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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

Critic Reviews

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

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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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  • 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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  • Maija Kovari
  • 06-12-18

Perfect.

One of the best books I've ever read. I listened to it months ago and came back to write this because it continues to resonate. Well researched with interesting characters that feel so real and human. Well read too with a group of readers.

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  • Mr
  • 05-10-18

A waste of a fine performance...

There's no doubt almost all the people involved in the making of this audiobook did a great job. Except, sadly, the author, Kim Stanley Robinson. The story, beautifully voiced and produced, is horribly over-padded with unnecessary as-you-know-bobs several times per chapter and suffers badly from lengthy. longwinded rounds of set-dressing and world-making, making it so slow and boring that I made it roughly a third of the way through the audiobook before giving up and deleting it. After the same thing happened with both 2312 and Aurora, I should have known better; I can’t imagine I’ll be going back to KSR, which is a pity, because in his heyday, with the likes of the Three Californias and Mars trilogies, he was once a very good story teller indeed

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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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  • Cameron
  • 07-13-17

Solid all round.

Another billrillant Kim Stanley Robinson book but with great narrators. Listening to it was a great experience

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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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  • 04-26-17

Fuc*ing marvelous - totally credible

Fuc*ing marvelous - totally credible (all I gotta say, though we are told "reviews must be 20 words or longer, sigh)

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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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  • 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.

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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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