In One Word

In One Word, The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter is…

long earth

  • Published in 2012 by Double Day
  • Format: Audiobook
    • Narrator: Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Listening Speed: 1.25x and then 1.5x about 60% in
  • Listening time: 5 long days


  • Elected to make this one a reading challenge book over another after comparing Goodreads review. After reading this, I’m not quite sure I made the right decision.
  • Loved the first part of the book. The introduction to Stepping was sudden and left the readers guessing what was going on as much as the characters. And it was a great introduction to Joshua and Janson. It’s hard to say which of them I like best but I definitely like the nuns a lot.
  • Offers a much more old-school style of sci-fi. It’s definitely more story-driven than character-driven and there is an incredible amount of detail in the worlds. For all that, it’s comparatively low on the technical talk. A non-scientifically minded reader (like me) could follow it fairly well.
  • Now, I could have read a whole book completely consisting of Helen Green’s diary (with occasional interludes from Jack and some of the other frontier people). The tales of new frontiering from a semi-innocent POV are great.
  • Good sarky humour from Lobsang when he wants to be funny. He’s a good thinking man to Josh’s action man.
  • A struggle to keep my attention as we meander across the earths. The world(s)-building was great, especially with the long-lasting consequences of widespread Stepping around the world (I find it hilarious that the UK pretty much fell apart) but there’s just too much of it. It’s just overload and I’m struggling to keep hold of the story amongst it all. I think the book sometimes forgets there’s a story too.
  • The return to Datum Earth and the view of the Humanity First extremists was pretty welcome after such a long time lost in the Long Earth. Suffice it to say that the story about Neanderthals is completely inaccurate but the bitterness and fury of those left behind on the Datum in tangible and we are left in no doubt that these are people to fear.
  • Entirely unexpected change of pace at the last part after far too much time-wasting. Something had to give but I didn’t think it would be that. That twist hit me so fast, I almost got whiplash, and it almost made it worth sticking this book out.
  • Damn, it ends with a hook to the next book and not entirely satisfactorily. The book somehow manages to be far too long and not feel at all like a complete story. I’m left feeling rather disappointed and I won’t be continuing with the series.

Goodreads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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