The Years of Rice and Salt
- Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
- Length: 25 hrs and 56 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 07-05-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
This is a universe where the first ship to reach the New World travels across the Pacific Ocean from China and colonization spreads from west to east. This is a universe where the Industrial Revolution is triggered by the world's greatest scientific minds - in India. This is a universe where Buddhism and Islam are the most influential and practiced religions, and Christianity is merely a historical footnote.
Through the eyes of soldiers and kings, explorers and philosophers, slaves and scholars, Robinson renders an immensely rich tapestry. Rewriting history and probing the most profound questions as only he can, Robinson shines his extraordinary light on the place of religion, culture, power, and even love on such an Earth. From the steppes of Asia to the shores of the Western Hemisphere, from the age of Akbar to the present and beyond, here is the stunning story of the creation of a new world.
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By Deaf Fred on 24-06-18
This is the first book I’ve tried from Audible. I can’t judge the story because I have barely started it. But the narration was terrible; flat monotone delivery with no life to it at all. I shall be avoiding any other books narrated by Mr Pinchot, if I bother trying any other ones at all.
By Kindle Customer on 04-09-17
Interesting, thoughtful book
Not sure I'd recommend this book but I did enjoy it. There's no real book long plot, except perhaps in pretty vague terms, but the glimpses into different periods in this alternate history are varied and generally interesting. It can be pretty hard to keep track of who's who throughout the book, probably easier in the printed version, but even if you figure it out most stories feel pretty separate from the previous ones.
It's not a rip roaring adventure but if you enjoy thoughtful, introspective books it's worth a listen.
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By dm on 07-09-15
This book starts out as a very good story and somewhere along the way has me thinking of how to appreciate each day anew. What a fantastic thing. I was at a low spot in my life and contemplating this book and its central ideas have proved uplifting.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
By Mark Patterson on 22-08-15
Alternate History as Philosophical Vehicle
This is an alternate history in which the POD (point of departure) and even the characters repeated through successive generations are a means for Robinson to explore various topics including religion, to government, power, epistemology and even the environment. The writing is a bit heavy-handedly poetic at times. I like a bit more story myself. But maybe that’s just my Western (extinct in the Salt and Rice world) mind.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful