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The years 2040 - 2045: After the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption, there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has ulterior motives....

Meanwhile U.S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own, leading an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth. For Joshua, the crisis he faces is much closer to home. He becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next: the super-bright post-humans who are beginning to emerge from their 'long childhood' in the community called Happy Landings, located deep in the Long Earth. Ignorance and fear are causing 'normal' human society to turn against the Next - and a dramatic showdown seems inevitable....

©2014 Terry and Lyn Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Martin
  • 07-07-14

More Baxter than Pratchett?

Would you listen to The Long Mars again? Why?

No, it jumped around all over the place and had no narrative drive.

Has The Long Mars put you off other books in this genre?

This series yes: the characters have lost their sense of identity and drive and now see to wander aimlessly from scene to scene.

What about Michael Fenton Stevens’s performance did you like?

He's great - accents, complex dialogue, emotion, all there and brilliantly executed.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, too long.

Any additional comments?

For me this is the last episode of the Long Earth series. A stunning start, but the momentum has gone and I'm not sure we care about any of the characters enough to pick up the next volume

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Martin
  • 07-23-14

Nothing new really.

Not going to write much, but for me the story seems to have lost direction now and is becoming a bit repetitive and if I am honest it is getting a bit boring, the whole thing is starting to seem a bit pointless and endless, there are just too many avenues to go down.

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  • Fredrik Sturkell
  • 06-14-17

A decent continuation.

Probably the weakest entry in the series as of yet, but still well worth your time especially if you have already read/listened to the two previous books.

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  • Ian
  • 09-10-15

Heavier on the Baxter than Pratchett.

For me, the collaboration works well. Baxter's idea heavy, often challenging prose lightened by quirky ideas from the great man.
Not too heavy on plot but full of scientific notions.

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  • S. wootton
  • 07-07-15

OK as far as it goes, not the best in the series

Would you try another book written by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter or narrated by Michael Fenton Stevens?

Yes, and I have done. However the narration isn't the best - some vary strange accents used for some of the characters. If you are familiar with Baxter & Pratchett's work individually you can see the mix in this series well. Unfortunately, in the later books Baxter's way of slipping into long narratives (which serve to paint a great picture of 'everyday' life in the particular universe - or universes in this case!) doesn't really do anything to add to the story. I started & finished this (and bought the 4th in the series) but no way as good as the first which I feel had much more suspense and more of the Pratchett twists & turns and, of course, gentle humour.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Not what you'd call 'gob smacking'

How could the performance have been better?

For me, MFS isn't best suited to this genre - however I understand that there are many who will feel he's done a great job on this - its just personal.

Was The Long Mars worth the listening time?

No, not really. I bought the first (The Long Earth) in hard back format - couldn't put it down, and just thought the concept and writing were great - nice humour too. I passed it on to my nephew as I thought he'd love it, being a big Pratchett fan, and wanted to introduce him to the Baxter Pratchett cooperative! I didn't bother to recommend the Long War, and certainly won't with the long Mars.

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  • tim
  • 07-05-14

very simple, so much story

What made the experience of listening to The Long Mars the most enjoyable?

In part what i like the most is how these books have developed over the series. Each one develops the plot and introduces new and fascinating aspects.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Mars?

I have no idea why, it is not the best or most important scene, but Lobsang servicing Agnese's motor bike. It says so much about the character.

What about Michael Fenton Stevens’s performance did you like?

He is not the best i have heard, but there is something about his voice that really does suit these books, and there is something just right about his interpretation of Lobsang.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not one go, you do have to allow yourself to take all of this in. There is as i said, a lot of story.

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  • JenniferL
  • 11-07-17

Getting a bit bored with the series now

At first I loved this series, I loved the depth of the storyline, the different characters, the well thought through plot and world that the authors have created. However I find myself becoming quite bored with the story now. The storyline is so complex, so many characters, you barely spend a few minutes with a character before you're moved onto a new one in another setting, constantly moving back and forward. I find myself not connecting with any characters because of the constant back and forth and the storyline isn't moving in a way that makes me want to listen to the next book. It's very unclear where it's heading, no romances, no hints of what might come and without this anticipation my interest is wavering. I doubt I'll listen to the next book now as I have so many others I want to listen to. The narrator on this serious is absolutely fantastic but event that will not make up for my loss of interest.

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  • Robert
  • 07-24-17

Wow... hard work

Frankly these are very disappointing. 3rd book in and you'd hope to have some empathy with at least one character. Bland with no charisma with the ships cat only being minor relief as an intermediary. If you were expecting something of note to happen forget it. The last books title promised so much & failed to deliver. This could have been more & failed. I hate to leave a series unfinished but this really isn't going anywhere. A rare and unexpected Fail from Terry Pratchett.

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  • jpp
  • 07-24-17

The Long Mars

At first I couldn't understand the Long Earth in book form but that and The Long Mars are so much easier to grasp in this form. I've rediscovered my love for Terry Pratchett's in this form. The narration is excellent, telling the story clearly. A must for all lovers of science fiction and fantasy.
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  • Martyn
  • 07-21-17

Fascinating

As the third book in the series this one was make or break for me, having liked the first one & found the second one quite boring. This one blows the others away! I felt a lot more happens & the universe this is set in really develops & fills out. I couldn't stop listening to this one & now can't wait until the 4th one finishes downloading!