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The Long Mars Audiobook

The Long Mars: The Long Earth, Book 3

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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 2016

    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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    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.


    1 of 1 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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    Amazon Customer 18/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "good story spoilt by tedious detail"

    I enjoyed the long earth and bore with the story through the long war. However, the long mars just degenerates into tedium as the narrative gives far too much detail and appears to be a vehicle to show how clever the authors think they are. Long scientific expositions that read like a back catalogue from New Scientist or Scientific America do little to further the story. References to literature, popular fiction, and academic studies alike are shoe horned into dialogue in the most clumsy way.
    Lazy characterisations borrow heavily from tired stereotypes that border on xenophobia ... those pesky chinese just can't be trusted, the Russians are just jolly, drunk buffoons that want to stake their claim first, and the US army just want to nuke everything.
    This could have been bearable if it had been delivered with the usual wry humour of Pratchett. However, the humor got lost, just like the story and the characters you got to know in the first two novels.
    Not sure if I want to spend my time wading through the next installment. ..

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    A 16/09/2016
    A 16/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "getting better"

    expansion of the long earth into the long universe and expansion of the human race. not so much humour but a lot of clever science fiction

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    Mr. C. Horsfall 09/06/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "good file up"

    it is a while since I read long earth, so it took a while to get into it. thought it was ok. took several things from coursework science.

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    IanBlair 09/03/2016
    IanBlair 09/03/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    Excellent, scifi with a slight hint of the style of discworld. Enough to keep you hooked and light enough to dip in and out of.

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    Marge Simpson 23/02/2016
    Marge Simpson 23/02/2016 Listener Since 2010
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    "Another Filler"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony 07/02/2016
    Anthony 07/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "better the the 2nd one"

    I enjoy this book better then the last, the story came together nicely. the performance as per usual was on point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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