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Antarctica

By: Kim Stanley Robinson
Narrated by: Adam Verner
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Publisher's Summary

The award-winning author of the Mars trilogy takes listeners to the last pure wilderness on Earth in this powerful and majestic novel.

It is a stark and inhospitable place, where the landscape itself poses a challenge to survival, yet its strange, silent beauty has long fascinated scientists and adventurers. 

Now Antarctica faces an uncertain future. The international treaty which protects the continent is about to dissolve, clearing the way for Antarctica’s resources to be plundered, its eerie beauty to be savaged. As politicians wrangle over its fate, major corporations begin probing for its hidden riches. Adventurers come, as they have for more than a century, seeking the wild, untamed land even as they endanger it with their ever-growing numbers. And radical environmentalists carry out a covert campaign of sabotage to reclaim the land from those who would destroy it for profit. All who come here have their own agenda, and all will fight to ensure their vision of the future for the remote and awe-inspiring world at the South Pole.

©1998 Kim Stanley Robinson (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Narrator ruins an otherwise interesting book.

I cannot stand Adam Verner's narration. His phony melodramatic nonsense falls squarely in the uncanny valley of never quite believable emotion and is weirdly a bizarrely over-sympathetic on every sentence, most of which require no sympathy. Its like listening to someone wax nostalgic about a science text.

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athe performance was awesome. The copyright not.

Please stop making legitimate purchasers listen to your tired comments. I want to appreciate and celebrate the writers. making anyone listen to the justification is theft, of my time. Please give me a reason why this theft of my time is justified.

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Go watch grass grow.

I found this book to be boring, pedantic, and condescending. But especially boring. I doubt I'll bother reading any other Robinson books. A waste of my time.

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Incredible

This is the second KSR book I’ve read, the first being Aurora. It takes a little while to come to terms with his style of writing, but once you do he shows what an incredible talent he is. Antarctica is presented with such beautiful imagery and the characters are fantastically developed. This is not only a good story, but full of history from the early days of Antarctica exploration. I’m genuinely sad that this book is over, however I’m looking forward to reading more KSR. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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not his best work by a lot

it seems to me like he took way longer to wrap up the ending then what it should have taken. but then again that's just me and I'm not professional author. was never really interested in a couple of the main characters, especially 'X'.

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Mmmyeaahhh. Man. Really wanted to love this new KSR book 😕

After reading aurora, the New York one and Shaman KSR blew my mind. Next level all day. Well, I suppose not Antarctica. I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for something KSR to happen. There was but one small moment that got me. Otherwise flat. Except for the super duper annoying tea bagged bandit narrator. I had to not think about that narration here. As I type and listen to the very last of it I realize I want to punch my phone. Sorry narrator if you’re reading this. Not your fault.
Anyhow. Sadly - don’t buy this book. This must have been his doo doo time on the throne over the last 7 years as he Siri dictates to Siri moments before the Zamban kicks in all the way. ✌️

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  • 07-26-21

An excellent story ruined

The storyline develops really nicely from the start with Robinsons usual attention to each of the characters.
Unfortunately the narrator is simply quite appalling.
Why the childishly silly voices? Does he really think that Robinson intends his characters and his narrative to come across like that?
I’ve given up and I’m going to get the e-book version and listen to it with VoiceOver.

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  • 11-16-21

An unexpected gem

I started this book as something to fall asleep to: a story I didn't really care about that I could drift in and out of. But that didn't last long!

By the time I was a quarter of the way through I was habitually rewinding to the point I last remembered so I didn't miss anything and the final few chapters were so absorbing and engaging that I couldn't possibly use the book to fall asleep to.

Great performance, interesting plot and fantastic setting for this lover of all things Antarctic.