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    • The Long Earth

    • A Novel
    • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton-Stevens
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,223
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,000
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,022

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The Long (and Boring) Earth

    • By Mike From Mesa on 08-15-13

    Regular price: $30.79

    • The Long Utopia

    • A Novel
    • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 602
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 559
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 561

    It's 2045-2059. Human society continues to evolve on Datum Earth, its battered and weary origin planet, as the spread of humanity progresses throughout the many Earths beyond. Lobsang, now an elderly and complex AI, suffers a breakdown and, disguised as a human, attempts to live a "normal" life on one of the millions of Long Earth worlds. His old friend, Joshua, now in his 50s, searches for his father and discovers a heretofore unknown family history.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The series is losing its way

    • By Thomas A Reeve on 06-10-16

    Regular price: $28.51

    • The Long War

    • The Long Earth, Book 2
    • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 963
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 870
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 874

    A generation after the events of The Long Earth, humankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by "stepping". A new "America" - Valhalla - is emerging more than a million steps from Datum - our Earth. Thanks to a bountiful environment, the Valhallan society mirrors the core values and behaviors of colonial America. And Valhalla is growing restless under the controlling long arm of the Datum government.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A bit disappointing after the first book

    • By Anna on 04-05-15

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Long Mars

    • Long Earth, Book 3
    • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 637
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 576
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 577

    2040-2045: In the years 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 rescue 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 an ulterior motive for his request....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • slow death

    • By Kindle Customer on 01-14-18

    Regular price: $28.51

    • The Long Cosmos

    • A Novel
    • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 535
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 489
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 488

    It's 2070-71. Nearly six decades after Step Day, a new society continues to evolve in the Long Earth. Now, a message has been received: "Join us". The Next - the hyperintelligent posthumans - realize that the missive contains instructions for kick-starting the development of an immense artificial intelligence known as The Machine. But to build this computer the size of an Earth continent, they must obtain help from the more populous and still industrious worlds of mankind.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love this series

    • By Anthony on 11-22-16

    Regular price: $30.79

    • The Long War

    • The Long Earth, Book 2
    • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 133
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 119

    A generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping. Where Joshua and Lobsang once pioneered, now fleets of airships link the stepwise Americas with trade and culture. Mankind is shaping the Long Earth - but in turn the Long Earth is shaping mankind...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I may be biased in these ratings

    • By Citizen Gold on 01-04-16

    Regular price: $25.59

    • Firstborn

    • A Time Odyssey, Book 3
    • By: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 451
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 298
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 301

    Twenty-seven years later, the Firstborn are back. This time, they have sent a "quantum bomb" speeding toward Earth, a device that human scientists can barely comprehend, let alone stop or destroy. But when shocking new insights emerge about the nature of the Firstborn and their plans, an unexpected ally appears from light-years away.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The end to the Trilogy!

    • By Kristi R. on 06-30-12

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Ark

    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Chris Patton
    • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 309
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 233
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 233

    With the discovery of another life-sustaining planet light years away, there is hope for a chosen few to leave the soon-to-be submerged Earth. Holle Groundwater is one of the candidates, having been trained for this purpose since childhood, when the ships Ark One and Ark Three were being built. But as Holle prepares to endure life aboard the Ark, she comes to realize that her attempt at escape may be more dangerous than trying to stay afloat on a drowning planet.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • OK

    • By dunc on 07-25-11

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Proxima: Book 1

    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
    • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 429
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 393
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 391

    The very far future: The galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, and chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light... The 27th century: Proxima Centauri, an undistinguished red dwarf star, is the nearest star to our sun. How would it be to live on such a world?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • No Sense of Conclusion

    • By Lisa Davidson on 04-24-16

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Ultima

    • Proxima, Book 2
    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
    • Length: 21 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 242
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 230

    On the planet of Per Ardua, alien artifacts were discovered - hatches that allowed humans to step across light-years of space as if they were stepping into another room. But this newfound freedom has consequences. As humanity discovers the real nature of the universe, a terrifying truth comes to light: We all have countless pasts converging in this present - and our future is terrifyingly finite. There are minds in the universe that are billions of years old, and now we are vulnerable to their plans for us.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Book 2 delivers the goods.

    • By Angus on 02-01-16

    Regular price: $41.99

    • The Medusa Chronicles

    • By: Stephen Baxter, Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 225
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 216

    Howard Falcon almost lost his life in an accident as the first human astronaut to explore the atmosphere of Jupiter - and a combination of human ingenuity and technical expertise brought him back. But he is no longer himself. Instead he has been changed into an augmented human: part man, part machine, and exceptionally capable.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Almost stopped listening. Glad I didn't.

    • By cek on 08-21-16

    Regular price: $22.67

    • The Massacre of Mankind

    • Sequel to The War of the Worlds
    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
    • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The army is prepared. So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells' book.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Bore Of The Worlds

    • By Patrick S. on 11-15-17

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Xeelee: Redemption

    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Dudley Hinton
    • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    Michael Poole finds himself in a very strange landscape.... This is the centre of the Galaxy. And in a history without war with the humans, the Xeelee have had time to built an immense structure here. The Xeelee Belt has a radius 10,000 times Earth's orbital distance. It is a light-year in circumference. If it was set in the solar system, it would be out in the Oort Cloud, among the comets - but circling the sun. If it was at rest, it would have a surface area equivalent to about 30 billion Earths. But it is not at rest: it rotates at near light speed.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Needed to pay closer attention...

    • By Glen Grader on 10-19-18

    Regular price: $21.81

    • Sunstorm

    • A Time Odyssey, Book 2
    • By: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 484
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 301
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 305

    Returned to the Earth of 2037 by the Firstborn, mysterious beings of almost limitless technological prowess, Bisesa Dutt is haunted by the memories of her five years spent on the strange alternate Earth called Mir, a jigsaw-puzzle world made up of lands and people cut out of different eras of Earth's history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • amazing book. I strongly recommend it!

    • By Anderson Silva on 07-28-16

    Regular price: $18.80

    • The Light of Other Days

    • By: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 239
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 166

    The Light of Other Days tells the tale of what happens when a brilliant, driven industrialist harnesses the cutting edge of quantum physics to enable people everywhere, at trivial cost, to see one another at all times: around every corner, through every wall, into everyone's most private, hidden, and even intimate moments. It amounts to the sudden and complete abolition of human privacy - forever.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • When Seeing All is not Understanding All

    • By Lisa Callihan on 11-30-08

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Time's Eye

    • A Time Odyssey, Book 1
    • By: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 863
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 509
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 517

    For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind - until they act. In an instant, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a huge jigsaw puzzle. Suddenly the planet and every living thing on it no longer exist in a single timeline.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A nice road to nowhere

    • By Tim on 10-17-09

    Regular price: $18.80

    • Flood

    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Chris Patton
    • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 252
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 164
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 165

    Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this... The world they have returned to has been transformed by water - and the water is rising. As it continues to flow from the earth's mantle, entire countries disappear. High ground becomes a precious commodity. And before 50 years have passed, there will be nowhere left to run....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great "what-if" apolcalyptic exploration

    • By Q on 10-30-10

    Regular price: $24.25

    • Doctor Who: Wheel of Ice

    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: David Troughton
    • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 140

    The Wheel. A ring of ice and steel turning around a moon of Saturn, and home to a mining colony supplying a resource-hungry Earth. It's a bad place to grow up. The colony has been plagued by problems. Maybe it's just gremlins, just bad luck. But the equipment failures and thefts of resources have been increasing, and there have been stories among the children of mysterious creatures glimpsed aboard the Wheel. Many of the younger workers refuse to go down the warren-like mines anymore.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Few Cracks In The Ice

    • By Jon Huff on 09-15-12

    Regular price: $21.86

    • Xeelee: Vengeance

    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Dudley Hinton
    • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Half a million years in the future, on a dead, war-ravaged world at the centre of the galaxy, there is a mile-high statue of Michael Poole. Poole, born on Earth in the fourth millennium, was one of mankind's most influential heroes. He was not a warrior, not an emperor. He was an engineer, a builder of wormhole transit systems. But Poole's work would ultimately lead to a vast and destructive conflict, a million-year war between humanity and the enigmatic, powerful aliens known as the Xeelee. The Xeelee won.

    Regular price: $20.65

    • The Long Cosmos

    • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    It's 2070-71. Nearly six decades after Step Day, and in the Long Earth the new Next posthuman society continues to evolve. For Joshua Valienté, now in his late 60s, it is time to take one last solo journey into the High Meggers: an adventure that turns into a disaster. Alone and facing death, his only hope of salvation lies with a group of trolls. But as Joshua confronts his mortality, the Long Earth receives a signal from the stars.

    Regular price: $21.31

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