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Eon

De : Greg Bear
Lu par : Stefan Rudnicki
Série : The Way, Volume 1
Durée : 17 h et 4 min
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Perhaps it wasn't from our time, perhaps it wasn't even from our universe, but the arrival of the 300-kilometer long stone was the answer to humanity's desperate plea to end the threat of nuclear war. Inside the deep recesses of the stone lies Thistledown: the remnants of a human society, versed in English, Russian and Chinese. The artifacts of this familiar people foretell a great Death caused by the ravages of war, but the government and scientists are unable to decide how to use this knowledge. Deeper still within the stone is the Way. For some the Way means salvation from death, for others it is a parallel world where loved ones live again. But, unlike Thistledown, the Way is not entirely dead, and the inhabitants hold the knowledge of a present war, over a million miles away, using weapons far more deadly than any that mankind has ever conceived.

©1985 Greg Bear (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Michael
  • 01/07/2012

Am Epic Original SciFi Read Worth Your Time...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'm cautious as to what I recommend, because recommendations in anything defines us in those with whom we associate. With that in mind, I only recommend audiobooks/book that captivate me, that are truly original in scope and idea. No middle ground. No gray area. In this case, I'd recommend this audiobook to anyone, ESPECIALLY my friends. Eon brings together alternate dimensions, aliens, Armageddon, warfare, character conflict and culture clash together brilliantly. AND it's a series??? Most excellent.

What did you like best about this story?

It grows almost exponentially as you read it. Once you HAVE read it, you'll know exactly whatI mean. The scope and ramifications of the story reach out further and consequences become more severe and dramatic as the story unfolds. This ALWAYS makes for a good story, and remember, it's ALL about the story. And NO, I'm NOT giving anything away.

What three words best describe Stefan Rudnicki’s performance?

Clear, pace-setting, restrained.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

SO many moments in this read stood out, but one in particular was when Lanier is simply overwhelmed by the sheer scope, the magnitude, of the technological capabilities of the Stone's inhabitants and societies. The technology borders on seeming magical at certain points, because of the almost limitless scope of what can be done by everyday people in this society. Imagine what a Neanderthal would think of a microwave, a television, running water, or photography. WOW. How's that for a descriptive word of what you'll encounter as you read this for yourself? You'll discover what they discover, and you'll enjoy the journey.

Any additional comments?

Any review I write in this depth or greater is due to PASSION. You'll see that the books, authors, and narrators I dislike will have short to the point epitaph-style reviews. Not this audiobook. I cannot recommend it enough. This book will require you to think. Yes, that's right, I wrote THINK. It doesn't mean that you will not understand this book. It's easy to understand. What you'll have to think about are ideals. Things like politics, societal norms erased, eternity, religion, the human condition. Wait, wait, wait...It's a great, fun read, and not lofty, so rest easy. Enjoy the book. Find others who have read it, and have fun tearing ideals apart. You'll be better for it, and be glad you read this book. I know I am.

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  • PlantCrone
  • 08/06/2012

Enjoyable solid Si Fi-30 years old- still topical

I first read "Eon" when it was published in 1985 - and was fascinated by the concept and ideas detailed in this long and complicated novel. Especially complicated for me since I'm not a physics or mathematics specialist. I had to take the theories as SF drama and let it go at that.

Listening to the book after such a long time was rewarding and equally fascinating. The character development is involved and up to Greg Bears usual fastidious work...plot development is intricate and convoluted at times but well done and the final chapters unexpected.

If you've read it and are looking for serious SF to listen to, give "Eon" another try. If this 3 book trilogy is new to you than "Eon" is the place to start.

Enjoy.

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  • Mike
  • 04/04/2012

Great Sci-Fi

What made the experience of listening to Eon the most enjoyable?

Stefan Rudnicki. Enough said. And the fact there's a whole faction based on Ralph Nader... Naderites. LOL!

What did you like best about this story?

The way the author used time and space, and avoided paradox. The technology and physics were really far out, but not so far that you felt 'no way, this is just some guy writing while tripping'.

What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

Stefan Rudnicki. Enough said.

Any additional comments?

I bought this book in hard copy when I was 15. When I saw Stefan was reading it, I had to pick it up, and was glad I did.... I usually listen to books while I work, however, you really need full attention with this one, because it's jam packed with time/space technology that if you miss the explanation of it it will hurt you in the long run.

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  • p j starr
  • 26/10/2016

Best science fiction novel ever

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

What a fantastic story, this would make a fantastic movie. This is a book you cannot put down.

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  • William Manatt
  • 18/04/2012

Ingenious, Thought-provoking, Imaginative

What made the experience of listening to Eon the most enjoyable?

The physics and mathematical puzzles related the Stone.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Eon?

The realization of the true nature of the Stone and the imaginative delights and puzzles of its inhabitants and the world they inhabit.

What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

An emotional dimension.

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

No, it's better to linger.

Any additional comments?

Suspend your disbelief: ignore the time the story takes place, pretend the Cold War has not ended. Immerse yourself in Bear's imaginative universe, and you'll be amply rewarded.

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  • thomas
  • 09/06/2014

Big Idea Sci Fi

What did you love best about Eon?

It harkens back to a time when Sci Fi was full of big ideas that can be traced back to Clarke. The big idea in this book is a touchstone so that a description of quantum physics can play front and center to a story that attempts to define our future and ultimately our past. I enjoyed it.

What did you like best about this story?

There is hard science in this book, make no mistake. I enjoyed the fact that it make me think of physics and gave me incentive to investigate concepts central to the plot. Additionally, thought written in the 1980's, the political intrigue in the book is somewhat timeless. I thought it was a smart and clever book.

Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not. I thought he did a good job. He portrayed the different characters with different voices well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending. Though I saw it coming, it was fascinating and sets up the next book very well. Well done.

Any additional comments?

This book requires your attention. There are many different characters, some with similar names in a setting that is very different. It can get confusing if you don't keep track, so be prepared to immerse yourself in "the stone". I like this genre of Sci Fi, and I will read the rest of the books in the series.

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  • S. Anderson
  • 26/03/2013

Very good book

I have never really read Greg Bear but rather was on the hunt for books narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, my favorite narroator. I am glad I found this book. Very interesting story from a sci-fi and inter-personal relationship point of view.

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  • David
  • 17/03/2013

Still holds up well

I first read Eon as a teenager, and was quite obsessed with its extremely detailed and imaginative worlds. I was curious to see if I'd still like it today, and I was pleased to find that it was just as engaging and mind-expanding as I'd remembered.

The most thrilling parts of the novel are the opening scenes, as the characters explore the multi-chambered Stone, gradually learning its secrets, and then travel further down the infinite Corridor; there's a tremendous sense of an journey toward greater and greater discovery. The final chapter is a brilliant twist that ends the novel perfectly with a beautiful reworking of its themes.

Of course, the novel's Cold War politics and its depictions of astronaut-soldiers in the year 2000 now seem extremely dated, but fortunately this is a novel about alternate universes, so one can simply pretend that the story takes place in a different universe than ours...

The human side of things isn't quite as good; Bear's handling of the romantic subplots is rather stilted and sometimes the characters seem a little too unflappable in the face of universe-changing events. But these aren't major problems, and there is often some emotional intensity in the scenes in which characters are yearning for home, or discovering that everything they knew was wrong.

I was briefly taken aback by the narrator's ridiculously manly voice (it's like being read to by Barry White), but I got used to it rapidly and he's very good at distinguishing the characters.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 28/09/2014

Eons Long

IF HE COULD ONLY EXPLAIN THE SIMPLE THINGS
Bear took on more then he could write about in this saga. Full of lots of mind blowing physics, math and science, the story was just too broad and complicated for Bear to explain. I first read this over 30 years ago. At the time I could barely understand it, but in my youth I felt compelled to finish every book I started and I did. Now that I am older, more mature, and better read, I thought I would try again with the help of Stefan Rudnicki. I still could not wrap my mind around it or find much entertaining in this future text book. I could blame myself for not being the scientific genius, it takes to enjoy this diatribe or I could blame Bear for not being a good enough writer to give it life. I blame Bear and I am not going to listen to no boring book. I quit early on this and advise you not to start.

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  • C. Olsen
  • 22/08/2020

All time favorite.

I've read the book for times. Now I have listened to it 3 times. My kind of had SciFi.

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  • Footloose
  • 23/10/2019

Interesting story but heavy on the content

It is quite an interesting story but I found it heavy on the content. That is the fantasy stuff which brought in a huge amount of new things to listen and imagining. A lot of new names of races, methods and technologies with odd workings and relations. It's like getting thrown into the cold water of a new world with little time to catch up on things.

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  • Ohrenbär
  • 15/05/2017

Show, don’t tell

Was genau hat Sie an Eon enttäuscht?

"Zeigen statt erzählen" gehört zu den Top 10 der Ratschläge, die man werdenden AutorInnen an die Hand gibt. Greg Bear scheint davon noch nie gehört zu haben - oder diesen Ratschlag zu ignorieren. So bekommt man den Großteil der Handlung nacherzählt, erlebt ihn aber selten direkt mit. Das, was man dann direkt mitbekommt, enttäuschte mich zweifach:
1. Die Charaktere sind flach und verwechselbar.
2. Die Geschichte, die Bear erzählt, ist langweilig und irgendwie pointenlos. Das Interessanteste war noch der Epilog - aber nicht interessan genug, um mir Lust auf die weiteren Bücher zu machen.

Haben Sie vorher schon ein Hörbuch mit Stefan Rudnicki gehört? Wie würden Sie beide vergleichen?

Ja, ich habe schon andere Hörbücher des selben Sprechers gehört. Er hat ein Manko, das mich bei vielen Sprechern stört: Er liest alles in demselben ruhigen Tonfall vor. Selbst spannende, schnelle und actiongeladene Szenen. Diese verlieren dadurch an Dynamik und Spannung. In "Eon" gibt es solche Szenen aber nicht, daher stört dies hier nicht.
Abgesehen davon hat Rudnicki eine hervorragende Stimme und verleiht den Charakteren (meistens) unverwechselbare Stimmen.