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The Long War Audiobook

The Long War: The Long Earth, Book 2

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Audible Editor Reviews

The outstanding audiobook series The Long Earth is back after much anticipation with Book Two The Long War written by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter and expertly narrated by British actor Michael Fenton Stevens. There are murmurs of conflict spreading throughout the lands. The trolls of Long Earth are amassing while Valhalla is prickling with turmoil. There is nowhere to escape from the clutches of a full scale war. Lobsang seeks Joshua’s help but together can they put a stop to the inevitable? This epic series is filled with suspense, action and fantasy. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

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...

A new ‘America’, called Valhalla, is emerging more than a million steps from Datum Earth, with core American values restated in the plentiful environment of the Long Earth - and Valhalla is growing restless under the control of the Datum government...

Meanwhile the Long Earth is suffused by the song of the trolls, graceful hive-mind humanoids. But the trolls are beginning to react to humanity’s thoughtless exploitation...

Joshua, now a married man, is summoned by Lobsang to deal with a gathering multiple crisis that threatens to plunge the Long Earth into a war unlike any mankind has waged before.

©2013 Terry and Lyn Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

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    Mitchell Quinn UK 06/08/2013
    Mitchell Quinn UK 06/08/2013
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    "Disappointing"

    After reading and enjoying The Long Earth very much, I was keen to get to grips with The Long War. Sadly the plot leaves much to be desired and most of the characters seem to have mud for brains and little to no sense of empathy for the most part. For the last third of the book I was gritting my teeth determined to simply get to the end, however the last third is the worst; Joshua seems utterly determined to kill himself with stupidity, Sally and Lobsang appear happy hang him out to dry if it were not for the trolls and meanwhile the rest of the cast limp along like overly cooked spinach. Roberta appears to fulfill absolutely no purpose whatsoever! I cannot begin to imagine how two otherwise excellent authors could manage to turn out a story so poorly written. I imagine they have a third book in mind (this can be the only reason for the inclusion of the otherwise pointless Roberta); one can but hope they improve ... well, everything, when they work on it. After the poor experience of listening to The Long War, I won't be purchasing it however; I'm sure it'll turn up in a second hand bookstore at some point and I won't feel bad about abandoning it if I've paid second hand prices for it.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte 18/02/2016
    Charlotte 18/02/2016
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    "Slow start too drawn out"

    The language, world and narration are all good. However it felt like close to nothing happened in the first half of the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Garethman 09/11/2013
    Garethman 09/11/2013 Member Since 2014
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    "Ran out of steam."

    The first book was a fascinating stream of ideas, the second book was a damp squib. There were lots of initial story lines that went nowhere, deviations from the plot which appeared out of character and to be honest I found the last third to be pretty tedious. For instance, one of the characters had an old Sony Walkman, but we had been assured time and time again that no iron could be stepped, had someone spent a lot of time re-engineering an old walkman just to trade it for the equivalent of beads? Lots of socio-political ideas were raised, then discarded with an attitude ' it's all ok now'. I suspect this book was rushed out and not really thought through or developed. There was lots of potential, but the authors seem to have got bored with it, as indeed did I. Bu the way, there is no long war.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Torrington, United Kingdom 10/11/2015
    Barry Torrington, United Kingdom 10/11/2015 Member Since 2010
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    "Not as good as The Long Earth"

    Meandered along without the drive and excitement of the original. An Ok book, certainly not bad. Excellent narration however.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Damo 19/10/2015
    Damo 19/10/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "First book better."

    Enjoyed it, but found the first book more interesting and I missed the relationship between Joshua and Lobsang.

    Like the first book, there is a big problem in the Long Earth that is built the whole way through the book that ends up being resolved very quickly in the end, without very much fuss, which let's the story down a bit.

    Michael Fenton Stephens reads well although I found his Oirish accent to be a wee bit fiddledy-dee. But then again he was given a stereotypical Irish character to portray so he can't be held accountable I guess.

    Thanks for the listen though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brakeinews 23/11/2014
    Brakeinews 23/11/2014
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    "The Long, Lonnngggg, Snore"
    What would have made The Long War better?

    The authors seem to have dragged this mid-point of the story out so much that I got totally bored, despite wanting to persist with the story.


    Has The Long War put you off other books in this genre?

    It put me off wanting to read the final part of the trilogy.


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

    He was good, I felt he brought the story to life, he did the best he could with the sloooow progress of the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom and disappointment, as I wanted to enjoy it, but just could not justify trying the third book as there are much better books to give a chance.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    P Green UK 05/07/2017
    P Green UK 05/07/2017
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    "Good"
    Would you listen to The Long War again? Why?

    Ok story - alittle slow to start with but good universe


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Helen


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

    Joseph Valiantly


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

    No, no emotional reaction to the story


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RoguePlank 27/07/2016
    RoguePlank 27/07/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but I was hoping for more"

    After reading the first book, I certainly thought the story concept was interesting and I will read the rest of the series too. My main gripe is that the characters are too shallow, especially Joshua which is disappointing as the main protagonist. He doesn't appear to have any endearing qualities and is always mechanical and bland in his dialogues, I don't feel connected to him at all. Sally and Monica are much better developed characters whereas Joshua appears to have no special abilities or traits which make him worthy of being the main character for the series. The plot is also a bit too meandering at times; I understand the author is exploring this whole concept of parallel worlds but several times I found myself thinking "why am I reading this? It's not really going anywhere", there needs to be more overall drive to the plot than just these random sporadic unconnected events. Even the first person singular plot from the first book is treated as ancient history in this book, so it's not even like the books in the series are connected at all. I will continue to read the other books in the hope that the author finds his footing a bit more and gets on with why we are actually here. "The Long War" was also a very poor choice of title, as the story is a disappointment to this enticing claim, as you spend the entire book waiting for something to kick off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Wheatley 10/10/2014 Member Since 2010
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    "So much more could have been done with this..."

    First off, the performance was hands-down the best in any audiobook I have ever had.

    Now I have got that out of the way, let's get into the story..... There wasn't one.

    The first book wasn't great, but set the scene for something that could really go somewhere, so I got the 2nd book (this one). The problem is that the story went nowhere. Nothing of any consequence happened, it was a pointless ramble and a waste of a good idea.

    I'm not even tempted to get the last in the trilogy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clare Dean Stoke on Trent 05/09/2014
    Clare Dean Stoke on Trent 05/09/2014
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    "Disappointing for Pratchett"

    I wasn't sure about this new series Terry Pratchett created but I thought I'd give this sequel to The Long Earth a go. I found it hard going and at times found I didn't really care what happened to the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Citizen Gold
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    04/01/16
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    "I may be biased in these ratings"

    These are two of my favorite authors and the team up works really well. I rarely have time for audible books due to the number of podcasts I listen to but this was one that I couldn't put down.

    Have already picked up the rest of these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Micah
    16/11/15
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    "Tiresome"

    Like one of those long winded jokes with a huge build up, then a disappointing pun for a punchline. Clearly written by committee.
    I won't be reading any more of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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