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The Long Earth Audiobook

The Long Earth: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The possibilities are endless. Just be careful what you wish for....

The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone?

Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some say mad, others allege dangerous - scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and . . . a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.

The first novel in an exciting new collaboration between Discworld creator Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth transports readers to the ends of the earth - and far beyond. All it takes is a single step. . . .

©2012 Terry Pratchett, Lyn Pratchett, and Stephen Baxter (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Stephen Krzyzanowski Los Angeles 11-02-16
    Stephen Krzyzanowski Los Angeles 11-02-16 Member Since 2015

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    "ONE Complaint"

    This was a fantastic story. Not typical Pratchett whimsy, but highly imaginative. My only gripe is with the narrator. He's really not too bad, but this is a story full of American characters and he's British. As I got deeper into the book, the bad dialects started to wear on me and I became painfully aware of the miscues. I wouldn't do well voicing 15 different British characters either. The main character is named Joshua and somewhere around the 50th time you hear it pronounced "Joshu-er" it's irritating.

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    Niles Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 06-18-15
    Niles Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 06-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "A long journey through the long earth"

    When a scientist discovers how people can "step" into parallel worlds, he puts the schematic diagram on the internet to prevent any government from monopolizing the technology. Soon, a slew of new problems arise that governments around the world must deal with. Some people, like Joshua Valiente, find they can step without the stepper box. Joshua and Lobsang, a Buddhist computer program that was ruled by a court of law to be human, set out on a journey to see just how many iterations there are on the long earth. The story was humorous in places, but at times I found I had to force myself to continue reading. I read other books by Terry Pratchett that I thought were very good, but I would have to rate 'The Long Earth' as just average.

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    G. Parish 02-13-15
    G. Parish 02-13-15 Member Since 2013

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    "The long story"

    This is original SciFi. It tells a unique story and really does some interesting things with it, but the story does often drag in terms of length. I'm not sure if I'll get the next one in the series, but I'm not thoroughly opposed to it.

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    Jams New York, NY United States 07-06-13
    Jams New York, NY United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Pratchett at the top of his game!"

    This is different to anything else Terry Pratchett has written, but the humor in his writing jumps out at you. Yes there is suspension of disbelief, but before long you are carried away into the Long Earth. However they split the writing this is a great book. Waiting for book 2 coming July 2013!

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    R. Dubrow Great Falls, VA 06-27-13
    R. Dubrow Great Falls, VA 06-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    So glad to finally be finished with this book


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Thoughtout the book I found the technical aspects of jumping from world to world confusing.


    Did Michael Fenton-Stevens do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The characters were all wooden. The one thing I hated about the book is that no characters grew closer as the story evolved, The story moved at a snails pace and you could pick it up any point and really not miss anything. Aside from the story idea, I don't know how it was rated so high by the sci-fy community.


    Do you think The Long Earth needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It shouldn't, but it probably will. This is a lifeless story.


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    Breann Hudson, IL, USA 05-07-13
    Breann Hudson, IL, USA 05-07-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Nice Story, But Maybe Was Rushed to Print?"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a good story, if not Pratchett's best effort. (I was not familiar with Baxter before this book, so can't comment on that.) I'm a huge Discworld fan, and this was a departure from that style. I only had one big problem. I don't mind the ending leaving you hanging. Fans knew there would be a sequel.

    However, I think the American characters created a problem for the British authors. Throughout the book, there were words and phrases used by the American characters that were clearly British. (And this was compounded by British pronunciations by the narrator of words that Americans pronounce differently, e.g. "garage".) It should have been copy-edited by an American (I assume it was not). Some of these oversights could have been caught and fixed. For British readers, it may not be noticeable. But for me, it was distracting. Given Pratchett's medical condition, I feel like maybe this book was rushed to print, and enough time wasn't taken in copy editing.

    Regardless, it was a wonderful, thought-provoking story, and quite enjoyable. I will still read the sequel, and anything else Terry Pratchett is able to bestow upon us in the time he has left on this earth.

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    Jo E. Meyertons Portland, OR USA 03-14-13
    Jo E. Meyertons Portland, OR USA 03-14-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Not a Pratchett"

    As a long time fan of Terry Pratchett, I can tell you that this isn't a Terry Pratchett book. At least, there is little that would cause a Pratchett fan to think so. There's no humor, no amusing human element, no charm or wit. It's a fairly flat narrative, in fact. It's a sci fi that deals with time travel and other dimensions - hardly original stuff, but not bad either. In my opinion, there are better sci fi works out there.

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    Mike Ross LAWRENCE, KS, US 02-01-13
    Mike Ross LAWRENCE, KS, US 02-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A great listen"
    Would you listen to The Long Earth again? Why?

    I would, it was a good story and the performance was fantastic.


    What other book might you compare The Long Earth to and why?

    None really come to mind. Though the changing worlds and craft remind me of Number of the Beast by Heinlein.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Fenton-Stevens – was your favorite?

    Really all were good.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 01-21-13
    Amazon Customer MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Part one of a great Pratchett collaboration"

    Delightful vintage Pratchett! I really enjoyed this book, it's my favourite genre (science-fiction) but with a sprinkling of humour from one of my favourite authors! The way it read was somewhat reminiscent of Good Omens (another Pratchett collaboration, with Neil Gaiman) in the way that the obviously Pratchett one-liners popped out of the text but it's obvious that it's not just one-liners Pratchett provided. This is very obviously a collaborative effort and the Pratchett additions to the plot and story are reasonably obvious. I've not read anything by Stephen Baxter before, but I've just added his trilogy to my [To Read] list as a result of reading this book.

    A lot of the enjoyment I got out of this book was the humour, the plot was interesting, although I have to admit that one of the pivotal plot points really didn't make any sense and there are definite inconsistencies throughout the book, especially when it comes to the grand finale (as much as part one of a series can be said to have a grand finale) which don't really allow the book to function very well as sci-fi, certainly not hard sci-fi (which I believe Mr Baxter is renowned for).

    I went into this knowing that it was part one of a series, if I hadn't known that I would have been very, very upset with the ending. Don't start reading this if you don't like unfinished stories as The Long War won't be released until at least 20th June, 2013!

    All in all, treat this as open-ended light sci-fi/comedy and you'll be alright!

    Mr Fenton-Stevens did an excellent job and there are no annoying audio "features" added to the narration.

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    JackMargo St Petersburg, FL, United States 11-08-12
    JackMargo St Petersburg, FL, United States 11-08-12

    Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.

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    "Good Read"

    This was a good story and a good read.
    It stretched my mind a little too far. I am not a sci-fi fan at heart, but it WAS a good story and I would recommend it for all.
    It is a fine book for young people and it does get one to thinking.

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