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Publisher's Summary

Imagine two worlds at war. In one, citizens with jetpacks and ray guns have colonized Venus. In the other, magic reigns supreme, and history turns on swords and spells. Now imagine they have just discovered a third world.

Our world.

Our timeline of rideshare apps and strip malls is about to become the newest battlefield in the long war between science fiction and fantasy.

In Florida, assassins are hunting down optical scientist Felicia Scurry. Her only chance of survival lies with long haul trucker Bucephalus Troy, who has stumbled into a world he calls Bamalot, a swords and sorcery version of today where magic works and science never happened. In Seattle, YouTube blogger Charity Kong is on the trail of a jetpack-wearing secret agent who broke her heart. And in a sinister secret college deep under Oxford, a failed comic book artist just might have started a Three Worlds War.

Legendary science fiction writer Neal Stephenson teams up with World Fantasy Award-winning author Sean Stewart (Galveston; Cathy’s Book) and Austin Grossman (Soon I Will Be Invincible) to present New Found Land: The Long Haul, a thrilling, hilarious, and mind-bending audio drama in the tradition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Fast-paced, funny, and deeply weird, The Long Haul is a warm-hearted, rollicking adventure about ordinary people rising to an extraordinary moment.

New Found Land: The Long Haul is performed by Amber Williams, Jay Snyder, Gregory Connors, Izabel Mar, John Zdrojeski, Steve Routman, Graeme Malcolm, John Pirkis, Elizabeth Evans, LJ Ganser, Marc Vietor, Elizabeth Jasicki and features the voices of Allyson Johnson, Carrie Seim, Josh Hurley, Kevin T. Collins, Khristine Hvam, Lauren Fortgang, Nick Sullivan, Raphael Corkhill, and Steve Rimpici. 

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First audiobook I've regretted buying

All the descriptive parts you would normally get in a book have been stripped out, making this more like a very confusing script read. I think the story concept is very interesting but I wish I had read the book instead of trying to listen to this recording. With all the book parts removed, trying to follow what was happening, across world, which had counterpart people, was a real difficult mess. I would much rather have had a single narrator read the actual book. As most audiobooks do. This attempt to rip out the talking and leave the book parts out does not work. All the actors were paritcularly grating. They try, but try too hard so it comes off as over the top radio drama. Rather than actually providing the story. I feel this is the start of a new series, I was hoping for more of a laminar jet pack, flash gordon, side of the story but it was barely touched upon. If they are follow up novels, please don't do the audiobook like this again.

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Brilliant

A rollicking adventure and exploration of the premise of parallel universes.

The characters are rich and diverse and it’s engaging fun throughout.

More please.

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interesting but not quite interesting enough

The voice acting was fantastic , the best I've heard ( when it comes to multiple voice actors) . some parts of the story I would really get sucked into but then it would lose me which was distracting and dissapointing, almost as if some parts were written by a teenager. I don't know what it was but I just couldn't get fully hooked into it.

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Really clever and funny

I love this podcast. It's like a long radio play rather than the short segments that other podcasts have. The characters are very entertaining and the plot is fast and complex. Everyone wants to save their world. I hope there's a sequel.

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Fantastic story and productions

One of the best audiobooks I've listened to.

Engaging characters, excellently played, with pitch perfect production too.

A cleverly written and well staged radio play - I hope more audiobooks go down this path of full cast and production.

The story is the kind of complex spec fiction I've come to expect from Stephenson - I'll certainly be looking up the other authors too - and the world building and multiverse concepts are very well handled and easy to digest.

The characters in this piece are really fun and likeable. Lots of laugh out loud imagery and I really wish I had a magic beard.

There's so much to like here. I'm looking forward to the next instalment.



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leaves you confused

Struggle to listen, really confusing story telling too much too fast.
Cast did their job well, the story and storytelling are a mix of audio book narration and audio drama doesn't fit well for people new to fantasy books.

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absolutely brilliant

if you only listen to one audible book a year, this should be the one. A very well acted play with a very funny and entertaining storyline. I highly recommend it

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Listened and laughed, much fun :-)

A new genre for me and a very enjoyable first time, thank ya’ll very much :-)

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Fantastic Audio Drama

So one thing to get out of the way first, this is much more of an audio drama than an audio book. If you haven't listened to an audio drama before maybe go look for a free one on Spotify, they can be rather jarring the first time you listen to one.

Now with that out of the way, I loved this. It was great, the cast's performance was awesome and the background noise was very well done. The story is an amazing premise and I found it very enjoyable. The characters were enjoyable if somewhat one dimensional. Overall a very fun romp of a story, not super serious and not the longest. But if your looking for a fun story, definitely give it a try.

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Crazy sci-fi fantasy!

What a ride! Very fun, wizards, super heroes and conspiracy theories. If you like Hitch-hikers guide, you’ll probably like this.

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  • Tory Thai
  • 12-06-2021

You'll like this if you liked The Zeta Family.

Gave me some of the same feel good campy adventure as The Zeta Family by Gretchen Enders. Highly recommend that audiobook if you liked this.

This was amazing! I loved the audio drama format. The noise and sound effects were minimal and barely if any music. Every now and then for like introductions to chapters or events it may have a tune that ends when everyone starts talking but nothing too distracting. Only issue I had was some of the audio quality took a dip for dramatic effect when some of the characters were listening to tapes. It's a artistic choice that doesn't impact the story but some times I found it jarring.

Overall the story feels very episodic but also it isn't. Occasionally these characters dive into tapes that give a storyline from a different world. Once a chapter in this other worlds story it will continue in the 'modern/present time/world'. I liked this format as it was easy to jump in and out of to listen throughout a few days and pick up where I left off.

The use of a full cast was a great decision due to the number of distinct characters. I think without a full cast I probably would have struggled recognizing who was who as there were so many important characters to keep track of. The full cast gave everyone a distinct personality and voice that suited their character.

The plot was so much fun! It felt like a campy on the road modern fantasy adventure. It was also funny/cute too several moments got a chuckle or a giggle out of me as I really appreciated the kind of humor in this. The plots stacked on top of plots was easy to follow too thanks to the use of the full cast making it really distinct which storyline you were following and with what characters.

The characters were fun. Super outrageous, over the top fun and were fairly consistent. Character growth was lacking but I didn't really mind. I felt like the characters were already super fun and distinct that any growth would be hard to work in when they are already at 100.

World building was great too. I felt like the audio drama format did a great enough job at being descriptive where it needed to be and a use of sound effects for easily recognizable things to fluff out everything. I never once had trouble picturing what was going on.

Overall I felt really good with this. It's not a high tension or high anxiety adventure. It's more of a silly and light-hearted approach. There is some tenser moments, and of course these characters being hunted does darken the overall theme time to time but it never gets grim.

Highly recommend this if you're needing something fun and light.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-06-2021

whimsical

along the lines of "men in black". if you enjoy Douglas Adams and other zany, light-hearted, imaginative fantasy, you will probably enjoy this.

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  • brennan h.
  • 11-06-2021

Entertaining throughout

Storyline was great. Characters done well. Only criticism is there are awkward long pauses between chapters/ character change which made me think the playback had paused.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-06-2021

Fun, frivolous

Well acted. The story is fun, twisted and entertaining. Story is well written. Found it engaging.

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  • Rowan
  • 10-06-2021

So good!

Super entertaining and nice performances by the actors! I definitely recommend for all fantasy lovers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-06-2021

Entertaining, unique plot and great presentation

This was thoroughly entertaining to listen to. The concept is great and the characters are well presented. As a bonus, the sound effects and voice narration are top-notch!

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  • JimmyD
  • 19-06-2021

Fantastic! Full cast is massively entertaining!

I wish we could tip the cast and producers... the voice acting, editing, and direction were phenomenal, and it was less like an audiobook than a full stage production. I'm looking forward to hopefully more productive of this caliber. Story-wise, it was the basic plot and story that made me select this title, and I was not disappointed -- very creative and well-thought out. Looking forward to more!

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  • Karolina
  • 20-06-2021

Great entertainment!

I'm only 2 hours in, but I had to press pause and write my first ever review. I'm loving this story and the characters so much that I wish I had paid for this. Plus I really hope there will be more, maybe even a series? HBO are you listening?

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  • Nunyo Business
  • 15-06-2021

Fun and entertaining

By far, one of the best "free" downloads I've found. Would definitely listen to more.

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  • Gabriel Auld
  • 15-06-2021

it's really fun

I wouldn't say it's the best thing in the world but it's a really really fun lark and it really doesn't get boring and it's really well produced and acted

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  • Andy Williams
  • 11-07-2021

Ambivalent I loved it and hated it

Drama was excellent. The story took a lot of getting going and I almost gave up a few times.
I have 2 kinds of stories, ones where I can’t get enough and the headphones are stuck all day and ones where I can have a nap for an hour here and there. Unfortunately this is more of a second variety. My guess is it reads better than it sounds. I love Neal and could almost tell by my interest in the story which bits he had written. I love dramatisations and cat wait for pat 2.

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  • P
  • 04-07-2021

Wasted my credit

I like Neal Stephenson a lot but could barely notice any trace of his style in this.

Production & acting is fine but I just found the story silly & not at all well written, I persevered & hoped I'd get into it but couldn't finish it because I just couldn't give a stuff about the story or characters.

It's also quite hard to follow & extremely fragmented.

So disappointed.

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