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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 07-01-12

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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4 out of 5 stars
By PlantCrone on 06-08-12

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.


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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 04-22-15

Excellent story

Excellent read or should I say listen. I couldn't wait to hear each instalment, now I have finished there is a blank in my journey home.....

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2 out of 5 stars
By Emmadaisel on 05-23-14

Great story, Shame about the voice

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I found the voice of the narrator very difficult to listen to - rather grating.

Would you be willing to try another one of Stefan Rudnicki’s performances?


What character would you cut from Eon?


Any additional comments?

This is my favorite book of all time. I thought I would enjoy the audible version, but found the narrator's voice grating. Not a good choice for me.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Nat on 12-14-16

Starts so well then, not so much.

It starts of well, if a little bland. And, oddly it skips the discovery of the asteroid and it's mysterious interior and begins with the secrets already discovered. This is an odd choice and rather disappointing as it removes much of that sense of exploitation.

By the middle it gets rather good but there are many rather forgettable characters so it's hard to keep up. Also there is much "hard sci-fi" but really it's just physics terms used in a gobeldigook kind of way so it's rather confusing. It's not hard to keep up, just that a lot of it is superfluous to the readers needs so you find your self almost stuck in literary mud, making needlessly slow progress.

At this point it's still mostly good and enjoyable. But then it goes full star wars prequels and hits you with alien politics. You don't care about what is happening or who it's happening too so you don't end up caring what is happening, which can be hard to discern due to the laborious descriptions that really don't help you understand anyway.

All up there are some god ideas but it really is hard work and not satisfying. There are many, many better books worth your time.

Fwiw I read a lot. I loved Ubik, catch 22, the forever war and I'm a rather fast reader and I enjoy physics.

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