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New York 2140

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Summary

The waters rose, submerging New York City. But the residents adapted, and it remained the bustling, vibrant metropolis it had always been. Though changed forever. Every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. Through the eyes of the varied inhabitants of one building, Kim Stanley Robinson shows us how one of our great cities will change with the rising tides. And how we, too, will change.

©2017 Kim Stanley Robinson (P)2017 Little Brown

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"Robinson seamlessly binds together characters and narrative strands.... An immensely enjoyable reading experience." ( SciFiNow)

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Amazing book with great characters

Really loved the book the fact that they were multiple performers according to who the story was focusing on at the time. Sustainability and the environment have been the focus of my life for almost a decade now. And I never thought I would read a book this interesting dealing with the subject matter. Only real complaint is a wish that all the performers read the lines of their characters even in the chapters that focused on other characters. Because some of the narrators weren't as good as others and doing the accents and mannerisms of the other characters. But that's not a big deal. Anyway highly recommend it.

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so so

this book is very long winded could be easily paired down. This is a one off thankfully

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Awesome

The narrators were incredible. It felt like they were the characters themselves and gave each character an individual feeling in my head. I didn’t want this story to end, I wanted to hear more adventures

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Terrible

Worst book I have ever listened to. Full of random in depth finance references. Minor stories mixed in with the references. And a very disappointing ending. And I suffered it for 22 hours desperately hoping it would improve. It didn't 😤

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Interesting premise, bad characters

This book is strongest when describing its world and the political, economic, and environmental factors that created it. There is a lot of thoughful insight and detail here. However, i really struggled to relate to any of its characters. Some of the ways this author writes women were pretty porely thought out/borderline sexist at times. Without going too much into spoilers, I found it hard to believe that someone who had just suffered a near death experience would be thinking about how sexy her body looked to strangers... The sections about new york as a city came across as a little self indulgent at times too.

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Persistence required & rewarded

I have to admit that I almost gave up on this book during its extended and slow introductions to characters and scenarios. I also think that it can't be listened to continuously; time is required to reflect on those characters and their interactions as the stories progress.

However, persistence pays off, as those interactions and their complex natures are revealed. True, there is the odd, rather forced co-incidence and the occasional telegraphing of events, but the strength of the narrative allows these to be overlooked easily. The final chapter leaves the story open-ended; there is no happy conclusion, but somehow, it doesn't matter.

The ensemble performance is excellent.

I recommend this book to all, not just fans of science-fiction.

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Awesome

really enjoyed this book. a hopeful future! I recommend that you give it a go if you really like scifi

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Thoroughly recommended if you like you're speculative fiction

That KSR sure knows how to write a vivid book. Hats off to the brilliant voice cast too.

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Brilliant setting, story not so much.

great idea for a setting, drowned New York, but I didn't think the story ever accumulated to much or really got resolved. it's probably how it's meant to be, but it didn't sit right with me. rather than all the story lines coming together, they head that way but then the book ends.

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Solid all round.

Another billrillant Kim Stanley Robinson book but with great narrators. Listening to it was a great experience

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-19

would have benefited from a vigorous edit

The concept is quite believable and the context well set up, but the many of the characters are poorly developed and the dialogue is excruciating in places. It is over long with a number of side stories that could easily have been excised without taking from the plot. Also, I really don't like audio books with an ensemble of readers. Inevitably inconsistencies arise between them, and there's always at least one reader that lets you down. Just pick one talented reader to do the whole thing.