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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 3 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 19 Jun. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IXB1UZ2
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The Long Mars: The Long Earth, Book 3 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Change the setting to Mars.
Add one potentially incredible secondary narrative thread that could be so exciting, riveting and thought provoking.
Instead, squander every meaningful possibility that this excellent idea could create and focus on some really banal sub plots.
Try as much repetition as you can.
Flick through millions of worlds and care about none of them.
Read a collection of half baked ultra-short stories about the inhabitants of The Long Mars.
Wonder if they were ideas that they had thrown out of other books, because they just didn't have the mileage to be developed into novels or short stories in their own right.
Take a huge rag-bag of half-baked stories and stuff them into this unfortunate tome.
An epic tale of limitless potential smashed to pieces through poor execution, thoughtless plotting and a mire of inconsequential one off alien cultures. I'd rather they'd picked one thing and made it good. Dire.
I felt though that the story didn't really live up to my expectations. There was a significant conclusion to the previous book that I had felt would become the focus this time, but although it sticks in the background, it felt like the repercussions had mostly been brushed aside in favour of a more 'sci-fi' plot that felt less engaging to me, and a little more like an ethical manifesto. There are two other areas of the story that felt a lot like repetition of a theme that's used throughout the first two books.
Having said that, once I had got through the first few chapters, I was surprised by how easily readable I found the book and was disappointed each day when the end of my commute meant I had to put the book away. Having glanced back now at my reviews of the previous books in the series I realise that I may have been misremembering as I seem to have felt similarly then.
Ultimately though it's a book about the plot, exploring scientific concepts of parallel worlds and some moral and ethical questions, and it felt it suffered from not making the characters more engaging. I also felt that the wittiness had dropped off in this book, making it a more serious read despite the continuation of classic movie references.
So overall, it's worth reading if you enjoyed the first two books, but I don't think it serves as a particularly enticing entry point to the series. It feels like it might be the final book, and if not I'd probably think twice a about whether I want to continue.