across world, which had counterpart people, was a real difficult mess. I would much rather have had a single narrator read the actual book. As most audiobooks do. This attempt to rip out the talking and leave the book parts out does not work. All the actors were paritcularly grating. They try, but try too hard so it comes off as over the top radio drama. Rather than actually providing the story. I feel this is the start of a new series, I was hoping for more of a laminar jet pack, flash gordon, side of the story but it was barely touched upon. If they are follow up novels, please don't do the audiobook like this again.

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  • Ant @ enclave
  • 06-22-21

Brilliant

A rollicking adventure and exploration of the premise of parallel universes.

The characters are rich and diverse and it’s engaging fun throughout.

More please.

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  • Greed
  • 06-25-21

interesting but not quite interesting enough

The voice acting was fantastic , the best I've heard ( when it comes to multiple voice actors) . some parts of the story I would really get sucked into but then it would lose me which was distracting and dissapointing, almost as if some parts were written by a teenager. I don't know what it was but I just couldn't get fully hooked into it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-21

Really clever and funny

I love this podcast. It's like a long radio play rather than the short segments that other podcasts have. The characters are very entertaining and the plot is fast and complex. Everyone wants to save their world. I hope there's a sequel.

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  • Zane Pinner
  • 07-05-21

Fantastic story and productions

One of the best audiobooks I've listened to.

Engaging characters, excellently played, with pitch perfect production too.

A cleverly written and well staged radio play - I hope more audiobooks go down this path of full cast and production.

The story is the kind of complex spec fiction I've come to expect from Stephenson - I'll certainly be looking up the other authors too - and the world building and multiverse concepts are very well handled and easy to digest.

The characters in this piece are really fun and likeable. Lots of laugh out loud imagery and I really wish I had a magic beard.

There's so much to like here. I'm looking forward to the next instalment.



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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-24-21

leaves you confused

Struggle to listen, really confusing story telling too much too fast.
Cast did their job well, the story and storytelling are a mix of audio book narration and audio drama doesn't fit well for people new to fantasy books.

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  • Steven Frew
  • 06-21-21

absolutely brilliant

if you only listen to one audible book a year, this should be the one. A very well acted play with a very funny and entertaining storyline. I highly recommend it

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-30-22

Great Story Production

I really enjoyed this book, I like how it was a full production but if you aren't used to this style it may take some getting used to. Can't wait for the next installment.

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  • Coen peters
  • 04-08-22

can't even remove this trash from my library

unrealistic, poorly written characters. Over acted performances and filled to the absolute brim with sjw propaganda.
Give this one a very hard pass.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-22

great bones

I can see this being made into a great mini series on Amazon. I like the idea of it starting with the bad guys. I'd like to see where the story goes from here as it's got some good foundation set.