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The Long Cosmos Audiobook

The Long Cosmos: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The thrilling conclusion to the internationally best-selling Long Earth series explores the greatest question of all: What is the meaning of life?

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.

Meanwhile, on a trek in the High Meggers, Joshua Valienté, now nearing 70, is saved from death when a troll band discovers him. Living among the trolls as he recovers, Joshua develops a deeper understanding of this collective-intelligence species and its society. He discovers that some older trolls with capacious memories act as communal libraries and live on a very strange Long Earth world, in caverns under the root systems of trees as tall as mountains.

Valienté also learns something much more profound about life and its purpose in the Long Earth: We cultivate the cosmos to maximize the opportunities for life and joy in this universe - and to prepare for new universes to come.

©2016 Terry Pratchett, Lyn Pratchett, and Stephen Baxter (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Anthony
    22/11/16
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    "Love this series"

    I like this Story from beginning to end. I've loved every book in this series. Very complex story and characters with great personality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • john c haanraadts 2
    EAST ISLIP, NY, United States
    15/11/16
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    "Great series"

    I really love the long earth series. I recommend this series to anyone. Thank you Stephen Baxter and the late great Terry Pratchett for letting me explore the long earth. The narrator was perfect. If your looking to escape your world for a bit look no further. Hi Sarah and John.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peb
    Rowlett, TX, United States
    04/10/16
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    "Very nice"

    Easy to pick up where we left off. Sad to see it end. Captivating from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • chapmaan
    Australia
    08/09/16
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    "A little weak to be honest."

    I have referred to the Long Earth series as comfort food. Even though none of the subsequent books in the series matched the first, happens all too often, I still thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

    And not being as good isn't necessarily a bad thing. Book one may have got an 8 out of 10. A 7 for the subsequent books still isn't that bad.

    But this final chapter in the series gets a 6 I'm afraid.

    All of the elements are there. Excellent narration, familiar characters. But as readers, and listeners, we're looking for something. We don't necessarily want the real world, or as its presented to us, we want something more.

    A fictional work is the perfect platform to make assertions about existence that may not be well received by those who are asleep at the wheel. They don't read this stuff anyway.

    This series felt as though it was building to something, but in the end did not take the risk.

    Or, if it was there I missed it.

    Equal crimes in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Lane
    Dunedin, Florida
    15/08/16
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    "Thumbs up"
    If you could sum up The Long Cosmos in three words, what would they be?

    Do not think there could be a perfect ending to this series
    Still don't but enjoyed the whole series immensely.


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

    All of them


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  • BSwilling
    Washington, DC USA
    26/07/16
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    "A Satisfying Conclusion"

    Everything you'd want to close out the series. love the narrator and an excellent story. 5 stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michaeljpatrick
    17/07/16
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    "Wish there was more."

    The end is such a great jumping off point for more stories. I'd love to see an anthology set in the long cosmos with stories by many different authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Balt M.
    10/07/16
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    "A book with obvious Terry Pratchett holes in it."

    The book feels incomplete. There are large sections of plot that are summarized over. These sections have interesting possible themes about death, the nature of life, and character-driven comparisons of philosophies that are not explored. I believe Pratchett may have intended to write these chapters himself but was unable to due to his failing health and death.

    The result is a plot-driven story where Baxter again prioritizes speculations on metaphysics for speculation's sake with some late 20th century pop culture references.

    To be honest, I wouldn't mind if this book had never been published.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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