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Perdido Street Station Audiobook

Perdido Street Station

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Publisher's Summary

Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores.

In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none - not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory. Isaac has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before fathomed. Though the Garuda's request is scientifically daunting, Isaac is sparked by his own curiosity and an uncanny reverence for this curious stranger.

While Isaac's experiments for the Garuda turn into an obsession, one of his lab specimens demands attention: a brilliantly colored caterpillar that feeds on nothing but a hallucinatory drug and grows larger - and more consuming - by the day. What finally emerges from the silken cocoon will permeate every fiber of New Crobuzon, and not even the Ambassador of Hell will challenge the malignant terror it invokes.

A magnificent fantasy rife with scientific splendor, magical intrigue, and wonderfully realized characters, told in a storytelling style in which Charles Dickens meets Neal Stephenson, Perdido Street Station offers an eerie, voluptuously crafted world that will plumb the depths of every reader's imagination.

©2003 China Mieville; (P)2009 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"The author of King Rat delivers a powerful tale about the power of love and the will to survive in a dystopian universe that combines Victorian elements with a fantasy version of cyberpunk. Mieville's visceral prose evokes an immediacy that commands attention and demands a wide readership. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

"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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    Valerie Valparaiso, IN, United States 01-23-16
    Valerie Valparaiso, IN, United States 01-23-16 Member Since 2001
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    "God's damn! What an imagination!"

    Literally like nothing I've read before or since. It was staggering when I read the novel and now, years later, I'm impressed with the audio book. John Lee does a great job imparting emotions to the characters and brings a wonderful gravitas to the narration. I could feel the grit of New Crobuzon, smell the construct steam mingling with the strange smells of xenian cooking. top notch baroque fantasy.

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    bishop415 11-21-15
    bishop415 11-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Bootifull Good Great Super Story"

    There was a whole bunch of bug people and frog people and robot people and dead guys with wires in their heads! Oh! And there was a magical spider who made me feel weird and a bunch of scary moth monsters who french people and suck out their brains! Oh man! Then there's this fat guy who seems to be really smart and tough, but he has all of these realistic human frailties, but he's also a hero! And the fat guy totally does it a bunch of times with a chick who has a beetle for a head (but the gangsters and the moth monsters turn her retarded)! Oh man, it's a good book! A+++++++!

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    Kevin 10-07-15
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    "Wonderful"

    I wish John Lee would read everything I listened to on audible. It was perfect. Not overdone, great character voices, perfect emotion. Loved it.

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    Brie Boulder Creek, CA USA 08-27-15
    Brie Boulder Creek, CA USA 08-27-15 Member Since 2014

    A lover of all types of fiction that are gothic, cyberpunk, sci-fi, space and/or weird

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    "Excruciating detail and deep imersion"
    Would you listen to Perdido Street Station again? Why?

    Maybe not for sometime. It is a quite lengthy book and I have two more to go through. But it is good enough that I'm considering buying all three books in paper. Miéville goes through an exhaustive effort to describe the world and does a fantastic job. Additionally, he also applies this verbosity to the character development as well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Perdido Street Station?

    Without giving the story away, there were so many times in the story that entirely new races were introduced or strong twists occurred that weren't foreseeable. This, is somewhat shocking after having listened to and read so many books where you know what is going to happen but have to wait for it to occur.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    At first it was jarring because it was so different than many of the books I'd listened to lately, but very quickly his cadence, voice acting and inflection grew on me strongly. Now, I'm hooked.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    In an alternate world, where steam power was developed in lieu of gasoline. In a world where magic exists and humans aren't the only intelligence. One small group of interconnected folks embarks on a fantastic journey of self discovery and revelation.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read The Scar

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    Solomon Simmons 08-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Too weird."

    I finished because I started it. Every single in this pyridine is so foreign as to be unrelateable

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    Somebody You Don't Know Portland, OR, USA 05-30-15
    Somebody You Don't Know Portland, OR, USA 05-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Really enjoyed this."

    This was a stunning, strange, original, unpredictable, and beautiful novel, and one of the most original novels I can recall reading. The atmosphere of the city and its denizens, and the many surpsurprising twists and turns of the narrative kidney guessing until the very endI will definitely be reading more by this author.

    Also, I found the performance by John Lee to be excellent. His characterization of the voices of the various characters in particular was very well done, and well-suited to the book.

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    Evan 05-05-15
    Evan 05-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredible"

    Perdido St station is a thoroughly engrossing adventure, and simultaneously a masterpiece of prose writing and philosophical depth. The sprawling city of New Crobuzon is alive, dirty, dangerous and teeming, and Mieville's characters are unforgettable. John Lee's vocal performance is perfect. A must listen.

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    James 03-31-15
    James 03-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Overhyped"

    It seems like the "steampunk" theme was an afterthought. The depictions of the city lean closer to (and likely had origins in) dieselpunk, but some editor wanted to ride some red felt coattails. Ctrl+R'ing steel for copper, and aluminum for bronze is also too obvious.

    I like that it was a story of the city, or stories, but it was just a constant roll. There are no twists because there are no expectations.

    John Lee is, as always, great.

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    jonefuroy Leira, Norway 02-25-15
    jonefuroy Leira, Norway 02-25-15 Member Since 2010

    Librarian, father, fantasy fool and tech enthusiasts.

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    "Never disappointed."

    This is my third China Mieville book and I'm yet to be disappointed. In the beginning I had now idea where this story was going, mot as it unfold and the ship got real I must say I was mighty impressed. I think this is my favorite thus far! Thank you so much for a great experience. Worth every penny!

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    John 01-19-15
    John 01-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great read!"

    Great read, great performance! I read the scar first and highly recommend that as well. Love the world he's created!

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