The Long Earth: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: June 2012

Duration: 11 hours 33 minutes

Summary:

The possibilities are endless. (Just be careful what you wish for. . . .)
1916: The Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone?
2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive—some say mad, others allege dangerous—scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and . . . a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.
The first novel in an exciting new collaboration between Discworld creator Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth transports readers to the ends of the earth—and far beyond. All it takes is a single step. . . .

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  • Meredith Hilton

    The book is excellent. I'm not that much of a science-fiction reader, but this seemed to be a unique story and idea, which held my interest all the way through. It does end very abruptly though, and I would assume that there will be a sequel. I was less pleased with the audiobook production. They chose a British reader for some uknown reason (all the main characters and a majority of the settings are American). So you had to endure this bad American accent (it's the kind often heard, that I don't think actually exists anywhere in the US) for 11 hours. The book is so good that the narration doesn't ruin it, but it definitely impeded my enjoyment and caused a lot of groaning.