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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,145 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Charles Wilson Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Spin Series Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781427205414
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Wildly praised by readers and critics alike, Robert Charles Wilson’s Spin won science fiction’s highest honor, the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Now, in Spin’s direct sequel, Axis, Wilson takes us to the “world next door”—the planet engineered by the mysterious Hypotheticals to support human life, and connected to Earth by way of the Arch that towers hundreds of miles over the Indian Ocean. Humans are colonizing this new world—and, predictably, fiercely exploiting its resources, chiefly large deposits of oil in the western deserts of the continent of Equatoria.

Lise Adams is a young woman attempting to uncover the mystery of her father’s disappearance ten years earlier. Turk Findley is an ex-sailor and sometimes-drifter. They come together when an infall of cometary dust seeds the planet with tiny remnant Hypothetical machines. Soon, this seemingly hospitable world will become very alien indeed—as the nature of time is once again twisted, by entities unknown.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie | 2/16/2014

    " supposed to be a sequel to Spin, but it does not follow any of the characters from Spin - just later events in the same universe. So far, not so good... (Tune in for more details once/if I finish it.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 1/28/2014

    " Excellent science fiction--but read Spin first, as this is a sequel to that novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/9/2014

    " well. I have to read the last one now, but this one was not as good as the first. the series is in danger of becoming to abstract for my liking...but i will soldier on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 1/8/2014

    " Axis is the sequel to Spin, which I thought was phenomenal. Axis was good, but it just couldn't compare. I hope Vortex, the third in the series, blows me away like Spin did! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 1/7/2014

    " amazing book... I'm not usually a big SF fan, but this is one of the best books (science fiction or not) I've ever read. great storytelling, character development, plot, and flow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Lainhart | 1/1/2014

    " A serviceable story but a far cry from the brilliance of Spin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nemesis2me | 12/29/2013

    " I enjoyed the characters but I just wish there was more to this story. It had so much potential to make this a great adventure but the government gives up as soon as the fourths start to run and your favorite characters all die off so easily. I had this feeling that he was going somewhere great with this but just gave up and decided to just end the story. I still enjoyed this read, maybe another book may come out to take on another perspective of the Hypotheticals. Maybe a prequel, the beginning of the Hypotheticals or another civilazation that inhabits another world through one of the many arches. One can only hope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Laduke | 12/23/2013

    " A good book but not great. Enjoyed Spin better. Will finish reading the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 12/3/2013

    " Fast read, it was ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 11/1/2013

    " Not as good as "Spin," but it still holds its own. If you liked "Spin" you will like "Axis." It will leave you wondering what is up next for the next installment "Vortex." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 10/28/2013

    " Def not as good as Spin. But like continued exploration of idea of nature of AI intelligence, esp whether it is "godlike" or not (does it have a collective purpose?). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Schincke | 10/25/2013

    " A very solid follow-up to Spin. Pretty solid plot, decent character development and actions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clayton | 10/11/2013

    " this book was ok, but nowhere near as good as its prequel. a little disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edelhart Kempeneers | 8/9/2013

    " Okee vervolg op Spin. Die vond ik toch beter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 11/20/2012

    " I read this because Spin was so good. This book was no where near as good, it is a sequel though all new characters (well mostly). It just doesn't have the magic idea Spin had and that disappoints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Farida | 11/7/2012

    " I liked it well enough but... what just happened? I'm getting a little fed up with the Hypotheticals and the lack of answers. I guess that's the point, but it feels a bit like the 3rd season of Lost. Spin (its predecessor) had more focus, and worked as a stand-alone book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Waqas | 8/14/2012

    " Not as incredible as the first book in the series, but still pretty good. Ended a bit abruptly, which might just be setup for the third book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack Wegason | 6/17/2012

    " Not quite as amazing as the first as most of the concepts that made the first book so great are continued here. It is more of a story set in a science fiction universe than a sci-fi book, and that's a good thing. It continues the arc of the first book and answers more questions than it raises. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 6/7/2012

    " Ok follow up to Spin. We'll see if there is a 3rd and it delivers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 3/25/2012

    " A sort of sequel to spin with more action and consideration of what it means to be human and to love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruinesque | 8/17/2011

    " I would give this a 4.5 if the star system allowed for it. So good! I liked it even better than Spin. Toward the end, incredible alien imagery, mystery, beauty, and no predictable outcomes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/14/2011

    " Good sequel, but near as good as Spin. After identifying with the characters in Spin, I had a hard time with the new characters in Axis at first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 5/3/2011

    " Nowhere near as profound or mind-boggling as "Spin", this sequel is more of a quick adventure romp in the universe of its predecessor. Ultimately little is learned about the Hypotheticals, and although Wilson's prose is as good as ever, the story is quickly forgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mirek | 4/25/2011

    " Great book. Can't wait for the sequel (Vortex). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matthew | 4/10/2011

    " Not as good as Spin. This felt cobbled together and poorly thought out. I hoped for much, much more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 3/8/2011

    " This was the Spider-Man 2 of this series: a lot of talk about feelings and relationships, not much action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 2/25/2011

    " Not as good as the first book in the series (called Spin), but still very interesting. Can't wait for the third one to come out this summer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stargrave | 2/20/2011

    " I just read this in preparation for the third book, really. I knew it wasn't going to be terribly exciting. It was a little more boring than I expected. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 2/3/2011

    " As good as Spin was, this was not. Took me forever to finish and didn't enjoy it at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 1/7/2011

    " Not as good as the first book of the series. But, still readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 12/13/2010

    " Nice sequel to Spin. Entertaining, thought provoking not deep but galactic scale... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 10/31/2010

    " Great follow-on to the excellent "Spin". Is there a god? If so, would mere humans be able to ascertain god's motives in the grand scheme? Those are the questions he's set himself up to tackle in the third book. I look forward to seeing how he does it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 10/27/2010

    " The sequel to "Spin". Pretty awesome book, though I preferred its predecessor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clayton | 9/13/2010

    " this book was ok, but nowhere near as good as its prequel. a little disappointed. "

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