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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,213 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Poul Anderson Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781470802431
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Others have written science fiction on the theme of immortality, but in The Boat of a Million Years, Poul Anderson made it his own. Early in human history, certain individuals were born who live on—unaging, undying—through the centuries and millennia. This story follows them over two thousand years, up to our time and beyond—to the promise of utopia and to the challenge of the stars.

As time goes on, these unique individuals must learn to cope with—and hide—their true nature. Facing suspicion by the mortals around them, they become wanderers, disconnected even from their families. But hope lies ahead.

A milestone in modern science fiction and a New York Times Notable Book when first published in 1989, this is one of a great writer’s finest works.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Succeeds admirably.”

    New York Times

  • “Anderson brings proven storytelling abilities and research skills to chronicles that range from 310 BC to a centuries-distant future.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ambitious in scope, meticulous in detail, polished in style.”

    Library Journal

  • “An unforgettable novel, with a cast as big as mankind and an adventure that charts the course of time. Read it, enjoy it, savor it.”

    Jerry Pournelle, multiple award–winning science fiction author

  • “This is the book we’ve all been waiting for!”

    Joe Haldeman, author of The Forever War

  • A 1989 New York Times Notable Book
  • A 1990 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award Nominee
  • A 1990 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 1989 Nebula Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 2/19/2014

    " Probably worth the extra half a star the average is at right now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Olsen | 2/17/2014

    " not as good as the hype but still very good. it left me wanting to know what happens next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colin | 1/29/2014

    " Very well written story with three or four interwoven storylines that only come together in the last third of the book. It has many of the same issues that plague many Poul Anderson books, notably his heavy handed application of libertarian themes and concepts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/24/2014

    " this was a good book. it definitely made think. what fun is immortality if there is nobody to share it with and if there is no goal other than survival? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jared | 1/15/2014

    " A fantastical and grandiose ideas that is marred by Anderson's political interjections and an unwieldy plot. The characters were all distinct and complicated, but the limp ending makes the journey a wild goose chase for all but the biggest fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theboss | 1/11/2014

    " Favorite book about immortals - would love to see this as a movie some day. The movie Hanncock could have been partially based off a segment of this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph Brown | 1/4/2014

    " This work of scifi is boring I could not finish the book because it did not even come close to grasping my interest. From page 1 it is not interesting, the only interest was the title. Reading this piece of work is a challenge for me but I will try to read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garnett | 1/3/2014

    " Good, not great sci-fi. It tends to drag at the end. Fans of Highlander might enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/24/2013

    " As I've said elsewhere, I only like this book until the story reaches "present day". After that it's not very interesting anymore. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mitchell Walker | 12/20/2013

    " I listened to this as an audiobook and couldn't bear to finish it. The story just seemed like garbage. This is simply science fiction drivel. If you were trapped in a prison cell this might be pretty cool but if you have any options at all there is no reason to choose this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Freedom | 12/19/2013

    " Probably one of my favorite books of all time. I can still remember many of the scenes from this book vividly, something that is very rare for me with books I have only read once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaya | 12/3/2013

    " I really really love this book. I've read it a zillion times or so. The themes it explores, such as the logistics of immortality, are realistically and beautifully dealt with. One of the best books I've read in years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Kimsey | 11/23/2013

    " Good mix of historical and science fiction. Gets nice and trippy at the end. Of course since he is a science fiction author he lays on the bullshit libertarianism a little thick at a few points, but still a really good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alan Clark | 8/13/2013

    " Tedious stuff, I couldn't be bothered to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin Huijgen | 6/19/2013

    " The boat of a million years is a very neatly done work about people who don't age. Not immortal, because they can die. They just don't age. It's an amazing and large-scope story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobo | 4/20/2013

    " I want to write the screen play of this book. I have read it 3 times...so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Friedrich Schopenhauer | 4/18/2013

    " It should have ended about 100 pages prior to when it actually did "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent Moffitt | 2/13/2013

    " Not one of his better stories, but still worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 2/4/2013

    " An interesting story of a group of immortals and their trek through the centuries. Some science fiction is good like Arthur C. Clarke and this book is one of them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Keith | 2/6/2012

    " Even the masters stumble sometimes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thannasset | 1/17/2012

    " Should have been better--good premise, following long-lifers/possible immortals through different eras, describing their eventual meetings...came across as ponderous and pretentious to me, and I hate to say something like that about an author I like. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David Worrell | 10/6/2011

    " The book had promise, but it tailed off toward the end. I was almost 100 pages from the end when I stopped reading - I just didn't care any more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 7/15/2011

    " Mind blowing, its a fabulous idea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 6/9/2011

    " An interesting story of a group of immortals and their trek through the centuries. Some science fiction is good like Arthur C. Clarke and this book is one of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Friedrich | 4/15/2011

    " It should have ended about 100 pages prior to when it actually did "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Freedom | 1/30/2011

    " Probably one of my favorite books of all time. I can still remember many of the scenes from this book vividly, something that is very rare for me with books I have only read once. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sul | 11/16/2010

    " El libro en general es muy bueno, pero un final que quiso ser muy ambicioso terminó por decepcionar. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Apiksaal | 8/9/2010

    " the ending was hard to swallow "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garnett | 7/11/2010

    " Good, not great sci-fi. It tends to drag at the end. Fans of Highlander might enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin | 3/6/2010

    " The boat of a million years is a very neatly done work about people who don't age. Not immortal, because they can die. They just don't age. It's an amazing and large-scope story. "

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