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    • Time's Eye

    • Time Odyssey, Book 1
    • By: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 217
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 131

    For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind - until they act. In an instant, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a huge jigsaw puzzle. Suddenly the planet and every living thing on it no longer exist in a single timeline.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Didn't quite make it

    • By Chris on 01-02-11

    Regular price: £17.69

    • Sunstorm

    • Time Odyssey, Book 2
    • By: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 156
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    Returned to the Earth of 2037 by the Firstborn, mysterious beings of almost limitless technological prowess, Bisesa Dutt is haunted by the memories of her five years spent on the strange alternate Earth called Mir, a jigsaw-puzzle world made up of lands and people cut out of different eras of Earth's history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Top stuff

    • By Nick on 09-09-08

    Regular price: £17.69

    • Firstborn

    • Time Odyssey, Book 3
    • By: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 135
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 81

    Twenty-seven years later, the Firstborn are back. This time, they have sent a "quantum bomb" speeding toward Earth, a device that human scientists can barely comprehend, let alone stop or destroy. But when shocking new insights emerge about the nature of the Firstborn and their plans, an unexpected ally appears from light-years away.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A very good tale!

    • By Nick on 17-09-08

    Regular price: £19.39

    • The Long Earth

    • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,882
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,556
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560

    The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some said mad, others dangerous - scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a potato. It is the prototype of a life-changing invention....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Reflections of Rama

    • By Rob on 14-08-12

    Regular price: £22.00

    • The Long Mars

    • The Long Earth, Book 3
    • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 688
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 638
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 635

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • More Baxter than Pratchett?

    • By Martin on 07-07-14

    Regular price: £24.00

    • The Long Utopia

    • The Long Earth, Book 4
    • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 647
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 605
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 607

    It's 2045-2059. After the cataclysmic upheavals of Step Day and the Yellowstone eruption humanity is spreading farther into the Long Earth, and society, on a battered Datum Earth and beyond, continues to evolve. Now an elderly and cantankerous AI, Lobsang, lives in disguise with Agnes in an exotic, far-distant world. He’s convinced they’re leading a normal life in New Springfield - they even adopt a child - but it seems they have been guided there for a reason.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Series of four stories

    • By Simon on 01-12-15

    Regular price: £23.99

    • The Long War

    • The Long Earth, Book 2
    • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 967
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 896
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 893

    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...

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Mitchell Quinn on 06-08-13

    Regular price: £24.00

    • The Long Cosmos

    • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 570
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 529
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 529

    It's 2070-71. Nearly six decades after Step Day, and in the Long Earth the new Next posthuman society continues to evolve. For Joshua Valienté, now in his late 60s, it is time to take one last solo journey into the High Meggers: an adventure that turns into a disaster. Alone and facing death, his only hope of salvation lies with a group of trolls. But as Joshua confronts his mortality, the Long Earth receives a signal from the stars.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Weak, bland, no ummmf.

    • By Gary Robottom on 18-07-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Flood

    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Chris Patton
    • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 84

    Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this... The world they have returned to has been transformed by water - and the water is rising. As it continues to flow from the earth's mantle, entire countries disappear. High ground becomes a precious commodity. And before 50 years have passed, there will be nowhere left to run....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Content versus Narrator

    • By Keith on 09-11-10

    Regular price: £22.79

    • Xeelee: Redemption

    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Dudley Hinton
    • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Michael Poole finds himself in a very strange landscape.... This is the centre of the Galaxy. And in a history without war with the humans, the Xeelee have had time to built an immense structure here. The Xeelee Belt has a radius 10,000 times Earth's orbital distance. It is a light-year in circumference. If it was set in the solar system, it would be out in the Oort Cloud, among the comets - but circling the sun. If it was at rest, it would have a surface area equivalent to about 30 billion Earths. But it is not at rest: it rotates at near light speed.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good hard sci fi story telling

    • By D. Marsh on 26-09-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction

    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Tom Dheere
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    This is an unabridged audio collection of the "best of the best" science fiction prose originally written in 2008 by current and emerging masters of the genre as narrated by top voice talents.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good fiction, questionable accents.

    • By Richard on 23-02-10

    Regular price: £22.39

    • The Massacre of Mankind

    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
    • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 290
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 277
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 272

    It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The army is prepared. So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells' book.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • No one would have believed . . .

    • By Simon on 20-01-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Xeelee: Vengeance

    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Dudley Hinton
    • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    Half a million years in the future, on a dead, war-ravaged world at the centre of the galaxy, there is a mile-high statue of Michael Poole. Poole, born on Earth in the fourth millennium, was one of mankind's most influential heroes. He was not a warrior, not an emperor. He was an engineer, a builder of wormhole transit systems. But Poole's work would ultimately lead to a vast and destructive conflict, a million-year war between humanity and the enigmatic, powerful aliens known as the Xeelee. The Xeelee won.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Great book DESTROYED by a dreadful narration!

    • By Craig Bryan on 02-11-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Medusa Chronicles

    • By: Stephen Baxter, Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 205

    Following an accident that almost cost him his life, Howard Falcon was not so much saved as he was converted, through the use of prosthetics, into something faster, stronger and smarter...but also slightly less human and more machine than he was. And with this change came an opportunity - that of piloting a mission into Jupiter's atmosphere and ultimately of making first contact with the life forms he discovers there.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Dull and Plodding

    • By Andrew on 17-09-16

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Proxima

    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
    • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 517
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 487
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 488

    The very far future: The Galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous Galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling story, odd accent

    • By Gadget on 24-01-15

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Ultima

    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
    • Length: 21 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 335
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 310
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 311

    Fresh from his latest collaboration with Terry Pratchett on the Long Earth sequence Stephen Baxter now returns to the mysteries and challanges first hinted at in his acclaimed novel PROXIMA. In PROXIMA we discovered ancient alien artifacts on the planet of Per Ardua - hatches that allowed us to step across light years of space as if we were stepping into another room. The universe opened up to us. Now in ULTIMA the consequences of this new freedom make themselves felt.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Why, I remember once on campaign...

    • By Alan Nixon on 22-09-16

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Ark

    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Chris Patton
    • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 133
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 107

    With the discovery of another life-sustaining planet light years away, there is hope for a chosen few to leave the soon-to-be submerged Earth. Holle Groundwater is one of the candidates, having been trained for this purpose since childhood, when the ships Ark One and Ark Three were being built. But as Holle prepares to endure life aboard the Ark, she comes to realize that her attempt at escape may be more dangerous than trying to stay afloat on a drowning planet.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great bit piece of end-of-the-world sci-fi

    • By Paul on 14-03-11

    Regular price: £24.19

    • Doctor Who: Wheel of Ice

    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: David Troughton
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 73

    The Wheel. A ring of ice and steel turning around a moon of Saturn, and home to a mining colony supplying a resource-hungry Earth. It's a bad place to grow up. The colony has been plagued by problems. Maybe it's just gremlins, just bad luck. But the equipment failures and thefts of resources have been increasing, and there have been stories among the children of mysterious creatures glimpsed aboard the Wheel. Many of the younger workers refuse to go down the warren-like mines anymore.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Slightly too long but a great adventure!

    • By Matthew on 12-09-12

    Regular price: £20.00

    • The Year's Top Short SF Novels

    • By: Stephen Baxter, Geoffrey A. Landis, David Moles, and others
    • Narrated by: Tom Dheere, Adam Epstein, Nicola Barber
    • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Short novels may well be the perfect length for science-fiction stories. They are movie-length tales that resonate with moxie while fully exploring characters, new worlds, and ideas. The stories in this unabridged audio collection are the best-of-the-best short science-fiction novels published in 2010 by current and emerging masters of this form.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The Year's Top Short SF Novels

    • By Robyn on 01-03-12

    Regular price: £31.59

    • The Long Cosmos

    • A Novel
    • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    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.

    Regular price: £29.89

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