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New York 2140 Audiobook

New York 2140

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Publisher's Summary

A new vision of the future from Kim Stanley Robinson, the New York Times best-selling author of science-fiction masterworks such as the Mars trilogy, 2312, and Aurora.

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.

The complete list of narrators includes Suzanne Toren, Robin Miles, Peter Ganim, Jay Snyder, Caitlin Kelly, Michael Crouch, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Christopher Ryan Grant, and Robert Blumenfeld.

©2017 Kim Stanley Robinson (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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    Lois 04-07-17
    Lois 04-07-17
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    "Complex, believable, nuanced, riveting"

    I totally disagree with the couple of negative reviews I'm seeing. If by "science fiction" you require aliens, supernatural powers, technologies made of unobtanium, or epic space battles, I guess you'd be disappointed. There's no "The One" character on a mission to save the Earth or the Universe here. But if you think of it as a mature genre, capable of creating a solid, 3-dimensional world set a century-plus hence, with characters whose lives revolve around real-world concerns and who speak and act the way real people do, then you'll really appreciate this book. The depiction of a semi-drowned New York is drilled into a bedrock of historical fact producing a solidly convincing sense of place that is the setting for a complex web of characters, motivations and completely plausible plot threads.

    The performances are also among the best I've heard, and I'm not normally a huge fan of the multi-narrator approach but it works here. I was slightly amused to find, well into the book, that the character played by a reader who sounds African American, at least to my ear, turns out to be blond-haired, but to me the casting made him more interesting so I decided the author was wrong and continued to imagine him that way.

    Just a first-rate read all around. Highest recommendation.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    NMwritergal 03-19-17
    NMwritergal 03-19-17
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    "Everything but the kitchen sink…"

    …is in here—climate change, extinction of animals, the economic divide between people, finance (pretty sure Robinson read The Big Short), fictional and non-fictional history of New York… Same goes with the wide variety of characters.

    This was my first Robinson novel and will probably be my last. Half I listened to carefully, half with half an ear. There was just too much of everything in this novel—except character development. It took a looooong time for me to have any feeling for any of the characters—except Amelia. She was really the star of the show, and I probably liked her so much because her parts were funny and were a nice break from a lot of exposition, pontification, etc. etc. So while the topics of the book are right up my alley, the execution was somewhat lacking.

    In the end, I’d say it was just ok. The audio narrators, for the most part, were great!

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 03-24-17
    Simone 03-24-17 Member Since 2016

    Follow me on Goodreads too!

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    "Not for me"

    Sadly, I didn’t enjoy this book that much. I felt it was one of those cases where the idea of the story is better than the story itself.

    It wasn’t all bad, some storyline (or parts of storylines) were ok, but it all felt cluttered and jumpy. In addition, I never really cared about anyone and therefore it was hard to get into their stories. As a result, I was not emotionally invested and didn’t care about the outcome.

    I’m just glad I’m finally done, it was a long book.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Hammer 04-13-17
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    "Waiting and waiting for something to happen"

    20 hrs invested in this that I will never get back. The first half of the experience was painfully boring. I waited and waited and was sure something...anything...interesting would develop. It didn't. This is hardly science fiction. More like a really boring documentary and a macroeconomics class combined together. However, I think that makes it sound better than it was. Ugh. I'm actually mad I finished it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    averageconsumer 03-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Thinking Like a World"
    Where does New York 2140 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


    Everything is here: surgically sharp insights into our present situation, kindly unsentimental knowledge of what it will take to shovel our way out, excellent how-to tools for overcoming our species-folly, idea-grams of fact-based hope, wit and hilarity as life preservers: all fueled by the underlying urgency of reality itself.

    This is a man writing for his life- and yours. And the life of the world. Literature as a life-or-death matter with a great sense of humor. Paragraph after paragraph punching through solid walls of hand-me-down thinking. This is the first seriously futuristic "coming true soon" novel in both form and content. As in: the next future is well underway so good grief let us think about it. Tinker with the ways around, through and over the Great Wall of But It Has Always Been This Way. Get a judo grip on the hands around humanity's neck. Because worse yet is coming to thee and me soon. As you well know, yes?

    Youth: a word to the wise. Read this book. It is Of Course equally if not more so for you. Then kindly re-think, if you need to, the efficacy of buying into that raging generic boomer-blame mind-flu going around. You know that many of us have been fighting body-and-soul tooth-and-claw for Sane Earth since before you were born. Everyone needs to understand the recurring plague of obliviousness: each generation mechanically reducing everyone who got here before us to compost. Instead, strengthen our connections to the very long history of humanity's uphill evolutionary slog. Make all of us stronger, tougher, smarter, and infinitely better equipped. Not to mention save us from the bad results of internalizing- worse yet peddling- wholesale prejudice on a grand scale. Come hither.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kim Stanley Robinson again?

    I would and I do read/listen to everything by Kim Stanley Robinson. Every generation has several-many voices who best articulate the inner thoughts of who we are, what we know/need to know/don't and can't know, what we face and how we try to manage the heavy concrete pilings of teetering bad history poised to fall on our heads. He's my personal favorite. Why not? A planet-sized Big Mind. Also: funny. AND vacuums the house to very loud Beethoven.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Excellent wide-ranging everybody: full embodiments going along fluidly. Big Band of narrators seem glad to be part of this fascinating project of a novel novel. Old and new Audible voice-friends sound very enjoyably engaged in their parts in the whole. Nice work.


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

    This is not "only" a good book. Not exactly. Also something unsayable but more- bigger in and on the mind than "a book". It is a Book Plus: that rare next new thing/experience. In this case, a Made in the USA ultramodern geek Greek Tragedy served up with a hefty helping of hilarity: in short, hyper life-like.


    Any additional comments?

    Everything that is, matters. Thinking well about any of it- let alone the giant "What on earth can we do about our bogged-down dying cataclysm-inviting life on Earth?" takes some serious how-to. And we aren't taught how to learn to think. Other people's thoughts can be highly stimulating mind-food. But you too. You too. Everyone who wills it can learn to think like a planet now: create new ways out of that endless miserable Groundhog Day/repetitive motion syndrome we call human history. Keep trying.This is serious and we are IT: who we have. All we have.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Kenton Highland Park, IL, United States 03-28-17
    Kenton Highland Park, IL, United States 03-28-17 Member Since 2007

    Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.

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    "Wonderful. Again."

    Nobody can take me to a place of technological wonders and worlds past and future in a way that makes it feel so real, human, and freighted with meaning as Kim Stanley Robinson.

    If loved his other worlds, you'll love this one even closer to home.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Turtle CLARKSVILLE, IN, United States 03-23-17
    Sarah Turtle CLARKSVILLE, IN, United States 03-23-17 Member Since 2017

    Mom, and caregiver. Variety in my music and book libraries. I love a good romance or mystery. In order to be worth my time and money

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    "Already looking for the next one..."
    What did you love best about New York 2140?

    In spite of all the odds being against it these very disparate characters come together and prove the adage that you are stronger together than you ever would be separate.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Charlotte was my favorite character. She set out to make her world a better place.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I think Franklin was my favorite character as performed. Part of you wants to hate him but by the end you can't help loving him just a little bit.


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

    There were definitely parts of this story that made me teary. Mostly due to the interactions and situations


    Any additional comments?

    If by the end of a book you're looking for the next there should be more. I will say this is a very politically charged novel. Be prepared to be challenged if you don't agree.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mark T Portland, OR 04-11-17
    Mark T Portland, OR 04-11-17 Member Since 2016

    Audible books are the perfect companion for my 4 mile morning walk!

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    "5 Stars for Effort!"
    What did you like best about New York 2140? What did you like least?

    Kim Stanley Robinson is a writer who is very (and justifiably) concerned about climate change, and who is trying to figure out how to communicate that concern through his books (several of them at last count). I think the book is an interesting (and even plausible) look at the future. I just wonder how it plays with people not already convinced about climate change. Does it leave them thinking more about climate change, or do they get tired of the "teaching" in the book and set it aside?


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MB San Francisco, US, Canada 03-31-17
    MB San Francisco, US, Canada 03-31-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Chutzpah Survives Global Warming"

    I found Kim Stanley Robinson's approach to climate change rather appealing. Today as we contemplate climate change and its impacts our world, New York 2140 bring to us the one thing that even massive flooding cannot drown. The essence of being a New Yorker "Grit".

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-18-17
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    "Fan of KSR, but not this one"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think shallow progressive thinkers will like the quick conclusion of a pristine socialist society.


    What was most disappointing about Kim Stanley Robinson’s story?

    Lot's of character and plot lines started that were wrapped up very quickly at the end, or discarded altogether.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Great performances, nothing wrong there.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I've loved the attention to detail and nicely organized plots in all of his other books. This book became a lame, preachy, disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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