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The Long Mars: The Long Earth, Book 3 | [Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter]

The Long Mars: The Long Earth, Book 3

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....
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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 Aston Clinton, United Kingdom 07/07/2014
    Martin Aston Clinton, United Kingdom 07/07/2014 Member Since 2009
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    "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 Inerness, United Kingdom 23/07/2014
    Martin Inerness, United Kingdom 23/07/2014 Member Since 2012

    Self employed Architect. Listen whilst working and every night. Love sci fi, post Apocalypse, comedy, fantasy, historical & horror.

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    "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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    tim farnborough, United Kingdom 05/07/2014
    tim farnborough, United Kingdom 05/07/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte 24/07/2015
    Charlotte 24/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "A decent follow up"

    I think this is another consistent entry in the series that continues the long earth story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. wootton 07/07/2015
    S. wootton 07/07/2015

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    "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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Robottom 14/05/2015
    Gary Robottom 14/05/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "more an idea think tank"

    easy listening. no suspense. no thrill. the whole series is like a selection of people's ideas and ideals about what is and what could be out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bettyandjohn 26/03/2015
    bettyandjohn 26/03/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "great s usual"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Long Mars to be better than the print version?

    always audio is by far more enjoyable


    What other book might you compare The Long Mars to, and why?

    Kevin hearne chris fieldwater kim harrison John Ringo and other writers have great books to read


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

    great it is far from easy to carry across such books


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    no idea sorry


    Any additional comments?

    A fabulous writer sad we no longer have him to brighten our lives. read kim harrison, and chris fieldwater, these are two great new writers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Robertson 11/02/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "really interesting ideas, lacks pace"

    I love the idea and the setting. but there's no real narrative or resolution to the story, and the characters were pretty superficial. it's only a part of a bigger story amdtdmdp not stand blood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T 15/01/2015
    T 15/01/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "long (time to get to) Mars"

    like interlaced storylines? this is a good book: keeps you guessing as to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cymru 303 03/12/2014
    Cymru 303 03/12/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "The Long Mars : Longing for more"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would most certainly recommend this book, the series have been so entertaining. I pre-ordered this book having enjoyed the first two.


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

    Difficult to choose one thing. Each story thread has its own fascination. I loved the uncovering of the divergent evolutions on Earth and Mars.


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

    Everything, he is one of the best narrators. All the characterisations are so distinct.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    In parts, but mostly I felt like I was a fly on the wall observing. Willis` arrogance was irritating. Missed not hearing Lobsang so much.


    Any additional comments?

    Want more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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