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The Long Mars

The Long Earth, Book 3
Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
Series: The Long Earth, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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The years 2040 - 2045: 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 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 ulterior motives....

Meanwhile U.S. 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 are causing 'normal' human society to turn against the Next - and a dramatic showdown seems inevitable....

©2014 Terry and Lyn Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

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Better than the Long War

This book develops The Next and adds in Mars and Sally’s dad, Mr Lindsay, as other aspects to the saga. This means the Long Mars does not feel quite as much “more of the same” as was the case for The Long War but it would have been good to develop the perspective by taking the point of view of one of The Next (eg Paul Spencer-Waggoner) to mix things up a bit more. The series JUST keeps me interested enough to continue with the next book.

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love this series. cant wait to listen the remaining books. good reading from voice actor.

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  • Martin
  • 23-07-2014

Nothing new really.

Not going to write much, but for me the story seems to have lost direction now and is becoming a bit repetitive and if I am honest it is getting a bit boring, the whole thing is starting to seem a bit pointless and endless, there are just too many avenues to go down.

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  • Martin
  • 07-07-2014

More Baxter than Pratchett?

Would you listen to The Long Mars again? Why?

No, it jumped around all over the place and had no narrative drive.

Has The Long Mars put you off other books in this genre?

This series yes: the characters have lost their sense of identity and drive and now see to wander aimlessly from scene to scene.

What about Michael Fenton Stevens’s performance did you like?

He's great - accents, complex dialogue, emotion, all there and brilliantly executed.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, too long.

Any additional comments?

For me this is the last episode of the Long Earth series. A stunning start, but the momentum has gone and I'm not sure we care about any of the characters enough to pick up the next volume

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  • Fredrik Sturkell
  • 14-06-2017

A decent continuation.

Probably the weakest entry in the series as of yet, but still well worth your time especially if you have already read/listened to the two previous books.

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  • Ian
  • 10-09-2015

Heavier on the Baxter than Pratchett.

For me, the collaboration works well. Baxter's idea heavy, often challenging prose lightened by quirky ideas from the great man.
Not too heavy on plot but full of scientific notions.

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  • S. wootton
  • 07-07-2015

OK as far as it goes, not the best in the series

Would you try another book written by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter or narrated by Michael Fenton Stevens?

Yes, and I have done. However the narration isn't the best - some vary strange accents used for some of the characters. If you are familiar with Baxter & Pratchett's work individually you can see the mix in this series well. Unfortunately, in the later books Baxter's way of slipping into long narratives (which serve to paint a great picture of 'everyday' life in the particular universe - or universes in this case!) doesn't really do anything to add to the story. I started & finished this (and bought the 4th in the series) but no way as good as the first which I feel had much more suspense and more of the Pratchett twists & turns and, of course, gentle humour.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Not what you'd call 'gob smacking'

How could the performance have been better?

For me, MFS isn't best suited to this genre - however I understand that there are many who will feel he's done a great job on this - its just personal.

Was The Long Mars worth the listening time?

No, not really. I bought the first (The Long Earth) in hard back format - couldn't put it down, and just thought the concept and writing were great - nice humour too. I passed it on to my nephew as I thought he'd love it, being a big Pratchett fan, and wanted to introduce him to the Baxter Pratchett cooperative! I didn't bother to recommend the Long War, and certainly won't with the long Mars.

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  • tim
  • 05-07-2014

very simple, so much story

What made the experience of listening to The Long Mars the most enjoyable?

In part what i like the most is how these books have developed over the series. Each one develops the plot and introduces new and fascinating aspects.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Mars?

I have no idea why, it is not the best or most important scene, but Lobsang servicing Agnese's motor bike. It says so much about the character.

What about Michael Fenton Stevens’s performance did you like?

He is not the best i have heard, but there is something about his voice that really does suit these books, and there is something just right about his interpretation of Lobsang.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not one go, you do have to allow yourself to take all of this in. There is as i said, a lot of story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-2020

Great book typical Pratchett.

Very humorous tale, everything one would normally expect from Pratchett. Looking forward to the next book in this arc.

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  • Amazoniac
  • 16-12-2019

Disappointing

Struggled to finish this one. A really pedestrian story with very little to hold my interest. I didn't enjoy the first book in the series, but thought I should at least have a go at another as so many people rave about them. Last of the Long series for me. Still love Terry Pratchett, but will stick with discworld stories.

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  • Will Sam
  • 10-05-2018

Mars mind!

As the fun has only just begun on the Long Earth, Sally Linsay decided to jet off to explore the long Mars and maybe find intelligent life.

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  • Eliza
  • 15-02-2018

Significantly more exciting than its predecessors

The long mars is significantly more exciting than the first two books. Not sure why, tbh, I assume that it’s because I find the exploration side of things more interesting than the action side. While the long war took me a few weeks, I listened to the long mars in a matter of days and am definitely moving on to the next book. Also- a long mars, how cool! Can it be read as a stand-alone... I suppose, but you’ll loose a lot by way of character development and the long earth concept. It’s easier to explore with the authors when you’re not playing guessing games and know exactly what they’re talking about. And there is something to be said for how they unfold the long earth concept with every book. Anyway, 10/10 would recommend.