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2312

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Publisher's Summary

The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future.

The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them.

©2012 Kim Stanley Robinson (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Daniel Cascaddan 04-29-16

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    "No Red Mars"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It is an okay story, but certainly not up to KSRs usual standards. The guy is an amazing talent! Nobody can write all pure-gold. And it is certainly not a bad story. Just not his best work. But still, if you like KSR, it is worth reading. And since Red and Green Mars, I will likely read everything he writes, from then on, as I have.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kim Stanley Robinson before, how does this one compare?

    See above. ;-)


    Have you listened to any of Sarah Zimmerman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure.


    Could you see 2312 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. Make the Washington DC intrigue into a miniseries. Make the Pacific stories into one. Most of all, make Red and Green Mars into a full series, one season for each. Or even his newest one, but this one is far down the list. So, naturally, this will be the one that gets made into television. And "they" will no doubt add lots of battle scenes, since space war stories seem to be the closest thing to actual science fiction that is made into film and television. Don't get me started! ;-)


    Any additional comments?

    "It's difficult to work in a group when you're omnipotent."
    -Q, STNG, Deja Q


    "This weakness disgusts me. I hate it!"
    -Sarek/Picard, STNG s3e23


    "You can show girls kissing once, but you can't show them kissing twice... because the second time, it means that they liked it."
    -Neal Conan (January 24, 2002), "Analysis: Portrayals of gays on mainstream TV and the future of gay cable channels". Talk of the Nation (National Public Radio).

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    Laura Ball 03-17-16
    Laura Ball 03-17-16
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    "Terrible reader"

    Everything that it's possible to mispronounce, she mangles. A very clever book is ruined thereby. Skip it in audio form; get the paper version and enjoy it the way KSR intended.

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    Gigi Gilbert-Igelsrud 02-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "you tried"

    Nice imagery and an interesting overall plot. Disappointing to see so much effort put into complex sex and gender with such a poor result. Gender and sex are said to be nuanced but are still defined by physical attributes, and intersex people by birth are not represented. Also people only use he or she pronouns in practice even though they are said to be fluid as well. And so much damn heteronormativity. The mediocrity of the gender politics really got in the way of the positives for me. Good narrating though.

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    Pierce Redmond, WA, United States 09-02-15
    Pierce Redmond, WA, United States 09-02-15
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    "Great Book"

    The reader should learn how to pronounce Chinese words. Otherwise, it was a typical Kim Stanley Robison--Great characters, intricate plot, and chock full of useful information.

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    Gregg 08-10-15
    Gregg 08-10-15
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    "Unlikable characters and little actual story"
    What disappointed you about 2312?

    The author seems intent on not writing a story. He pays little attention to developing a real plot but simply follows he thoroughly unlikable lead character around. The underlying plot is only occasionally explored and in the end is all but abandoned. They protagonists just agree to get along basically. And the incessant use of lists is frustrating and adds little to the plot. He seems to be struggling to hit some word limit and maybe went back through the script and added them.


    What could Kim Stanley Robinson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Developed the story and had lead characters who could impact or be impacted by it. Much of the developed universe material is good, but I was constantly screaming (in my head) get back to the plot......


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I did like some aspects of the universe, the Mercury settlement, the terrariums and there was good potential for some political intrigue with the inter planetary forces. This latter plot line, however, was not well executed.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. Lots of potential but frustratingly never met the potential.


    Any additional comments?

    Gone off KSR completely. I bought this and Aurora at the same time and they seem to represent an arc of rapidly decreasing quality. BTW, I loved the Mars trilogy though.

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    SA Alabama 07-18-15
    SA Alabama 07-18-15 Member Since 2017
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    "some good things seem together"

    the story had some good ideas. however, I felt like I was reading a bunch of short stories about each of the characters attached to each other.

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    Ben 02-26-15
    Ben 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "KSR just does it for me"

    I listened to this 10 minutes after wrapping up the Red Mars series and just loved the feeling of being in the same world (more on this).I enjoy how well KSR builds a world and brings you right into the fold of how the world is built.
    I love the extracts but couldn't stand the lists..
    I like the brief story's of how the solar systems planets and moon have evolved but I could do with out the sexual oddness
    Lastly- there are so many connections and nods to the Mars series that this book is really in the same world even if it's said it's not.

    Bottom line is if you like hard science fiction this is a great book.

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    Joe 11-14-14
    Joe 11-14-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Good short story stretched far too long"
    Would you try another book from Kim Stanley Robinson and/or Sarah Zimmerman?

    Probably not


    What could Kim Stanley Robinson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This was an interesting story but encumbered by far too many esoteric sidebars and extensions. The story should have been collapsed into one downloads rather than three. Far to many chaters irrelevant to the central story.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Underlying story was interesting - just overly complicated by too many distractions


    Any additional comments?

    Stick to the story - don't try to demonstrate how brilliant you think you are!

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    jesse 10-31-13
    jesse 10-31-13
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    "though provoking"
    Where does 2312 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    robinson does a great job of weaving a human story through a solar system trotting explanation of humanity's possible future. however, the narrator speech pattern expresses about as much emotion as stephan hawking's.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    April Reeve 06-14-13
    April Reeve 06-14-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Great World Building"
    What did you love best about 2312?

    The author made the population of the other planets seem real, as well as the tension between Earth and the other worlds and their differences in economic situations


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like the main character, but she's damaged and has ADHD as well as many other mental problems, which doesn't fully come out until late in the book. Yet, all the contracting characters and locations are wonderfully brought to life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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