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The Long Earth [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Terry Pratchett , Stephen Baxter , Michael Fenton Stevens
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21 Jun 2012

1916: the Western Front. 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 has the mud, blood and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone?

2015: Madison, Wisconsin. 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 an invention that will change the way Mankind views his world for ever.

And that's an understatement if ever there was one...

The Long Earth is the first novel in an exciting new collaboration between the creator of Discworld Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (21 Jun 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1846573378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846573378
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.4 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (566 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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"By turns thrillingly expansive, joyously inventive and utterly engrossing *****." (SFX magazine) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The UK's bestselling adult novelist and a giant of British science fiction combine forces to write the first novel in an astonishing, mind-bending new series...The Long Earth

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207 of 219 people found the following review helpful
4 1/2 stars.

The Long Earth is the first of a planned trilogy by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. If you were looking for two of the most unlikely authors to collaborate, you'd be hard pressed to choose better candidates than these.

Pratchett, as pretty much the entire world knows, predominantly writes humorous fantasy, and while it's true that his work has evolved from its beginnings as pure humor to take a much deeper, more profound look at the world through the medium of fantasy, his major appeal is still the humor.

Baxter, on the other hand, is the hardest of hard science fiction authors. His books are meticulously researched, and his speculation is firmly rooted in bleeding edge science. Like Pratchett, Baxter has evolved, in his case to include more believable, rounded characters with real stories. But when you approach a Baxter book you do so for the science fiction. (Even in his alternate history Northland series, Baxter follows the logic of his premise with a sharp, unyielding, scientific focus.)

If you approach The Long Earth expecting to find something matching either Pratchett's or Baxter's usual output, you are going to be coming at it all wrong. This is a genuine collaboration, and between them they have produced something quite different from their normal works.

In the year 2015, mankind suddenly discovers the existence of possibly infinite alternate worlds, differing only marginally (but progressively, the further out they are) from our own, which can be reached by the means of an electronic device that anyone can easily assemble. But there is one thing that is different about all of these worlds: humanity hasn't evolved on any of them.
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111 of 121 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Judgement suspended 24 Jun 2012
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Like most of the reviewers, I looked forward to this collaboration of two of the greats of sci fantasy. Now I have finished the book I am in two minds as to what to think of it.

One the one hand, it starts off with a good premise and two promisingly individualistic characters. Locations are well described and it gets off to a good start. On the other, once you get into the third chapter it just meanders along going nowhere very much and just as it seems to be picking up speed and getting really ends. It doesn't quite say "To be continued", but it might as well.

I could have done with fewer tediously idyllic or uneventful alternate earths and more characterisation and action. For Pratchett the style is closer to "Nation" than Discworld. This is no bad thing - Nation is a great book, but the main "human" hero - Joseph Valiente - is downright boring. Lobsang has a lot of potential to be truly fascinating but after a few quirks of humour in the beginning, he fades into the background to become an annoyingly omniscient presence. Yes I am going to buy the inevitable follow up, but I have a feeling that I'll be disappointed. I hope I am wrong.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's like a grown adult playing on the swings 12 Sep 2012
Sorry folks, it's just not very good.

It's not very original in idea (parallel worlds), not very interesting in execution (if even the protagonist is bored spending all his time floating around in an airship arguing with a computer how do you think the rest of us are going to feel?), has some screamingly artificial cliffhangers (you feel like yelling, "Step, you silly chump, step!" when he's in serious danger of his life from an attack from the bad guys) and is so derivative of everything that has been written in SF in the last 40 years you kind of feel it's a collaboration between Asimov, Heinlein and Simak on their off-days.

I'll elaborate. Take one dose of The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov, add a sizable slab of, oh I dunno what by Heinlein, his silly book about the scout troop marooned in an alternative universe hiding from the stobor, I reckon, and seal it up with the discarded ideas from Cliff Simak's Way Station and maybe you'll get the idea.

See, one of the major problems it's got is that it thinks it wants to be a children's book (so no naughty bits, except for the obligatory mention of toiletary matters here and there) but it's got an adult body and wears grown-up clothes and all that, and the readers think it ought to be talking like an adult - or at the very least a sulky gobby teenager. No, it talks like an earnest, well-educated ten-year-old with That Syndrome.

It was probably Pratchett who came up with the idea of the potato, and the character of the nuns (especially the biker who was into Steinman) but everything else in this sub-Nietzchean survivalist propaganda masquerading as liberal politics might as well have been cut out of cardboard.

One wonders what Peter F.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The collaboration between two of my favorite authors is a scary event for me.
The possibilities are wonderful, but they raise expectations that might be disappointed, so it was with a mixture of trepidation and gleeful anticipation that I opened The Long Earth for the first time.
No need to worry!
The writing is assured, and the central topic is based on science rather than Discworld Magick - one might assume that this is down to Stephen Baxter rather than Sir Terry Pratchett, but Sir Terry is also responsible for the remarkable Science of Discworld series that combines entertainment, humour, fantasy and proper science in a number of (highly recommended) volumes.
Laugh as you learn, indeed.
The Long Earth is all-new in both concept and execution.
Nothing of other works by these two excellent authors was detected in it. It brings the infinite worlds view of the universe screaming into the 21st century with the aid of a potato.
Yes, you can tell that Terry Pratchett is involved! But the potato is there for a solid scientific reason.
At one stroke the two authors have created a vast canvas on which to display their skills, and the characters depicted on that canvas do them justice. One of the more interesting characters is no longer wholly human, which adds greatly to the possibilities.
The old Hollywood blockbuster maxim was something like "Start with an earthquake, then build to a climax", this book starts with the deconstruction of human society as we know it, and yes, it does builds to a climax that left me wanting more.
The Long Earth is the first of a trilogy (at least) since there are now three books in the series, I'm about get in the queue to buy them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting start
Some new ideas which are refreshing to see in a sci-fi novel. Sadly, despite often complex language the script doesn't do the storyline justice. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Chris Nice
5.0 out of 5 stars What`s not to love. As ever a fabulous read
What`s not to love. As ever a fabulous read. Arrived quickly.
Published 13 days ago by Christine B.
1.0 out of 5 stars GASTLY!
As a devoted Terry Pratchett fan, I am loath to post this review, but I feel compelled to say something. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Bonzo
4.0 out of 5 stars so pleased I bought The Long War and The Long Mars ...
Very different from the usual Terry Pratchett and left me wanting to read pleased I bought The Long War and The Long Mars at the same time.
Published 18 days ago by Ian Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Exploration at its finest.
I like Baxter. I like Pratchett.

I couldn't even conceive of a book written by the two of them, they seem so different.

Turns out it's great! Read more
Published 20 days ago by Mo8ius
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Published 25 days ago by Mrs Helen Zaffarese
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
An enjoyable read. A little mind boggling at the beginning and certainly something different, concept wise. If only something could be invented in real life!
Published 1 month ago by rdbrooksie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story as usual
Gripping story from Terry Pratchett with a unique concept. As usual the characters are fascinating and funny throughout. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Matt Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Earth, short read...couldn't put it down.
I love Terry Pratchett and had never read any Baxter until this book. I loved this book and am about to start the next in the series.
Published 1 month ago by Jamie Dickson
4.0 out of 5 stars An alternative reality
Contrary to my initial expectations this was a thought provoking read, not spoiled by PC or any other imagined rose tinted view of the human race. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Driller
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