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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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    JCWB Canada 04-13-16
    JCWB Canada 04-13-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Some enjoyable narrative but ..."

    I found the story dragged along at times. There were interesting story points however it wasn't captivating for me . The narrator was good but not the best I've heard.

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    Cai 03-28-16
    Cai 03-28-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Fascinating premise..."

    ...adequate story. A unique perspective on parallel worlds, and a fun world to discover. One of the main characters was very unique.

    There were some gems of writing, dialog, character and plot. Overall it was interesting enough to pull this reader along and maintain engagement with the story, even if it was missing that certain elusive something that makes a book sparkle.

    It is difficult to imagine where the story could go from here, and--despite the plot hook at the end of this book--there's not much interest to pick up the next one.

    The narrator did a fine job, and helped to keep the story alive and bright. There was a few places where his regional accent was noticeable, but they were too free to distract from the overall performance.

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    Karlyn Keller 03-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Hate to admit it"

    This story just didn't work for me. I had a hard engaging. The story was too fragmented. The characters didn't interest me. I love love love Terry Pratchett and this just was not a good story from my view point. It did have some of his humor.

    Best line of book - talking about the ocean - my ancestors spent millions of years getting out of the ocean and I'm good with that.

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    G. Amundsen Alaska 03-22-16
    G. Amundsen Alaska 03-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Not the normal"

    This is neither the normal Pratchett book or a normal sci fi book about parallel worlds. If you're expecting humour, you chose the wrong book. It's an innovative take on a classic sci fi idea, and one of the most well written books in that vein I've read. Hoping sincerely for a sequel.

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    Chris Ellsworth AFB, SD, United States 03-12-16
    Chris Ellsworth AFB, SD, United States 03-12-16
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    "A thousand book ideas in one place...sort of"

    The authors wrote down every alternate reality they could imagine, an wove it into a story. Big on details, skimpy on plot. But very imaginative.

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    Andrew 03-08-16
    Andrew 03-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "as usual, Terry Pratchett delivers"

    a slightly more serious world/novel, as entertaining as one should expect from any Terry Pratchett book.

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    Velouria Reno, NV United States 03-02-16
    Velouria Reno, NV United States 03-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Undecided"

    I'd say the story was interesting, but it didn't really grab me. I can't decide whether I'll continue with the series. I'm not usually a stickler for accents, but the narrator's awful American accents were very distracting to me. It would have been easier to deal with all the American characters having British accents.

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    Brandon MINERAL, VIRGINIA, United States 03-02-16
    Brandon MINERAL, VIRGINIA, United States 03-02-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Lacks that Pratchett Charm"

    For me, the tell tale signs that Terry Pratchett is behind the book that you just read are: an unparalleled humor and wit that summon an audible laugh every few pages, ideas that stretch your imagination to new limits, and being left with a voracious hunger to find the next installment. This title just doesn't contain any of those usual identifiers. In fact I wouldn't have guessed that this was a Pratchett book at all except for a few concepts seem to have been borrowed from past novels, notably "Lords and Ladies" and one passage that almost seems to have been lifted from "Good Omens"

    I agree with several other reviewers in that this was a great idea that was poorly executed. The story jumps between too many sets of characters that were so unrelateable that i never really grew an attachment too them. I was ready to be done with this book long before the end and never touch any of the sequels, but the cliffhanger ending does leave me wondering what happens, and thinking that maybe I do care more about the characters than I had led myself to believe. I will probably get around to the next title in the series just no time soon.

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    Jonathan 02-26-16
    Jonathan 02-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Huck Finn does 2000 Leagues"

    not the first authors to explore the concept (Piers Anthony did a series back in the 90's) but I think it's better implemented by combining it with the "2000 Leagues Under the Huckelberry Finn" concept

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    Dana Springdale, AR, United States 02-25-16
    Dana Springdale, AR, United States 02-25-16 Member Since 2011

    Indie writer (Dana Reynolds - Wardenclyffe Trilogy, Rides Eyes of Ghost).

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    "Only just good enough to keep going"

    I was disappointed because this didn't live up to Pratchetts usual wittiness although it had its moments. The premise was interesting but unresolved. Then again Pratchett at his worst is better than most!

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