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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter Narrator: Michael Fenton Stevens Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Long Earth Series Release Date: June 2014 ISBN: 9780062297327
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The third novel in Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter’s Long Earth series, which Io9 calls “a brilliant science fiction collaboration”

2040–2045. In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous rescue work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has an ulterior motive for his request.

Meanwhile, US Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own, leading an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth.

For Joshua, the crisis he faces is much closer to home. He becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next: the super-bright post-humans who are beginning to emerge from their “long childhood” in the community called Happy Landings, located deep in the Long Earth. Ignorance and fear have caused “normal” human society to turn against the Next—and a dramatic showdown seems inevitable.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Baxter and Pratchett remain in fine form, their collaboration producing another thoughtful page-turner.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Unlike Pratchett’s Discworld saga, this long, descriptive audiobook is a travelogue across 250 Martian landscapes, with a subplot involving mutations that turn ordinary humans into geniuses. As Michael Stevens narrates in a moderately paced upper-class British accent, the listener soon disappears into the story. He distinguishes between characters using subtle vocal techniques…This is skilled, low-key science fiction.”

    AudioFile

  • “A solid piece of old-school science fiction, with a modern political bent; the exploration of both the Long Earth and Long Mars is well played. Long Mars in particular is an excellent piece of world building.”

    Booklist

  • “Third in the series exploring the idea that alternate Earths exist and can be visited simply by ‘stepping’ into them…Panoramic and fascinating.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author
Author Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett (1948–2015) was an English novelist known for his frequently comical work in the fantasy genre. He is best known for his popular and long-running Discworld series. His first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, and after publishing his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983, he wrote two books a year on average. He was the United Kingdom’s bestselling author of the 1990s and has sold more than 55 million books worldwide. In 2001 he won the Carnegie Medal for his children’s novel The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. Pratchett was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature in 1998 and was knighted in 2009.

About the Narrator

Michael Fenton Stevens is an actor and comedian, as well as a founding member of The Hee Bee Gee Bees, a pop music group. He is known for his work in television and for his voice work on BBC Radio 4.