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
No, it jumped around all over the place and had no narrative drive.
This series yes: the characters have lost their sense of identity and drive and now see to wander aimlessly from scene to scene.
He's great - accents, complex dialogue, emotion, all there and brilliantly executed.
No, too long.
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
Self employed Architect. Listen whilst working and every night. Love sci fi, post Apocalypse, comedy, fantasy, historical & horror.
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.
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.
Not what you'd call 'gob smacking'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not one go, you do have to allow yourself to take all of this in. There is as i said, a lot of story.
Like the second book in this series, this felt like padding between a good (4+ star) first book and the end of the series. There was far too much repetition of the previous storyline and possible future scene setting. Books 2 and 3 could comfortably be abridged into one, more enjoyable volume. The narration was mostly good but occasionally let down by the narrator forgetting which character he was voicing. Just as I did after book 2, I need a break now to enjoy a different audiobook before the final installment.
I loved the imagination that created the works of the Long Earth and still love following the characters as they journey through it, in a quest comparable to that of the Starship Voyager.
This book introduced the Next in the series, and it, like them, is clearly better than its predecessor. Real page -Turner, and beautifully read.
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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