New York 2140

Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
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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. Every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. Through the eyes of the varied inhabitants of one building, Kim Stanley Robinson shows us how one of our great cities will change with the rising tides. And how we, too, will change.

©2017 Kim Stanley Robinson (P)2017 Little Brown

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"Robinson seamlessly binds together characters and narrative strands.... An immensely enjoyable reading experience." ( SciFiNow)

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would have benefited from a vigorous edit

The concept is quite believable and the context well set up, but the many of the characters are poorly developed and the dialogue is excruciating in places. It is over long with a number of side stories that could easily have been excised without taking from the plot. Also, I really don't like audio books with an ensemble of readers. Inevitably inconsistencies arise between them, and there's always at least one reader that lets you down. Just pick one talented reader to do the whole thing.

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  • Atupele Chakwera
  • 09-04-17

Amazing book with great characters

Really loved the book the fact that they were multiple performers according to who the story was focusing on at the time. Sustainability and the environment have been the focus of my life for almost a decade now. And I never thought I would read a book this interesting dealing with the subject matter. Only real complaint is a wish that all the performers read the lines of their characters even in the chapters that focused on other characters. Because some of the narrators weren't as good as others and doing the accents and mannerisms of the other characters. But that's not a big deal. Anyway highly recommend it.

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  • Stephan Gibeau
  • 01-23-19

so so

this book is very long winded could be easily paired down. This is a one off thankfully

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  • Wakeman
  • 03-22-19

Persistence required & rewarded

I have to admit that I almost gave up on this book during its extended and slow introductions to characters and scenarios. I also think that it can't be listened to continuously; time is required to reflect on those characters and their interactions as the stories progress.

However, persistence pays off, as those interactions and their complex natures are revealed. True, there is the odd, rather forced co-incidence and the occasional telegraphing of events, but the strength of the narrative allows these to be overlooked easily. The final chapter leaves the story open-ended; there is no happy conclusion, but somehow, it doesn't matter.

The ensemble performance is excellent.

I recommend this book to all, not just fans of science-fiction.

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  • Adam McVeigh
  • 07-31-18

Awesome

The narrators were incredible. It felt like they were the characters themselves and gave each character an individual feeling in my head. I didn’t want this story to end, I wanted to hear more adventures

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  • Linfo2
  • 04-13-17

Terrible

Worst book I have ever listened to. Full of random in depth finance references. Minor stories mixed in with the references. And a very disappointing ending. And I suffered it for 22 hours desperately hoping it would improve. It didn't 😤

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  • J. Wexler
  • 05-11-20

Amusing book

I can't say wow, but it was an amusing book. If you enjoy wordy, light entertainment that is vaguely futuristic, vaguely steampunk, at times silly, it's worth a read.

There is nothing deep or mysterious here. Just fun.

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  • Stephen
  • 07-05-19

Interesting premise, bad characters

This book is strongest when describing its world and the political, economic, and environmental factors that created it. There is a lot of thoughful insight and detail here. However, i really struggled to relate to any of its characters. Some of the ways this author writes women were pretty porely thought out/borderline sexist at times. Without going too much into spoilers, I found it hard to believe that someone who had just suffered a near death experience would be thinking about how sexy her body looked to strangers... The sections about new york as a city came across as a little self indulgent at times too.

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  • Scott Seivwright
  • 04-26-18

Awesome

really enjoyed this book. a hopeful future! I recommend that you give it a go if you really like scifi

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  • Mr. Jewitt
  • 08-21-17

Thoroughly recommended if you like you're speculative fiction

That KSR sure knows how to write a vivid book. Hats off to the brilliant voice cast too.

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  • Muggie
  • 07-18-17

Brilliant setting, story not so much.

great idea for a setting, drowned New York, but I didn't think the story ever accumulated to much or really got resolved. it's probably how it's meant to be, but it didn't sit right with me. rather than all the story lines coming together, they head that way but then the book ends.

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  • Samantha
  • 05-30-17

Could not hold my interest

Normally a great fan of post apocalyptic works but the story line just could not hold my interest. General feel of the book was more about the stock/betting market and less about survival. Maybe it picks up but I gave it over an hour and was bore notably bored and disinterested. Really liked the idea of multiple different narrators though that was a nice surprise but not being American the accent and specific pronunciation of some words of the first one put me off a little too, more than usual.

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  • Joe
  • 04-28-17

No story

This is like a history lesson of something that hasn't yet happened. What little story there was, went on and on and on...like listening to a teacher in class. I tried so hard to listen to it, as the front cover, title and summary suggest it to be an interesting scenario, but alas, I just kept falling asleep, or my mind kept wandering and I got sick of hitting the rewind button. I could not finish it.

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  • Scott
  • 12-28-18

Stock.Market Dissertation of Doom

Sadly the first Dud book I've had through Audible. Far too much focus on stock market tactics for my taste. It's also the first book I just couldn't finish

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-13-18

New York!

The New York voices reading this book too me enhanced this stupendous work! You took me on another journey Kim which enhanced my positive feelings for the Future despite the obvious fuck ups to come.
cheers
Steve

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  • Alexander
  • 11-13-17

Brilliant tale of finance, and climate disaster.

Engaging epic that shows life and finance in a drowned city and the many lives that are affected by the catastrophe yet thrive in despite of their inter-tidal circumstances. Loved it.