The Lost Colony

Series: The Long Winter, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,292 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Can humanity survive on a new world?

On Eos, the last survivors of the Long Winter face their greatest challenge yet - and race to unravel the deepest secrets of the grid. 

The last survivors of the human race escaped a ruined Earth. Their new homeworld - Eos - seemed perfect at first. Warm. Hospitable. Safe from the grid. But everything isn't as it seems. 

The first colony of settlers - from the Carthage - have disappeared. Their settlement is still there, but everyone is gone. As James digs into the mystery of the lost colony, he discovers a series of spheres, buried on Eos. Are they the key to finding the lost colonists? Or are they responsible for their deaths? 

Just as James is unraveling the secrets of the spheres, a storm hits Jericho City. Emma, recently elected mayor, struggles to lead her people to safety while James tries to make his way home. In the middle of the chaos, a new danger emerges - a threat no one saw coming. 

With time running out to save the colonists, James and Emma face their hardest choice yet. 

About THE LOST COLONY
The Lost Colony is the third and final book in The Long Winter trilogy, which began with Winter World and continued in The Solar War.

©2019 A.G. Riddle (P)2019 Recorded Books

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This third volume was a real let down

I really enjoyed the first two books. And waited for this book for awhile. Sadly it was not as good as the previous ones. Half of this book was just filler by the author. The editor should have not released it for publication.

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full circle

how one even starts to write something this mind boggling and have it come out that anyone can understand. truly amazing...touche to the author, his people who help him and all involved. what a fete. I loved this trilogy, one of my top 5....ever. thank you.

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Hmmmm

First, the reader. He changed the voice of Arthur, which I liked a lot. He must have forgotten which voice he used in the last book? At several parts of the book, he completely loses track of who is talking (easy to do given the silly, circular context) and the wrong voices are used with the wrong people. I really liked the first two books. I looked forward to this one, but am unable to say much good. Somehow it seems as though the story was rushed together, yet was still unbearably long in places. I am all for suspending disbelief for SF, however, this goes beyond suspending to a downright power down. There is a "rifle on the mantle moment" when the governing body, who of course have a history of not make good decisions, debates for mere minutes (impossible for any group of people) to set forth the fate of multiple universes and start literally infinite death and destruction. Listen for that moment, which is totally inconsistent in the story. There is no basis for why they do it, how they manage to come up with something so important (and of course wrong) in three minutes, or any other rationale. For me, that didn't just jump the shark, it jumped ocean filled with sharks. Spoiler: The entire book can be summed up with two robots living billions (trillions) of years in an endless loop because some dimwit politician tells a robot to alter it's core programming with seven incredibly long-winded directives that they came up with on the spot. One of those directives is to protect them (an no other humans - uh, that's silly) at all costs. Another is to hide and not be seen (really?). Another one (necessary for the story, but making no sense) is that they cannot improve their technology yet they clearly do. And of course the clincher is to <gulp> never, ever, under any circumstance let those seven hastily assembled complex, silly directives be changed by anyone, including James. Ever. The supposed fact that near infinitely smart AIs had infinite time to analyze the convolutedly long directives and never found an easy loophole out of them was so cobbled together it made me sad. The solution that all of the processing power in the universe came up with - shove everyone into VR and destroy literally everything (yes, I mean everything) in the universe to power that VR and then rinse and repeat the cycle.

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Good until midbook! Quantum mechanics.. ugh

This series was good, if only I'd stopped at book two! Are you a scientist? Maybe you can understand the speculation and theories that are all there is after midbook. If i wanted a dissertation on quantum mechanics and black holes I'd be in university . I was rolling my eyes while the author said black holes will swallow our universe. Look, i am average in intelligence and love sci fi. The monologue that went on and on and on about theories was more than i wanted to hear. I wanted a story, and that seemed to be over halfway through.:( I can't listen to this. Glad series is over but not with the unhappy ending that leaves us with speculation.

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WOW, JUST WOW!!

An amazing finish to an incredible trilogy. It's too hard to summarize this book without giving away spoilers. Needless to say, this book had so many twists and turns that I had to relisten to the last hour and a half or so over. Not because I didn't understand it but to fully grasp the awe factor of it. I'm still thinking about it and probably will for a very long time. I LOVE books that make you really think, not about the technical aspects but the meaning or message behind the book. I promise you, it will leave you in awe. Thank you so much Mr. Riddle for writing a book that I will never forget!

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So glad I finished....

I don't always read an entire series, even when I enjoyed the first one, but I am very glad I did this one. The ending had a true unexpected twist and I was blown away by it. I really felt satisfied by the ending. I also don't write many reviews. But I wanted others to know this was worth reading three books.

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Wonderful!

Everything comes together in this last book. The voice actors as always are solid, clear voiced and easy to listen to. This is as close to a perfect end as I could imagine. Definitely worth a purchase.

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Always a thinker

I always enjoy A. G. Riddle’s work. They always make me think about possibilities and science-fiction in more ways than the technical aspect. The physics and the ideas of the universe always keep me guessing.

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And they lived happily everafter

This was a disappointing book. There were times I was ready to quit, but, as in the first two books the narrators were outstanding. I found myself thinking is this science fiction or fantasy. I really liked the first two books, perhaps this should have been called Groundhog day on the Grid.

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Well crafted trilogy.

From the first book to the last, I enjoyed the story and the performance.

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  • 07-05-20

Very clever!

Really enjoyed the trilogy. Clever twists in the final book. Will be looking out for more books by this author.

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  • Andrew
  • 04-09-20

reminds me of the Last Question...

good sci fi, performed well, Emma unfortunately has a lot of skippable chapters but love the Assimov " Last Question-esque" aspect of the Grid storyline...

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  • PAE
  • 02-12-20

A great trilogy

I am a fan of A.G. Riddle’s books, and this trilogy did not disappoint. A very clever and intriguing conclusion which left me with the feel good factor. I will definitely watch out for future books by this author.

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  • Vinces
  • 02-04-20

utterly compelling listen

The third and final book in the series with a build towards a final revelation with some clever ideas about a repeating universe. compelling listen from the outset

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  • Nickas offalott
  • 01-07-20

It started so well....

As above....but then part 3 turned into The Matrix. Was so disappointed with the finale.

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  • martin
  • 11-19-19

Excellent wrap and twist on the story

The book summarized the previous two and ended the storyline with a literal big bang. After the horribly boring erex action the book finally picked up on the real story and it did not disappoint. If youre struggling on the erex part, skip forward at times and get the payoff.

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  • Sophie Sturgess
  • 02-14-20

Terrible.

I enjoyed book one and two. Book three was a total waste of time. What a massive amount of waffle for no reason!! That could’ve been put into a couple of extra chapters and just ended with book 2. The story was really boring and confusing, it bothered me that Eduardo Ballerini had changed the voices for some characters, and it was just a difficult book to get through. I wouldn’t waste your time!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-20

Lazy, sloppy hack writing

Look, I loved the first book, hated the second book (with the exception of the last hour) it really felt like Riddle resented the fans of the first book with how poorly this one is written, again, with his signature long, drawn-out boring narratives. Emma continues to be only suitable for filling in details we don't care about for any location that James isn't. It's criminal what Riddle did with her character after the first book. James continues to be the smartest dumb person, if I were part of the colony relying on James to save the human race, just leave me on Earth to freeze. Arthur, the single best-written character in the second book and really one of the few reasons I was looking forward to book three has been inexplicably changed by both writer and narrator, his acerbic wit and sinister undertones stripped away for a boring android with a completely different voice... there has to be a reason but it's definitely some of Ballerini's weaker work.