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Kraken Audiobook

Kraken

With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this—or any other—year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about—or prevent—the End of All Things.
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Publisher's Summary

With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this—or any other—year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about—or prevent—the End of All Things.

In the Darwin Centre at London’s Natural History Museum, Billy Harrow, a cephalopod specialist, is conducting a tour whose climax is meant to be the Centre’s prize specimen of a rare Architeuthis dux—better known as the Giant Squid. But Billy’s tour takes an unexpected turn when the squid suddenly and impossibly vanishes into thin air.

As Billy soon discovers, this is the precipitating act in a struggle to the death between mysterious but powerful forces in a London whose existence he has been blissfully ignorant of until now, a city whose denizens—human and otherwise—are adept in magic and murder.

All of them—and others—are in pursuit of Billy, who inadvertently holds the key to the missing squid, an embryonic god whose powers, properly harnessed, can destroy all that is, was, and ever shall be.

©2010 China Mieville (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Mr. Miéville's novels - seven so far - have been showered with prizes; three have won the Arthur C. Clarke award, given annually to the best science fiction novel published in Britain…. [H]e stands out from the crowd for the quality, mischievousness and erudition of his writing…. Among the many topics that bubble beneath the wild imagination at play are millennial anxiety, religious cults, the relationship between the citizen and the state and the role of fate and free will." (The New York Times)

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    sgtbuk1 Knoxville, TN United States 07-08-11
    sgtbuk1 Knoxville, TN United States 07-08-11 Listener Since 2003

    sgtbuk1

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    "Not Mieville's best"

    Though I'm excited to see Mieville's launch away from the world he created in Perdido Street Station, I found this one to be pretty mundane.

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    Gerald 05-22-11
    Gerald 05-22-11
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    "Way too long and boring"

    I thought this was a science fiction book but it turns out to be a fantasy book. It is so long I almost quit listening several times. The author went on tangent after tangent of unneeded descriptions writen just to make the story longer. I am very sorry I wasted my time on this book. I would not read anything else by this author. The Narrator was fine but he didn't have much to work with since the novel was so poorly done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 03-20-11
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 03-20-11 Member Since 2010

    Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.

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    "A little confusing"

    I really liked this book and the idea behind it. I was intrigued by the religious overtones and I really liked the characters. One of the other reviews I read said it was funny, which I did not think it was, but none the less the story really held my interest. It was a bit confusing towards the end but all in all I enjoyed the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Flapjack 10-25-10
    Flapjack 10-25-10 Member Since 2012

    Flapjack Jones

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    "Wild story"

    I couldn't finish it. I loved the fantastic story, but the John Lee's strong voice, coupled with the accent, is too much for this American listener. He reads with all the intensity of an end-of-the-world movie preview. Every single word has gravity. He overpowers the text. I hope to finish this story in book form.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Putinsky Pontiac, Michigan 12-01-10
    Gary Putinsky Pontiac, Michigan 12-01-10 Member Since 2012

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    "Boring"

    Pure nonsense, hard to follow, tries to be funny and scary and fails at both

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Corinna M. McDonalc 06-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "So ungodly weird."

    Bottles! Science! Squid! Dolls! Semiotics! More squid! More science! False prophets! Warrior writers! Cell phones! Raaaaaaawr!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 04-15-13
    Tim United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2011

    Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?

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    "Funny Horror"

    Back in 2012 my favorite movie was "The Cabin in the Woods." A lot of my friends didn't liked it, but I thought that it was funny and horrifying at the same time. If you liked that movie, you will enjoy reading "Kraken" because it's well written from the comical aspect from the horror genre. Trying to catch the giant squid, talking tattoos and the sci-fi setting, is just funny.

    Most people likes slasher movies with blood, but I find them boring. I enjoy China Mieville's writing because he is very clever with his words. Instead of being chase by a killer, you are on a deep path of funny horror. It's very clever. I really enjoy this author because once you understand his style of writing, you can only assume that Mieville got sent to the principal's office many times.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-09-11 Member Since 2014

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

    A better reader way too much British slang and colloquium,also they authors style is chaotic,verbose to pointlessness. Plot was not that interesting


    Has Kraken turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    Scott brick, Simon prebble, Neil gammon


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    none


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Campbell 05-19-11
    D. Campbell 05-19-11 Member Since 2004
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    "What's the point?"

    Why are some of the characters so hostile towards each other? I just don't get it. It didn't seem to serve any purpose or fit into the flow of character through the story. Other reviews mentioned that the book was both predictable and impenetrable. Um...yes!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Pound, VA, United States 05-16-11
    John Pound, VA, United States 05-16-11 Member Since 2016
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    "meh"

    Mieville's stories and imagination are inevitably rich and complex.

    I also generally like John Lee . His reading of the Bernie Gunther series by P. Kerr is great. I do take a HUGE exception for Feast for Crows. Lee the Usurper cannot compete with Roy Dotrice, not at all. (Listening to Lee read Crows was a 31-hour exercise in resentment.)

    Lee's reading of Kraken was a similar experience. His reading is so far over the top as to make every single syllable distracting. Does he have to pronounce "Subby" as "Subbbbbbbbbbbbby" EVERY time? In my opinion I don't think Lee was showing much respect for Mieville's written word. I think he was loving his voice far more than the story. Lee didn't gild this lily. He shellacked it and then stomped on it.

    (Btw: anyone who thinks Mieville is a cheap version of Neil Gaiman is an idiot. Gaiman's the mockingbird; he's a hack with a gift for self-promotion).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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