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Summary

The thrilling conclusion to the internationally best-selling Long Earth series explores the greatest question of all: What is the meaning of life?

It's 2070-71. Nearly six decades after Step Day, a new society continues to evolve in the Long Earth. Now, a message has been received: "Join us".

The Next - the hyperintelligent posthumans - realize that the missive contains instructions for kick-starting the development of an immense artificial intelligence known as The Machine. But to build this computer the size of an Earth continent, they must obtain help from the more populous and still industrious worlds of mankind.

Meanwhile, on a trek in the High Meggers, Joshua Valienté, now nearing 70, is saved from death when a troll band discovers him. Living among the trolls as he recovers, Joshua develops a deeper understanding of this collective-intelligence species and its society. He discovers that some older trolls with capacious memories act as communal libraries and live on a very strange Long Earth world, in caverns under the root systems of trees as tall as mountains.

Valienté also learns something much more profound about life and its purpose in the Long Earth: We cultivate the cosmos to maximize the opportunities for life and joy in this universe - and to prepare for new universes to come.

©2016 Terry Pratchett, Lyn Pratchett, and Stephen Baxter (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Anthony
  • 22-11-16

Love this series

I like this Story from beginning to end. I've loved every book in this series. Very complex story and characters with great personality.

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  • john c haanraadts 2
  • 15-11-16

Great series

I really love the long earth series. I recommend this series to anyone. Thank you Stephen Baxter and the late great Terry Pratchett for letting me explore the long earth. The narrator was perfect. If your looking to escape your world for a bit look no further. Hi Sarah and John.

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  • chapmaan
  • 08-09-16

A little weak to be honest.

I have referred to the Long Earth series as comfort food. Even though none of the subsequent books in the series matched the first, happens all too often, I still thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

And not being as good isn't necessarily a bad thing. Book one may have got an 8 out of 10. A 7 for the subsequent books still isn't that bad.

But this final chapter in the series gets a 6 I'm afraid.

All of the elements are there. Excellent narration, familiar characters. But as readers, and listeners, we're looking for something. We don't necessarily want the real world, or as its presented to us, we want something more.

A fictional work is the perfect platform to make assertions about existence that may not be well received by those who are asleep at the wheel. They don't read this stuff anyway.

This series felt as though it was building to something, but in the end did not take the risk.

Or, if it was there I missed it.

Equal crimes in my opinion.

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  • Matthew Comer
  • 24-07-18

entertaining but not compelling

I enjoyed the story overall, when I was listening to it it was entertaining, but the story was slow enough in progression that I did not feel compelled to come back to listen to it each time I stopped. I had to make myself come back and listen, when I did it was okay, but not great.

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  • kait
  • 27-03-18

Great finale to the saga

The long earth series was extremely interesting and made a lot of philosophical and metaphysical points. The characters themeselves didn't seem to have grown with their character arcs but they just seemed to be a p.o.v. for the worlds. The generation and characterization of the worlds were fabulous. I think this was my favorite of the series.

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  • rpstar
  • 11-09-17

Good but not as good as the others in series

The performance was great but story was a bit lackluster compared to previous books in series. Still worth getting if you have read the others.

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  • Vic Cusumano
  • 25-07-17

good wrap up to an interesting series

for the trilogy... a completely unique take on how humanity travels off Earth and expands through the cosmos.

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  • shawn
  • 17-03-17

Pretty good

Overall a good performance, though the reader has some ideosycratic pronunciation for some worDoes a fair job of changing the voices to differentiate between the various characters thiugh that is a little inconsistant.

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  • Alexander S. Nicolici
  • 27-12-16

a beautiful farewell

a beautiful farewell to a wonderful story and a peerless author who has touched millions of lives. the performance was fun and funny, and ultimately, beautifully, exquisite.

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  • bellabosa
  • 22-12-16

A Worthy Conclusion

A solid ending to a very good and thoughtful series. More poignant after the loss of Sir Terry, but enjoyable nonetheless.