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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,162 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kim Stanley Robinson Narrator: Sarah Zimmerman Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity’s only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future.

The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 2312 is a monumental tour de force that reimagines the solar system in ways no one has envisioned before. Whether comparing the compositions of Beethoven to those of skylarks and warblers, or describing a life-threatening sunrise on Mercury, Robinson fills 2312 with joy and exuberance, danger and fear, and the steadily mounting suspense of a mystery that spans the planets. This is the finest novel yet from the author who gave us the Mars Trilogy and Galileo’s Dream. An amazing accomplishment.”

    Robert Crais, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Truly affecting…Perhaps Robinson’s finest novel, 2312 is a treasured gift to fans of passionate storytelling.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Very few writers can at length sustain both the nothingness where characters, where lives, happen and also the tech and thrill where adventure occurs…[Robinson’s] new novel, 2312, is his boldest trip into all of the marvelous SF genres—ethnography, future shock, screed against capitalism, road to earth—and all of the ways to thrill and be thrilled.”


  • “Robinson delivers a challenging, compelling masterpiece of science fiction…Robinson’s extraordinary completeness of vision results in a magnificently realized, meticulously detailed future in which social and biological changes keep pace with technological developments.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The award-winning Robinson delivers a feast for advanced technology fans and future history aficionados with this intriguing portrait of a solar system economy based on the mining of the asteroid belt. Despite their genetically engineered adaptions to their galactic colonies, his well-drawn characters resonate with traits that emphasize their humanity.”

    Library Journal

  • A 2012 Barnes & Noble Best Book
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee
  • Winner of the 2012 Nebula Award for Best Novel
  • A 2013 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 2013 Locus Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jasonpeace | 2/17/2014

    " This was an ok read. Its pacing was kinda odd. I sorta felt the book was over and done befor I expected. Its sorta obvious now that this was more a book about Swan and Wharam then one about qubes going awry. I think I was paying more attention to te background threads of the story then the main one. Ergo, the surprise at the story suddenly being over. I would have like to have seen a lot more about the qubes passing the turing tests and the implications of them being in human form. Again, that wasnt what this story was about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nikki | 2/15/2014

    " A lot to slog through just to get to the point. The main idea of the book has potential, but the storyline is so drawn out and not always obviously connected. I think the main characters are not developed to their fullest potential. This could have been written in a lot less pages. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Nzfauna | 1/28/2014

    " I struggled through 40 pages of this book, then had to give it up because it was so tedious. Boring, annoying, over-descriptive, predictable, and redundant writing. Stupid chapter structure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Josh Bancroft | 1/27/2014

    " Dense and lengthy, like a good KSR book should be. More character driven than tech driven, but still enough fun scifi stuff. Twists keep the plot moving at a stately but constant pace. "

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